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shaunm - 11:59 am on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)Thread source:: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4519609.htm
That is very huge Bob,
It's so nice of you taking your time to respond to my post! I very much appreciate you for this.
Oh really? What kind of difficult-to-fix damage it will cause? But I am sure that I am not going to do it after you have said so :)
|Whatever else you do, do not use the URL removal tool for your contact page. You'll be likely doing some difficult-to-fix damage. |
|Not knowing exactly how this translates into queries, I'd try to get "Sample Org" on the home page in a single place in addition to the mentions of SampleOrg |
Yes that would do the trick. But for example purpose only I mentioned it as 'SampleOrg' which cannot be separated since its a brand name. Just think of MicroSoft to make it clear. I cannot put Micro in one place and Soft in another place right? I know I wasn't clearly mentioned it before, though :)
This is one place I need to check in. To make myself clear, you are asking whether I have a canonical URL which happen to be a 301 redirect on any page right? I don't think there is a possibility for this. As I mentioned above each page acts as its own canonical. So when a URL moved permanently, the canonical value assigned to it will also get moved to the new redirected page. But still, I need to make sure :)
|Getting back to a possible canonical problem with the home page, have you canonicalized on your server with 301 redirects |
|or, if not, have you used the rel canonical link tag on the home page? |
Yes the home page like the other pages has canonical tag pointing to it.
|'d be inclined to look very carefully at the nav link setup. Would you describe how the basic nav is structured... ie, is it a hierarchical structure |
Even though the nav looks like its a hierarchical structure, each category page is accessed in a single slash from the root directory. ie almost all the urls looks like example.com/page. Only the features, overview pages has URls like example.com/product/features.aspx, overview.aspx
|Also, what's the position on your pages of your Contact Page links vs your links to Home. |
I don't know what that means or how to find it :(
|This may relate to what I was asking about local presence. Is your business localized in some way? |
It's a international website in English mainly targeting the US market. But we also have other country level sub-folders for Japan, German, France, Australia and UK.
But we do use <link rel="alternate" hreflang="language code" href="alternate URL in almost all the pages telling Google that which page should be targeted for which audience/region/country.
|If so, do you include Place and Country in your home page text. If not, try adding it... not in the title right now, but at least in the html text on the page. |
The page is already occupied with enough of content, and adding place and country in the home page itself would solve the problem? Because this is not an easy task for me at this level.
Yes we do have easy navigation from these two pages to all other pages.
|What about your navigation to the rest of your site... |
- from home?
- from your contact page?
|Is there any difference? I'm conjecturing (in this case, taking a wild guess) that another possibility is too many nav links on your home page (perhaps so many that they fuzz up your main category structure) might make Google see the contact page as a clearer entry page. |
I don't think so, bob. Also, the home page has more relative content and so many anchor texts with the same term: my organization name pointing to it. But still why should Google find contact page as the clear entry page?
Not at all!
|Also, any chance that you have a strong external inbound link coming into your contact page? Strange, but stranger things have happened. PS: An afterthought... have you done any sort of PageRank sculpting on the site? If so, this might be distorting things. |
Many thanks for all your help so far, Bob.
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