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I just discovered that instead of indexing
Google has picked up mysite.com/mypage.html?findwhat and is using that URL instead ... and not ranking it at all well. The real URL, which has several dozen incoming links, is nowhere to be found.
I've written a few times that it's wise to keep variant URLs out of circulation if you can, but I must admit that it has caught me by surprise that Google would pick up variant links from behind a PPC engine's tracking codes and treat them soooo badly!
For folks who have complained about their index pages disappearing from the SERPs, this might be something to check in case it's contributing to the problem.
Now I'm off to make some changes at FindWhat, among others ... bleah!
joined:Dec 9, 2001
The actual link in the FindWhat results is http*://us01.xmlsearch.findwhat.com/bin/findwhat.dll?clickthrough&y=0&x=9EtpmcU2VWebmasterWorldkZ3e... katgtKYYjR1hRI3qX4G4PYw5HxtcunYG8JDIeuv3eP1pw ... [plus several dozen more characters]. [I see in the preview that the board software is putting "Webmaster World" in the midst of all that!]
I've seen many cases where SEs pick up link text from a page showing PPC results, without "seeing" the link itself. It never penetrated my feeble brain that one day Google might somehow see behind FindWhat's who-spilled-the-alphabet-soup redirects, so I ought to worry about variant URLs in that context as well as in plain-text links. It's been at least a year since I set up any new tracking links, but I wasn't smart enough to go in and "un-track" the URLs in my existing PPC accounts. (I did some, but not all.)
On another line of thought, I checked several SEs to see if maybe someone had used the variant URL in a link in case Google had picked it up that way, but didn't find anything. I can't rule that out, though.
Looks like the site is reachable now, but you may want to have words with your ISP about their uptime and reliability. :)
Hope that helps,