I was ranking in the top 10 for months and got dropped out of first 90 results four weeks ago ( www.mountaincastles.net ). If I do a search for "mountain castles" and then search within the results for "mountaincastles.net", our site comes up, meaning I'm at least in the index, correct? Google knows about our site, just isn't ranking us well for some reason.
You will also see that #6 on that page...
...shows a Google directory listing where we are listed in page rank order at #3. We have an index page PR of 4/10. So we are in the Google directory.
So here comes the hairy part. www.cybercastles.com is also our URL and redirects to www.mountaincastles.net. The cybercastles URL is ranking #10 under keyword "mountain castles", and #3 under keyword "steamboat rental properties". All cybercastles does is redirect. The thing is, Cybercastles is about 5 years old and has multiple links pointing to it. Some good, most irrelevant, maybe even link farm-ish. Some are Yahoo Asia, Canada, India. But links just the same and more than mountaincastles.net.
Does this prove then that the problems do not stem from the site itself, but from lack of quality links pointing to www.mountaincastles.net? Because if it were site related, then I would assume that cybercastles wouldn't rank either!?
The site itself needs some work but we were ranking well and I didn't want to change much. Now we dropped so changes are immanent, better copy, etc. However, the cybercastles thing puzzles me. Pages still rank.
Could there be a penalty against the URL, mountaincastles, itself?
Sorry to be long winded... Just frustrated.