Since I’ve moved this blog here my traffic has nicely improved. Skip the bragging, hop into the grub. During the past three weeks my feed subscriptions went up by 17%, and daily uniques by 460% (I never got stumbled at blogspot).
Thanks to Google’s newish BlitzIndexing my SERP referrers went up from 1 (August/24/2007) to 40 yesterday, naturally all long tail searches by the way. I didn’t count the bogus MSN referrer spam suggesting I rank for “yahoo”, “pontiac” and whatnot.
The search engine crawlers are quite buzzy too. When Ms. Googlebot was ready fetching all URLs 3-5 times each, Slurp and MSNbot wholehearted joined the game. Google has indexed roughly 500 pages, my Webmaster Central account counts 2,000 inbound links, shows PageRank, anchor text stats and all the other neat stuff. Yahoo has indexed 90 pages and 1,000 inbound links. Although MSN has crawled a lot, they’ve indexed a whopping 2 pages. Wow.
I’d be quite happy since my blog’s life is getting better, if there weren’t that info from Google via Matt Cutts’s blog telling me that 80% of my pages are considered useless crap, at least from Google’s perspective. That’s not a joke. Google dislikes 80% of this wonderful blog, although it contains only 20% Google bashing. Weird.
I repeated the searches below multiple times, so what I’ve spotted is not an isolated phenomenon, nor coincidence. Here’s what the standard site search query shows, 494 indexed pages:
Next I’ve used Matt’s power toy limiting the results to pages Google discovered within the past 30 days (&as_qdr=d30). Please note that 30 days ago this domain didn’t exist. I’ve installed WordPress on August/16/2007, the day I’ve registered the domain, that means 29 days ago I’ve created the very first indexable page. The rather astonishing result is 89 indexed pages:
Either Matt’s time tunnel for power searchers is only 20% accurate, or 80% of my stuff went straight into the supplemental index from where advanced search can’t pull it.
The latter presumption is plausible, because the site is new, 99% or so of my deep links came in 2-3 weeks ago via 301 redirects so that the pages have no PageRank yet, and for most of the URLs Google noticed near duplicates with source bonus from my old blogspot outlet, not to speak of scraped stuff on low-life servers. Roughly 90 pages can have got noticable PageRank yet, judging from my understanding of my fresh inbound links and my internal linkage. Interestingly, those 90 pages on my blog have a real world timestap after the funeral of the blogspot thingy, and content that didn’t exist over there. That could lead to interesting theories, however I guess that indeed <speculation>time restricted searches don’t pull pages from the supplemental hell</speculation>. Reminds me of the fact that Google’s link stats show nofollow’ed links and all that, but not a single link from a page buried in the supp index.
Did Matt by accident reveal a sure-fire procedure to identify supplemental results? I mean they can’t make timely searches defunct like
/& and undocumented stuff like that. I’ve tested the method with two sites where I know the supp ratio and the results were kinda plausible, but that’s no proof. Of course I couldn’t resist to post this vague piece of speculation before doing solid research. Maybe I’m dead wrong.
What do you guys think? Flame me in the comments.
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