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#1 fonsolo

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 04:35 AM

Hello,
I will start with a disclaimer. The site in question is vaguely "adult" to some extent, so if we could avoid commenting on the actual content of the site and instead focus on the issue, I would be very grateful!
Any-who, I've recently noticed after doing a Google "site:" search for my domain REMOVED that my main page, REMOVED was not being indexed, although every other page on my sitemap and more was. The page www.site.tld is, but it 301's to  site.tld/main/. Also, I switched my preferred domain to the non-www incantation more than a week ago, so why the www version still appears is a mystery to me. Aside from the obvious need to resolve this, it presents another issue because I have acquired several high PA links throughout the last few month, all of which point the  site.tld/main/, and I am concerned that I may be losing out on a lot of link juice.
Any help would be much appreciated!
Thanks,
Fonsolo

Edited by chrishirst, 28 May 2013 - 05:02 AM.


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:09 AM

If it is redirected then it doesn't exist. Search engines do not crawl, index or list 'sites' or 'pages', they crawl URLs, index the content found at URLs and then list those URLs.

 

 

I switched my preferred domain to the non-www incantation more than a week ago,

Because it takes longer than a week for changes to take effect.


Edited by chrishirst, 28 May 2013 - 05:09 AM.


#3 fonsolo

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:20 AM

Thanks for the speedy reply. The page in question at the "/main/" is not the redirected page, but the recipient of the redirect.

 

Because it takes longer than a week for changes to take effect.

 

This may be the case, although it has been slightly longer than a week. I only began to grow concerned because I noticed that all of the indexing for my site happens  almost exactly at the 7 day mark consistently, which is when all of the other pages were indexed minus the main page of course.



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:02 AM

You are still missing the point that your "main page" no longer exists at site.tld/ it is now at site.tld/main/.

 

 

So the root URL will NEVER be indexed whilever the redirect is in place.



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 08:10 AM

 

 

Thanks for the speedy reply. The page in question at the "/main/" is not the redirected page, but the recipient of the redirect.
 

 

 

 

 

Try to fetch it as googlebot in your webmaster tools account. 



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 12:40 PM

You are still missing the point that your "main page" no longer exists at site.tld/ it is now at site.tld/main/.

 

 

So the root URL will NEVER be indexed whilever the redirect is in place.

 

The root URL(www) IS being indexed, and the page at /main isn't. That's the problem.



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 04:20 PM

In that case your redirect may not be setup correctly.

 

Download WebBug   check the redirect and the response code, use HTTP 1.1  for the version.



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 03:19 AM

Sorry for being late to reply.

@Jill Thanks for the suggestion, I did so and everything seemed to be in order.

I think I may have figured out the problem, however. I was digging through my GWMT account trying to see if it could be some little error I had made and noticed that for some reason my "/main" had been listed as a Demoted Site Link URL. I removed it from the list about a week ago, so I guess now it's just a waiting game...

Thanks for the help everyone!



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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:33 AM

for some reason my "/main" had been listed as a Demoted Site Link URL.

 

 

 

That shouldn't affect it's regular indexation though. 



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:50 PM

In that case your redirect may not be setup correctly.

 

Download WebBug   check the redirect and the response code, use HTTP 1.1  for the version.

I did so, and everything seems to be in working order. Redirects to /main/, response code 200.

 

 

That shouldn't affect it's regular indexation though. 

Hmmm, I have no Idea what it may be then. I have received no warnings through WMT about shady links or low quality content. Can you get an algo penalty that causes the de-indexation of only one page?

My one concern after cleaning up my site for possible keyword stuffing is that one of the plugins I utilize pulls the featured image from my posts and injects both the alt attribute for the thumbnail and the title attribute for the HREF with the post title. For example it would look like this:

<a href="#" title="post title"><img src="#" alt="post title" /></a>

Could this be possibly count as a duplicate content/keyword stuffing issue if the titles where keyword optimized?



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:59 AM

Could this be possibly count as a duplicate content/keyword stuffing issue if the titles where keyword optimized?

 

 

 

Even if it did it wouldn't stop it from being indexed. Not being indexed at all is almost always something technical. 



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:24 AM

A small update. After examine my Webmaster's Tools account, I came to the realization that I'm almost certain that my main page "/main" isn't being crawled. Under the "Content Keywords" section, it of course list the keywords on every page in my site, but "/main" is not listed at all. Could this be the reason why mysite.com/main still doesn't appear in the SERPs and why my site is preforming so terribly, especially since most links have been requested to point to "/main" (and possibly why it has a PA of 40 and still hardly gets 10 UVs search traffic daily)?



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:50 AM

and possibly why it has a PA of 40

Why does it matter what age your Personal Assistant is???

 

 

Or is PA just another useless 'metric' that only the "expert" that made it up knows what it means?



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:09 PM

Haha, lol. PA as in SEO Moz's Page Authority.



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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:12 PM

Haha, lol. PA as in SEO Moz's Page Authority.


just another useless 'metric' that only the "expert" that made it up knows what it means?


That would be a yes then :)






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