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If I search Google with Post Title the result page returned is the index of the blog (let's say example.com).
But, if I search Post Title site:example.com the first result it returns is the actual blog post with the title Post Title.
What does this say about the page with the actual blog post? Why doesn't G return the actual post when I search without the site: operator?
I hope I can make myself understood...
Web pages of a Website may be processed to improve search results. For example, information likely to pertain to more than just the Web page it is directly associated with may be identified. One or more other, related, Web pages that such information is likely to pertain to is also identified. The identified information is associated with the identified other Web page(s) and this association is saved in a way to affect a search result score of the Web page(s).
the page with the link on it being returned in the normal SERPs rather than the expected one.
Any ideas how to change this situation?
Maybe the way to change the situation is to get more links to the post page. That would seem to make sense and would be the first thing I would try. Or, maybe even before that, check your blog architecture: Is that same post reachable by more than one URL, say by topic archive and date archive? That might dilute some link juice going to the post.
And then, if, maybe, possibly, mayhap, something along the lines of that patent have kicked in Google might have taken one aspect out of our hands. Again, this part is only food for thought, something to keep back of mind as we look at things.
Is that same post reachable by more than one URL, say by topic archive and date archive? That might dilute some link juice going to the post.
Yes, more or less, this is the case. The post is reachable from the index, archive and some other places.
But on the other hand you say to get more links to the post.
I'm a little confused. Please explain.
This situation began a few weeks ago.
Up until then the index page was the first to be returned in the results, as you say, but then, as the rank was passed on through the anchor text in the link on the index page to the actual post, the actual post was returned in the results.