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4:50 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It seems that Yink follows the redirects and attributes the end content to the original URL whereas google attributes the end content to the end URL and discards the original URL.

Anyone else confirm this?

5:02 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, Inktomi has been acting that way for quite some time. Google's behavior is more correct.
5:44 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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INK does not follow 301
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My homepage has been penalized for this exact problem. Inktomi picked up a backlink that is a php id link which redirects to my home page and now it shows up as the first result under a search for my home page title. My homepage is nowhere to be found. I emailed the site owner, and he still has not removed the link. I also emailed Yahoo and I have had no response. My only other option is build another site a be real carefull of who is linking to me. I just do not understand why Yahoo does not use Altavista. There bot is much better than Inktomi at handling this.
6:14 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone know the best way to deal with this problem? I recently moved my site to a different domain, and used the 301 redirect. Worked fine for Google. The INK results are still showing the original site about two months later. I see from the post here that INK doesn't process the 301 redirects. Is it better to just have a page on the original site, that says: This page has moved... and then give the new address?
6:39 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ink does follow the 301, to the new content... it just associates this new content with the old URL.
6:39 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, Yahink doesn't resolve 301 redirects as it should. Tim (YahooGuy) confirmed a few days ago that they are aware of the problem and already have a solution - he said, it just takes a while to recrawl affected pages.

In another thread he said yesterday:

Please send these cases to webmasterworldfeedback@yahoo.com and we will take care of them.
Thanks,
Tim

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7:02 pm on Feb 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I will actually go over this in my preso on Thursday. I already have a slide prepared on it.
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Yes please, Tim. I realized that this was the reason my home page was penalized as well. Ink thinks I have 4 duplicates due to this. After the light bulb went on last friday, I've begun redirecting the 301s to pages that Yink hasn't listed, so hopefully it will work in my favor despite my lost index.
4:33 am on Feb 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I realized that this was the reason my home page was penalized as well.

Tim, does Ink really penalize for duplicate content? I.e., if two pages are duplicates, will it have an adverse effect on both pages? Or will it just drop or hide one copy?

 

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