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    Google Supplemental Index

    I just noticed today that one of my sites has been sent to Google's supplemental index. Last I paid any attention to this site was May so this move must be relatively recent.

    I had great rankings, such as #1 for Madonna of the Rocks. The site has 18 DMOZ listings and is listed in Yahoo. It has been around since I think 2001 and so has established many other incoming links.

    The content is public domain, and so is published elsewhere, but my site has more PR than the other sites and there are only 2 or 3 other sites publishing it.
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    What does it mean to be moved to Google's "supplemental index"?
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    Its about as bad as being banned. Google knows about your site but doesn't list you in SERPs until the end.
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    Oh, that sucks.
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    How do you tell if your site is in the supplemental index?


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    Nevermind I re read your post, I guess just listed at the end of the results

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    It'll say "Supplemental Result" next to all listings when doing a site:www.yourdomain.com search

    for instance:

    http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...ography%2Einfo
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    You're not alone, check out DP Forums and you'll see there's shed loads of people complaining (myself included) about sites being de-indexed from google and then pages turning up again as supplemental results.

    My longest serving site is suffereing exactly the same problem since March 8th, traffic down 50 -60% as a result.

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    From what I've read about supplemental results it has a lot to do with duplicate content, both from other sites and within your own site. An example was if you have a page where a sentence are paragraph is the only unique thing, with the rest of the content (I would guess navigation and headers) being the same.
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    Here is a post from Jim Boykin regarding the supplemental index

    http://www.jimboykin.com/damned-to-g...ental-results/

    That sucks Chris, I'm surprised that suck an old site got dropped in.

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    I know, it makes me worried about my other sites. This site had high rankings, good pagerank, nice quality incoming links.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    The content is public domain, and so is published elsewhere
    I'm pretty sure that's your answer. I was reading a post on Matt Cutt's blog and duplicate content filters seem to be a major part of that last Google update. Loads of people using shared articles have ended up in the supplemental index.

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    Yes but it doesn't make a lot of sense.

    For one, of all the sites publishing it this site has the highest PR. This site also has a large number of incoming links, good quality ones.

    For two, compared with other public domain content, this content is hardly published at all.

    For three, none of my other sites with public domain content have been hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris
    ...doesn't make a lot of sense.
    That's been Google all-over for years now. Change after change and things seem to get worse and worse.

    I too would think that your site should have remained and any other duplicates should have bitten the dust, mainly due to the number of quality links you have acquired. Do you have any unique content on the site in addition to the duplicated stuff? If not, perhaps it's something to do with that.

    Aside from that, I have no idea. I don't even bother following google much anymore for the very reason that I often just can't find logical explinations for stuff.

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    Yes, there are like 1200 user comments which are unique.

    Too bad Matt Cutts is on vacation....
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    Ouch, Chris, that really sucks. Can you work your way back otu of the supplemental index?

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