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Robots.txt Shows Home Page!
Posted 02 August 2010 - 01:23 PM
I thought they somehow had their robots.txt file redirecting to their home page, but a quick header/redirect check shows it's a direct link. I get a 200 OK result.
I've never seen this before. What's it all about?
Posted 02 August 2010 - 02:30 PM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 03:57 PM
Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:46 AM
Looks like you're spot on Ron! That IS the case.
And indeed they do. I just looked and found over 60 versions :-(
Many of the versions look like this...with the word token in it: client.org/index.cfm?CFID=31111&CFTOKEN=37878467
They have a CMS - might they be creating duplicates of their home page every time they edit it?
Is this even fixable?
Edited by Jill, 03 August 2010 - 08:45 PM.
Posted 03 August 2010 - 09:59 AM
Posted 03 August 2010 - 10:19 AM
Thanks Qwerty....sounds simple enough.
I've just found another issue: Some of those duplicated page have a different domain name featuring the design company's name. My client is a .org, but about 20% of the duplicated home pages are on: client.designco.com/index.cfm....
Will the 404 take care of that too?
Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:46 PM
Posted 04 August 2010 - 09:32 AM
Thank you Jill. Living and learning!
Posted 04 August 2010 - 10:27 AM
I think you'd be better off either setting up 301s from those URLs to others, or just letting the search engines receive 404s when they request them. Those methods will eventually drop those URLs from the index.
The part I clearly don't get is that these are apparently pages from a different domain: designco.org vs. designco.com and subdomains thereof. Is G reporting that there are .com pages on the .org domain??
Posted 11 August 2010 - 12:23 PM
Well, Google is finding their home page content on client.org and client.designco.com. When I pointed this out, their design company 301'd the client.designco.com to client.org. But I'm not sure why that situation existed in the first place.
As I am still waiting to see which SEO company gets awarded the job, I have not spent any more time on the subject, but I felt inclined to point out the problem as it may help us get the job. (Or maybe not!)
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