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Google indexing via option drop lists

Has anyone else seen this?

     

moishier

12:11 am on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a few hundred pages indexed that are only linked via a simple html option drop list.

Has anyone else seen this? Does googlebot submit to option forms?

ThomasB

6:29 am on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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GB follows everything that looks like an URL. If you have sth like "http://www.site.com/great-content.html" in your sourcecode it's very likely that GB will follow it.

moishier

12:48 pm on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There are no url's in the option form code!

dotme

3:14 pm on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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But presumably there *is* a URL in the <form> tag, yes?

If the form POSTs to a page and that URL is in the form tag, Google may follow it. However, I would be surprised if Google could actually POST to the form target using drop-down variables.

If you don't want Google to index the page the form posts to, maybe do a redirect if the <option> value is missing?

Just a thought :-)

moishier

3:29 pm on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That is what seems to be happening.

Has anyone else seen Google do this, to take the URL from the form tag, and POST to the options in the list?

yetanotheruser

3:56 pm on Feb 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi moishier,

Do you have access to your logs? Presumably if it is following your <OPTION>'s there should be the relevant POST's in your log under 'Googlebots' useragent.. Personally never seen google POSTing forms but..

TTFN :)

 

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