Decided to change the names of a couple of (non-crucial) pages on my website, so used the auto removal tool to get rid of the originals, using the meta robots disallow etc. These pages were www.site.com/directory/blue_widgets_togo.htm and www.site.com/directory/green_widgets_togo.htm They got removed quickly.
Changed names to blue_widgets.htm and green_widgets.htm
They have the same content as the originals, title etc.
Can't seem to get them indexed at all. Is it likely the removal tool hasn't really removed them completely and there is some sort of duplicate content monitor in operation? Google won't answer of course. Any help appreciated!
Have had a few links to the new pages for a couple of months, which are exactly the same links as pointed to the old ones. All the other pages in the directory are getting indexed quite often (last one was back end of April).
Perhaps its just a case of waiting as the indexing and results seem to have been a bit odd recently.
Just slightly worried that some 'unwritten' rule has been transgressed.
Have had a few links to the new pages for a couple of months, which are exactly the same links as pointed to the old ones.
It might be id'ing the removed page with those links, I would alter the title of at least one link to each page, that way it's 'not the same link' (maybe thats why it's not being crawled. or it has to re-cache on of the pages that link to those pages before it will 'find the link'.
I think it depends on backlinks and perhaps PR of main page, how long will it take for Googlebot to make deep crawl. I did such a big chages in autumn last year on PR 3 site, and it took more than a month.
You can speed it up adding links to pages you want re-crawled on other, high PR and frequently crawled site of yours.
Msg#: 29317 posted 12:51 pm on May 7, 2005 (gmt 0)
>Reid Thats a very good point about the links and worth a try. Might explain everything. Will post again if I get any conclusions as its quite an interesting thing that's happened (fortunately not incredibly critical).
Wizard There's never been a problem getting new links indexed off the existing pages though.