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Why Aren't I Indexed/Ranking?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Smithy989, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. Smithy989

    Smithy989 Newbie

    Jun 9, 2016
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    At the moment, I have two silos with 18 articles on my site with only 7 indexed when googling site:mydomain.com. Only 1 article shows up when the title is entered in quotations, and it doesn’t even appear to be ranking. So something is going wrong here.

    All articles are at least 700 words and follow this format (fictitious example):

    1 pillar article for each silo – “Best Electric Shavers”

    5-6 supporting articles – “Best Electric Shaver for Body Hair”, “Best Electric Shaver for Facial Hair”, “Best Electric Shaver for the Head” etc.

    Pillar article links to all supporting articles using the exact anchor text of the supporting articles

    Supporting articles all link to each other. For example, at the bottom of each supporting article I link as follows:

    Body Hair
    Facial Hair

    I’m using pages to act as a silo structure. So the pillar has the url of mydomain.com/best-electric-shavers. The supporting articles have a url like mydomain.com/best-electric-shavers/body-hair, mydomain.com/best-electric-shavers/facial-hair etc.

    I’ve tried to avoid over-optimization. As you can see I’ve changed the urls from their default so kws aren’t repeated, and I’ve also added links to other articles by using anchor text that doesn’t contain “Best Electric Shaver for X.”

    All articles also only contain the kw once or at a maximum twice to keep kw density low.

    To me it seems that the kws are different enough to warrant a new article for each. However, I’m clearly doing something that google doesn’t like here, but what do you think it is?
  2. mbreezy

    mbreezy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jun 27, 2012
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    A few things I'd double check:
    • check meta robots in <head> for noindex values on the pages not index
    • double check robots.txt exists and is optimized (include sitemap reference in robots file)
    • sitemap is updated if it is not updated dynamically
    • all versions of URL are registered in Google Search console with preferred domain set
    • sitemap submitted to Search Console
    • improve internal linking to/between supporting articles (don't rely strictly on top/footer nav)
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  3. clevelandslim

    clevelandslim Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Nov 15, 2008
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    The below mentioned list are the reasons for not getting indexed

    Meta Tags
    URL Parameters
    You don't have enough Pagerank
    Inherited issues
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  4. Linkzo

    Linkzo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Jun 20, 2015
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    Give it a few days (at least), but if Google still hasn’t indexed your site, make sure your sitemap is uploaded and working properly. If you haven’t created or submitted a sitemap, this could be your problem.
    And focus on URL structures where use keyword that could match your site with low competition.
    Make sure you have created the content with high quality.