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I am guessing google must see them as some type of duplicate?
Any comments or thoughts I would love to hear. Is it time to react?
birdman's advice is good advice.
if you know for sure they are not duplicates, leave them
MC hinted towards another "data push" later this month, perhaps you should wait for that.
if that doesnt sort it, do all the usual checks, IBLs, amount of url parameters (if dynamic), checking for dup content online, etc
IMHO leave them, let google sort its own problems out ;o)
Noticed some of the pages were old redirects for renamed pages or outdated, and annoyingly ones I didnt want in the index any more.
Just seemed as though saint G was trying to tell me something!
So I've just deleted some updated others and included the deletions and so on in the robots.txt disallow.
On a related tangent. It would be nice if there was some sort of clue G.
And erm ... if it isn't linked from the site navigation then obviously I no longer want that page to be available to customers. But then I suppose I should build sites for search engines instead.
I'm now considering deleting all of the supplemental pages that show for a site: command.
I lost half the site some time ago (I think it was in April) - I mean completely off the index, not even supplemental.
The pages that were off were both "good and bad". However, there were some "bad" that remained in the index all the way through. In a post a couple months ago I was mourning about my excellent pages being lost.
I made a clean up and completely deleted unecessary stuff - I must have deleted around 80 pages - some of them were PR4 pages, btw, all others PR3 and most of them (ironically) were in the main index!
I DIDN'T DELETE any of the pages that contained valuable, new content and that were off the index at that time.
May I add that during the "process" some pages re-appeared as supplemental.
Now, ALL my excellent pages are back in the main index and most deleted are no longer cached. Not one supplemental and only 2 in the "omitted" results. Meaning, I presently show 611 pages in the main index. The pages that were off the index during that time, even the very good ones lost their PR and are now showing PR0 (from PR3), but they seem to have started re-appearing in the serps regardless of the low PR.
The home page is still not doing well on my two main keywords but seems to be progressing - I hope that the re-inclusion of the 300 pages will affect future rankings. I also think that lost PR will re-appear in the next update provided the pages remain cached :)
May I also add that some pages located 3-4 clicks away from the home page that had disappeared previously are back into the main index too.
I am rather optimistic.
I've been suffering the supp blues for about 4 months now. Just this morning I see some major light at the end of the tunnel. I have a 2000 page site, recently google has been indexing 1200 with about 250 not supplemental. As of this morning the google index is now reporting 550, but there are NO supps. I'm hoping this is a good sign... and traffic is up significantly.
It has been a week and the messy supplementals are still there.
Google is broken. I say broken because if many of my sites have this issue, i assume others do as well. Therefore to me it means that Google has far less pages cached correctly in their index. I am using Yahoo lately until Google fixes this major issue.
It's about 1200 html pages so if I am to deleted them what is the best way? Do I set up a standard error page with a redirect of some sort?
The fact that old URLs, the ones that are now redirected, still show up as Supplemental Results is irrelevant - that is what Google does. They show the old URLs for a year or two until they eventually realise they are worthless.
As long as someone hitting one of those old results gets redirected to the correct URL for where the content really is, the average surfer will never realise that those URLs are old ones.
[edited by: g1smd at 12:20 am (utc) on July 17, 2006]