Google and typophile

spiral's picture

Is it just me or is Google no longer indexing the forums properly? The search results I get are much less than usual, and when I restrict my search to typophile.com, I get results from weird subdomains such as mail.www.typophile.com, dev.typophile.com, rainbowsnot.typophile.com or www.sports3.blog.typophile.com

What's up?

riccard0's picture

Yes, it’s a problem at least since the last redesign (http://typophile.com/node/91007?page=5#comment-510822) and it’s getting worse with time.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Try Bing.

riccard0's picture

Try Bing.

Well, yes, of course. Or DuckDuckGo (http://duckduckgo.com) for that matter.
But that wouldn't really solve the problem, would it?

oldnick's picture

The forum isn't indexing the forum properly, so what’s the biggie?

riccard0's picture

what’s the biggie

In the short run the inability to access and refer to the treasure trove of knowledge of past threads.
In the medium run the drastic reduction of visitors and new non-spammers, non-type-id-board users (thus of Typophile’s appeal to possible advertisers).
In the long run, the irrelevance of Typophile.

riccard0's picture

And I found a new one: http://joesbirthdaywasyesterdaynottoday.typophile.com
Seriously.
And, Bing should’ve updated its indexes, because now it cannot find anything too.

riccard0's picture

Interesting. Not relieving, but interesting.

spiral's picture

It is a shame that the wealth of knowledge in typophile cannot be fully searched I hope this gets corrected soon,

flooce's picture

Is this known to whoever runs typophile?

Florian Hardwig's picture

Regarding the subdomains:
The server is not set up properly; this nonsense shouldn’t happen. The trigger for two of the most widespread pseudo-subdomains is this thread:
http://typophile.com/node/15895

sko's picture

Yahoo search seems to be (currently) working to some extent.

spiral's picture

... which is nice, but does not really address the problem with the existing information on typophile.com

aharl's picture

So the weird urls are because there is an open wildcard dns entry on typophile.com (http://ma.tt/2003/10/wildcard-dns-and-sub-domains/ if you geek out on internet routing and dns, not jut type ;). What is worrisome is that they don't have a canonical url setup so if google indexes any other weird domains then they will be seen as duplicate content which will tank rankings.

This shouldn't be difficult to fix. If a site admin sees this feel free to get in touch.

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