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    Question Single Page Deindexed

    Hi There!

    I've never had this happen personally, but thought I'd seem out some insight here.

    I've got a friend who's site had a single page fall out of organic search results. She previously showed up #3, but the page itself is no longer indexed. No manual action, but a definite drop in traffic. She did go in and change her title tag, and almost instantly fell out of the search results. It was then changed back, but the visibility was not restored. Nothing else has changed. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    When did they change the tag? You could use this tool to resubmit the page.

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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    Thanks, Scott.

    I'm not sure why they changed the title tag other than to experiment.

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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    No issues with canonical?

    No issues with robots.txt?

    No issues with a noindex, nofollow directive on the page itself?

    No issues with x meta robots telling Google not to index the page?
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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    I uncovered a canonical issue last night - thank you!
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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiSkyline View Post
    I uncovered a canonical issue last night - thank you!
    Nice. Good work!
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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    Most of the time something like this happens to a single page, it's due to one of the factors Joshua pointed out.

    It's always the simple errors like this that mess things up :P
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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    So the problem was caused by canonical issue? And the page has been indexed again to previous position?

    I understand all other hints Joshua pointed out but never really grasp how canonical works, or in what situation the tag should be deployed.

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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    Yoast has a great primer on Canonicals.

    There's even a rundown of common problems:

    There is a multitude of cases out there showing that a wrong rel=canonical implementation can lead to huge issues. I know of several sites that had the canonical on their homepage point to an article and completely lost their home page from the search results. There are more things you shouldn’t do with rel=canonical. Let me list the most important ones... (read the rest)
    The core idea though, if there's a few different versions of a page, rel=canonical lets you tell Google which is the 'right' one. The down side, if you use it wrong, you might be telling Google that a given page actually isn't the version you want Google to pay attention to at all, effectively scrubbing the page from the index. That could be what the poster found in this thread's case.
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    Re: Single Page Deindexed

    Ah... using Yoast's plugin but never pay attention to its canonical function.
    Never have the need I guess, always go 301 route.

    I have more questions regarding canonical, but will just have it in separate thread. Thanks James!

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