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Only tagged posts showing in search results (6 posts)

  1. mjphoto0809
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    I'm having a problem with the way my website displays in search results, and I only noticed this issue recently. When clients find me in the Google search results, my website doesn't display in a normal way. What pops up is 'posts tagged' and it takes the searcher to a random post on my website instead of my homepage.

    I'm wondering if this is an issue with something I have turned on in the WordPress settings, or if it has to do with the Yoast SEO plug-in? Regardless of what I type in, random tagged posts are all that ever show up in search results.

    Has anyone else ever experienced this? I would love to figure out why my website is displaying this way, as it only recently began doing this a few weeks ago. Before that, my website displayed normally in search results and clients were immediately taken to my homepage when they clicked on it. I haven't made any changes.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Viktor Nagornyy
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Can you share your URL and a keyword to use in Google that you used? I've never heard of this issue, unless Google made some change on their end (which is possible) might be something on your end that you didn't notice.

  3. mjphoto0809
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Thanks so much for your reply.

    My url is http://www.michellejackson.ca

    I'm a photographer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and many of my clients have told me they almost didn't click on my site because of how it displays. To find me, clients generally type in "edmonton newborn photographer," "edmonton maternity photographer" or "edmonton family photographer."

  4. Viktor Nagornyy
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    This is more SEO issue than WordPress issue. You gallery pages do not have any text content but images. Visually its good, for SEO? It's not. Your Tag pages are outranking your gallery and homepage because they technically have more content related to those keywords.

    You can nofollow Tag pages to try to get them off search results, and you can do it easily inside Yoast's SEO plugin settings, under Titles and Metas options. Just nofollow/noindex Tag pages.

    To expedite removal, you will need to claim your website with Google Webmaster Tools, and then submit those pages for removal.

    My recommendation is to get rid of the comments box on gallery pages and have a description written for each gallery with your keywords in them to help Google understand what it is and where to rank you.

    There are more on-page SEO that can be done, but that's another story.

  5. mjphoto0809
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Thank-you SO much!!! I would have never thought that the issue was to do with my galleries. Thanks so much for your time and for looking into this for me. I'm off to go make some changes now, thanks so much for your advice and help!

  6. Viktor Nagornyy
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    You're welcome, glad I could help.

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