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We now have a 301 engine that redirects all ex pages to the correct new page and all of our top level pages have been indexed with the 301 results.
However today I tried a search on one of our part numbers (at least one click deeper) with our domain minus the . bit All I got was supplememental results as would have been the norm for the past 6 months.
However when I hit the more reults from... I get the new non supplemental page listed.
So in this case I get supplementals appearing before non supplementals
Does anyone have a clue why?
Next, play around with the &filter=0 parameter, adding and removing it, and see what you get. That parameter is the equivalent of clicking on the "click for omitted results link" in the SERPs.
It's a duplicate content issue that I am going to have big difficulty putting into words; I'm looking at another example elsewhere, where &filter=0 moves 900 results into visibility ahead of the 1000 Supplemental Results that you see when that parameter is missing.
I have recently decided to rebuild the site back to static HTML pages and no longer use a database. Considering the size of the site this will take some weeks to accomplish. In this process I've learned how to do SSI which I am putting in for those parts of the pages that can or may change over time. The bulk of each page's content really has no need to change.
I just hope the end result indexes better. If nothing else, it will make me a happier camper.
It had dropped way down in the SERPs with Big Daddy and we weren't concerned with it and in fact thought it was going to drop out for good. But it is apparently the listing of the undead.
Even though it is a URL not in use for over 4 years. And for which I admit we have a totally convoluted redirect structure to the "real" URL due to corporate redirect problems. But we don't link to it and no high ranking authority sites (that we know of) link to it either.
But it makes no sense to me why it would come back now. It is no longer supplemental and is #1 with the "real" URL at #2. It is the same across DCs as well as www.google.com.
I am hoping this is just part of the churn and it will be corrected by Google. I can't figure it out otherwise.
I have no answers, still looking for them though.
I also see a similar thing for another long-dropped URL for some other very old search term. That one is back too.