A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

WordPress Permalinks and Google – An Experiment

Filed under: — Carthik @ 7:37 pm

I confess. I have been laying the ground to stage a small experiment involving WordPress and Google, without telling you, my precious readers.

WordLog.com does not appear to have been crawled and indexed by google yet. A search for wordlog.com, returns nothing. I even saved the following screenshot for future reference :
Wordlog not on google yet
This is inspite of the fact that several pages, with high PageRanks link to WordLog and send approx. 600-900 unique visitors this way. I am guessing that google is shy because the URIs here are not neat — they are in a query-string form.

I know that a lot of folks have talked about how query string make for bad search-engine PR. There is a Google Answers Answer on How to get Google to Spider Dynamically Gererated ASP Pages, and dynamic php pages, like the one WordLog is currently serving are similar to ASP pages in the eyes of the bot, I guess.

I have not submitted this site to google, nor do I intend to, for the next month, for the sake of this experiment, since it’s been a little over a month since I made the first post on WordLog.

Now what’s the experiment, you ask?
I am going to start using WordPress’ nicer URIs option, by turning on the Permalink Options. Let us see if turning it on makes any difference with respect to whether google wants to index and archive my pages or not.

Update: An interesting side-effect of my switching this blog to use permalinks is that the RSS feed now has new URLs for the posts, and so feed (news) readers show duplicate posts. Mine does, for one. Pretty obvious, but some subscribers might get irritated. If you are one of them, please accept my apologies.


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