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Wordpress categories outranking main URL

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by CardiffDesigns, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. CardiffDesigns

    CardiffDesigns Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi all,

    I've got a problem with my website built in Wordpress.

    My posts category is ranked number 1 on Google for both of my keywords, but my main URL isn't ranked anywhere near the top 10 pages for the same keywords.

    I don't want to set the categories to "no follow" and disappear from Google but I also don't want my categories to keep showing up as the top results for my website.

    Is there a way to fix this, without starting again from scratch trying to get the homepage ranked?

    Is my situation normal?

    I've used 100% Whitehat techniques to get this site ranked number 1


    I
     
  2. netmatrix

    netmatrix Regular Member

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    Do you have any posts on the homepage targeting those keywords?

    Is the homepage ranking for other keywords?
     
  3. CardiffDesigns

    CardiffDesigns Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The homepage just contains two streams of blog categories.

    It's the blog categories that are ranking not the main URL of the site. I don't know how to fix it.

    :(
     
  4. netmatrix

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    How old is the blog?

    Does your homepage show up when you use the site operator?

    site:yourwebsite.com
     
  5. Cryptocurrency

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    Try to 301 the categories to the homepage. There is a WP plugin called "redirection" that can help you.
     
  6. CardiffDesigns

    CardiffDesigns Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The website does show up when I use site operator on Google.

    The blog is 2 months hold and has a lot of content spread across three different categories.
     
  7. alternatesword

    alternatesword Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    A+, just do it. Your category page will get replaced with your home page in search results.
     
  8. Defecate

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    As OP doesn't want the categories to be vanished from top search
    I think 302 redirect would be better.
     
  9. SerpEvil

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    just leave it as is now,google will fix it,do not do any redirect for now.just my 2 cents
     
  10. CardiffDesigns

    CardiffDesigns Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I was kind of hoping this was the right thing to do.

    I'm hoping that Google will eventually see the value in ranking my homepage above every other area of my site.

    Does everyone think this will eventually happen?