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Help! Google is ranking my tag pages above my homepage!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SmexyLizard, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. SmexyLizard

    SmexyLizard Registered Member

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    So basically all my wordpress tag pages are ranking ahead of my home page. I assume it's because every article page has links to its tags. Should I stop this? How do I go about doing that?
     
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    Install all in one seo plugin and set tag pages to no index.
     
  3. IAmFromTheInternet

    IAmFromTheInternet Junior Member

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    Set your tag pages to noindex, and then request URL removal in Google Webmaster Tools
     
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    asap1 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP

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    Just no index your tags and categories. That will solve it
     
  5. SmexyLizard

    SmexyLizard Registered Member

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    Thanks! How long does it usually take for removal requests to be accepted?
     
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    Hey OP!

    I have seen this occur numerous times with various clients who have come to us in the past with the same problem.

    In a nutshell Google will try and rank the webpage or post that is most relevant to the users search query. Usually best way around this to get your homepage to show up instead is to perfect its on-page elements with the correct keyword density and then build high quality links to it which will then boost its authority over your other sub-pages and then be picked up by Google as the primary page targeting that specific keyword you are looking to rank for.

    Rank on!
    SDSEOGURU
     
  7. BlackTradeTricks

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    Give your website time to go through the full google dance cycle. Also make sure you submit a proper sitemap into your google webmaster tools. :)
     
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    poshter500 Newbie

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    The first thing any wordpress user must do is set archive and tag pages to noindex when doing SEO.
     
  10. JOSourcing

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    Alternatively, you could ask how to take advantage of this. If you can re-design your tags template page as a landing page, it shouldn't matter where it shows up just as long as it grabs the attention of the searcher and there's a call-to-action (even if that action is to simply visit the homepage).
     
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    atikaushan Newbie

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    Tag pages can cause duplicate content as all tags to a single post will yield different pages with the same content.
     
  12. sssteve

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    A Rank is a Rank unless you change the R to a W

    It will sort itself out, take no notice of do this do that, its no problem.

    Do not listen to the hype of google is doing this and google is doing that, its just dribble.

    One to Two weeks all will be listed as you want it to.
     
  13. JOSourcing

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    That shouldn't be a problem as long as the canonical tag is used.
     
  14. Adam718

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    Make those pages noindex and work on your homepage or desired inner pages. That's the only real solution lol