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What's Considered A Doorway Page?


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#1 fine0023

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:33 AM

I'm hiring a freelancer to do a job for me and he asked if I could have a text file put on my website that gives him credit for this specific thing he's doing. It would be on my site at something like: /credits.txt
He said I don't have to link to it from anywhere on my site (he just wants it there so he can show people that he did this). Is this a bad practice (or an seo no-no) to have a page like this that is not linked to from anywhere? Or is it okay if it's just a text file like this?

I think the only other pages I have that aren't really linked to from anywhere are this one: /confirmation.html (that automatically comes up after a user fills in the online contact form) and this one /404page.html (obviously my error page). I assume these ones aren't considered doorway pages just because they're not linked to.

Just wanted to make sure I'm not doing anything that would be ill-advised in regards to having non-linked to content. Thanks.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:05 PM

Do you link to your robots.txt file?

#3 Jill

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:27 PM

I can't think of any reason why there would be a problem with putting the file there. It has nothing to do with search engines, and therefore they won't care. Why would they?

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:53 AM

Jill, you say you can't see any problems with this, what do you think the advantage is for the Freelancer to ask for it.
Also, even orphaned stand alone files do get Spidered normally because a visitor had a Telltale Toolbar in their Browser.

So, I would say it is a question of why trhey want it and what will it contain.

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:11 AM

what do you think the advantage is for the Freelancer to ask for it.

Beyond being able to tell a prospective customer how to verify that they built a site by looking for site.tld/dev.txt, nothing.

It's just the same as Google asking you to place an "orphaned page" with a specific file name to verify that you DO have access to the site.

as said earlier site.tld/robots.txt is an "orphaned" URL

You guys really do fret about the most inconsequential things.

#6 Jill

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:24 AM

So, I would say it is a question of why trhey want it and what will it contain.


The OP said what it was to be for, which wouldn't be a problem, IMO.




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