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Considering using the removal tool and then starting again. Can't think of a better way to do this. Supplementals can stay in there for over a year and if more than 50% of my pages in the Google index are supplemental, surely that will simply destroy any chances of ranking new pages well?
It makes me a little nervous. Complete sections of our site got ZERO hits today and that has never happened. Saying the Site command is "broken" is fine as long as those results do appear in the search engines. I am having a hard time finding those pages on the data centers without using the site command. We all thought things were broken before but it turned out to be a new Algo
If you are seeing problems with your Google traffic right now, then the site: operator is not the useful diagnostic tool that it once was. It may come back from its current AWOL condition, or it may not. But I think it is wise in moments like this to stay grounded in the most essential metrics of website health you can find: conversions, total traffic, search traffic, and then rankings. Rankings have got to be down the chain because today, they are often different for different people, and even different one second apart for the same person, same computer, same browser.
If you are not regularly looking at server logs, it's time to start putting those analytics into your regular routine.
I agree with uptil7000 that "it might be broken but there is still something going on". We just don't know what that something is at the moment.
There's been a great disturbance in the Force....
lol i crack myself up.
[edited by: youfoundjake at 1:31 am (utc) on Oct. 6, 2006]
More than six of Google's existing 44 Class-C IP blocks are showing truly whacky results. The site: command is truly broken on those.
I agree that the results are very whacky, and that the site: command is showing varied results, but the "broken" results reflect the decrease in traffic. As soon as the majority of my pages went supplemental (and my most popular page missing altogether) using the site: command across multiple data centers, my traffic dried up immediately. They are definately connected, not just broken.
Whacky site: results = whacky traffic patterns.
I had 1 page that performed well above the rest of my pages, was indexed well, getting lots of traffic, and many good inbound links. After Sept 30th refresh, the page is GONE, MIA, NOWHERE TO BE FOUND on any of the google data centers and traffic has disapeared 100% from google.
All summer I have seen these refreshes treat my site like a roller coaster. 1 goes up, then next down, then back up, then back down.
You would at least expect SOME kind of consistency with Google after all this time in the search business, but the only thing that has been constant is their inconsistancy.
A quick example for you. I rank on the first page of google for lots of fairly competitive two word phrases and have done for some years. The site commmand show that I have 3 non supplemental pages for my site and if I repeat the results with the omitted results included then the number of visible pages falls well short of the number of actual pages. The page that ranks is not visible using a site command and must have therefore been removed - wrong! Run the search on google and it is visible on the first page. Next phrase - the site command shows the page is supplemental and a search for the phrase shows me on the first page with the page being non-supplemental.
In other cases the page that ranks is shown as supplemental using the site: command BUT as supplemental when running a search to retrieve the page in other case non-supplemental. Visible and not visible, etc and every combo that you can test. Completely screwed up, basically, and useless.
The consequencies are that my traffic is not affected one iota even though I have gone completely supplemental and 95% of my website has been removed! The fact is that it has not gone supplemental or been removed at all just that the site command misleads you to this conclusion.
My conclusion, you can work out for yourself how I arrived at it, is that there is no such thing as a supplemental index, sandbox, etc. What you are seeing is Google applying a series of "visibility" filters to a SINGLE database and integration with the site: view just got screwed.
As for the Google crew, then no doubt thay will continue to perpetuate the various myths that there are. As for the rest of us, if you want a fairly easy way to check whether your pages are in the index and visible via search then run a search something like - "phrase one" "phrase two" - where you know that the two phrases are on your webpage and you will easily prove to yourself that the site: command is so useless that it should be disposed of as soon as possible. DO NOT USE IT, OR IF YOU DO, DO NOT MAKE ANY CONCLUSIONS.
I have a theory that any page on a site that doesn't have a significant backlink(s) is going supplemental
having supplemental results these days is not such a bad thing. In your case, I think it just reflects a lack of PageRank/links. We’ve got your home page in the main index, but if you look at your site ... you’ll see not a ton of links ... So I think your site is fine ... it's just a matter of we have to select a smaller number of documents for the web index. If more people were linking to your site, for example, I’d expect more of your pages to be in the main web index.
you have duplicate content on pages within your site. Might be a tiny footprint, but it will have an effect.
- ouch, time to build something worthwhile I say - you filthy spammer. LMAO.
(also g1smd do you ever work?)
It is not the site that is Supplemental. Supplemental shows up on a URL-by-URL basis, and those that are, have the word "Supplemental Result" printed in green text right there in the SERPs. There are several recent threads about "duplicate content" and "supplemental results" that are well worth reading first.
>> g1smd do you ever work? <<
Yeah, but only about 80 hours per week.
I agree with uptil7000 that "it might be broken but there is still something going on"
So do I, very stongly in fact. There is some history of seeing what first appear to be abberations and oddities prior to G changing the fundamental way it does things, or display some kinds of information.
Looks to me that there could be a fundamental shift afoot in the way supplemental designations are applied. Just a guess, but it seems that this might especially apply to pages in supplemental hell because of duplicate content issues. Very interesting. Makes me realize that this could make confirmation of dup issues in some cases a whole lot harder, and would place a higher value on experience in dealing with such matters. SEO consultants: Grab your crystal balls. They're going to come in more handy than ever soon, or so it seems from where I sit.
Supplemental Results - what exactly are they? [webmasterworld.com]
If that URL is now returning either a 301 or a 404 status then it will never appear in the normal index again. It will remain tagged as Supplemental for a year, and then drop out of view.
PageRank plays a part in the Supplemental Problem for some sites, but mostly the Supplemental URLs are either simple duplicates, or they are cached copies of URLs that used to directly deliver content, but now no longer do so.
Strangely, 6 random pages are not supplemental. The home page and 5 other search results pages.
This is all so confusing, and the recent update from Google is not very encouraging.
Would it be better for me to remove these supplemental pages and start again? I know Google spiders all my pages quite regularly.
Google does not index pages; it indexes URLs. If two or more URLs return the exact same content, then most, or all, of them get tagged as Supplemental.
Check back what I was saying about "exact duplicates" and "pseudo duplicates" posted in about a dozen different threads in the last couple of weeks, for more information.