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Home page ranked #2 spot but no ranking for categories or articles?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Jane Hanneman, May 23, 2015.

  1. Jane Hanneman

    Jane Hanneman Junior Member

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    Hi guys :)

    I've been working on good on page seo, high quality articles and siloing for several months now and have got the home page of my site ranked #2 for my keyword in Google.

    However, none of my 10 category pages or 80 articles are ranking at all in either Bing, Yahoo or Google.

    It's now been 5 months with no luck at all...

    Can anyone give me some ideas on what I'm maybe doing wrong?...
     
  2. godspeed007

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  3. Jane Hanneman

    Jane Hanneman Junior Member

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    Yep. Done both.
     
  4. LoLLaR

    LoLLaR Junior Member

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    do you point the backlinks direct to the categories and articles or just to the homepage?
     
  5. godspeed007

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    Same Question OP?

     
  6. Jane Hanneman

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    Evenly distributed to the home page, categories and articles.
     
  7. frodskii80

    frodskii80 Regular Member

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    Weird. Sure there is no penalty going on?

    My silo sites rank almost instantly on bing/yahoo without backlinks at all! Scroogle is slower of course, but 5 months is way to long!
     
  8. Jane Hanneman

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    Not sure about the penalty. I always assumed a penalty would affect the whole site not just the categories and articles.

    Home page was actually ranking number 1 in google last week for my main keyword....

    ...yet none of the categories or articles ranking...

    Wish I knew what the hell was going on :(
     
  9. harrydino

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    am almost having same issue with the OP, only a few of my articles are ranking(10 out of 40) and most of them are all low comp. keywords with low search volume. was thinking maybe i needed to silo the site....dont know if you could share with me either with pm or over at skype how you do your site siloing?
     
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    What are the links you've been building like? Do you have a good internal linking structure? To me, with the limited information available, it sounds like it might be an on page issue. The first thing I usually check is for over optimization. If you put your title tag in quotes and google it, you should come up in the top 3. If not, it's likely you're dealing with over optimization.


    The other thing I would evaluate is the keywords themselves. What is the competition like in the SERPs they are tareting? Is your site able to compete in terms of authority and quality?
     
  12. ThopHayt

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    Could be that the inner pages get zero traffic too. Google does not like to rank sites that it thinks get almost no organic traffic. Does your site get much traffic? Does anybody every actually visit your inner pages?
     
  13. jharrikaystya

    jharrikaystya Newbie

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    There might be some issue with on page part
     
  14. FilipMKD

    FilipMKD Regular Member

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    I'm having the same problems like the op with my multi-niche site. I checked with your trick and my site is a first spot... But none of my 101 posts are ranked so far. 8 months...

    The domain got 42 DA and 42 PA... In many of my posts my competition has far less DA and PA. Don't know what's the problem too
     
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    noobie879 Newbie

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    Are you sure the pages you are trying to rank are low competition keywords?
     
  16. Jane Hanneman

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    I entered title tags into google with quotations and I'm always the first result so apparently no issue with over optimisation.

    I'm targetting low competition keywords also. My site competing in terms of quality and authority I'm not sure but as I said at the start, I've focused on high quality articles, siloing, on page seo and building links using high pr blog sites and social media so not sure what else to do....

    This could be the nail hit on the head. On looking at wordpress stats I'm being told that of the approx 7,000 hits my site has had, 5,000 of them have been to my home page and the other 2,000 were to my article pages but most probably because of links to those pages which were on web 2.0s and my google +/facebook/twitter profiles.

    I don't think my non-home pages get much organic traffic at all :(
     
  17. redarrow

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    you need rich low comp keywords blogs and pointing them to your inner pages or do the piramid method to get traffic...
     
  18. thesam

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    Links are more important, you need to bulk some links to internal pages also, and also improve internal structure of your site, I suggest you to read about sillo designs, it will help to rank internal pages as well.

    Categories pages are not important, you should set internal priority also which pages are important and which not. I have seen many big sites which used noindex, nofollow tags with categories pages. :)
     
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