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Some pages show as URLs only in SERPS

what does this mean?

     
2:40 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If I do a search on domain name and display all pages indexed by Google, most of them have the normal title, a line or so of text, and the url. But for a small proportion only the URL is listed - no title, description, or Cache link. This is new to me, as all pages were listed as standard until recently.

I am not clear what this implies. Does this mean Google no longer has a cached copy? Is the page still indexed?

2:45 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Read this thread:
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What you described happened to me when I switched to godaddy.com and Google wasn't able to index my site because they use a bad redirect. I dumped them yesterday and 36 hours later, my site was back in.

2:58 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Zapista,

I read that earlier. But I don't see how it applies to what I'm seeing. I don't use Godaddy nor are any of the pages redirected. Anyway Google is still aware of the pages because th URL is listed, so it has not dropped them completely.

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3:00 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sorry i left part out.

Google was able to keep about 10 percent of my pages but only with url as the title and no description. My guess is there's another bad host out there. Lots of lost sites being reported lately but they are still keeping their PR.

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Google knows that the page exists but did not get a chance to crawl the page. Don't worry about it, it has happened to me a few times and it always gets a full title and snippet after a few weeks.
3:06 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Actually I have found something that seems relevant.

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If this is right, it's a Google glitch and should sort itself out.

If anyone knows different, please let me know! :)

3:09 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Google knows that the page exists but did not get a chance to crawl the page

I don't think that's the case here. These pages are not new and have been crawled many times before.

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Did you modify your robots.txt recently? Maybe you're not allowing Googlebot access to those pages.
4:04 am on Nov 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Did you modify your robots.txt recently?

No, and anyway the URLs are valid. If I click on one I go directly to the page.

Having read through the thread I mentioned in an earlier post, I suspect it's due to a glich in Google, possibly internal database links between URL and title, etc., getting broken.

 

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