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9:24 am on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have been optimising for some time, approx 2 years, and while I believe I am fairly experienced this latest prodlem is baffling me.

Please check the home page in my profile. My product pages off the home page get picked up, my competition pages and pc pages get picked up, but my directory pages (the way to find most of the pages on my site) do not get picked up.

I have tried using Sim Spider and other spiders, and everything seems fine with it - I just can't work out what is going on. Google just seems to blank my directory pages.

What is wrong with a page called:

www.site.com/site/products.html?a1b2c3d4e6

When is is quite happy to pick up this page:

www.site.com/site/specpage.html?nov-hdd300

Help me o Webmasterworldy people, you're my only hope!

8:30 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Novatech - welcome to WebmasterWorld

Is this the site in your profile? I don't see the pages you mean...

8:33 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Luke,

welcome to webmasterworld, we meet again.

I have NO answer to your question but thought I would welcome you to the dark side.

enjoy the ride.

Shak

8:46 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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1) Site reviews are not allowed.

2) I don't see your site in your profile anyways.

3) If your e-mail addy is to your domain, your PR is too low for Google to pick up pages beneath it. I can't account for why G doesn't pick up your directory pages but does pick up your products. But do these other pages have any inbound links? Seems to me like they do. I checked one and found backlinks.

Since site reviews are not allowed and since I don't really know what your site is anyways, I think this is a good general thing to discuss - get some links pointed at your domain and think about your navigation. If you can focus enough PR from within your site to your directories, they'll get into Google.

9:11 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Novatech... you have a huge amount of links headed your way (more than 700!), so that alone should help at least get better results to your home page (depending on their values).

I'm curious why you have your home page as a sub-directory though? Smarter people than I can offer insight, but you then go down another level to your other pages. I don't know if Google cares, but I would keep the index.html in the root of the domain.

<it could look like some type of re-direct that some search engines may not like to see>

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Netguy, you say Novatech has 700 inbound links. Where are you seeing that? I see the site is very heavily trafficed according to Alexa but they show 192. I tried Fast and that shows a couple dozen. AV shows a couple.

But since when is 700 inbound links a lot? I've got over 2,000 to my home page alone and I think I'm pretty much sucking wind. Most of the big guys in my space have 5K and up.

novatech,

You've obviously got an excellent site. And you already get good traffic. From the looks of it, most of us would be somewhat envious of your traffic.

To myself I sound like a broken record but I think getting more and more inbound links has got to be the way to rise up in Google.

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To myself I sound like a broken record but I think getting more and more inbound links has got to be the way to rise up in Google.

sorry have to agree with you on that point, yes its good, but 1 quality targeted link with correct anchor text from a high PR can do more benefit then 2000/3000 links.

naturally the trick is to get as many of them as possible :)

Shak

9:41 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Taxpod.. I would agree that it appears that Google is certainly looking for more and more inbound links, but as Shak said, quality seems to be the paramount factor.

I have looked at several our my sites since watching responses on this forum, and the quality always beats quantity on every one (except for 4 competitive sites I noticed doing a massive spam trick).

I just checked 1 site that is a PR6, and I only have 42 links coming in (mostly large news sites and universities).

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Sorry folks - didn't mean to skip out on quality. I do agree with you that quality links are key.
8:20 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This has kind og gone off on a tangent!

The low PR is caused by a capital letter:

www.site.co.uk/site/home.html is PR 6

but

www.site.co.uk/site/Home.html (capital letter) is a lower PR.

Don't ask how this happened on the technical side. I've been caused enough frustration on that one already!

This is not about PR quality. All pages off the home page are crawled, but the directory is not crawled. I think I have a solution using something similar to modrewrite, but we'll have to wait and see if it works.

Oh the agony of waiting!