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Serps up - Many thanks to all
Climbed 20-30 places for major terms

 6:03 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I just checked my SERPS for my two major terms and we have climbed 20-30 places (depending on g.com vs .co.uk vs UK specific search). This has put us on page two now for the first time. The site is less than a year old and is suffering with supplemental issues due to dupe content from initial bad design. (sorted now but still waiting to get out of supp jail)

I have made many small changes over tha past few months thanks to info picked up on WW and would like to thank everyone that has contributed (especially g1msd for the many articles posted on dupe content)

I'm not pretending I now have all the answers but I have learnt that content and structure really is king (you just need to understand what content G considers to be quality)




 6:27 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can u tell how you got rid of "supplemental" pages?



 7:04 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

Like I said in the first post I'm still waiting to be released from the supplementals, but I have every confidence that it is just time.

In short all I have done to deal with the supplementals is ensured that each url has it's own title and meta description. Where I had a page containing the same (or a subset of) content words as another page I have added nofollow to the second page navigation and banned it using the robots.txt I have also cut down on the internal linking as I had pages with 200 links to internal pages, many of which just led to other pages with 200 links to other pages...etc. I spent an evening mastering(?!) the mod_rewrite and regular expressions and used this to make sure that the url's all resolve to where they should.


 7:38 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

Lots of new sites lifting - I think this is another update.



 8:56 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

Supplemental Results for URLs that are now redirects, or are now 404, hang around for a year before they are cleaned up in the SERPs.


 10:53 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've moved on to the first page of google serps for 3 [quite] competitive phrases. Don't think I did too much in the last month as I couldn't figure out what I'd done wrong last month.

Before last month I was on the front page for one of the phrases but was knocked right out of SERPS altogether until today.

Keep Guessing.


 11:09 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm very happy whenever I hear that advice people get here helps their sites improve. Of course, Gissit also had the intelligence to apply the information well -- nicely done, and we appreciate the "thank you".

I'm going to close the thread now to keep the conversation from wandering. What more is there to say, after all - it's a nice win!

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