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Google searches find my post pages after they are old enough to no longer be on my front page. In the meantime, if I search for any recent content, the google search links it back to my front page. I believe that this could cause some instability in my rankings. How do I get google to provide results directly to the post page immediately upon publishing? I am assuming that I could no-index the front page, but I think that the consequences of doing it that way would be worse.
A number of people are having the same problem as your having. I've seen numerous threads started regarding this issue and articles are starting to pop up around the net, but they have yet to acknowledge the problem let alone address it. Here's a link to a thread that identifies the problem more accurately;
Good luck :)
June 8, 2009
Without knowing your site's URL or the specific searches you're referring to, I'm at a loss for information.
However, here is what's most likely happening:
Your home (front) page generally has the highest page rank and authority in Google (there are plenty of exceptions but they don't apply here). Each additional page (including an individual post's page) will have it's own value in Google, which will vary. Sometimes a search will value a particular post higher, and sometimes a page where that post is mentioned (for example, your home page which likely mentions your recent posts). In your case, Google either hasn't found the individual post's page yet or just doesn't rank it as highly as your home page. ie, your home page will always have a lot of incoming links, prior recognition by Google, etc whereas the new individual post won't have any of that at first. As time goes on, your individual post's page may gain in Google for the particular search (for instance of it's title). Additionally, the post will no longer be mentioned on the home page after a time, which of course means your home page wouldn't supersede the individual post's page in Google rankings.
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