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Force Google To Ignore Splash Page & Set Www.address.com/home As T
Posted 22 October 2013 - 09:32 AM
Posted 22 October 2013 - 03:10 PM
I have recently set the robots.txt file to ignore the splash page, but I'm not sure this will do what I want it to.
So you have basically set the site to be NOT crawled at all then.
Google sees this splash page as the home page and it has ruined my SEO.
No you simply have the ancient idea that the site rool aka the "home" is the only one that should be linked to.
Market the SITES, with the emphasis on BOTH of them, properly and it will not matter in the slightest.
Posted 23 October 2013 - 08:29 AM
Exactly. If changing the home page to this splash page (however lame it might be) has "ruined" your SEO, then you haven't been doing SEO right.
Good, modern SEO is all about optimizing and promoting the interior pages of the site as much as the home page. When you optimize and promote the entire site's worth of pages, it really doesn't matter so much what happens to any one page. You'll still get traffic coming directly to the internal pages of the site, bypassing the lame "splash screen" entirely. The goal should be to get your visitors as quickly as possible to the specific interior page that answers their query -- preferably, going directly from the search results -- not making them follow some set linear path starting with the home page.
Perhaps you could also make some lemonade out of the lemon they've handed you, by getting them to let you add some marketing-oriented verbiage to the home page, explaining what the two sites are and providing some information to help the casual visitor decide which link is the appropriate one to click. That way, it's at least something more worthwhile than just a couple of links for those who do land on that page.
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