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Important SEO fix for the v8 pre-releases - Comments

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Important SEO fix for the v8 pre-releases

Posted 13 April 2012, 10:21 PM

There is a serious SEO bug in the v8 release candidates, with pages incorrectly marked as 'noindex'.

Anyone using v8 RC on a live site should upload the attached file ASAP, to avoid a window of time where some of your pages would not show up on Google.

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I was among the very first to install RC1 live on my own site and update it with each release that followed as always…..I probably shouldn't but I use my own site as a testing ground and very often break it, wreck it and rebuild it  :lol:

My site all but disappeared out of the searches but I am happy to report that within hours of applying the fix Google was all over re-indexing it.

No harm done, no regrets, version 8 ROCKS!! Thanks guys  :thumbs:

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Chris-
Can you give an idea of what type of pages are being marked "noindex"? I know that in previous discussions that some changes were made because Google was over-indexing things. I believe you fixed these through the use of the 'rel="canonical"' tag. Is this something different?

Bob


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Chris-

Can you refresh me/us with what changes were made for SEO purposes?

Bob


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Yep, this is a serious bug that marked every page that had a panel_x on it as 'noindex'…sorry about that.

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Oops. There's a good reason that I won't use a beta or RC on a live site.

Bob

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Thanks for the fix guys. I actually noticed what I'll now chalk up to this a few days ago when my pagerank went off the charts, but I've been doing some SEO of late and my site is so new, I assumed I screwed up and angered google with my efforts.

Anyway, as Bob alluded to, that's the price I pay with wanting to have the cutting edge features. Hopefully they index again soon, and I'm rolling again. 

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I have a ton of /persistent_cache/ pages being indexed....
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You mean created? There was a bug in v7 where they were created even when bot caching was not enabled in the config editor. Maybe they're old? Regardless they can be safely deleted.
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I do have it turned off, still being created and indexed.

I am sure that I updated my custom header template to reflect any changes but I better go double check, it may be my bad.
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I did indeed miss some changes in my header template, fixed up now  :)

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To be clear, both the use_mem_cache and fast_spider_cache settings, can lead to files in those directories.




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