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|Google does site: searches for my site|
| 10:24 am on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
In the past weeks I see some strange searches from Google California. All searches are from 3 different IP's:
And the strangest thing is the searches they do:
The urls of my site look like this:
What could this be? What are they doing?
| 4:38 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
My best guess would be some kind of testing related to this news:
New Search Box Under Sitelinks [webmasterworld.com]
Those new search boxes use the site: operator. They may be testing your domain to see if it should be awarded the site search box.
| 8:15 pm on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Is it a test for Duplicate Content in page titles?
| 4:05 pm on Mar 8, 2008 (gmt 0)|
We are all having similar problems in which Google is searching and indexing pages that we never created. It is being discussed here
| 6:49 pm on Mar 8, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I also thought there might be a connection to that thread and another as well, ecmedia - and the two phenomenon might be part of the same "project". However there are some critical differences:
1. In this case the IPs are NOT googlebot - they are a user from a different IP at Google.
2. A spider requests a URL, but these look like referers from a Google SERP after a sirte: operator search.
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