@jxtapos, @ososoba, @taslim thanks for your suggestion. But according to Google:
The URL removal tool is intended as a first step for content that you urgently need blocked—for example, if it contains confidential data that was accidentally exposed. Using the tool for other purposes might cause problems for your site. - https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663419?hl=en#make-permanent
And since that’s not really what I want to use it for, I’m very reluctant to touch it. I’ve played with Google before and they’ve severely messed me up for it. So once bitten, twice shy.
Besides, what I’m actually looking for is something that can be implemented programmatically, not manually.
@eaweb, the actual reason why I need to hide the page and bring it back without losing it’s page authority is a bit too technical to explain. I will have to provide a lot of irrelevant, technical and confidential information for you to understand it. But let me give a relatable scenario that illustrates it perfectly.
Assume for a moment that we sell phones and offer different promotions on them every month, from January to December, every year. So January we sell them 5% off. February 10% off, March 15% off and so on. And we have 12 links on Google for this, each taking you to a page for a particular month.For example:
Buy Phones at 5% discount this January
Buy Phones at 10% discount this February
Buy Phones at 15% discount this March
Now imagine that last December we had hundreds of thousands of hits on December’s link on Google SERP because we sold the phone for 60% off. This made the page ranking for the December’s link very high.
Now this January, February and March, we’ve been experiencing low referral from Google SERP because when people search for “Buy cheap phones”, our link “Buy phones at 60% discount this December” is number one on Google. But most people simply ignore the link since this is not December because they think the offer is only in December. And even the few people who click the link, immediately exit the page when they see that the offer is actually only in December.
Even our “Buy phones at 15% discount this March” link which has high ranking doesn’t come up on the first page of Google SERP because the December link which has a much better ranking than it.
What we’ve already tried.
- We have links on the page of each month that links to other months. So if you have clicked on the wrong moth page, you can find your way to the right month.
- We even have an “Are you looking for offers in X month?” at the top of the page if we think you visited another month by accident.
- We tried redirecting users to the right page 2 years ago (i.e. if you click the link for any other month in May, our website will simply redirect you to May’s page). Google struck us for sneaky redirects and we lost all our link juice that year.
What I’m currently thinking about.
Simply remove all the pages that does not represent the current month from Google SERP. But if we do this, we need to preserve the page’s value so when we bring it back up in its month, it won’t start over as a new link. It may not be at its original position, but it should still maintain its original value.