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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.
part of Penguin IS never letting you rank for that phrase again
"G revels in making us think their algo is so, so, so refined and maybe the problem with your page/ site is this or that. Forget it, it's a huge great hammer to crack a nut and that's it."
"Now let me guess you get nailed and your competitors rise with spammy techniques. Almost like nothing phases their sites and total garbage and almost unrelated sites rank above you."
"I would buy a blue-widget emd and put on a different server, different contact info, different address, phone, layout and fly and continue to work with the original."
Can you suggest an html validator to use that will explain which is a "critical" error?
Many browsers can recover form that, but often not Google.
"Does this mean, you now have two pages with the same content? Or is the first one deleted from your system? If not, have you canonicalized the first one?"
"Also, has the traffic from other sources (bing, facebook,etc.) stayed linear through this time? Or has traffic from other sources dropped too?"
"I think this highlights one major problem common among web folks: Making changes higgledy-piggledy before identifying what changes actually had to be made."
"What are your "user metrics" for the page."
what does not exist is a validator that will determine which part of your invalid markup might cause a problem for google indexing.
What I am talking about concerning user metrics is not traffic alone. It is ctr from serps, time on page, bounce back rate, ect. I just saw a video recently where ex googler's confirmed that they are using all the date collected from Chrome.