• http://www.keenerliving.com/ Bruce Keener

    Wow, this was a real eye-opener for me. Thanks for writing it.

    I looked at the reports you suggested, and am mystified by one of them: the Content By Title report. For each of the titles listed in the report, there are 7 to 10 additional URLs, of the form of the following example:

    /search?q=cache:jQmX1MclXE0J:www.keenerliving.com/ipod-touch-as-a-pda-and-entertainer+ipod+touch+pda&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

    Out of curiosity, I added that onto my site’s URL in the Firefox address bar, and clicked it, and it took me to a totally unrelated page on my site (one about search engine misdirects, of all things).

    Should I be concerned about this weirdness?

  • http://www.cucumbermarketing.com Helen

    Good one! I always use Google Webmaster to see if there are any problems with the site. Nice to have other options. Thnx :)

  • http://www.AtlantaAnalytics.com Evan LaPointe

    Bruce,

    Sorry I didn’t see this comment sooner – I’m really glad that you got something out of this.

    You probably don’t need to be too concerned about this showing up in your reports, but you should go ahead and use Google’s new recommended canonical meta tags to make sure that search engines aren’t indexing these pages. It looks like your site search solution is just offering a cached option, just like Google, and it’s allowing users to access the same content there. Why you get the article you get? Who knows! But it probably warrants more investigation. Hit me up on twitter if I can help.

    Helen – Thanks very much. Obviously webmaster tools is going to be more of your home base, and there are a slew of other tools available. Hopefully this will get more than just you thinking about SEO and looking out for potential issues. If you’re as busy as most people in this industry, you could probably use a hand!