Hi all, I am faced with a strange issue and I suspect Google is punishing our website on a keyword level.
Our Homepage ranks for everything except the word "Miami". As soon as I use this keyword in a long tail search, our website is no where to be found on Google results (I mean no where) but as soon as I delete or replace that keyword from the long tail search we immediately start ranking.
I need help diagnose the issue since I couldn't figure out why Google is punishing our website for this particular keyword.
Our home page is targeting the phrase "Mobile App Development Miami, Florida". I used this phrase on our Meta title, meta description, H1 title and in paragraphs. From SEO standpoint my aim was to rank our home page for this exact phrase.
Now the problem is, our home page ranks for everything except the keyword "Miami". Here are the keyword search results:
Mobile app development Miami -------- No Rank
Mobile app development Florida -------- First page
App development Miami -------- No rank
App development Florida -------- First Page
Mobile development Miami -------- No rank
Mobile development Florida -------- First Page
ios development miami -------- No rank
ios development Florida -------- First Page
android development miami -------- No rank
android development Florida -------- First Page
Application development Miami -------- No rank
Application development Florida -------- First Page
And the list goes on like this.
Now when I say no rank I mean its no where, I can see our unrelated inner pages ranking for Miami related searches but our home page that supposed to cover this keyword is invisible on Google results.
To me it looks like we are being punished for this specific keyword (Miami) so my instinct was to see if there is keyword stuffing going on or any unnatural keyword use. This particular keyword is only mentioned 6 times on our homepage so there is no stuffing. I can also see some of our competition ranking on first page using this keyword well over 12 times still ranking very well. I also have keywords like "app" and "mobile" that are mentioned 15 and 12 times respectively and still ranking well.
I just cannot see a reason why this particular keyword is banned by Google. Why the keyword Miami? It's just bizarre for me and I really need an experts opinion on the issue. Otherwise without knowing the problem I will not be able to solve this issue.
If you guys can take a look at our home page and see if you guys can spot something please let me know. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me in working this problem.
P.S: I don't have any warnings on my Webmaster tools so this is not a manual penalty. I guess this is some sort of Algorithmic penalty.
P.S: I am not talking about the **Google MAP** result. We appear on Google MAP but I am talking about normal Google search results.