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What does it mean when a listing has no title/description?

     
4:40 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Around Sept 30th there was a data push/PR/link update and one of our website's most important pages suddenly was dropped from page 1 near the top to the bottom of page three. Last week it dropped again to page 5. Now today it's on page 6 and no longer has a title/description. It's listed only as a url:
www.my-site-goes-here.com/important-page-goes-here.htm
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Any idea what this means? Is it about to get kicked out completely?

9:27 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see a lot of those.

Usually it means that Google is about to drop the page out of the index. Often that is because they class it as being duplicate content.

However, in the last few weeks, I see a number of those that appear as URL-only in some keyword searches, and then the exact same URL as a normal result with title and snippet for some other keyword search.

It might be that some datacentres simply have some data missing from the index. I would track those URLs and see what happens to them. I would track it in several datacentres.

See if you can find any datacentres where for the same search, the same URL is returned as a normal result while in others it is URL-only.

9:36 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>Usually it means that Google is about to drop the page out of the index. Often that is because they class it as being duplicate content.

That was our experience too. Which prompted us to do a reinclusion request to get back in.

9:46 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think this is query dependant.

The current Google has lots of what I would call 'corrupt searches' where a large amount of data and URLs are seemingly missing.

The way to tell is to go straight to page 10 of the results.

If the results stop at around results 70-90 then that's one of the 'corrupt searches'.

Normally you should expect to see 600-900 results in each search.

 

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