Re: 301 redirected being "Phantom indexed" after 1 year
Jan 11, 2012 6:54 PM
Posted in group:
Crawling, indexing & ranking
Well, just a quick update:
1. One of the above mentioned phantomed listings FINALLY suddenly disappeared from the index in the last day or two. And guess what? All the penalized pages downstream from it links-wise shot up 10-30% in the SERPS overnight. But not ones attached to other ongoing phantoms. Yeah, "No duplication penalty" due to them, my butt! There are still other duplicates of this page phantomed out there, so I don't expect them all to return to normal until ALL those are gone.
2. Wanna see something really funny. search for "pcap dot com slash index" (no trailing .htm, etc.) . Google is now indexing a 404 error page which is a prior phantomed page which was un-redirected over a week ago as an experiment. You can see it STILL has the title and snippet from the page to which it was previously redirected. ( BTW, the lvnight "noindex" phantom page is still indexed too.) Even funnier, look at G's cache of the returned page. The text part, generated by Google, says:
"404. That’s an error.
The requested URL /search?q=cache:JcUcT4wgawUJ:xxxx.xxx/xxxxxxx+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us was not found on this server. That’s all we know. "
Uh-Duh. Gee I wonder WHY they couldn't find it. They got the robot graphic on the right side, right though (that IS supposed to be Google, right? :-).
Still think G is not broken? I think this is an admission of it. LOL, :)