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One thing to watch for: HOURLY fluctuations.
After years long slow advances, my main page reached #13 in Google for the main single KW.
Suddenly it dropped to #16, then 4 hours later it was right back at #13.
Same thing with a 2-word key-phrase. From #2 or #3 I fell back to #6.
4 hours later, like the above, it was right back.
Some of this is data center switching I'm sure.
Then again maybe they use old data while they polish up the new.
All in all, Big Daddy has not hurt my site yet (knock on wood). -Larry
[edited by: tedster at 6:48 pm (utc) on Mar. 6, 2006]
To me it has always been because the page has not got crawled recently - the page has not necessarily got a penalty - it has just not been crawled.
As soon as this page is crawled again then it no longer shows as supplimental (although the supplimental copy still exists as explained earlier - 301s on a supplimental page when newly crawled dont work because the crawl does not replace the supplimental page - it overlays a new version - the supplimental page is still there)
So basically we have a situation that Google is not crawling/indexing pages in a site.
At SES MC said that a depth of crawl/indexing depends on PR.
With a recent PR update, old PR update still hanging around, PR from November still hanging around and Big Daddy bound to have its own PR calculation.
Add to that PR could be split between domain.com and www.domain.com.
IMO I have a feeling that it is a matter of how PR is being allocated and passed through a site with Big Daddy.
It isn't a very recent problem. It just very recently
(around FEB 21st )spread out to encompass a lot more websites.
There have been discussions on the threads regards
supplementals for over a year.
I would like to remind you that we are not discussing supplemental results problem which has been discussed in numorous threads here. I can go back atleast 1 and 1/2 years for supplement pages discussion. Almost all sites have supplemental pages in one way or the other. some hurt the site some don't.
This recent feb 21st problem is completely independent of what has been happening. It is a sudden drop in pages for even high quality authority sites where just the homepage remains. The homepage which was ranking before still ranks very well. But all legitimate pages dropped and only supplemental pages remain. Remember supplemental pages are completely independant of legitimate indexed pages.
Supplement pages are what google algorithm considers unwanted on a site which are affected by various reasons. one primary reason is duplicate content.
Lack of inbound links is probably one factor. I'd like to see what other factors there are.
One is that the page no longer exists, or even that the domain no longer exists.
Another is when you exclude the page using "robots.txt", the page re-appears in the supplemental index a few months later with a cache date of just before the date of when the "robots.txt" file first excluded that URL.
Google seems to be saying "we were allowed to index it way back then, so we will still leave that copy in our index now". However, the reason for putting the URL in robots.txt in the first place was "oh #*$!, I didn't want that page indexed".
>> To me it has always been because the page has not got crawled recently - the page has not necessarily got a penalty - it has just not been crawled. <<
>> As soon as this page is crawled again then it no longer shows as supplemental <<
I have seen pages that are crawled weekly show as a supplemental result for words that were in the previous version of the page, and as a normal result when you search for current content. Google want to hang on to the previous version of the page for some reason. Even when they are showing the old information in the snippet, the cache that it links to is one from only a few days ago.
It is infuriating that you amend your website to update all the old email addresses and old phone numbers, and three years later Google is still showing them in the snippets, even though that data is no longer on the real page, nor in any cache that they have made public in the last two years or more; except for some pages that are "fully supplemental" where they continue to show a cache from January 2004. Wake up! It is March 2006 now.
Not for me.
I monitor several sites. Few of them got supplemental.
What does exactly it means "got supplemental"?
It means that on about half of the Google DBs ( the Big Daddy databases ) only the index page had been indexed... Most of other pages got supplemental despite the fact that the supplemental pages had been cached this february.
Had the sites been penalized?
Not for the home page! They rank fine as usual for the most important keywords...
They lost about 10 % in traffic.
They lost some traffic from the supplemental pages for subsidary keywords.
Does Googlebot visit the sites? Yes, daily!
Is there any reason for reaching the supplemental Club?
NOT A COMMON REASON!
- All of them have a good page rank ( Minimum 6 )
- No Black hat or tricks or fake link campaign
- Two sites are gaining link popularity in a natural way (excellent content: they do not need any link campaign)
- One site did not do anything in the last two years!
- None of them display Adsense
Three of them changed hosting during the last two years: this is the only "partial" common factor.
I think that, as GoogleGuy said, it's a temporary glitch...
The page went supplemental intially probably because it shared title/description with 10 other pages, I had a huge block of navs below <body>, and the copy text on every page was thin.
Now the cache looks new but the title/description displayed doesn't match the cache and the page is still supplemental.
Thanks and I would like to remind you that unless one
is a member of the Googleplex team or a "close" ally
thereof most of what is proposed by Google outsiders as causal factors is guesswork based on rather small sample analysis.
it actually makes little difference to me whether they are BD or not, as my traffic hasn't been affected during this period, apart from the normal increases due to time etc.
But it seems odd that the same results apply to this DC, numbers wise as they do for BD. Also, akeyword that was at position 1 in classic DC's and 2 in BD, is showing at number 1 again on this DC.
By the way, and thanks for the tip of using Xlogan, I thought I'd mention theres a new version out, which is much more comprehensve.
I think it switching from one to the other constantly is what is causing the confusion. Personally speaking, I wish it would stick to non BD results until the supplementals problem is fixed.
Results were fluctuating, rotating between 80 and 90% last week, with 80 going in the right direction - but it needs to be better!
People really need to check that they are recieving results from Big Daddy when they start to say they are seeing supplimental pages coming back.
For people who have not read MC blog entries and other posts on the subject - on Big Daddy giants.mlb.com should return top on a sfgiants search. On Non Big Daddy DCs sfgiants.com is returned top.
I dont think any changes have happened on the supplimental issue regarding the homepage being the only one indexed (this is a Big Daddy issue at this stage) - and I doubt we will see anything for a week or so.
Anyway, I have also seen most all my Froogle listings disappear. The only way I appear in Froogle is if I type in a string of keywords that most searchers would never type in -- like including my domain!
Has anyone else seen a drop in Froogle results?
I know that this is not the DC-watch-thread but today I noticed massive changes for my sites RK-values on most DCs as compared to Friday, when I last time checked them.
If you look at all data centres then half will appear normal and half will appear as the sky is falling. So to keep this on topic and stop the data centre nonsense that seems to be most posts on forum 30 these days, please refrain from speculation until you see a significant change on ALL or most dc'ers. OK?