A very interesting phenomenon has been happening to my posts on this web domain. Searches for specific phrases in my articles briefly rank in the top of the SERP results before being completely de-indexed. After a short while at the top of the charts, my newer posts have completely disappeared and a Google search for their titles only shows links from other indexed articles on this website.
Is it over-optimization? A lack of incoming links and/or pagerank?
For now, I’m going to see how this works out. I will continue writing content for this website but acquiring backlinks and traffic will be prioritized toward other websites I’m building. There seems to be some sort of minimum threshold for PR flow into a website’s internal pages, but we’ll see if this changes over time and increased content and website depth.
This might show up for a while at the top if you’re looking for a specific phrase, but I expect it to get buried beyond recognition just a few days later. We’ll see if anything happens but I’m starting to doubt it!