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Strange WMT Content Keyword

 11:30 am on May 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

According to my Content Keywords report in my WMT the top 2 and top 3 keywords are "sorry" and "imagery". When I clicked on this keywords I was given a list of URL where the words appear however these keywords are not mentioned anywhere in this URLs! Has someone else noticed any strange Content Keywords behavior in WMT?



 8:30 pm on May 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

Setting aside the sinister interpretations involving injection:

<Crocodile Dundee impersonation>
You call that strange? THIS is strange!
{insert my own kwd list here}

Did you look at the page or at the raw html? Alongside the truly ridiculous ones (by what bizarre definition of "stop word" does "it's" get counted as a bona fide keyword?) I formerly had a slew of "thumbnail" and a couple of other words that occurred in alt text or navigation links. The keyword counter makes no distinctions.

The keywords list is extremely crude and has no existence outside of wmt.

The word "sorry" worries me because it makes it sound as if the Googlebot has spent a lot of time on your 404 page, or possibly on a Login Required page. It wouldn't hurt to label these kinds of pages "noindex". But "imagery"? Now that's weird.


 7:19 am on May 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes, I looked at the raw html and no trace of words sorry or imagery. Is there any other way to figure out what the problem is? I dont have 404 pages or a login required page. It is a simple html site with tons of content and photos.


 8:29 am on May 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

Maybe, but honestly I don't think it's worth the trouble. Unless your site starts turning up in real life when you search for "sorry imagery". Hmm, interesting mental picture there. Then you've got a problem.

Can anyone think of a gwt feature that is less useful or reliable than Content Keywords?

I guess maybe it's good to know if gwt says you have twice as many occurrences of "cialis" as "viagra" when your site is supposed to be about the latter, but otherwise...


 7:02 pm on Aug 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

It is caused by your Google Maps. I have the same problem and I don't know how to solve it. Somehow Google Crawls your page and hits the Google Maps error message "Sorry we have no imagery here". Google maps should only return that if there are no pictures at that zoom level. If you 'fetch as google' however you don't see the message.


 7:24 pm on Aug 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

@virtual reality, do a google fetch of the page and check the raw HTML, I had an injection that was only visible to bots, a standard source code review did not show the injection.


 12:12 am on Aug 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

It is caused by your Google Maps. I have the same problem and I don't know how to solve it. Somehow Google Crawls your page and hits the Google Maps error message "Sorry we have no imagery here"

peterdebruij is correct (BTW, Welcome to WebmasterWorld!).

One of sites I am looking after has the same problem, with keywords that make up the above phrase being shown in all languages the site uses.

This is likely to happen if there are many pages on the site that each show their own Google map.

I am wondering whether limiting the zoom to the level so that map image always exist would get rid of these "keywords" but have not tried this yet.


 6:13 am on Aug 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

For future reference: Always check the urls in Google webmaster tools under the 'fetch as googlebot' section and look for the keywords in the raw code googlebot sees. Malicious code is often only displayed to search engines and not direct users so it may be hiding from you.

Another option to avoid getting those keywords would be to use Google's image maps instead of embedding them. The map is displayed on your site as a normal .jpg image. If you don't need visitor interaction with the map this is the way to go although some interaction is possible if you link the image to the traditional map url.

read more: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/imageapis/


 7:09 am on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

Any graceful solution to this, without going with the jpg route?


 8:20 am on Nov 11, 2013 (gmt 0)

I also notices thies problem some time ago. [webmasterworld.com] Unfortunately, I didn't find a solution.

I don't think that it is related to the zoom. 'Sorry, we have no imagery here' also appear if the zoom is too high, but that's not the problem in this case. It seems to me that JavaScript is not parsed correctly.

The number of results for 'Sorry, we have no imagery here' [google.com] increased from (June 2013) to 3.690.000.000 (November 2013).

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