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june 23-25th saw a 20,000 peson loss,
Our site is Q&A, in a specialised field. We use our own custom software, it's similar to stack.
No technical issues, but I'm guessing page-speed might be a factor (10s) - though the user can interact with a full page within 400ms
[edited by: tedster at 1:55 pm (utc) on Aug 23, 2012]
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I wont stop indexing no-reply/no-answer questions, regardless of G (only a very small percent, as always with Q&A).
I'm clinging to what googleguy/cutts said back in the day about 'quality' winning out over everything.
No reply / no answer question pages being indexed are not going to pass the quality sniff test. (If I were a user and landed on one, I would be pretty steamed)
[edited by: netmeg at 1:54 pm (utc) on Aug 23, 2012]
[edited by: tedster at 1:57 pm (utc) on Aug 23, 2012]
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seem to me that it's downright insane that a publisher should have to spend time removing noindex tags manually (which would be impossible in the case of hitchhiker's site), or waste server resources to do it automatically. If Google doesn't think a page is going to help a searcher find an answer, it shouldn't be as highly ranked
Does anyone have experience they can share with indexing pages that were previously no-indexed?
a behemoth-sized competitor in the field is choke-full of no-answer question pages. They do make it look more like a search page, actually:" we don't have an answer but perhaps you'd be interested in these pages?" - the list follows.
I am on vps, and its disappointing
...choke-full of no-answer question pages. They do make it look more like a search page, actually:" we don't have an answer but perhaps you'd be interested in these pages?" - the list follows.
In fairness though, it's not like Google couldn't just ignore those results.They can and they already do. I've been collecting data about this for most of August and even though one month is probably not very significant statistically, what I see is that my Google traffic to questions with no responses is a meager 1.21% of my overall G traffic which makes them 10 times less likely to receive a visit from Google SERP (about 12% of the questions don't have answers on my site). So, if feels like no matter whether I do no-index or not, it will only affect a tiny fraction of the traffic. It's actually hard to believe that anything having to do with such small part of a site can affect the site as a whole but Google seems to work in mysterious ways...
They can and they already do
I'm specifically referring to the fact they could ignore them when calculating panda ranks, not to ignore them in the serps. The only real reason to noindex them is to avoid a penalty. But since they can so easily see it's an unanswered question - why would they bother counting it against you or showing it in the serps.