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2:12 pm on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm experiencing something I have not seen before and want to see if anyone has had the same thing happen and if so, how they over came it.

Last week, my site tanked from page one to 5.

I noticed that when you search for the company name, the index page shows up on page 5 as an indented page under another page.

If you also do a search for the sitename.com, it also shows up as an indent way back on page 5. If you search for www.sitename.com, it returns a normal result.

The site has been pretty solid for years and doesn't do anything that would cause a penalty.

Is this a glitch or something or something more?


4:40 am on May 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

It does sound like a glitch -- unless you are not resovling the domain directly and are redirecting it to a longer url. I;ve seen that make problems something like what you are describing.


8:01 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hey Tedster,

No redirecting going on.

I'm wondering if perhaps some kind of dupe penalty.

When I signed up for Adwords, I made two copies of the index page and named them index_google1 and 2. Those are the pages I use for landing pages in the Adwords. None of them have links to them so I didn't think nothing of it. Except those pages are now in the index. The only way they could of been found is from adwords.

Now, I've excluded those two pages in the robots.txt file and also with metas on the pages themselves. I then did a re-inclusion request for good measure explaining what I thought had happend and what I did to correct it.

Hopefully, this will clear up the issue.


8:42 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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maybe you want to use the following in .htaccess of your default direcory (usually public_html):

DirectoryIndex index.html
(or, whatever you wish in place of index.html)

hope this helps.




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