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I have a relatively new website that I put together using a very user-friendly software package because I am a complete novice at website building but needed a website for a very small business. So far, so good ... I've been through the stage when you are first indexed and given great exposure on Google, then went through at least 6 weeks of "on again, off again" status, then finally became indexed with a PR4, and my site could be found on Google using a variety of search terms related to my site with very good placement on page 1 or 2 depending on the terms (it's a very small "niche" business).
My problem is that every time I add a new page or optimize a page and then repost it, I go from indexed to partially indexed. I thought Freshbot loved new pages and new information. My site spends a few days to a week partially indexed, with my URL as my title and no description. This is the second time it has happened this month. I found this at Google's webmaster info pages:
"The Google index contains two types of pages--fully indexed and partially indexed pages. Your page is currently partially indexed, which means that although we know about your site, our robots have not read all the content on your page(s) in past crawls. This does not adversely affect your PageRank or your inclusion in our index. It does mean that we don't 'know' what to call your page, so it gets listed with the URL as the title and no description.
We appreciate the frustration this causes webmasters who work hard to make their sites accessible to users. We are working to increase the number of fully indexed pages in our search results to alleviate this problem"
Customers can't find my website when it's partially indexed. At this point, I'm afraid to make any changes to my website at all, or attempt to add any new pages. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?
Normally, the 'URL only' listing that you describe is for a URL that Google found via links, but hasn't crawled. This may be due to /robots.txt problems, lack of PageRank (especially for URLs with a "?" character), or presumably just because Google didn't find the URL until the end of the crawl and ran out of time.
I find it very odd that you lost your proper listing, to be replaced by a URL only listing later during the cycle.
I haven't seen that problem before, hopefully Google will give you a more stable listing after the next update [webmasterworld.com].
I can correlate the times this has happened to when I updated and posted only one or two pages from my website. It hasn't happened when I have uploaded the entire website. I'm pretty sure I'm doing it right since I have a success message at the end of the upload, but you never know. I know so little about all of this it's really a miracle I have a working ecommerce site at all!
Anyway, thanks again for your comments. I look forward to the next update with both hope and trepidation! :)