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Double Rainbow all the way: strange new pages incident pontifex msg:4398890 1:08 am on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0) I can not make sense of the current behavior, but it is worth mentioning: I put a SPAM domain online - pure wild articles, plain out MFA... and it made around 1$ a day. Then I decided that the domain name is so nice that I should use it for a branded, cool new forum. Killed the domain early November, before I went to Pubcon. All pages went to 404. Last week I launched the forum. Got good articles and good files to download up. Nicely made, put some efford in, around 300 pages are online now. Started the link building. Now, and this is the strange part of the story: New pages are showing up, but also OLD pages that do not exist anymore AND have not been online for a few weeks. The old (bad content) was removed late October. The domain idled for around 4 weeks. I put the new stuff there, started link building and as soon as the homepage gets some power, old and outdated pages show up...? Hmmmm! One conclusion: Hill-top! Google gave a damn about the old poor pages but still got them in cache. Now the main domain gains some power and G pulls out the old crap from the cache? Seriously? ? P!
g1smd msg:4398949 7:41 am on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
These are what used to be known as "Supplmental Results". They used to be tagged as such in the SERPs. Google takes quite a few months to eradicate them from the list. tedster msg:4399026 5:25 pm on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
I don't remember seeing Supplemental Results for URLs that were completely removed and no longer resolved. Sometimes for old versions of the content, yes, but the URL was still active - as I remember it anyway. Lorel msg:4399037 6:00 pm on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
you might try setting up a 410 in htaccess which tells the search engines this page is "gone". g1smd msg:4399044 7:06 pm on Dec 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
@tedster. From what I remember it did sometimes occur that way. Back in the day when I first latched on to what Supplmental was all about it was as a result of trying to get content removed from the SERPs not add it or make it rank better.