I just learned that John Chows rankings dropped even for his own name! He suspects that it has something to do with his review for a link back promotion. I am sure that is the problem.
As of yesterday, I was not ranking for my own name. My problem was that when I moved from wordpress.com to my own server, I had http://hamletb.wordpress.com and http://hamletbatista.com, both with the same content. Fortunately, it was very easy to fix. I made hamletb.wordpress.com redirect to hamletbatista.com, and requested a removal of hamletb.wordpress.com from Google's index via Webmaster Central.
Some useful SEO tweaks I did to my blog:
1. I installed all-in-one-SEO plugin so that I can have unique titles and descriptions. Meta keywords is not really useful for SEO.
2. All category pages, etc. have a meta robots noindex tag to avoid duplicate content.
3. I registered an XML sitemap of my blog to Google.
Would these steps solve John's case? I don't think so. Read more