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Google indexing "login" and "search" pages instead of forum pages on first page

1BJK903

Active member
#1
Hi all,

I want Google to use my tabs (used as nodes) on the first page where you can find my site and than 8 more links, linking to "search", "contact" etcetera...

But on my main navigation, I see things like "football", "sports" and "rugby" etcetera...
I want that to be shown on the first page instead of contact etc...

How can I force this?
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#2
Are you talking about the links below your search result?

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If so, the last time I checked, you can't control this.

Google decides what the important links are. It doesn't need no stupid human to tell it what the actual important links are. It's far more capable of making that decision for you :p

If there is anything to control it then it will be within Google Webmaster Tools.
 

1BJK903

Active member
#3
Are you talking about the links below your search result?

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If so, the last time I checked, you can't control this.

Google decides what the important links are. It doesn't need no stupid human to tell it what the actual important links are. It's far more capable of making that decision for you :p

If there is anything to control it then it will be within Google Webmaster Tools.
I understand that... but this stupid machine does not recognize the most important pages of my site...

How can I change them in GWT?
 

Martok

Well-known member
#4
How can I change them in GWT?
Chris said if you could it would be in GWT, not that you definitely can do it from there.

AFAIK you can't, you're just going to have to live with it for now until Google deems other parts of your site more important.
 

Martok

Well-known member
#6
You can indeed manage those links. In Webmaster Tools, go to Search Appearance > Site Links, and demote the url's.
Fair enough, you can remove links you don't want as sitelinks by demoting them, but you can't specify the ones you do want, you have to rely on Google to pick them.
 

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
#7
I want that to be shown on the first page instead of contact etc...
I can't see how Google would list contact on a xenforo site as it is a popup.

I agree, demote anything you don't want in GWT, or in robots.txt

The big question is what search terms are you using? Do they include the words football, sports, rugby etc.?
 

Chris D

XenForo developer
Staff member
#10
It is not less likely to be indexed.

Google has no idea that it's a pop up. It just sees it the same as any other page.
 

Mr Lucky

Well-known member
#11
It is not less likely to be indexed.

Google has no idea that it's a pop up. It just sees it the same as any other page.
I agree, and I'm sure you have more knowledge on how it all works, but I assumed that a popup like that doesn't have the usual SEO advantages of a title , headers, meaningful text etc. so it surprises me that it would be picked up as more relevant than pages with good and useful content.

I'm always happy to learn, especially the SEO stuff.