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Subpages ranking instead of homepage

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by incognito026, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. incognito026

    incognito026 Junior Member

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    Google is ranking my subpage instead of my homepage for 1 keyword that is homepage related.

    My question though is what would be the best way to get the homepage ranking, instead of the subpage?

    I added fresh content to the homepage 3 days ago but google is still showing a subpage.
     
  2. QParker

    QParker Newbie

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    Are your main homepage keywords too broad or too narrow? Looks like you hit it perfect on the subpage keyword. Subpage rankings are valuable too so don't discount them. Check out your keywords again and make sure you don't stuff your homepage with them.
     
  3. Hugh Hrefer

    Hugh Hrefer Newbie

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    You can rank the homepage but the only way to "force" G to rank is to control your on-page. There's loads of things to look at but I'd start with your homepage content and then look at the breadcrumbs/navigation/logo area (aka the links and the anchors that point to your homepage).
     
  4. noseo

    noseo Regular Member

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    You might have to change the on-page SEO for the subpage (so that it ranks for other terms). Google thinks it is the most relevant page for these terms on your site. This is just Google trying to deliver quality results.

    Alternatively, roll with it. "Every page is a landing page" is sometimes said for a reason. Messing with things like this spends your time for results that are ambiguous (you might manage to drop the subpage from the search but then not get the homepage to show up).
     
  5. vict0r

    vict0r Newbie

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    You can, if the onpage changes dont make effect, do a 301 from sub to home.

    To avoid kw canibalization (this is the name of your problem) without 301 you could link with a exact anchor text to home page from the sub.

    In some cases, a penalty by penguir or over optimization can do that. Reviw if it isnt your case..
     
  6. zee007

    zee007 Senior Member

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    Could be an on-page problem, but also look into social signs and backlinks for the inner page. If the inner page has more off-page signals then the only way to change it to your homepage is to do a 301 redirect or just create more quality links/social signs to the homepage.

     
  7. mindlesswizard

    mindlesswizard Supreme Member

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    Try to build quality backlinks for the homepage for the related keyword but that doesn't mean create 100% of backlinks for the same keywords only.
     
  8. kazhkaz

    kazhkaz Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Just change the ranking page so it serves your purpose.
     
  9. bartosimpsonio

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    Sounds like classic duplicate content issue. Do you have another website and/or subpage with text too similar to the home page? New pages with dup content disappear cuz it used to be a major problem in Google search results.
     
  10. Martin1971

    Martin1971 Senior Member

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    It seems that google likes your innerpage more then your homepage. I had the same problem, you added content to the mainpage, only 3 days ago, google needs more time to index it. I did the same, ad 1500 words content to the mainpage use 1 - 1.5% keyword and remove the keyword from the innerpage also change the h1, h2 etc from the innerpage. After that give google some time, its a damn lazy bot, it can take more then 2 weeks before see the result.
     
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