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Posted 03 February 2005 - 10:48 PM
I recently made a change that I believe made me sink way down in Google and Yahoo search results and I think I know what did it.
My link partners used to link back directly to my home page, we'll call it mydomain.com
I recently made a change to better count incoming traffic from each link partner. Over 100 of them changed my link per my request and they now link to me with a variable in the URL, like mydomain.com/?xx=12 or mydomain.com/?xx=33
The "xx" is a simple variable and the number is unique to each of my link partners contained in a database.
I'm thinking that the engines now see all those inbound links pointing to over 100 separate pages, as my search results dropped dramatically about 3 months after making this change.
I just put a 301 redirect within my index.php page to check for the presence of the "?xx" variable and update my database, then do a 301 redirect to my original homepage....hoping the engines will once again see all these inbound links pointing to my home page as they should.
Am I going to get dinged for this, with so many inbound links being redirected with a 301 and more being added the more I promote the site? I think I see many other sites doing this, but obviously I cannot see their code.
Any help would be appreciated..take care everyone!
Posted 03 February 2005 - 11:34 PM
Your quick thoughts on not doing the redirect originally and its contribution to my falling search results would be great. Like I said, I made the change and about 6-8 weeks later I noticed a serious decline in search results hitting my site. When I checked it myself I noticed I had dropped almost 100 spots for my keywords.....
Thanks for the previous quick reply!
Posted 04 February 2005 - 04:15 AM
What you're seeing is pretty normal and is to be expected. The search engines see mydomain.com/ and mydomain.com/xx=33 as two distinct URL addresses. They also see mydomain.com/xx=33 and mydomain.com/xx=11 as two distinct URL addresses.
Therefore by adding the identifier you effectively split your link popularity between 100 or so "pages" on your site. Even though they all ended up at the same place.
You shouldn't have anything to worry about on the 301s. I've been doing that for some time with several sites to track inbound traffic. I've never seen any detrimental effect from the use of 301s.
Posted 04 February 2005 - 02:37 PM
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