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Totally unranked on google

garfield_hodgso
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11 0 0

Hi all

i rank for about 200 keywords and phrases on google concerning moringa. But for my main keyword 'moringa' i am completely unranked. I am not in any of Google.co.uk's 24 pages for it. My site is over a year old.  I just can't understand it. anyone have any ideas? 

Peace

Garfield

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Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
246 1 39

A single word search probably raleates to a lot of websites, many more powerful than yours.

I suggest you verify your website with the Google Search Console and check out the Search Analytics report to see where you actually stand with valuable search terms.

Try focusing on search terms that are more related to people wanting to buy your product, not just find out about it. There will be less competition and a better conversion rate. e.g. buy moringa powder 😉

Technical SEO Consultant - Specialising in setting up Structured Data for Rich Snippets, Google Analytics for advanced reports and the Google Search Console for efficient crawling.
Vivek
Shopify Partner
36 0 7

Seems like you are up against the wall on this one. You are competing for a product keyword and that's a catchy catch. Ranking for the main keyword is an uphill task. It's like competing for the keyword. Here is what I would recommend you to do - 

1. Pick up a nifty tools like Ahrefs / MozPro. Run your website through it and extract the list of keywords and keyword ideas along with Keyword Difficulty Score

2. If you are not ranking for the main keyword, I would assume that the difficulty score for that is on the higher side. 

The route to rank for a keyword with higher difficulty score goes via lot of other keywords with lesser difficulty. The "Keyword Ideas" will list down the keywords with lesser difficulty score. Ranking for these keywords is function of - 

1. Content 

2. Content that generates backlinks ( This is most critical part ) 

3. Championing OnPage SEO

Head to the Ahrefs blog to crrack the semantics and get going.

Hope this helps.

Vivek

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garfield_hodgso
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11 0 0

Hi chaps, thanks for the advice.

Looking at my competition, it seems pretty weak. unrelated websites a lot of them. and according to google analytics i have been ranked 1 over the last 28 days for 'moringa' which i find puzzling as i haven't had any clickthroughs or ever seen my site at number 1, so google must be reporting incorrectly. i have foreign sites ranking on google uk. But not mine. Could it be because shopify is based in canada?

Like I said, I rank highly on nearly 200 keywords and phrases so Google must be seeing my site but its not even acknowledging me on Google uk for my main keyword. surely I should be in the 24 pages somewhere???

   

Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
246 1 39

Click on the moringa keyword then check the other options in the report. e.g. Countires, devices. Maybe you are ranking in Canada.

In the search console you can specify that your target market is the UK. And add some clues to your website that your primary market is there. The only clue I can see is that prices are in pounds.

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garfield_hodgso
New Member
11 0 0

Hi Tony

Yes my international targeting in Google console is set to UK. maybe i haven't got enough references to the UK in my content but I would have thought google would know via the targeting.

I also went into analytics and  clicked position, queries (moringa), and selected the UK and apparently my average position is 1. Which would be lovely if it were true. 

Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
246 1 39

Do you have a Google Local Business Page. That can often give you 1 spot, but only in a very localised place. How many impressions are you getting for that top spot?

 

 

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Vivek
Shopify Partner
36 0 7

What's the search volume for the keyword ? Position is often a misnomer, especially when it comes to Search Console. A better metric to track should be the Impression Volume. As long as your International targeting is set to UK, Google UK will treat you like a UK business. Also, would recommend that you check the rankings / impressions / position for a week and compare it with the previous one. By defauly search console presents the aggregated data of 28 days, which can be often ambiguos. 

Vivek

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garfield_hodgso
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Tony and Vivek

Only got 3 impressions for 'moringa' over the 28 days. looking at past 7 days im not ranked at all. maybe i flashed up momentarily in the number 1 spot haha. if i was ranked 1 i would be getting 1000's of traffic. 

Not got a local business page.

I am getting 3 times more traffic from the US than the UK. 

 

 

Vivek
Shopify Partner
36 0 7

Okay. If you are getting traffic from both US and UK, you might want to consider using hreflang tags and tell Google to index separately for these geo's. 

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Vivek
Shopify Partner
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+1 on Tony's point of setting up a Google+ Business and Google+ Page as well. 

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garfield_hodgso
New Member
11 0 0

Hi Vivek

Are hreflang tags necessary if Google are targeting the UK anyway? 

This thread is already ranked 143 on Google uk for 'moringa' ?

Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
246 1 39

reflang is only of use if you have content specific to regions. e.g. a US version and a UK version.

3 impressions implies something like personalisation. Someone may have your website in their browsing history and then searched for the term. Google can sometimes pop up website like that.

It looks like you need to increase the authority of the website, and to clarify your targedt market on it.

One way is to find local or topical business directories and get your details in there. Be very consistent with your name address and phone number as Google uses them as a fingerprint to identify a business.

You could also consider adding structured markup on your homepage that provides details of your business.

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I just can't understand it. anyone have any ideas? 

garfield_hodgso
New Member
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Hi Tony

Ok I will have a look at local directories. 

However, how can this 4 day old thread be ranked above me for moringa?

Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
246 1 39

This website is very authoritative so can rank pages quite quickly. 

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garfield_hodgso
New Member
11 0 0

Hi tony 

How can a thread such as this be more authorative than a whole site dedicated to moringa?  

Over the last 90 days, Google say I have ranked for 354 keywords and phrases involving Moringa. there are sites on google uk from all over the world ranked. My concern is not that I am ranked low but that I'm not ranked at all for my main keyword. I would think this impossible.

Another thing, It says in Google analytics that I have 24 duplicate meta descriptions. However I have individually written each one differently.  so that is wrong as well. 

I have submitted my site to about 10 UK business directories as well this week. See if that helps.

 

Vivek
Shopify Partner
36 0 7

Garfied,

This is slightly complicated than it appears. Google Search algorithm is a black box but amongst the various known signals are these - 

1. Authority of the Domain - This is primarily gauged by the number of backlinks ( high quality / contextual / right anchor text ). As far as I can see, you currently have only 8 referring domains. Shopify has over 100K. 

2. Keyword Centric Optimization: I took the liberty of pulling out your rankings on Ahrefs. Attaching the report for you. This might be insightful for you. These are low difficulty score keywords. If you are able to gain backlinks from some authoritative domains, you will be able to start ranking.

3. Time - Building SERP Rankings is a time taking effort. This does not happen over night. 

Refer to these links to access your keyword report and backlink 

Vivek

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Tony_McCreath
Shopify Expert
246 1 39

The Search Consoles duplicate report can take quite a while to update. It's probably from before you made the edits.

 

It's also quite dumb and maybe reporting duplicates that are no issue. e.g. product page variants with collections in their URL

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garfield_hodgso
New Member
11 0 0

Hi Vivek

Thanks for taking the time to do the report. Much appreciated.