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1:54 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

our products are listed in the "3rd party solutions" catalogues of two REALLY big players, whose company names carry a lot of credibility. The problem is: these 3rd-party catalogues are dynamic pages with URL's along the lines of

bigcompany.com/solutioncatalogue/solutionskript.asp?company=xyz&solution=123
. The main page of these catalogues is PR6 resp. PR7, but you can't browse them page by page - you need to select categories from a listbox.

In short: no spider will ever see these pages.

Even though - as a consequence - the individual solution pages have a PR0, I would hope that the link coming from a REALLY big player will help to boost my site. (Maybe I'm already wrong here)

So I'm looking for a way to make the spiders aware of my solution entries in these catalogues.

What would happen if I submit the individual URL's myself? Good idea? Bad idea? And if bad, why?

Any comments?

2:04 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Those pages will probably stay PR0. Submitting those pages would just be a waste of time. Google will find them if it can.
2:28 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My theory is that they more or less can't be found by today's spiders. So if I submit them...?
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Well if Google can't 'see' them, then I don't know how submitting can help.
2:33 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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?

If I submit them, then I push the spider's nose right into the URL! It will then be able to trace the links FROM this page, which

a) puts the page in the context of the - already spidered - static content of the catalogue
b) puts the page into the direction of my site

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Well try it then, report back in a month and if it works I owe you a beer :)
3:08 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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bigcompany.com/solutioncatalogue/solutionskript.asp?company=xyz&solution=123

Submit the URL to Google. I have seen this working. It works.

3:45 pm on Apr 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Pmkpmk, it's quite surprising what Google and other SEs can find. Have you verified that these dynamic pages are not indexed at all?

Beyond submittal, one other thing you could do to encourage indexing of this page is to link to it from another site or sites.

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*blush*

Weeeelll, shame on me, but I actually DIDN'T check before. They were nowhere to be found on my backlinks, so I assumed they are not indexed. I did a "site:..." search in Google just now, and surprinsingly one of them IS indexed, but in a very incomplete and sometimes strange manner (no description text showing). Only a very few single solutions (and among these even one of mine) are indexed. But if I type in a keyword from these, it's not always shown in the SERPS. I also had the impression that - judging from the results, Goglebot must have tried to actually use the dropdown-list forms...

The other catalogue is only indexed with its static pages, so I went ahead and submitted the deep link for my solution there.

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we use a content management program. our longer urls are indexed and do quite well in a competitive travel category. the spiders are getting better.