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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Google: If Your Most Important Page Is Terrible, Then That Is Not Good For SEO - Search Engine Roundtable

Last updated Thursday, December 29, 2022 23:05 ET , Source: NewsService

Google's John Mueller said it is a big deal if your most important page or pages are terrible but not such a big deal if your less important pages are terrible. So if your home page is terrible, that is really not good. But if your archived orphaned pages are not good, that is not such a big deal for Google SEO or ranking purposes.

John said on Mastodon "if a site's most important page (say homepage) is "terrible" (in the sense of any algorithm), that's a pretty big deal. If the same site has a random archived page that's "terrible," no big deal."

The question was from Robb Watts, and his question didn't exactly ask this; it was more about the percentage of bad pages, but here is what he said:

I’d read that where a domain is id’d as having a degree of unhelpful content that it can pull down the performance of the domain as a whole. Is there any kind of scale here? Eg domain has x% poor content and y% great, then ability to rank impact == usual position - z ?

Also if poor vs good content % ratio ( 5p/95g vs 60p/40g) then is ranking impact aligned to poor v good % ratios?

Is there anything you can share?

John responded:

Nuance + character-limit = hard :). Here's an example: if a site's most important page (say homepage) is "terrible" (in the sense of any algorithm), that's a pretty big deal. If the same site has a random archived page that's "terrible", no big deal.

There's no absolute "page-percentage" number for this, I'd see it more as "what would the avg user think when...



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