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(which I achieved very quickly within a few weeks despite waiting for many months without success for other websites!)
However Google only displays the url in the listing with no description or option to view the cahe of the page?
The page has text on it which could be used as a description and must have been cached to get in the index but nothing is shown?
Any idea what sort of listing this is?
As of the last few days all 750 of my pages lost all description and fell completely from the SERPS (not such a great loss as they were all languishing on page 10 and above anyway).
The site still has PR4 (down from a 5 this update) despite me adding links recently and is now 5 months old. I had hoped it would climb out of the sandbox pretty soon but this appears to be a backward step... :(
From what I have learned, this problem is most likely the result of Google not fully indexing your pages, but still finding links to pages which match some keyword.
I took the following steps:
1) Verified correct robots.txt file (made sure it wasn't keeping googlebot out of our inner pages)
2) Made sure all pages that need to be indexed have the correct robots META tag for index, follow
3) Double checked any possible duplicate content issues (and discovered that our "printer-friendly" pages may have been causing a problem with this)
4) Implemented the gzip compression module to allow google to index as many pages as quickly as possible (and reduce bandwidth during spidering)
5) Set up a product index page and put a link to it in the footer of every page on our site
I have started to see some improvement, with several of our product pages now indexed fully with complete listings in SERPS. Still a long way from where we were about 4 months ago, but at least the situation is improving.
I learned a lot about this issue from an older forum at:
Back to topic.
One of my sites [A] currently has only 2500 pages in Google's index, most of them showing nothing but URL in SERPS. It used to have 10 times that much, but since the site largely consists of listings, where almost every single page can is indexed under a lot of different keywords, has a lot of next-page, previous-page links and therefor can be reached with hundreds of different links,
the current number actually better reflects the actual number of content pages.
From another site [B], in a different language, I started supplying links to site A (about 760 different links to 760 different pages on site A). The URLs in these links are shorter, with only one variable, and those are the ones left in the index right now.
The problem is. None of these pages have title and description in serps.
As I see it ther reason must be that the that these links got a higher value thanks to the off-site links.
Google saw that these had duplicate content from the ones with longer URLs already in the index. Still valued the new links higher and ditched the old ones.
But for 2 months now, I've been waiting for the titles and descriptions for these pages.
Now, I guess I will just have to change site A so it also uses the shorter kind of links from site B. Except, that will not be appreciated by the users, who like to browse the site by page...
I personally believe that Google has dropped some old index (or unfortunately - missing), the problem expected to be fixed after the next crwaling. There is nothing we need to do with it.
Let's go and c.