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Google Store makeover still not wooing the spiders

You may recall my observation [1] a few months ago that the Google Store [2] is not all that friendly to search engine spiders, including Googlebot. Now that the site has had a makeover, and the session IDs have been eliminated from the URLs, the many tens of thousands of duplicate pages have dropped to a mere 144 [3]. This is a good thing, since there’s only a small number of products for sale on the site. Unfortunately, a big chunk of those hundred-and-some search results lead to error pages. So even after a site rebuild, Google’s own store STILL isn’t spider friendly. And if you’re curious what the old site looked like, don’t bother checking the Wayback Machine [4] for it. Unfortunately, the Wayback Machine’s bot has choked on the site since 2002, so all you’ll find [5] for the past several years are “redirect errors”.

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