Anyone experienced this?

by TKO 25 replies
Just started a blog and have over 40 posts in a reasonable competitive niche. I've started ranking high in the SERPs for some long tail keywords. My problem is, when the searcher finds my site via the keyword/s, he is taken to the latest post on my blog and not to the related post for the keyword.

Anyone know why this is happening? I have used SEO friendly permalinks for my URLs so the search engines should be able to find the post. Any ideas? Is it a problem?

Thanks in Advance...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Hmmm, sorry I can't help with this one, but you have me interested in the response. I hope someone can shed some light on why that would happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author TKO
      Surely we have some bloogers in the house. Shed some light warriors-please
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    Is it normally the homepage of your blog where they are arriving?
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    • Profile picture of the author TKO
      Yes they always arrive on my home page, which is my latest post.
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  • Profile picture of the author erinwrites
    Wow, I'm interested in this now too... Anybody?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Could it be a setting in your htaccess file, that redirects everything to the index? Only thing I can think of. Thats what it sounds like to me, the htaccess is forcing every one to the index. Unless you have some odd plug-in or redirect on your pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ouroboros
      TKO,

      I've been wrestling with this same problem and even started a thread on a similar situation.

      You mentioned permalinks, which are good, but the 'recent posts' are on a "page", I think. Somebody please correct me if I'm wrong. That 'page' is getting all the SEO love.

      Try putting All-in-One SEO plugin on your blog and spend some time optimizing the 'meta' description and keywords for each POST. If your "posts page" is getting those kinds of hits, adding the SEO to each individual post might get the surfer to land at the right place.

      If anyone can tell me how to get a surfer to land on an individual post on a WP Blog/site I'd pay for that!

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      • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
        Originally Posted by Ouroboros View Post


        If anyone can tell me how to get a surfer to land on an individual post on a WP Blog/site I'd pay for that!

        Steve
        Maybe I am missing it, but thats how normal SEO and wordpress work, has worked for me for since I've been doing blogs. I don't understand why they would not come to the page that is listed in the search engines, unless something is redirecting them.

        I have not used the plug-in you've mentioned, never used any seo plugin, but maybe that is what is sending them the wrong way? I don't know how it works, but it has to be either a setting in htacces or code on the page (maybe from a plugin) that is sending them elsewhere. Something it redirecting them.

        In reality, redirecting surfers away from the original page might even hurt you. I know with G images, if you try redirecting they can and do drop you.
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        • Profile picture of the author Eric Lorence
          I have quite a few WP installs, and never had this problem.

          Some themes will also play funky with your settings,

          If all of the rest of your settings look good, try changing up the theme.


          Hope that helps, good luck!
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          • Profile picture of the author TKO
            First of all thank you to everyone for their suggestions and help.

            Investigating this problem further this is what i found
            For example- when my site appears on google for a certain keyword, it doesn't show my post on that keyword. It shows my description and URL that would appear in google if i searched my exact URL. So instead of showing www.blahblah.com/keyword(s) it shows WWW.BLAHBLAH.COM on google. So i don't think its my blog that is redirecting the visitors. I find this very strange and its got me confused. Any more ideas?
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            • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
              Originally Posted by TKO View Post

              First of all thank you to everyone for their suggestions and help.

              Investigating this problem further this is what i found
              For example- when my site appears on google for a certain keyword, it doesn't show my post on that keyword. It shows my description and URL that would appear in google if i searched my exact URL. So instead of showing www.blahblah.com/keyword(s) it shows WWW.BLAHBLAH.COM on google. So i don't think its my blog that is redirecting the visitors. I find this very strange and its got me confused. Any more ideas?
              Sounds like just your index or main page is ranking, your post or single pages not ranking. So seems was not really a problem. How old is the blog? How many backlinks? Do you have backlinks to the post pages? Many variables, hard to say for sure.
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              • Profile picture of the author TKO
                The blog is relatively new, approx 1 month old. Just concentrating on the content at the moment and have done no link building except for a few social bookmarks. So i have nothing to worry about?

                P.S sorry guys i should have made all this clear from the start. Excuse my ignorance i've just started blogging...
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  • Profile picture of the author Manuel Viloria
    Hi,

    How many blog posts are you displaying on your homepage?
    How old is the post you want people to visit?

    Kind regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author simonspurr
    I've experienced this - what seems to happen is it shows the homepage until that post is off the homepage, and starts showing the post itself
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    • Profile picture of the author TKO
      No the post has been off the home page now for a while. I show 5 posts in total on my home page. Its not one of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Manuel Viloria
        Originally Posted by TKO View Post

        No the post has been off the home page now for a while. I show 5 posts in total on my home page. Its not one of them.
        Looks like the search engine bots don't visit your site often enough,
        so they think your old post is still in your homepage.

        I suggest you add a "Recent Posts" section somewhere in your blog,
        as well as an "Archives" page which is linked to from your homepage.

        Did you customize your RSS feed, or did you leave it as is?

        Thanks,
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    Do some deep linking (links to inner pages) and submit your RSS feed to feed directories.

    Links. Links. Links.


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    • Profile picture of the author TKO
      Andrew thanks mate, can you please elaborate on the rss feed? How do i go about submitting my feed to the directories? How do i find out my rss feed URL or is it the same as my domain name? Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Just as Andrew said, links, links, links. Not much is going to happen until you get going on it.

    Why not link in your sig? Should put your link every where you have the opportunity.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    For feed submission look here: rss feed submission - Google Search and here: RSSTop55 - Best Blog Directory And RSS Submission Sites - Robin Good' Sharewood Tidings
    There's tons of sites where you can submit your feed and by doing so you will get links to every page automatically whenever you update your blog.


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  • Profile picture of the author Satdin
    Hi TKO, I am working with wordpress and blogspot for a long time. Can I try to help? If yes, please give me some details.

    1. Your website url,
    2. Theme name,
    3. Wordpress version
    4. activated and deactivated plugin names,
    5. Any code you installed separately.
    Nothing more that.

    Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    Here's my guess- you make a post about midget purple squirrels. The SE finds it on your home page and indexes that page for that phrase.

    Weeks later, I search for that phrase and the SERP link takes me to your blog's home page, since that's the page that got indexed for that phrase. But your article on midget purple squirrels has fallen off your home page.

    This happens to me all the time when a blog comes up in a search. It's quite annoying when the phrase I searched for doesn't even appear on the page that was returned. Just shows how far the SE technology needs to advance to be useful.
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    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      Originally Posted by Chris Lockwood View Post

      Here's my guess- you make a post about midget purple squirrels. The SE finds it on your home page and indexes that page for that phrase.

      Weeks later, I search for that phrase and the SERP link takes me to your blog's home page, since that's the page that got indexed for that phrase. But your article on midget purple squirrels has fallen off your home page.

      This happens to me all the time when a blog comes up in a search. It's quite annoying when the phrase I searched for doesn't even appear on the page that was returned. Just shows how far the SE technology needs to advance to be useful.
      This is exactly right Chris...

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      • Profile picture of the author dwooding
        Here's a solution for those with their own wordpress blog that receives visitors from Google.

        Someone searches for "blue widgets" on google, clicks a link that takes the visitor to your home page of your blog ... this solution will print "Looking for blue widgets?" with the "blue widgets" portion hyperlinked to your wordpress blog's search function. Visitor clicks on the "blue widget " link and the wordpress search function will return results that includes your post about "blue widgets".

        You will need to modify your wordpress theme file(s) and include the following php code. You will need to edit your Main Index Template (Presentation -> Theme Editor - > Main Index Template).



        Get the code here: http://www.davewooding.com/warrior_wordpress.txt

        You'll have to experiment with placement to have results show up where you want (maybe edit the Sidebar file instead - or whatever files are appropriate to your specific wordpress theme). Here's an example of adding this code to the Main Index Template for the Impact theme.



        This was tested on Wordpress version 2.05.

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  • Profile picture of the author dspruyt
    Not sure if you would be interested. But you might want to try setting up a blog through wordpressdirect it has quite a number of plug-ins installed and it helps you get your page optimized pretty fast. There are a few membership categories, but you may just want to check out the free one first before upgrading.

    I dont remember having any problems with the links on google and all ending up on my index page. Hope it may be of good use otherwise ;D
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