If your page isn’t ranking in the top 20 for its target keyword, it’s probably going to take a lot of time and effort to crack the first page. After all, it’s usually harder to boost a page by 20+ positions than it is by just one or two.
For that reason, you need to decide whether the effort is really worth the reward—and that means asking yourself how important ranking for this keyword is for your business.
If the keyword is not particularly important…
Plug the page into Google Search Console to see if it’s attracting any organic traffic.
Excerpt of Top pages report results
If it is attracting organic traffic and you want to keep it, leave the page as is and exclude it from future content audits.
If it isn’t attracting organic traffic, follow this process:
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Flowchart showing process for pages not attracting organic traffic
Note that if you’re redirecting the page, you should redirect it to a similar page (e.g., /link-building-tactics/ → /link-building/).
It’s also best practice to update internal links after you delete a page. Here’s how to find these links using Ahrefs’ Site Audit (you can use this for free with an Ahrefs Webmaster Tools account):
Crawl your site
Go to the Link Explorer tool
Enter the URL of the page you just deleted in the search box
Set the dropdown to “Target URL”
You’ll then see the locations of all internal links to that page:
Link explorer report results
If the keyword is important…
You need to figure out why the page is not ranking and take action. Often, this will come down to grossly mismatched search intent—at least in part. If that’s the case, you’ll probably have to go back to the drawing board and rewrite the content from scratch.
However, there could be other reasons the page isn’t ranking, such as a lack of backlinks, a SERP dominated by well-known competitors, or something else entirely. For that reason, if you’re not sure why it isn’t ranking, check out our step-by-step guide to ranking higher on Google.