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However, today I noticed all of them have had their pages reduced to two. Not only in their industry, but across all industries.
Have your freebie pages survived the culling?
I'm already seeing an effect on msn pages.
I did a search on PT/Puresearch on my clients url and the url of their competitors, who previously showed 60+ unpaid pages. Now they are showing only 2 pages. Also same in other industries.
The "culled" paid pages have remained in the index but draw almost zero traffic. The free ones vanished completely.
Even the paid pages that are "unculled" draw pretty dismal traffic. I wouldn't mind having so many other pages culled if the traffic to the surviving pages increased in proportion, but that's not the case.
IMHO Ink is very unstable and unpredictable right now. Reminds me of Alta Vista during its fall from grace.
All my pages (all of them free)... still turn up
Have you searched your url in the Ink Database to see what comes up?
You can do it here [126.96.36.199]. Please let us know if all of your pages are returned, or if only two pages show.
The strange thing going on is that, currently, some pages show up in serps, but when you search for your url at Pure Search, only two pages show. Compare that with two weeks ago when scores of pages showed up in the serp. Something has changed.
Either Ink has culled the freebies and the Newly Trimmed Database is coming to a search engine near you soon, or Ink has changed the way they return serps for url searches.
Without question, something has changed.
Hey Inktomi-Guy! Let's have your input on this, ok?
Even if I go directly to Hotbot and enter my URL I don't get good results. It's a mystery, but the SM site works for me.
Perhaps we didn't look hard enough, but I didn't see a faq to tell us that we now have to use a qualifier. A faq on the different qualifiers would be nice...
Oh, btw, the qualifier does indeed work!
Here's what I think is happening. When you just search for a keyword, our search engine restricts the number of results from any one site to two. But the "domain:myhost.com" modifier is a special instruction that tells us to return all pages from that domain (rather than treating "myhost.com" as a keyword and returning only two results).
Hope that helps.