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Google changed how they handle framed pages?

11:29 am on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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For some reason (that I can't remember though i think it had something to do with SE's 301 problems) a few years ago I used frames to show my website:

e.g. www.example.com

on the various mispellings and tlds:

e.g. www.exxample.com

but now if you type the domain exxample.com into Google it ranks my actual domain www.example.com at No.1 and exxample.com is not showing in the results anywhere. Have 100% framed pages become the same as a 301 redirect?

I only did this with the one domain so don't have anything else to test if that is the reason.


2:35 pm on Feb 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google has varied the way they handle framed pages over the years. It boils down to one of two methods: (1) they show the framed page, warts and all, (2) they link to the <frameset> page with parts (either the <title> or the snippet, but not both as I recall) of the framed page. Google's online help on this topic has always referred to method 2, but for several years when I was watching this behavior pretty closely method 1 was used almost exclusively - until last summer/autumn when the balance shifted heavily to method 1.

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