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Development Site probably cause of Supplemental Mess
My dev site was accidentally found and duplicated the content
saucey




msg:3206849
 3:03 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm sure there are other reasons that could have helped with the nightmare that I find myself in but...

We had a development site on a sub-domain where changes were made and then copied to the "real" site. We've been doing it this way for years for other sites and it has never been a problem. Well, a link slipped somewhere a long the way and the dev site got spidered. As the real site is totally unique content (well, except for the dev site), I was surprised at first to see that it had obtained supplemental status on A Lot of the 1000's of pages.

I'm desperately looking for the best way to handle this problem. The dev site has been removed. Are there any other avenues that I can explore to help fix this nightmare? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

 

Jordo needs a drink




msg:3206872
 3:22 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

The first thing you should probably do is fix the robots.txt on your dev sites. You shouldn't be allowing the bots to crawl them.

saucey




msg:3206906
 3:47 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes, that was quickly done. Good point and one that was just "missed" a long the way some how. :(

Patrick Taylor




msg:3206917
 3:59 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

It possibly isn't as much of a nightmare as it feels. Surely, if/when you have decent incoming links to the real site (all other things being equal) Google will correct its index quite quickly.

tedster




msg:3206919
 4:01 pm on Jan 3, 2007 (gmt 0)

The timing of your issue may make it more challenging to understand your full situation for a while. Note that some sites are seeing odd, apparently new behavior with the Supplemental Index.

[webmasterworld.com...]

So you've done what you should do, I'd say. I'd suggest letting things sort out for a bit.

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