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In my quest to clean up any possible Google misinterpretations I've found a couple of URLs indexed by Google but which do not exist on my site. A site owner that has a couple of ads on his site for me has "very kindly" appended a?sitename-referrer to my URL so I can easily see clicks from his site on my logs.
Google has definately indexed these URLs and they do appear in SERPs for certain searches.
The question is will these be seen as duplicates. Google sees them as unique URLs but the content is my home page and is therefore a duplicate. I've asked for the?referrer bit to be removed just to be on the safe side but would very much appreciate opinions on whether this may be part of my decimated ranking problem.
Rule #1: Don't feed the trolls.
We don't need to do anything to satisfy GoogleBot, but it sure helps out if we can do our best to not be penalized in our efforts to produce better results in the search engine results (not just for google).
joined:Dec 29, 2003
I saw changes within a few (maybe 5) days
Thanks for the pointers. I've added the suggested code to my .htaccess file with fingers crossed re possible misinterpretation as cloaking.
When you say "changes" what exactly happened?