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Interesting website issue - non matching cache, site and content

     
8:51 pm on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have an interesting issue with an old website I own.

About three weeks ago, I changed the design of our website. The design contained a booking badge and some other items pertinent to our genre.

What has happened is this.

When I copy any unique content from the webpage, and place in quotes in G, I receive no results for that query EXCEPT for one sentence in the content. For that one sentence, when searched in quotes, an inner page that has NEVER even held that content is returned. G shows the meta description snippet for that inner page with the data from the homepage sentence. Again, to be clear, this inner page has never changed and has its own unique content and has never had this unique homepage snippet on it.....

Diagnostics

When I search google for the following items here is what I get

site:mysite.com - my index page is listed in position one
cache:mysite.com - cache date of Oct.30 09

search for my business name - inner pages of the website are returned at the bottom of page on, two etc.

Index page is not found returned in any of those searches.

We don't purchase links or do anything that would warrant any type of penalty, and this doesn't look like 'classic' signs of a penalty, but I would like to hear feedback if possible from anyone here at WebmasterWorld.

I have submitted a reinclusion request, asking them to take a look at this problem.

Thanks for any feedback you might have.

2:17 am on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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No, doesn't sound like any classic penalty I've run into either. More like they've got the data all munged up somehow.
8:40 pm on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Tedster, are there any diagnostics you would recommend further running here?

What is VERY interesting is that searches for the business name with a plural second keyword, and searches for mixing words around shows us first place. Mixing in the main phrase keyword with other keywords also returns us first page, and *most* other pages on the website rank just fine.

12:51 am on Nov 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Cain, I still have issues with google not returning many of my pages using content snippets for search. This was after a redesign as well.. Not sure if this means anything. Most of my keywords dont rank anymore so it looks like something different on my end!
Alain
4:49 am on Nov 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Cain, mostly I would track traffic from G to your home page and compare what you see to a few weeks ago.