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Number of pages per site reported wrong

I May have found part of the reason!

1:27 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have been scratching my head for weeks trying to figure out why Google reports that my site has 196 pages when there are now 145 pages. It just really bothers me.

Today, I looked at site:mydomain.com and found a duplicate listing for one page within my site.

The first listing is shown only as follows:

Similar pages

Note there is no page title shown and there is a hyphen added to the end of the url. When I clicked on the url, I was taken to my home page as a default. No cahe link was shown.

In the past, I have generally believed that pages shown this way (no title, no cache, etc.) are being penalized for something. However, I have looked at this page many times and cannot for the life of me figure out why it would warrant any penalty. The only possible reason for any penalty might be because I have a reciprocal link on this page.

The second listing for the same page is shown properly including page title and description. However, when I look at the cached version the Google header shows the following:

This is G o o g l e's cache of [mysite.com...] as retrieved on 31 Dec 1969 23:59:59 GMT.
G o o g l e's cache is the snapshot that we took of the page as we crawled the web.
The page may have changed since that time. Click here for the current page without highlighting.
This cached page may reference images which are no longer available. Click here for the cached text only.
To link to or bookmark this page, use the following url: [google.com...]

Please note the date the page was cached! 31 December 1969 ... I don't think so! Please also note that the "www" is missing in the first reference to the site url but is included in the second reference.

I have no doubt that this page is being penalized ... but if it is the reciprocal link, it is a bogus penalty. Its a legitimate link with a ligitimate reason for being on the page.

The only questionable thing I have been able to find (on Yahoo) is a link from another site to my page which uses the following code to link to my page:


I don't know if this is anything I should be concerned about or not?

This used to be a very popular page. Now when I search for anything on that page, only sites which have linked to that page appear in the results.

I sure would like to get to the bottom of what is happening and why!

Any comments?

9:40 am on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've seen the 1969 cache date both like you describe

Similar pages

and also with results displayed in the normal manner.

Your post prompted me to check my own site & I've just noticed some odd-ball non-existant pages being returned by Google like the following:

Unable to open index.mv
Unable to open index.mv
www.mydomain.com/index.mv - 1k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages

Initially I wondered what the hell these pages were & feared maybe a case of pagejacking, then discovered by host offers a Miva facility that I'm not using.

The "Unable to open index.mv" title made me think that the 1969 cache date might be because the pages can't be opened, but they can. "Unable to open index.mv" is the only text appearing in the source code of this page.

Maybe the 1969 cache dates apply to supplemental results Google considers orphaned pages. (I'm not linking to these .mv pages from any pages on my site).

More Google weirdness to deal with...