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Now how is that possible?
Any info appreciated :)
Updated a popular website's Title attribute. Google has updated the change within a day. Now whether the updated Title is returned to user depends on the search query! If the search query is a remote one, then it returns the updated version, where the website is ranked well. If the query is very competitive (more than 100 M results), then Google returns old version, where the site is still ranked same as before making the change.
Almost forcing me to think, if Google delays changes not just to the SERPs, but also for website change updations, depending on the query.
That correlation would seem more likely to be an artifact of cacheing, rather than by design.
McMohan, it is normal for Google to merge two URLs that return duplicate content. Where possible, they seek to avoid listing the same page multiple times on different URLs.
If you search for some words on that page, you get a snippet with a Updated 2005 text within.
If you search for the email address, then the snippet returned includes the email address that no longer exists on the real page and the snippet contains the text Updated 2000.
In both cases the cache shown is from 3 days ago. Google has a separate database of titles and snippets and which one is returned depends on your search query.
In some cases a page can appear as a normal result for some queries and as a Supplemental Result for other queries, too.
g1smd - Your observation is similar to what I am seeing (msg #2). Just that, unlike an email which was long gone in your example, the page content in both contexts is same, with only the Title attribute being different.
"Is it a glitch or by design? to stabilize the SERPs for popular searches"
This is not easy to check after the merging occurred, but can you be sure that the page on the less popular site couldn't have had more PageRank than the page on the main site?
can you be sure that the page on the less popular site couldn't have had more PageRank than the page on the main site?
It is the homepage thats being shown. The less popular site has far less number of IBLs (can't know the PR though since it is already merged) and is a newer site, the very facts why this site was merged into the main site. The sole purpose of this less popular site was to preserve the .com identity of their .co.uk corporate site.
returns that page, and then clicking the link marked cache Google then shows the cache, but it says:
>> "This is the cache for: keyword.it/folder/document.html"
which is the alternative URL that the content can be obtained from.
Google has merged the two URLs. In this case they do both represent the same physical server.