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Google finds my tags pages, not posts.

  1. Post in question: http://politicalbooks.wordpress.com/2009/07/23/page-425-of-the-health-care-bill-will-tell-the-elderly-how-to-end-their-life-sooner/

    If you type in "page 425" into google, on the third page you find me. Depending on the day and if you use other words like health care or fact check, or counseling session, the position moves up or down a bit, on a couple I've got 1st page above the fold. But instead of getting to my post about healthcare, you get to my tags page. I've been getting 10-20 people a day finding my site through some variation of page 425, but almost half get to my tags page and then hit the back button.

    How do I make google find the actual page, not a tag page leading to the post?

    As an aside, I'm having the same problem with two other search terms.

    The blog I need help with is politicalbooks.wordpress.com.

  2. It's a google problem. There are a lot of them around. If google has a feedback process, give them feedback. I know my site hasn't been indexed in a sensible way in quite some time.

    Normally, however, tag pages WILL outrank individual blog posts. This is also true of the global tag pages, which normally outrank every post that uses that particular tag. This is because there are more links to the tag page than to the individual blog post.

  3. Lame. But thanks for the answer. I didn't think links to my own pages counted towarda google page rank.

    Hypotheticlly If I link all my healthcare posts to one page, that page will rank higher?

  4. Internal links do count when nobody else has linked to your posts. It's the same as the global tag pages, only you're the only one using those tags. The only posts I have that outrank the tag pages are really REALLY popular ones that have gotten links from major sites like Gawker. So your local News tag page gets a link every time you use that tag. After five or six posts in that tag, it starts to add up and that page becomes more important than any individual post. Internal links are not counted as highly as external ones, but they are counted.

    So, technically the answer is yes, but it's a moderate effect. I could go into more detail, but it's seven in the morning and I've got to go to bed. Short form: if what you want is for your individual posts to outrank your tag pages, you need to stop using tags, which will also slaughter your search engine juice. Hob's choice, I think they call it.

    If you use the Healthcare tag,then it's not just a link in a post going to some other page, it's also automatically a link from that page back to your posts.

  5. Meant to add "and that's an EXTERNAL link" That's an important distinction.

  6. Thanks a lot for that info. I have one sst question, as until now I had assumed links to myself didn't matter to google.

    I have a book summary and review split up over 6 posts. They are all crosslinked equally. Following the reasoning you're explaining, I might get a better page rank on the first post if I removed all the cross links and put all the navigation on just tge first post? That actually makes sense.

  7. Thanks a lot for that info. I have one sst question, as until now I had assumed links to myself didn't matter to google.

    I have a book summary and review split up over 6 posts. They are all crosslinked equally. Following the reasoning you're explaining, I might get a better page rank on the first post if I removed all the cross links and put all the navigation on just tge first post? That actually makes sense.

  8. No. Keep all the links as they are. You could give a minor boost to the one page, but it's not really worth penalizing the others. As long as each of the posts links to the first post as well as the others, you're laughing.

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