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Homepage Not Ranking?
Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:54 AM
I have a new blog (7 weeks old) and so I'm guessing this may be an age issue, but it's weird because all pages rank really highly, usually top 10, on most search terms (which are more specific 2 - 3 word terms). However, my main homepage doesn't seem to rank at all on my main 1 word keyterm. Admittedly this keyword has far more competition, but after going through hundreds of Google pages my site simply doesn't seem to appear at all. Despite other sites in it having poor, out of date or much less content. My site is a wordpress blog.
Could it be that Google recognises my main keyterm, but because of my site's 'newness' it's holding me in the sandbox until the site is more trusted?
Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:44 AM
Have you searched for a specific phrase that appears on your home page to make sure it has been indexed? If not, that's where I'd start.
If the page has been indexed but simply isn't ranking you're probably looking at a combination of lack of relevant backlinks to the home page using that one-word keyword as the anchor text and/or the sheer competition level of such a general keyword.
Posted 16 June 2009 - 10:09 AM
Good suggestion - the homepage is included, just not ranking for the keyword.
I guess it is backlinks / competition then. It just seems incredible when 60 - 80 pages of results consist of 80-90% poor and limited content in comparison. Hopefully as backlinks grow I'll be able to leap frog them! :o)
Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:45 AM
Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:59 AM
Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:02 AM
You'll be much better served to target slightly more specific phrases, ones that will probably include your one word keyword.
Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:20 AM
Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:01 PM
So you're still doing it, just not counting specifically on showing up for the one word phrase.
Posted 13 October 2009 - 07:23 AM
Check it with something like the webconfs tool and see if you get a 200 response.
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