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Google shows url but no title

 4:56 pm on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

We are an electronics component dealer and thus have millions of part numbers in our database. We have a catalog of 1000s of pages with part numbers on them.

Google gobbled up all these pages and indexed them recently but something really odd occurs around here...

Results 301 - 400 of about 1,340

This is when doing a search on "inurl:www.***.com/catalog1/page.cfm"

The index all of a sudden stops showing the title, text and cache link and only shows the url and similar page link.

Any ideas? They seem to be partially in the index? Unfortunately taking any snippet from one of these pages and searching on it gives back no results, so the content of the page is definately NOT in the index even though the url is showing up!




 5:15 pm on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

That just means that links to that page have been picked up but Google has not yet spiderd/indexed the actual page.


 7:49 pm on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks Timona, but that doesn't make any sense, because our logs show the Google spider has spidered those pages (some several times).

It's weird now, after investigating this further I see these kind of links show up in Google a lot. Anyone know why Google would show just a url in the search results? Here is an example from a site not affiliated with us. Notice the top result is normal, while the bottom one only shows the url. There must be a reason for this? Anyone know?

Widget Information at example.com [example.com]
... Widget Profile. Example - [example.com....] <content from page>. ...
www.example.com/.../widget_components/widget_component_suppliers/ example/profile/ [example.com] - 24k - Cached [example.com] - Similar pages [example.com]

www.example.com/somepage/ [example.com]
Similar pages [example.com]

[edited by: ciml at 8:22 pm (utc) on Mar. 13, 2003]
[edit reason] Widgetised. [/edit]


 7:56 pm on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

hi bdolnik

It's actually not uncommon at all. One of the most common causes is framed content where there is actually nothing 'indexable' in the top frame, but the page has come up in the search because of backlink text.


 8:07 pm on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)


Maybe this will help. See tfelice's post in this thread and googleguy's response (at the bottom):




 8:17 pm on Mar 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks Beth! That's exactly what I was looking for :)

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