I have been scratching my head for weeks trying to figure out why Google reports that my site has 196 pages when there are now 145 pages. It just really bothers me.
Today, I looked at site:mydomain.com and found a duplicate listing for one page within my site.
The first listing is shown only as follows:
Note there is no page title shown and there is a hyphen added to the end of the url. When I clicked on the url, I was taken to my home page as a default. No cahe link was shown.
In the past, I have generally believed that pages shown this way (no title, no cache, etc.) are being penalized for something. However, I have looked at this page many times and cannot for the life of me figure out why it would warrant any penalty. The only possible reason for any penalty might be because I have a reciprocal link on this page.
The second listing for the same page is shown properly including page title and description. However, when I look at the cached version the Google header shows the following:
|This is G o o g l e's cache of [mysite.com...] as retrieved on 31 Dec 1969 23:59:59 GMT. |
G o o g l e's cache is the snapshot that we took of the page as we crawled the web.
The page may have changed since that time. Click here for the current page without highlighting.
This cached page may reference images which are no longer available. Click here for the cached text only.
To link to or bookmark this page, use the following url: [google.com...]
Please note the date the page was cached! 31 December 1969 ... I don't think so! Please also note that the "www" is missing in the first reference to the site url but is included in the second reference.
I have no doubt that this page is being penalized ... but if it is the reciprocal link, it is a bogus penalty. Its a legitimate link with a ligitimate reason for being on the page.
The only questionable thing I have been able to find (on Yahoo) is a link from another site to my page which uses the following code to link to my page:
I don't know if this is anything I should be concerned about or not?
This used to be a very popular page. Now when I search for anything on that page, only sites which have linked to that page appear in the results.
I sure would like to get to the bottom of what is happening and why!