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Replacement listings

5:09 pm on Aug 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone noticed this or am I the last to know:-

Google appears to have made a change to the way they list pages that appear in their directory (as taken from DMOZ). It now looks like any page that they have indexed and is also in their directory is now listed with the directory Title and Description instead of the page's title and snippet. Also, the directory path is included. The listing still links to the page though and not to the directory.

This has occured since the last dance - possibly during it but I don't think so. I'm not complaining though. For some reason the PR on a number of my pages has gone up because of it (a side effect?) as have some rankings.

7:02 pm on Aug 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I still get the normal listing with the ODP information underneath:

My HTML Title
... snippet ...
Description: My DMoz description.
Category: Regional > Europe > United Kingdom > MyCategory
www.mydomain.co.uk/ - 14k - 11 Aug 2002 - Cached - Similar pages

Are you noticing pages that are uncrawled and have no HTML description in Google (eg. because of /robots.txt)?

8:36 pm on Aug 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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You're right. I hadn't noticed my snippet tucked in there. The change is the addition of the directory path and a reduced snippet size. I know of three listing for one searchterm that didn't include the directory path or description when they were in the directory.

I'm certain there's been a change since the last major update. I have an improved ranking into the top 10, and improved toolbar PR.

When I posted the message a few hours ago my page had improved to #10 at www and #9 at www2 and www3. Now they are all at #9. I get the impression that there's been a mini update.