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truncated posts on homepage or not?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by foodtrip, Oct 30, 2011.

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  1. foodtrip

    foodtrip Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    which is better for you?

    do you truncate all your homepage posts? and how many posts do you set for the homepage to show?

    i am having difficulty getting my inner pages indexed. i've done bookmarking, pings, backlinks, rss. currently i truncated all my homepage posts.

    is google seeing my posts as duplicate?
    thanks for your input
     
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    That is a good way to keep your visitors on your site. It will lower your bounce rate which can only help in your rankings.

    Make sure your site map is up to date. Wouldn't hurt to submit a fresh copy in web master tools as well.
     
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    alex-19841 Regular Member

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    I usually keep 10 posts per page where each post has about 3 - 4 sentences. It also depends on how old you had it going, it takes few months for google to get used to you often updates.
     
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    I usually truncate mine at about 50% of the full post. If you are backlinking and bookmarking your inner pages and they are not getting indexed then you have a problem. Unless you drop a huge amount of pages on a site all at one time you really should never have a problem getting a page indexed. Indexing pages is what the search engines do, it is their purpose so if they are not indexing the pages on your site there must be a reason for that and I do not see truncating or not truncating your pages is going to be the issue.

    What kind of content are we talking about?
    How old is the site?
    How many pages are we talking about?
    How long do links to your pages stay on the first page?
    How often are you posting new content?
    How often do the bots come by your site and how many pages do they crawl?

    These questions can possible pinpoint what the issue might be.


    I agree with the idea of a sitemap, giving the search engines a nice clear path to your pages is always a good idea, especially if the other links are not on the front page very long.

    Personally I would stop all the rss and pings trying to force the issue. If your pages are not being indexed for some reason that is not going to help. Some bookmarks and backlinks to the pages is really all you should need for indexing and really if you main page is getting crawled and there are links to your interior pages then you should not even need that.
     
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    foodtrip Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    compared to my other site the inner pages gets ranked within 3 to 5 days.
    my other site is made from btb's MNS+. the homepage is not truncated so i though it was the problem.

    the site i had problem is my own creation. it is one month old. i have 20 unique posts, only 4 of them got indexed. the other pages are contact us page, disclaimer, homepage and one static page.

    the domain has a brand name in it. besides the usual reviews of the product i wrote other topics about the item in general.
    i post unique articles every other day. and i have all the posts in my homepage truncated.


    i am at top 12 right now and it has been like that for a week. i think i need to create more backlinks for the inner pages. my backlinks for inner page is very few as of the moment.


    "How often do the bots come by your site and how many pages do they crawl?"

    how do i check for this?
     
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    You should be backlinking those interior pages that you want ranked. Backlinking your main page is not going to do much for ranking those other pages.

    You should be able to look at your stats to see what the bots are doing, if you have cpanel you can check out the awstats and the latest visitors as well as downloading the raw logs. Lots of ways to dig around but really as long as you can tell they are coming regularly and how many pages that will give you a good idea of what is going on.