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lennondevid

7:48 am on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)



I have my website in WordPress. My query is if I search any keywords in Google related to website webpages then it doesn't show any webpage result in web results. But if I search in Google blog then It is showing my webpages in Google blog results for same keyword.

I want to know what is problem with my webpages. Why they are coming in Google blog search instead of Google web search?

Robert Charlton

9:54 am on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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lennondevid - Is this the same site as you're asking about in this current thread?

Website ranking dropped due to penguin 2.1. Please suggest solution
http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4618333.htm [webmasterworld.com]

If so, we'd normally keep the discussion in one thread, but I'm thinking that the general question of Blog Search results vs Web Search results is an interesting question on its own.

Generally, there's more competition in web results than in blog results, because not all websites are blogs. In niches where the important sites are all blogs, though, this may not be the case for the top spots. Just thinking out loud, I'm thinking that freshness might also be more of a factor in blog search than in web search, but I'm not sure of that. If your links are all from other blogs, that might also have an effect that would cause Google to rank you higher in blog search.

Without knowing more about the kind of niche you're in (again, avoiding specifics), it's hard to guess about other reasons why your site might be competing well against other blogs. Following the above line of thought, can you suggest possibilities regarding your niche?

lennondevid

10:29 am on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)



Yes Robert I am asking about the same site. But the question was different so I started another thread.
wherever i know Google blog search shows blog pages in search result.
My question is why my website's category webpages are coming in Google blog result instead of Google web result.

aakk9999

12:46 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure whether anybody has actually done a research on this, but what about the possibility that the Penguin is only affecting main Web Search?

If Penguin is not affecting Blog Search then this could explain what you are seeing.

My speculation is based on the information you have given in your opening post here, combined with the information you have provided in your other thread (which Robert has linked to above), where you said your site got hit with Penguin 2.1.

Do you know how your site ranked on Blog Search before being hit by Penguin? If so, is the ranking on Blog Search unchanged?

lennondevid

1:44 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)



@aakk9999 Thanks for reply.
Before being hit by penguin the website's blog pages were coming into blog search. Website's blog pages were ranking well in blog search. But now website's category pages are coming into blog search.
Also they are showing the date in blog search.

I am so confused.

aakk9999

4:40 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

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So if I understood well, please correct if needed:

- You have a Wordpress site which consists of static "Pages" and their categories, and blog "Posts" (and post categories?)

- Up to Penguin 2.1, Posts were ranking on Google Blog Search and Pages and Page Categories were ranking on Web Search

- After Penguin 2.1 your Pages and Page categories have disappeared from Web Search, but they appeared on Blog Search. Posts and post categories remained in Blog Search

If this is what happened, then really strange. Are you sure that your Pages/Page Categories started to appear in Blog Search only after Penguin 2.1? Is it possible that this change happened few weeks earlier, e.g. when Hummingbird algo was introduced?

lennondevid

9:30 am on Oct 28, 2013 (gmt 0)



Yes, you are right, and I'm sure that category pages started to disappear after penguin 2.1. Moreover, I didn't notice any ranking drops when Hummingbird algo was introduced.

vitorius

7:13 pm on Oct 28, 2013 (gmt 0)



I have also wordpress blog and it used to show in top 10 rankings on Google web search and in Google blog search. Nowadays it just shows in Google blog but not anymore in web search so we have an identical issue here. After Penguin 2.1 am not more in web search. Its confusing because every time I make a new post I come 1st on Google blog search for certain keywords but am not at all on web search.

JD_Toims

9:55 pm on Oct 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you are right, and I'm sure that category pages started to disappear after penguin 2.1. Moreover, I didn't notice any ranking drops when Hummingbird algo was introduced.

I think on this one we might need to remember Google makes 500+ updates a year and correlation is not necessarily [it could be, but also may not] equal to causation. It's interesting timing and would be easy to "blame Penguin", but I'm thinking it could be something different based on what's been said.

Website's blog pages were ranking well in blog search. But now website's category pages are coming into blog search.

The reasoning behind my preceding point/thought is the above does not sound like a Penguin hit to me. It sounds more like an adjustment to how the "segmentation" between "blog" and "web" is determined.

Do your "static" category pages possibly have a footprint similar to your blog pages? Meaning: Do they use essentially the same template; have the word "category" anywhere in the URL; have "bloggy elements" like tag clouds, link patterns, etc.
 

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