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Does anyone have a similar problem?
Googlebot has visited these pages tons of times over the past few months. However, the cache remains out of date.
If something is in the supplemental, does it count towards ranking? Or duplicate penalty issues?
I just recently found out that they have results for our "ftp" subdomain in the supplemental results. I am trying to go through the URL removal tool to get rid of these. If you click on any of these pages from Google, the user would get a 404-page.
About supplemental DB, THEY say its updated every 3 month, but why do we then see supplemental results from mid 2004, so I dont think they have updated that for a long time, Im not sure whats wrong these days, but everything started when they added all those "sites"
And also I have observed we get good ranking and quicker also for the sub-domain rather then the main domain can anybody say why is that so?
I know of a site that had both www and non-www pages listed. Many were without title and description. Some pages were duplicated (under both www and non-www) in the SERPs and other pages were completely missing.
In March a 301 redirect was set up, and gradually the listings corrected themselves. As of a few weeks ago, about 120 non-www pages were all listed with proper title and description, and all the www pages were no longer listed.
However, I have found that on a different datacentre there are now 92 www pages listed as supplemental results, and the listings for the non-www pages are are messed up too. The cache dates are all from December 2004 and January 2005 on this datacentre.
In regular google.com results the cache date for this site is only several weeks to a month old for all pages.
For some other search term (actually an email address that has been removed from many sites) I also see the "old" datacentre bringing up 15 sites as showing the email address, but those are results with a cache date from January 2005 again.
In normal google.com results there is only one match for the search query, and with a recent cache again.
The IP for the "old" results is [18.104.22.168...] and there are several others too. These "old" results have been around for many weeks now.
I see [22.214.171.124...] as having the "new" results on it at the moment.
I believe the pages that replaced them are being hit with a dup content penalty. Dup contents problems are why they were removed in the first place.
I can't believe G hasn't cleanup this mess in 8 months!
Yahoo and MSN seem to have no problem getting rid of pages that don't exist (eventually).
I have a few pages on a site Supplemental and URL only. I've been trying to check why it happened to those pages and track to see if they'll come back.
Two of them hadn't existed for about 6 months, they didn't get put up when I moved the site back around February. I put the missing pages back up a few days ago (August 2nd), and they're out of the Supplemental listed just like regular pages. I found out because one got a hit from Google for some odd search term yesterday.
[edited by: Marcia at 7:27 am (utc) on Aug. 12, 2005]
I am seeing the same thing - I called it a state of Limbo in supporters :-
why dont they just have results with description, like in the good old days, before they where playing with all those fake site(over 8mill. sites indexed) in the results, it can not be that they are satisfied with supplemental results from mid 2004 or URL only.
I just say thise
GOOGLE UPDATE YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL RESULTS DB NOW
Not always true. We changed an email address printed on a number of sites about 18 months ago. Searching Google for that email address still brings up those pages as supplemental results (and the email address is still shown in the snippet), whereas for other searches the pages are not shown as supplemental results.
That's right: a page may not be supplemental for all results that it is returned for. In all cases the cache is from only a few weeks ago, and is updated at least monthly. The email address cannot be found in the cache because it was removed from the page at least 18 months ago; so why does this result still appear in searches, and why does the email address still appear in the snippet for the single supplemental result?
In one case we changed the entire page content, but for the email address we still get a snippet from the old page, and the old result only appears when searching for the email address we no longer want found. Excluding the page with robots.txt and submitting to the Google remove tool only removed it for 3 months.