I think my homepage has become too long. I currently use bookmarks to link to 3 subsections. I would like to split the page up, taking 2 of these subsections out and give them each their own page. My question is this: When I link newly created internal pages from the newly created subsection pages will they rank as easily as if I was adding them to the homepage or will I have to wait for the new subsection pages to establish in the SERP's first? Perhaps it would be better to add new internal pages to the homepage first and then do the split?
Volumewise, the 2 subsections that I want to remove, each take up about 1/6th of the homepage.
It used to be the case that when a new internal page was added to the site, it would rank in the top 5 and the HP would join it creating a double indented entry. It's now the case that the HP often ends up on page 2 instead. I'm wondering if this is because the HP has become too long.
It's worth testing. The page 2 thing is probably not exactly because of the length of page 1. More exactly, if that length includes more links to deep pages, then this will probably change that issue because it won't split your HomePage PR vote into as many pieces.
Creeping link growth on the Home Page is one reason some sites get into the Mega Menu problems [webmasterworld.com] we've been discussing in another thread.
I took out one subsection from the bottom of the Home Page and gave it it's own page. Many of the internal pages that have had their links moved to this new page have been boosted in the SERP's - most to #1. One of these pages even displaced a competitor who had sitelinks.
No change to the position of the Home Page or other internal pages that are still linked from it.