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I noticed the other day on a non-competitive keyword that all of the top pages in Fast were small.
Like under 11 K. Most being around 6 to 7 K.
It surprised me a lot. I knew search engines preferred pages 20 K or less, but I didn't know they liked pages *that* small.
Because the phrase was not competitive, I knew, I was probably looking at pages that were not cloaked: I saw what the spider saw.
oh, just saw a #4 in a very competitive search with 59 kB, #6 having 1,1 kB.
I am against you on the doorway pages, i don't believe they are doing anyone any favours, except for you.
Drawing back to what Heini said.
Google and Fast for me are about the following.
Title is critical, very critical. say its a page for x-product, depending on what sort of image you what the site to have to the user.
For deep pages on products, the following works for me.
X-product, (plural variations), (case variations) by Y company (remember title length considerations)
next has to be the url carrying the product title.
[Y-company.com...] (asp, possibly in your case). (many arguments about - or _ I'm not sure which is better.
next is content with these engines (forget meta's)
at least 18%+ for the x-product in frequency.
pages as -G said around 20k - max 37k.
That would be a good start.
Submitted the index.htm 8 days ago they came, did only five hits and left, although all pages on the site are interlinked and well optimized for Google. What can it be is their spider choking on pages 10k plus?