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Order Of Pages On Google And How To Fix

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#1 swapneil


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Posted 08 June 2015 - 11:00 PM



I recently launched a website. Google has indexed it. Although when I search for it's name, it shows pages in weird order. e.g. it shows 'contact us' page before the root page. Any tips to fix this would help.



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:09 AM

There's nothing to "fix."


First off, in the short run, most likely you will be the only person searching for your website by its name. Other people can't search by the name unless they already know the name. (In which case, why would they be searching for it? They already know how to find it.) Which means you'll likely be the only one seeing that particular set of results.


Second, Google personalizes search results, even for people who aren't logged in to a Google account. Which means that even if you see that set of results, that doesn't mean anybody else will see the same thing. Just because stuff looks to be in a "weird" order to you, that doesn't mean anybody else on the planet will ever see the same thing.


Third, forget the idea that the default page on your domain must always be listed first. Just because you've designated it as your "home" page, that doesn't automatically make it the most important or useful page on your site. It might be, but that isn't necessarily the case. The search engines show pages in the order they think the pages should show up.


Fourth, give it some time. If you do a good job of marketing your site, you will earn links. When other people link to your site they will most likely link to the pages they think are the most important or that will be the most interesting to their own site visitors. This will help those pages do better in search. These pages may or may not include your home page. (It's likely many links will go to your home page -- human nature being what it is -- but there's no guarantee. If other people link to you, don't get upset if they don't link to your home page, or to the page you "wanted" them to link to. Just be glad they decided to give you an editorial link and let it go.)


And finally, keep in mind this is a brand new site. It may take some time for the search engines to sort out which pages are most important and which are less. Use your internal linking to help indicate to all your visitors (human and search engine) which pages you think are most important, and to help them easily navigate around the entire site. That way, it doesn't matter which page somebody lands on when they first "hit" your site; they'll still be able to find and quickly get to where ever it is you'd most like them to go.


My :02:


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#3 swapneil


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Posted 10 June 2015 - 07:51 PM

Thank you! Much needed direction. Appreciate it.

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