Problem ranking my main site

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In the last two month I noticed a problem ranking my new niche websites' main site.

First my process:
Normally, I would write 3x500 words articles with 1-2% keyword density (natural) and underline, bold, italize one of the keywords. Also I would link one of the keywords to my main page. In the first 7 days I would only set bookmarks at delicious and digg. After 7 days I would slowly start building backlinks. And two ads above the fold.

The Problem:
All my subpages are ranking better than my main site.

My thoughts what could cause the trouble:
- I over optimize my website and concentrate too much on the keywords
- They are no EMD's I added a suffix to the domain, maybe 2 month is not enough to get the main site ranking?
- Maybe it is too early to set backlinks

What are your thoughts I really need to find a solution, did anyone encounter a similar problem?
#main #problem #ranking #site
  • Profile picture of the author ranktrackerpro
    Are you sure your on-page SEO is rock solid?

    Title, H1, H2 tags, meta-description?
    PM the site and primary keyword if you'd like, I can check.

    What's the competition like on the first page? How tough is it?

    Do you know the monthly local [exact seach] count?
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrian
    No its not too early rather its Google and yup 2 month are enough but You must required to work on your On page to make your web site Google crawler friendly. after that only original content is the way to get high PR.
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  • Profile picture of the author John K Glenn
    hmm..Looks like , Your ON Page SEO is creating those problems , Make sure your site is properly Optimized for SEO on your Home Page. You can checklist the points from this detailed description about On Page optimization here : 29 On-Page SEO Factors That Still Matter
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    • Profile picture of the author nolokimes
      Originally Posted by John K Glenn View Post

      hmm..Looks like , Your ON Page SEO is creating those problems , Make sure your site is properly Optimized for SEO on your Home Page. You can checklist the points from this detailed description about On Page optimization here :
      yeah it might be over optimization. I really use the keyword in title, image name, image alt, bold, underline, etc. that might be too much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevemartin619
    I am also facing trouble in my keywords ranking. I don't understand which method should I use first?
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheSiteLab
    is ranking sub pages really that bad a problem? often sub pages have the details a user is searching for, more than the main page. It seems you're over thinking things a bit. don't worry about all the bold, italics, underline stuff.. it isn't natural and means nothing.


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  • Profile picture of the author vijai
    what you have done is right.wait for few weeks and check keyword rankings using sem rush .
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  • Profile picture of the author Theeban
    I would suggest to go ahead with link building, specially focus on more contextual link building - That will help you to get steady and improved ranking, however, when you are starting to get backlinks there will be some kind of dancing in ranks,
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  • Profile picture of the author thehobbster
    Yeah, you need to use links to help Google understand which page is the one that should be ranking for that specific term.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Domain age and Competition of the first page act a big role in these days. Do you target multiple keywords for a MNS? It's a working strategy for me. I tested 6-10 keywords per site and get rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    I would just recommend building more links with the proper anchor to the page you're trying to rank
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  • Profile picture of the author nolokimes
    What I'm going to do:
    - I believe I used too many anchor text links with my keywords so I will reduce the percentage from about 80-90% down to 20-30%
    - I will also lower the level of onsite optimization a little bit

    Thanks everyone for trying to help some ideas were really good.

    PS:
    is ranking sub pages really that bad a problem? often sub pages have the details a user is searching for, more than the main page. It seems you're over thinking things a bit. don't worry about all the bold, italics, underline stuff.. it isn't natural and means nothing.
    Yes it is a problem. Your main site should be the strongest especially if you are competing for medium difficult keywords. The subpages in my strategy are concentrating on my long tail keywords.
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