Google problem

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  • #159299

    lonman06
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    Hey guys, this is kinda weird, but I have noticed a trend of this happening to me. My blog, which deals with TV and video games has had some problems with indexing in google. About a week or so ago I as getting a lot of traffic from google and I was on the front page for many search terms including this one: prison break photo finish.

    My blog adress is http://lonman06.com

    My page used to come up number one for that search, but now when I search for the same phrase this is number one: wordpress.com/tag/prison-break-photo-finish/

    So basically all my links have been replaced by the wordpress links which just link to my page anyways. Any reason why this would happen?

    #159542

    markljackson
    Member

    Have you checked your site in webmaster tools on Google?

    As for why it would happen, maybe Google wised up? Have you used the direct links in your blog?

    #159543

    markljackson
    Member

    Also it’s possible you lost google juice due to links changing, however it could be that you were pushed down due to an algorithm change.

    #159560

    Google pagerank was just updated recently. Maybe that has something to do with it. And also buying a new domain name makes it like you’re starting all over again on search engines. You didn’t buy links or buy traffic did you?

    #159594

    timethief
    Member

    Is it possible that this could be happening because all tags and categories are pointing to the wordpress.com global tag pages rather than directly to your blog posts?

    #159602

    lonman06
    Member

    I didn’t buy any links or anything. I bought the domain about a month ago, but after a few days all the links on google were updated to my new domain name.

    How can I have the tags go to my posts instead of wordpress when you click on them, is that even possible?

    #159605

    lonman06
    Member

    What is direct links exactly?

    #159606

    timethief
    Member

    What is direct links exactly?

    The way I understand it direct links are links that go directly to your posts.

    How can I have the tags go to my posts instead of wordpress when you click on them, is that even possible?

    I’m sorry to be th bearer of bad tidings but the answer is “you can not”, unless you have private blog, in which case all categories and tags assigned direct only within the blog and not to the wordpress.com global tags pages.

    You see the way our wordpress.com categories and tags have been set up is to direct to the global wordpress.com tag pages. And this has been a very contentious issue so you can use the forum searchbox to locate threads were this was discussed with staff.

    #159610

    options
    Member

    > So basically all my links have been replaced by the wordpress links which just link to my page anyways. Any reason why this would happen?

    it must be because of .com’s global tags pages bloated PR. those Global Tags pages said just outranked your own posts.

    unfortunately, this is inherent “feature” of blogging on the werdpross.com

    #159614

    lonman06
    Member

    So does this mean I am better off not putting in any tags so they don’t steal away my google links?

    #159615

    raincoaster
    Member

    No, the opposite. Someone out there is going to be using the tags, so the tag pages will probably always outrank individual blogs for the most part. But they do give google juice as well as take, so use them.

    #159617

    lonman06
    Member

    But google seems to only want to link to the tags not my page. Won’t this just take away from possible direct links on google? Am I wrong?

    #159618

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you’re not getting direct links from Google, not using tags isn’t going to change that; it’s going to eliminate the only way Google leads to your blog at the moment. The Google ranking tag pages highly issue is somethign that’s not going to change; the problem here is that they’re not counting you at all, and the first issue hasn’t caused the second; they are independent. And every tag page for a tag you use counts as a link to your blog from that page; the more, the better.

    I don’t know why Google would suddenly not be counting you, but you can try re-registering with Google Blogsearch and see if that helps. The recent re-working that Google went through was meant to downgrade tag pages and such, actually, and boost individual blogs. They could well appreciate hearing that it hasn’t worked that way for you.

    #159619

    raincoaster
    Member

    Also: have you compared a search for a term on your OLD URL to a search on your new one? Technorati, for instance, gives completely different results. Google could well expose a discrepancy there, which would be another piece of the puzzle, since it’s not supposed to be any different.

    #159620

    I bought the domain about a month ago, but after a few days all the links on google were updated to my new domain name.

    What I’ve mostly heard from others that have bought a new domain that their pagerank did drop right after buying a new domain. It’s like starting over and might take a couple of months to regain their previous pagerank.

    #159622

    lonman06
    Member

    The thing I don’t get is about a week ago almost every article on my blog was on page 1 of google, now those are 90% gone and have been replace by page 1 tags from wordpress instead.

    mymyspacelayouts: When I did the switch over I did lose a lot of my indexed pages on google, but after a week or so then all came back until about a week ago when they were replaced by the wordpress tags instead.

    I just don’t get why all of a sudden google would decide to change the way it was indexing my site. I’m confused :(

    #159623

    Google has a mind of its own. My other blog of almost two years, name wise, only has my avatar image on Google Image. And my new blog only has one image on Google Image. I dunno.

    #159630

    lonman06
    Member

    Am I better off making by blog private and having all the tags go to my site? I was getting more traffic before the wordpress tags started outranking my front page posts. if I go back to private would I go back to being back on the front page instead of the wordpress tags being on the font page?

    #159631

    lonman06
    Member

    Actually I just looked around, I’m assuming private means I have to invite people to see my blog? There is no way of being off the publically listed wordpress but still available to search engines?

    #159633

    You can email support at support@wordpress.com and ask to have them label your blog as “adult/mature”. I had my other blog labeled as that but it’s not mature in anyway. This will take you off all WordPress tags and the Next feature and off the Growing Blogs list and Top Blogs lists. You’ll still be seen on search engines. A few things might go wonky at first because my first blog started acting weird on Alexa and on Google’s similiar pages lists. But that blog is okay now and has a pagerank of 5.

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