My most important keywords are "ethical design agency". I have an 'ethical design' page on my website (www.made-up-name-design-agency.co.uk/ethical-design).

I've noticed that when searching using this phrase, my ethical-design page ranks highly and my homepage doesn't. But I don't want people to go to the ethical-design page because that is a fairly functional page with my environmental policy. I want search engines to rank my homepage, which gives an intro to what I do.

Is there a way to get search engines to rank my homepage or direct people in the search results to the homepage?

Would sitelinks be the answer? And if so, how do I make sitelinks? I've looked in Google Search Console and can't find anything.

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    Sitelinks are not the answer, but here is how to encourage Google to create sitelinks for your site: What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks? Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 15:47
  • Thank you. I was under the impression that I could create sitelinks. I hadn't realised that Google does it.
    – Markeee
    Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 16:18
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    Generally speaking, home pages do not perform well in search for specific terms but may for branded searches. Cheers!!
    – closetnoc
    Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 16:51
  • Okay, thank you. I was hoping Google would push searchers towards the homepage (even when an "inside" page was the page that contained the keywords). I'm going to have to have a rethink.
    – Markeee
    Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 18:36

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As @closetnoc said above, your deep link pages may outrank your home page for a long tail keyword. This is possibly because that page is optimized for that phrase or keyword, while your home page may be optimized for other search terms.

If you want your home page to rank for "ethical design agency" you have to optimize your home page, to the point where it'll be more optimized for it than the deep link page. (Whether that makes sense for your business is up to you to decide: would you lose rankings for other keywords that figure on your home page?) That means including the phrase in your title tag, structured data description field, heading and body copy, image alt text - the usual SEO keyword optimization techniques.

The other course you can take is make your deep link page, which is already ranking for the term, more relevant to the term and to your business goals. That means adding content, further optimization, CTA's, etc.

Also, your ethical design page may rank above your home page if it has more backlinks that are relevant to that term. Use a tool like Moz's Open Site Explorer to compare the backlink profile of both the home page and ethical design page. If the latter has more links from external websites - or one link from a really authoritative one - that may be your answer. Your options at that point would include contacting the webmaster(s) and asking them to link to the home page instead of the deep content page.


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