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4:31 pm on Aug 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hi everyone,

I have 88,000 product pages that I want removed from Google's listing because they're from a store that has been replaced. I have instructions in my robots.txt file to prevent bots from crawling the directory that holds the shopping cart script.

With so many pages indexed, does anyone have experience with how long this might take for the pages to fully drop out? I have been waiting 1 month so far and only about 6K pages have been removed. I don't know if they'll trickle out or be removed in large blocks.

thanks

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4:14 pm on Aug 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'd say around 2 months, but for Yahoo much longer.
7:56 am on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I guess I would just remove all files and you should be off the index in a couple of weeks.
8:06 am on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi Guys
any ideas how long it takes when you simply change the url for a page?
I renamed quite a few on my site and wondered how long it takes Google to index the new and drop the orphaned page
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Rod
8:42 am on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Long long time, 2-5 months....
1:15 pm on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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you should be off the index in a couple of weeks

I just changed a domain name on a site, about 6 weeks later I'm still seeing material related to old site appear in various searches, like allinurl, site: etc, google is being slow about certain parts of updating their index, quick about others, I don't think you can count on such a short time period.

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when you simply change the url for a page?
I renamed quite a few on my site and wondered how long it takes Google to index the new and drop the orphaned page

Is there any chance of a duplicate content penalty?

6:14 pm on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi Devitnow

Three months and waiting now for one of my websites (~5,000 pages disallowed). The material finally went away three weeks ago but then re-appeared again a week or two ago with all the old stuff listed as "supplemental".

I've written to Google about it and just got their standard "we don't deal with individual puny mortals" email.

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8:36 pm on Aug 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hmm.... have you thought about not worrying for the time to removal and setup redirects / url-rewrites for that shop up?
8:22 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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URL removal tool should help
[google.com...]
[services.google.com:8882...]

Works within hours normally

11:37 am on Aug 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi Everyone,

thanks for the comments.

With redirects, I thought about trying a 301 but there are thousands of different product links. Can you have 301s with wild cards or something like that so that the product page can redirect to it's new product page.

I did manage to reengineer my cart so that all product links, such as related products, linked to the new cart. But the pages still were not dropping up.

I didn't try the Google page removal feature. If I'm not mistaken that feature simply requests for the bot to examine the robots.txt file. But I'll try it right now since it can't hurt.

BTW, getting all of these pages removed is important to me because I feel like Google will only index so many pages of a site based upon things like the pages's popularity. So I feel that I'm 'spending' my indexing income on site pages that are not producing that much form me.

thanks,
devitnow