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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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