| 5:26 pm on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I had a similar problem last year with Google ranking a blog category page rather than the home page and managed to get round it.
Tedster suggested there that the anchor text on each page might be the issue - that the text was helping the page it was ON more than the page it pointed TO.
This was one of the things I changed, details here: [webmasterworld.com...]
| 2:53 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)|
You should not direct bargains with the backlinks with high DA sites, also the proper metas are important, make sure you have the content arranged with the kw for the page you want to optimize.
| 3:54 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Often when I see this, it's because the preferred page (in this case /piano.aspx) has too many internal and/or external links pointed to it with the targeted keyword phrase ("piano") as the link text.
It doesn't look natural for pages to have lots of inbound links with the exact same text ("piano") as the link text. That preferred URL ends up getting filtered for the VERY word you are targeting, so the preferred URL will not rank. Instead Google picks a less relevant page to show in it's place typically with lower rankings.
| 10:42 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for your answer. It looks like you would go with the option #1 then :-)
Thanks! Seriously, is that an answer to my question?
Thanks!I am curious to know if you had such a situation where because of too many links with exact anchor text pointing to a single page got filtered out? Also, I would keep this in mind and wiill definitely run a background check on the pages. But my question isn't about wrong page ranking but which of the two options an SEO like you would prefer to do?
| 2:04 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I have dealt with this for several clients who had a particular URL being filtered for a particular keyword phrase for having too many exact match link texts for that particular keyword phrase.
If you determine the /piano.aspx page is being filtered because you have an unnatural number of backlinks pointing to it with "piano" then nothing you can do to the "piano how to" page is going to make the piano.aspx page rank better.
#1 will simply make the "piano how to" page rank worse and possibly make G pick an even less relevant page. If piano.aspx is filtered, nothing you do to demote other pages will make it rank better.
In #2 you suggest changing titles,etc. I wouldn't unless they are not properly set for your targeted keywords. And you also suggest adding more links pointing to piano.aspx. If your page is being filtered then adding more links with "piano" as the link text is only going to make things worse.
Personally, I would just be thankful that you have a page ranking and do nothing to upset that. Work on the problem (high percentage of backlinks for /piano.aspx with exactly "piano" as the link text), not the symptoms (wrong page ranking). Gradually introduce more backlinks to piano.aspx with white noise link text (click here, here, learn more, etc.) as well as longer tail, one of a kind link text that might still contain the word "piano" (such as "see our pianos at <insert brand>"). Over time this will reduce the percentage of back links with exactly the filtered term and eventually the filter will get lifted.
Again ALL of the above assumes you are confident that your URL is being filtered for that keyword phrase because of its inbound links are overoptimized for "piano".
| 7:38 am on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Thank again for the detailed answering, ZydoSEO :-)
|Personally, I would just be thankful that you have a page ranking and do nothing to upset that |
This is it!