Hi everyone. Long time no see...
I had a page that USED to rank ok. Around #8 in the serps and about 75 visitors a day:
Keyword: blue widgets
File name: blue-widgets.html
Then it crashed in April / May of 2012
I tried to clean up the content but that didn't work.
Changed the file name from:
(underscore instead of hyphen) WITHOUT doing any 301 redirects, and it STILL can't be found for the term blue widgets.
Still no improvement.
I hoped Penguin 2.0 would sort things out. Unfortunately, traffic to my site dropped again about 25 percent.
Searching for the keyword with my domain name like this:
mywidgetshop.com blue widgets
brings up my home page and a couple of unrelated pages on my site, but NOT my blue widgets page.
The other pages google lists are various sites that mention my site in one way or another - NOT actual pages from my site. There are even pages from competitor's sites that show up :(
Same thing happens if I use "" around the domain name:
"mywidgetshop.com" blue widgets
If I use the site operator,
site:mywidgetshop.com blue widgets
my blue_widgets.html page shows up around #7, with other pages from my site above it.
If I leave off the dot com, and just use:
mywidgetshop blue widgets
Google returns results for the SEPARATED domain name. Namely it says:
showing results for my widget shop blue widgets
Search instead for mywidgetshop blue widgets?
1) Any suggestions on what to do?
2) Is is possible that no page on my whole entire DOMAIN will ever rank for the words "blue widgets" again?
3) Is there any way to confirm at all whether this is a CONTENT problem or a LINK problem?
Thanks in advance.