Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: Robert Charlton & aakk9999 & andy langton & goodroi

Message Too Old, No Replies

Orphan pages with pagination getting subsequent pages indexed?

8:37 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

New User

joined:Oct 24, 2012
posts: 37
votes: 1

I'm working on a website that has a bunch of orphan pages with pagination. For example, one product category will have an orphan page, and since there are hundreds of products in that category, there will be pagination. Interestingly, pages 2 onward of the paginated content are indexed by Google, whereas the original orphan page isn't. There don't appear to be any external backlinks to the paginated content either. Is it possible that the orphan, non-indexed page is getting the subsequent paginated content indexed? It doesn't make sense to me, but I just wanted to find out if anyone else had experienced this phenomenon.
9:16 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Preferred Member

10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 27, 2005
votes: 3

Could be due to a lot of things. First up, they don't index every page, even if you provide a sitemap. Then it may have something to do with history. For example at one time I was wondering how certain pages could appear in Google search results when I hadn't submitted that new site yet. The answer to that enigma was that when I spelled out the links over the phone, the client typed the URL into the Google search box instead of the Address box. Apparently this is something that total newbs do. So Google then spidered those pages and retained them in their database.

So if ever you want to keep a new release secret until the launch, don't let newbs know about it.

Getting back on track... this may be related because someone or two may have typed in links to pages 2 onwards in the Google search bar instead of the address bar, thus elevating the importance of pages that would otherwise have been omitted from spidering.
2:57 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from GB 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member piatkow is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 5, 2006
votes: 31

One thing to rememeber is that G don't only index the pages that are linked from the home page. Once the bot knows about a page it will go back even if it is subsequently orphaned.
3:01 pm on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

New User

joined:Oct 24, 2012
posts: 37
votes: 1

Alright, thanks for the insights! Appreciate it.

Join The Conversation

Moderators and Top Contributors

Hot Threads This Week

Featured Threads

Free SEO Tools

Hire Expert Members