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Home page and inner page optimization

     
8:06 am on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can the ranking of the homepage go down for a keyword if another page of the same website is optimized for the same keyword?

My homepage ranked on the second page for a keyword but when I updated the specific page(inner page) for that keyword, the ranking of the homepage went down while the specific page does not rank at all. Should I make the specific page as it was before so that the homepage ranking becomes like before?

7:24 am on Nov 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I would suggest Never duplicate content neither optimize with the same keyword as google counts it as duplicate promotion.