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Stupid Question. Maybe. Can Googling Cause Indexing?


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#1 CathyS

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:00 PM

This has happened to me twice. A prospect calls me to see if I can help with a site. I start googling various terms and the site to see the problem. In the first case a page that wasn't indexed is indexed. In another, a page that was ranking low is suddenly in #1 position. One prospect wanted to pay me! Is there something in Google's algorithm that "sees" search or email activity?

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:02 AM

Google analyzes queries all the time. They have never admitted to using queries as a source for site discovery.

There are so many ways that a page can appear in Google's index that no one outside the company can really be sure what happened.

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 07:57 AM

It's more likely that the person calling for help has jumped the gun. They saw a strange result and panicked and thought they needed to hire someone to fix it rather than just wait a few days for it to sort itself out.

Most likely that's all you're seeing. Weird glitches in the search engines happen all the time. Waiting a few days or sometimes weeks usually makes things go back to normal.

#4 CathyS

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Apr 15 2010, 05:57 AM) View Post
It's more likely that the person calling for help has jumped the gun. They saw a strange result and panicked and thought they needed to hire someone to fix it rather than just wait a few days for it to sort itself out.

Most likely that's all you're seeing. Weird glitches in the search engines happen all the time. Waiting a few days or sometimes weeks usually makes things go back to normal.


I think it is a coincidence ... though these two cases were instances where the pages had been having very low or non-existent rankings, not just for a day or two. But thanks!




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