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Homepage ranking, but inner pages aren't

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by hacko, May 11, 2017.

  1. hacko

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    Title pretty much says it all. I have a new site targeting keywords with almost no competition. Now, even though all pages ARE indexed, it's only the homepage that's ranking.

    It even so happens that the homepage is ranking for keywords targeted on the inner pages, while it only mentions them in the description (remember, no competition - that's why the homepage gets to the top 100 while barely targeting a keyword), yet, none of the inner pages are ranking even though they're the ones that have the actual content and the optimization for their respective keywords.

    I'm blasting a few hundred social signals to each inner pages and waiting to see what that does. Any advice in the meantime?
     
  2. aidenhera

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    1. homepage has more internal power
    2. inner pages are overoptimized
    3. homepage has more external links/stronger
    4. homepage has more relevancy

    pick one
     
  3. hacko

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    1. It has more power by default, doesn't mean it should be outranking the inner pages for keywords it's barely targeting
    2. Nope
    3. 0 links were built
    4. Absolutely not. The keywords are barely mentioned on the homepage.
     
  4. aidenhera

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    i had exactly same situation but after i fixed overoptimization, the homepage position in serp changed to inner page in most cases (10 out of 12). there are still 2 kws pointing on homepage but im not doing anything as i did my best alrdy
     
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  5. hacko

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    Wouldn't in that case the homepage be considered overoptimized as well though, considering it's similar content and similar optimization was done for all of them?
     
  6. StrixMedia

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    I Personally recommend you to build more links (with relevant content) to your internal pages ( to specific category page) and after you can share your live links on social media sites and make social media buttons in homepage.
     
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    For me, my inner pages rank for keywords and reach 1-2st page within a few hours, not sure how. I'm assuming that the more links you send to the homepage, the more juice will spread to our category pages and to the inner pages. Also, send powerful PBN links to your money pages and interlink them to informative pages which will then link to other money pages to allow the juice to flow through your pages a lot better.

    Hopefully my insights help a bit.
     
  8. hacko

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    The thing is, this is a very specific project for which I'm avoiding link building. The fact that the homepage is already ranking and the inner pages aren't though, tells me that there is possibly something wrong with my site structure.
     
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    Same thing was happening to me recently but after 1 week the inner pages started to rank.

    Just give it time.
     
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    This was my immediate thought. If you didn't silo, give it a shot. Make sure you didn't somehow accidentally nofollow your nav links. Crawl your site to see how many clicks it takes to get to the inner most pages, etc.

    Also, if your site is really new, then I would agree with the above post about giving things some time.
     
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  11. hacko

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    Funny though, I just received the exact opposite tip from someone.

    They said the "Wordpress menu uses sitewide links but the same anchors which is horrible especially lately" - and yes, I do have all inner pages I'm trying to rank in the menu.

    Also, whenever I request indexing using the Search Console I usually do get the inner pages ranking as well - we're talking hours later.
     
  12. Blakester

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    Share it on google+ and give it a couple of weeks. If it's still not on google then there's something wrong with the site setup or the domain itself.
     
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    I don't know how broad your niche is, but I'd think that linking inner pages in the nav across all categories would dilute link relevancy. This is why I generally go with Silo. I make my nav links only to the category silos, then when you click into the category, then in the sidebar you only get links to pages within that category. That's just how I do things though.

    Google understands the necessity of nav links, so as long as they aren't crazy over optimized anchors, I don't think those will cause you problems.
     
  14. hacko

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    Well, to anyone interested - I removed the menu and any footer links then fetched the pages with the Search Console and requested indexing.

    LITERALLY, all inner pages just started ranking and the homepage is no longer outranking them https://gyazo.com/6634f16ba202120c12d174b23077be04

    Now I just gotta figure out what the exact problem was because the site looks pretty ridiculous without a menu and a real footer.
     
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    Do you have a proper silo structure with this website? I was able to increase my inner page rank by channeling the metrics to the inside pages.
     
  16. aidenhera

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    lmao that was quick. glad you fixed it
     
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  17. hacko

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    Yup, took your advice. Just gotta identify the exact problem now. Thanks a ton!
     
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    Same things happens to me. Can't get pages to even show in search results ( only 10 pages in searches results) for no comp keywords. Looks weird
     
  19. rinti

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    @hacko I do not think there was a problem at all.

    That happens each time I upload a new post to my new site, as I put some content on homepage and link the inner page from there.

    For the first week the homepage is ranking, then it depends but averagely 10 days are needed for the actual page to rank itself.

    Also if homepage is ranking in top 100 in the start, almost 100% kw is going to land in top 50 when actual page starts ranking.
     
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    Just build more links to the inner pages you want to rank