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Ranking A WP Category Page?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by apex1, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. apex1

    apex1 Junior Member

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    I'm just wondering if any of you guys ever try to rank a wordpress category page?

    I have a 2000 word article written for a big keyword I'm trying to rank for...

    I'm debating whether to:

    • Put the content on a category page and rank it that way

    • Save the content as a post and redirect the category to the post

    • Save the content as a page and redirect the category to that page
    Each of these options has its upsides and downsides..

    What would you guys recommend?

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  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Where does the category page come into the equation? Seems to me like you need to rank an article.
     
  3. apex1

    apex1 Junior Member

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    It's part of my permalink structure, so for example:

    mysite(dot)com/audi/convertible/2016-audi-a5-review/

    'Audi' is my parent category and 'Convertible' is a child category.. and I have no idea what to do with them. Right now all my category pages are set as noindex to avoid duplicate content.

    Say I want to rank for "2016 Audi" would it make sense to customize the Audi category to rank for that?

    Doesn't that Category page have more juice because it's a top part of my permalink structure compared to just making a post?

    When people click the breadcrumbs on my site they get sent to those crappy category pages. I'm trying to either turn them into rankable content - or redirect those categories to more suitable content.
     
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    You seem to be right bro, coz Google is ranking my new site category more than my article for given keyword. I don't know if it's a recent update, I it pays better to rank a category coz, category holds the Link to all other articles within that keyword,
    So if I am to suggest I will say rank your category for your given keyword

    It works well for SEO
     
  5. Moabaer

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    I am doing the same thing so yes, go for it. I don't think Google cares what they rank as long as you have good content and links. Category, post, does not matter
     
  6. apex1

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    If I build out my category pages I'll have to heavily modify the template. Right now there's no social sharing options, there's an H5 instead of H1 tag, the page title isn't prominently placed above the page and the sidebar.

    Also a major issue is it will screw up my breadcrumbs if name my H1 anything other than the keyword...

    If my permalink structure is: mysite(dot)com/audi/convertible/2016-audi-a5-review/

    Lets say I build out that Audi parent category page.. I might call it "Top 11 Most In-Demand Audis Of 2016" but then in my breadcrumbs I have that long ass string of words.. if I leave it as Audi or Audi 2016 it looks terrible on page.

    I'm so confused about what's the ideal way to move forward..

    I might just leave the category page as a no-index article feed and put a big link to the page I'm trying to rank. It seems like a really half-assed fix though.

    I've been stuck on this issue for 3 days now. Once I move forward I can't rally go back to change things.. so I need to be certain I'm doing things properly.

    Could really use some expert advice on this.
     
  7. apex1

    apex1 Junior Member

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    Any idea how this guy's setting up his category pages?

    http://www.bruceclay.com/seo/

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    His breadcrumbs don't match the pages h1..

    On my theme that breadcrumb would read SEO - A Powerful Traffic Source

    No idea how he's doing it.

    Also is he using a custom page or post instead of the category feed?
     
  8. cnick79

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    Another thing you can try for the category pages if your theme allows it, is create unique excerpts for your posts and have that display on category pages. Solves duplicate content issues.
     
  9. LatteGrande

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    It can be done by using Yoast plugin. On the permalinks setting, remove strip the category base. Then go to Categories, Edit snippet, modify your category title/meta.
     
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