Lee Odden

Getting Spidered With Your Pants Down

Lee Odden     Online Marketing, SEO

Here’s an example of what happens when your site or blog gets indexed by a search engine when things aren’t working quite right. A search on Yahoo for “SEO Blog” shows Google’s Matt Cutts at number one. Great, but take a look at the title and snippet of text.

The same search on Google shows Matt’s blog at number one as well, with the title and snippet as it should be:

After comparing search results between Yahoo and Google, I wish Yahoo would add the date a site was last indexed and I wish Google would add the “Also try” search phrases at the top like Yahoo does.

Would I be posting this if it wasn’t Matt Cutts’ blog? Maybe, maybe not. It is a good example though, of what can happen if your site has hosting issues or if your web site/blog software is having issues and a search engine spider comes to visit.

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About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Online Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on integrated content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely on a beach somewhere doing absolutely nothing.