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I have [1] https://www.example.com/landing-1 ranking for "landing-1" keyword.

I have created [2] https://www.example.com/landing-2 page for "landing-2" keyword.

When I observed my rankings in google, the [2] page started ranking for "landing-1" keyword. How do I fix this?

Notes:

  • Sitemap is created correctly to differentiate URLs for Google Bot, has been submitted and crawled successfully.
  • On-page optimization with respect to keywords on both landing pages have been done
  • This issue occurs frequently when trying to create sub-pages or power-pages linking to the target landing page.
  • I have gone through this answer "Google is indexing wrong page for search terms not on that page", not helpful or relevant for my scenario.
  • I am looking for any possible fixes other than above, if any to not let my rankings drop for the main page. (When the sub-pages or power pages are created, the ranking shifts from the main landing page to the newly created page for a long period of time, which affects the traffic, lead flow and conversion.)
  • Fix the keywords on the pages. – Roger Wayne Feb 19 '19 at 5:48
  • Yes it has been completed. Wonder why it is showing results for keywords not included in the page. We have even given a hyperlink for the main landing page with the root keyword. – idk Feb 19 '19 at 5:50
  • Just because the other question doesn't have all the answers doesn't mean that it isn't a duplicate question. You could create a bounty on the duplicate to encourage more answers. – Stephen Ostermiller Feb 19 '19 at 12:44
  • So can I update the previous question with the current details and start a bounty? Talking about updating it with these details as the original question is too specific. – idk Feb 19 '19 at 13:20
  • We get this question a lot. I went through the search and found two more. – Stephen Ostermiller Feb 19 '19 at 14:14