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Pages in Subdirectories penalized by Altavista?

New Altavista Algorithm



3:18 pm on May 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I am still struggling with the new Altavista algorithm.
One negative factor seems to be having the pages under a subdirectory (i.e. www.domain.my/av/page.html)
would be a page under the root directory better than a page under a subdirectory?

jeremy goodrich

4:26 pm on May 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jeremy_goodrich is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Hm, not sure I have seen this myself.

Of the pages I've been working most recently, less than 1% are even indexed in Altavista.

Every other major search engine - including FAST - has much more than that indexed in their database. To add to that, they don't mark their XML listings - which are adverts! - and here they are supposed to do that. Advertising - in any form - in the USA is supposed to be marked as such. Look at Google - the ads are clearly ads.

If I thought there was more than a few clicks / per day from AV, then perhaps I would care a bit more, but their traffic - with good rankings on competitive keywords - is next to nothing.

Though, perhaps another member has the 'key' to the AV algo & more importantly, their traffic.


4:38 pm on May 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I see your point, however some customers wants to be in Altavista nonetheless. Sometimes it takes more effort to explain them why they shouldn't care, than to just please them...

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