Msg#: 3582687 posted 6:51 am on Feb 23, 2008 (gmt 0)
I have noticed for some of my Wordpress blogs that I have loads of pages indexed in Google like the following:
Often the keywords in question are just random words that can be found in the text of the site or even misspelled words. Could this be a competitor somehow trying to get my sites in trouble? The fact that the words are often so obscure would lead me to believe this. There seems to be no links pointing to these strange search strings. I don't understand how they got into the index.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:12 am (utc) on Feb. 23, 2008] [edit reason] Used example.com. It can never be owned. [/edit]
That thread pretty much looks at these two possibilities:
- Someone linking to these pages for whatever reason - Inexplicable spidering behaviour by Google.
I've seen some examples of this behavior too, although not in large volumes. It certainly can be a competitor, but now I'm beginning to lean toward experimental spidering behavior from Google. Could also be some malicious automated behavior from an unknown person, a competitor or just an experimenter.
Have you considered blocking the search results pages with robots.txt? At some point it doesn't matter HOW googlebot is getting these urls. If they resolve, then they can cause problems, so fixing the issue become the priority.