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Pages Dropped from Google site: command

9:42 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi, just wondering if anyone has ever experienced this before;

Around 3 months ago the site:URL command in Google showed around 15,000 pages for our site, since then this figure has been gradually reducing and is now at around 3,000.

Traffic is also going down on a regular basis even though our PR has increased (so we can't have been penalised).

We have used the Google webmaster tool to analyse the crawl stats and the results follow;

Errors for URLs in Sitemaps: 0
HTTP errors: 0
URLs not followed: 0
URLs restricted by robots.txt: 0
URLs timed out: 0
Unreachable URLs: 0

As you can see there are no implications with the crawl process, so why is this happening? Does Google not show ALL pages indexed on a site?

Many thanks in advance, this really has got us stumped.

11:56 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google often drops pages for a website if these pages show up low in search results, are poorly linked from your own domain, have no incoming links from other domains, are rarely or never clicked by visitors, or have content that is similar to other pages on the web. Most of the time these pages can be brought back to the index if these pages get good links from other high PR domains.
12:08 pm on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Many thanks ecmedia.

The site consists of 000's of pages, it is not possible to secure links to all of these pages as most are product pages (not permanent pages). We are of course building links into the site, starting with the main category & sub-category pages.

Still confused!

8:13 am on May 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A site can be penalized and maintain or even increase pagerank. I agree with ecmedia. It is probably a duplication issue or an automated find replace with keywords xyz on zyz related pages issue.