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Any thoughts on canonical url improvements.
And esp when sites go url only on the homepage (both non-www and www)
I know you have part covered this - but any fix for sites that have the problem, timescale after 301 introduced. I assume it triggers a dup content pen - same timescale - 180 days!?
Taken from update thread - if gg already covers this then no worries ;)
[edited by: Dayo_UK at 8:35 am (utc) on June 2, 2005]
Brett, are these questions for the "Meet the Google Engineers" session?
Edit: Directed 2nd question to Brett. (I know I broke the rules but it is worth clarifying. At least one person is confused, me.) :)
[edited by: whoisgregg at 8:43 am (utc) on June 2, 2005]
It is supposed that the site is doing a link campaign popularity, just to trap google...
Is it right? Should we avoid for example a Press release on Internet? Usually such Press relase brings several equals text links and descriptions.
thank you for clarifying that!
We've seen a lot more interest in using the data from [google.com...] as we have been taking spam more seriously for the last several months, so I'd give it a try.
Clearly there is some problem involved here, as there is no quality justification for listing these things, particularly when the URL is repeatedly seen as 404. Many supplementals disappeared with Bourbon, but many still exist. So...
can we expect a supplemental fix soon, meaning that 404 Supplementals will no longer be listed in the results?
Does that make the Google SERPs only the 2nd most useful?
P.S. I'd be happy to set up such a facility ;)
I'd recommend people go back to Brett's 26-step plan when I hear questions like that.
GoogleGuy, let me know when you register gsecretlabs.com, so I can learn SEO from Google first hand. :)
I have a client who has a company listings site (contact details and information about companies in a certain sector).
My client started off in March with a generic list of companies (about 300 web pages in total, one company per web page). He used this as a demo to his potential paid listing clients.
Now he has a handful of paid clients, with full listings, he doesn't want the old free 'demo' listing on the site any more and he's asked me to delete them.
The site ranks really well for all his main keyphrases on both Yahoo and MSN, but as yet he's only listed for obscure phrases on Google. I'm putting this down to the "sandbox" and assume it will pick up by the end of the year.
Will removing these demo pages (a vast majority of the site) do any harm to the future Google rankings? I'm currently considering the following options:
1. Just delete them (the server will produce 404 errors)
2. Delete them and return a 410 error
3. 302 redirect visitors to the home page
4. 301 redirect them to the home page.
5. Meta Refresh (0 seconds) back to the home page.
6. Replace the text with a message saying "this listing is no longer available. Click hgere to return to the homepage"
Which would you recommend?
[edited by: mrMister at 9:03 am (utc) on June 2, 2005]
But whenever possible, I recommend going to the site that's copying your content first and trying to solve it at the source. Even if you file a DMCA complaint to Google, other search engines may find the copies as well.
Finally, if the site seems scuzzy/scraperly to you, use google.com/support/ to report it in addition to using the spam report form.