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Google Indexes more pages in .co.uk than .com

     
11:01 pm on Feb 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello everyone,

I hope someone can help us with these two questions.

When I search site:example.com

I see that google has indexed all of our pages in it's overseas domains such as google.co.uk and google.in and so on. But in google.com it has less pages indexed. The site is a news site 6 years old, all unique content.


Second Question:

On our Webmaster tools google shows many 404 page not found errors. However, when I look to those external links, they mostly miss something. let's say another website gives us a link and they forget the .html at the end of the link or ml part and just do .ht

This normally leads to page not found on our site and google brings this to our attention on our webmaster tools area. Are we responsible for these errors? We can't contact those sites (usually lower quality sites) one by one and ask them to fix their links, most don't even have contact info.

What would you suggest or recommend?

Thank you for your reply.

[edited by: tedster at 11:08 pm (utc) on Feb. 3, 2010]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]

12:19 am on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have checked few domains we work with and I can see the same as you are seeing - I checked for a few .com and .co.uk domains and the number of results for the site: parameter on google.com was significantly lower than on google.co.uk or google.com.au (which were identical). There is no effect on ranking though. I personally would not worry about this.

With regards to second question, implement a 301 permanent redirect of the the broken URL to the URL it should go to if it was not broken.
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I just stumbled on a case like this with google.de there were 1400 URLs reported for a site that google.com shows a 680 URLs. Just one problem, though. The site only has 820 URLs total. I'm wondering if the country domain google's don't filter out duplicates as well as google.com. When I get the time, I intend to dig into this a bit more.
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In our case our traffic for some reason has fallen a lot.

Sites that link to our stories with only title and first paragraph rank higher than we. We are PR 6 News site.
How can this make sense?

Also when we search the entire title, despite the page being indexed, it's not appearing for title search.
4:52 am on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Erku, have you checked for a major canonical URL problem, especially one with query strings?
5:05 am on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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explain tedster

do you meant www. vs non www?

all of our non www pages lead to www

if no, please explain
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do you meant www. vs non www?

all of our non www pages lead to www

if no, please explain


I think what tedster means is if you have canonical problems with sessionIDs or query strings such as:

example.com/category/view-category
example.com/category/view-category&173c88006b48283c

or

example.com/?s=blue+widget
shows the same content as
example.com/category/blue-widget
 

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