Viewstate – Search Engine Update

I’ve been out of town for a bit so I’ve been behind on checking the test Dave has been running.  If you haven’t read the original concept, please do so.

2007-06-24_arkliodetest.pngToday I noticed that page 4, one with a large viewstate, is showing up #1 at Google.  To my knowledge, this is the first time one of the pages has received the #1 spot.

I’m not sure why the other pages are not showing up.  Perhaps they are being marked as duplicate content or something, but it is interesting that the page with Viewstate is the one ranking right now.

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2 thoughts on “Viewstate – Search Engine Update

  1. Well, only 4 and 6 are even indexed by Google so far. If you use ‘keyword site:url’ you do see those two URLs are there. For a keyword query, Google is showing both URLs except that the second one has been added to the ommitted results. If you click the link to repeat the search with the ommitted results, you do see #4 and #6.

    Originally I thought that all 6 URLs would be included. Now I’m not so sure due to their similarities.

  2. Andre wrote…

    Originally I thought that all 6 URLs would be included. Now I’m not so sure due to their similarities.

    I agree Andre. I think that the duplicate content portion of the algorithm is skewing the results.
    Perhaps a better test would be to host the pages on different domains, although it is my understanding that Google checks for that sort of thing as well.

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