Worded the question title the best I could.
I have a website. The site has a category of articles - award winners. the URL to this category, a page with a list of winners, is:
This page has a list of award winners where each is a link to an individual page for each award winner. For the purpose of explaining my question, the award winner is John.
The URL of the page is:
example.com/winner/John .... NOT
My question is - Does Google dislike this? Would it want to see
example.com/award-winners/John?? And therefore not show
example.com/winner/john in the SERPs?? Does Google get confused that going back from
example.com/winner/john doesn't take you to
I ask because Google is seeming to refuse to index
For a search for 'john' Google shows
example.com/award-winners ('john' appears on this page in the list) but doesn't show
The SEO of the page
example.com/winner/john is definitely more optimised for 'john' than
example.com/award-winners - the title tag is john, the description and h1, 'john' is mentioned a few times in the text of the page and it's in the URL Yet Google prefers to show the latter page, in fact doesn't even want to index the page
example.com/winner/john. The are no meta robots or robot.txt.
I have submitted that URL to Webmaster Tools...The page comes up in results when I search for the URL its self, only. A couple days later I try to search for the URL again and Google has removed it from it's index.
Anyone know what's going on?