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What are the steps that Google sequences and how long does each take?
We have a couple of 3 year old sites that has been tidied up with regards to dupe content issues, over 7-8 weeks ago. The re indexing of one of the sites is very slow, with perhaps only 20% visible on the site:tool, despite some good deep linking.
About 3 days ago we noticed results in the SERPS on very weak and unique keywords returning to top positions for those pages. At the same time no recognition of KW's in the meta titles, internal or inbound links seems to have occurred yet.
What can we expect to see in the future and how long will it take?
I used to have a high ranking(PR8) site built in 1997 that placed extremely well(good content, organized topic) until it received dupe content penalties(was unknowingly 302 redirecting all subdomains to www domain). The penalties started at the beginning of 2004. I remedied all problems on the site by the end of 2004 and the site still has not recovered.
I've since moved on, but the lesson learned is invaluable.
Are all your pages crawled and cached?
Variable - Ouch!
Are you sure you fixed all the dupe issues?
"/" and redirect "index.htm" etc etc
I can't believe a site can sit in permanent suspense. There must be more things outstanding.
If you've fixed everything maybe you could send a re inclusion request.
[edited by: Whitey at 10:08 pm (utc) on Oct. 17, 2006]
oddsod re crawl rates - Google released a crawl rate control over at Webmastercentral [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...] in the last 24 hours - I'm not sure if this is going to improve caching those indexed pages - I guess we'll have to wait and see.
[edited by: Whitey at 5:51 am (utc) on Oct. 18, 2006]
We still have major problems getting pages cached below level 2 [ of 4 levels ] , despite good site maps and quality inbound deep links [ .edu ]. I've increased the crawl rate to fast - not sure if that will help.
Results that show No1 on Yahoo , and were previously top 1-5 on Google, are still languishing on page 3-4. I wonder when and if they will return.
Should we play a waiting game for a week or so and see what happens?