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    I read this morning that some engines drop sites that have more than one hyphen in the name. Of all our sites only one has a hyphenated domain (3 hyphens) and it's the only one we've had penalized by Google. I think this theory is too simple or obvious, but I thought I'd see if anyone's dropped sites have hyphenated domain names?

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    Google dropped my non-hyphenated domains. The multiple-hyphenated-sites are still in.

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    Okay, so much for that theory.

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    all my sites are hyphenated and google afflicted some with the 0 link virus and others were unaffected and still have their first page listings.

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    The PR0 penalty is/was applied because of certain linking structures, not because of domain names. The penalty has since started to be relaxed, and should continue to be relaxed further next update. That's already been stated by the Google staff. Their advice - build sites that people would want to link to, and not just for the sake of swapping links.

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    Maybe, TK. I read about the penalty relaxation starting, but I don't think linking is why we were dropped. All of our sites are linked the same way and only one has been dropped.

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    I didn’t loose any of my sites with hyphens, but I did lose quite a few without.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>The penalty has since started to be relaxed, and should continue to be relaxed further next update. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    That is not exactly what I have read (that the PR0 is being relaxed), and maybe you can clarify what seems to be happening.

    What I understand is that some sites with PR0 are being let back in. That does not mean that the penalty is being relaxed (although maybe it is).

    Are they now less likely to penalize sites for cross-linking, or are they just letting some back in now that the sites have adjusted their linking?

    I got nailed pretty hard in the last update, and I do not think my linking was terribly excessive.

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    I am simply passing on what I have heard re the penalty from googleguy at another forum. This is their only public statement to date re the penaly and hence is about all we have to go on. He also stated that they are relaxing it because they managed to knock out more of the mom and pop type sites who had learnt a little bit about SEO rather than do any real damage to the big players.

    I also have to agree with hershey though that there is also more to it. I have about 90 sites, and lost 3 of them, so I've spent some time looking at the 3. Two of them I can say were most likely (90% sure) were knocked out because of the external links coming in. 1 of those sites is now back in after I added a link from a PR6 page to it. The other site I removed outgoing links from it without adding any new ones to it, and it stayed at PR0. As for the third site, this one has me baffled and had me coming up with all sorts or conspiracy theories.. I have read through every theory regarding the penalty, applied them all to this site, and not 1 meets the bill. Maybe Google just didn't want me to feel left out when everyone else got a penalty.

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    Apparently, Google has a database of "poison words". Such as Credit Cards, Casinos sites etc....

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    EvilBob,

    this would be news to people searching on credit cards as well as to Lloyds Bank and whoever else....no poison word list to the best of my knowledge, but some pretty harsh filters in operation recently.

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    My theories have ranged from crosslinking to sabatoge [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    What I think now (still 1 site out of the index & PR0) is that targeted keywords play a big part in this.

    of my 3 biggie sites that disappeared, they all had at least a couple pages targeting the same keywords. They were crosslinked, and I was linking with those highly saught after keywords.

    I've tried to make the similar pages as different and varied as I can and changed the targeted keyword on 2 of the sites to different keyword strings...., I have removed all cross links between these three sites and made sure all content is original and not remotely similar to the other sites.

    I'm now crossing my fingers and waiting for the next update.

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