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Lost 600+ pages on Google

Lost 600+ pages on Google



3:29 am on Apr 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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OK, here's my?: I have a site that is about 2000 pages. About 90% of the site are dynamically generated .php pages. Up until the end of February it had about 1350 of them indexed. I have keywords I check weekly and do a site: search. On Feb 28 my site dropped 600 pages down to 750 indexed. This has happened once or twice before but the pages always came back after a few weeks. It's been a month and a half and they're still not back. My rankings really improved after the last update but all these pages were lost. I did update almost all of the title/meta tags, but that was back in September(?).I have noticed that some of them have gotten tagged with the "supplemental" result(with the old tags) even though they used to be indexed properly with the newer tags. One of the pages that gets a lot of traffic from google just dropped to a URL only listing where last week it was ranking top 3 out of about 150000. I changed the page some but it was only to add more content. I've read about the dup content issues but I try to make sure that there is at least 40% different content on all pages.
Any ideas of why some many pages are being dropped and if it's something fixable?


7:29 pm on Apr 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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8:38 pm on Apr 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What's your PR? Dynamic pages, I suspect, Googlebot is a bit lethargic about crawling unless you have enough PR.

Dont ask me whats enough - 5 or above is what I have seen so far.

1.5 months is still okay by Google standards once you get hit with a loss of pages.. It can come back even afterwards. I have seen that happen.

Also make sure you don't link out to anything dangerous or suspicious. Eliminate anything you think is frowned upon, and wait a bit.

(There are several threads about the same topic here..)


8:52 pm on Apr 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Most of them are dynamic. The PR is a 4. I was just checking some links in Google and Yahoo and it seems that alot of the dynamic internal pages that used to rank well are now being replaced by my home page, only down 10-80 spots. The product catalog is located on my home page with the same description as on the category pages. Possible dup content penalty?

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