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Site map rather than home page in Serps after Penguin hit

 10:47 am on Jul 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

One of my sites was hit by Penguin back in April, I have not managed to repair the damage yet.

One interesting thing is that now the SiteMap is the main page which Google indexes in it's serps - any thoughts as to why and how to get it to list the home page instead?



 6:07 pm on Jul 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Do you mean that the sitemap ranks for the same keywords that the homepage targets? Also, what do the rankings for both pages look like for long-tail and exact-quote searches?


 9:02 pm on Jul 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Yes, the site was zapped by Penguin on the 24th, after that the sitemap now ranks for the term that the homepage ranked for - the main term, it is an EMD.

Initially the main term went down below page 5, google now ranks the site map for this term and it is on page 2 rather than the 1st position it previously enjoyed prior to Penguin.


 1:13 pm on Jul 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

This is one of the strange oddities about Penguin. There are several other oddities about it as well. But I don't have an explanation for them.

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