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    Question about static pages for search engines...

    Not sure if these pages have a special name or not, but do search engines cache pages that are only linked in one direction on your site? In other words, if a page is designed for users to enter the site but they can't get back to that first page through the site navigation, is that frowned upon by search engines?

    Sorry if there's lingo I don't know, but here's my dilemma. I have an automotive site that deals with all makes and models (30 or so). I was thinking about creating a separate page for each make and putting specific content on each one, which would have the same navigation/template as the rest of the site. But, there isn't any reason to link those individual pages from the main navigation/template because they don't really have any additional value to the customer. I'm trying to direct market the best I can!

    Any comments?

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Okay, I found some answers to my question above and I think I know what NOT to do now.

    Dan

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    IIRC, it's called an oprhaned page, and as you obviously found out, it should not be done.

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    As far as I know SE like fresh content. And I think that to attract SE you have to add new content to your static pages time by time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberForum View Post
    As far as I know SE like fresh content. And I think that to attract SE you have to add new content to your static pages time by time.
    You don't have to change the content of an existing page. You can add new content on new pages on the site.

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    SEs get to crawl your site more often if you frequently update your content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee_vhoi_ol View Post
    SEs get to crawl your site more often if you frequently update your content.
    Not necessarily but it may affect crawl rate under some circumstances.

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    FOr SE to crawl in your pages, you need to update relevant and fresh content frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parikshat@vinove View Post
    FOr SE to crawl in your pages, you need to update relevant and fresh content frequently.
    Not necessarily true. Good PR can accomplish the same thing. In fact you can have a regularly crawled site without ever updating it.


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