SEO Test: Site Command

 
 

According to our casual observations site: command in Google tends to sort URLs by their length among other criteria (candicates: indexing/caching date, content, uniqueness…etc). To test how this work with pure URLs and minimal content we conducted a test with the following parameters:

Test Date

2nd August 2011

Link source

http://dejanseo.com.au/comprehensive-guide-to-reliable-search-results/

Linked pages

http://dejanseolovestesting.com/1.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/12.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/123.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/1234.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/12345.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/123456.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/1234567.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/12345678.html
http://dejanseolovestesting.com/123456789.html

Results

Date: 10th August 2011

As visible from the search query (site:dejanseolovestesting.com) the results are sorted in the following order:

  1. INDEX
  2. 1234567
  3. 123
  4. 12
  5. 12345678
  6. 12345
  7. 123456
  8. 123456789
  9. 1234
  10. 1

Expected outcome against actual order:

  • 7:1234567
  • 3:123
  • 2:12
  • 8:12345678
  • 5:12345
  • 6:123456
  • 9:123456789
  • 4:1234
  • 1:1

Observations: There seems to be an underlying pattern with numbers funneling down and re-setting at certain points.

Pattern: 7,3,2,8,5,6,9,4,1

We’re currently investigating references, scrappers or linking disruptions to the test.

Dan Petrovic is a well-known Australian SEO and a managing director of Dejan SEO. He has published numerous research articles in the field of search engine optimisation and online marketing. Dan's work is highly regarded by the world-wide SEO community and featured on some of the most reputable websites in the industry.

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