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I am reading the valuable postings on this web site for a while. But this my first post. I run a web site with over 200 pages. Most of these pages are database driven with ASP code. Some of my pages are listed on FAST & INK. They seem to treat DB driven ASP code without problem. I got a question about how Google treats these pages. My site is fairly new. About 2 months ago some of my pages got listed in Google. But just got listed, nothing more than that. Google picked up the copyright information from the bottom of the page as description. There are a lot of other texts well before that. But these texts are all coming from the database. Does Googlebot recognize these texts? If not, I guess I am in big trouble. In that case, what might be the right way to come up with some SEO pages. I just do not want to go to plain html style because that will make my life difficult to manage things. Any ideas, guys?
My 2nd problem, on September 4 Google spidered my site last time. But the pages which are listed (well, listed without any optimization) on Google still show pretty old titles. That means September 4 spidering did not do any good. Why is that?
Thanks in advance,
Google has no problem seeing datadriven content unless it is in a query string with a session id. Googlebot cannot handle cookies so make sure your pages don't rely on cookies to work.
The spider at the beginning of september was for the upcomming update. Google spiders and then updates about 4 weeks later.
I use asp datadriven pages and they rank great :)
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Google indexes database-driven pages quite well. There's no difference, from a spider's point of view, between hand-written HTML and HTML output by ASP code.
The only difference might reside in the fact that ASP pages usually have dynamic URLs (i.e., URLs that include a querystring: the '?' character followed by one or more 'parameter=value' pairs concatenated by '&'). But GoogleGuy tells us [webmasterworld.com] Google is getting better and better about crawling dynamic URLs too.
The reason for Google displaying your site's copyright information as "description" is very simple: the text Google displays in the snippet below each result is based on the keywords you use in your search query, so if you search for your site's name, Google will display a snippet of your site's copyright notice with the site name highlighted in bold. Try different keywords and you'll see different results. :)
About your other question, I guess you'll have to wait for the end-of-the-month update to see the newly indexed pages appearing in Google's index.
I would not worry about dynamic ASP pages. I have a huge web site, all pages with .asp extensions and most of them dynamic ("?"). I am well ranked. There might be limitations to pages with a very, very long extension after the "?" and for dynamic links that are dug deep in your web site. But overall, Google does an excellent job in indexing dynamic .asp pages.