Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Trackbacks to destroy Google

I have just been reading an article about Google Noise (which seems to be something that keeps being brought up a lot lately) over at The Register. Anyway, it seems that now even the Trackback is gaining ground in the whole Blog vs Google saga. From what example Andrew has used in the article, yes it appears that Google will index junk, but don't all of the engines?. The only way that this would be avoided is to use humans as part of the entire directory auditing process, which is not feasible.

The reason why Google appears to be the one in the limelight over this entire indexing subject, is because of the way it currently likes newer content over old. Unless there is a major human element involved, this will always be a problem.

There is one simple solution to Google indexing Trackback pages and other junk.

I noticed that comment entries and such from my blog were being indexed by Google and in some cases higher than the actual archive pages. So, what did I do? Easy. I just added the MovableType cgi directory to robots.txt. Problem solved, Google will no longer index any Trackback pages, comment pages etc. The only things it will index now are the actual archive pages. No more junk indexed on Google from my blog, unless of course you class my thoughts as junk!

The problem is getting everyone using MT and other engines to do something like that.

Post ID: 99, posted by jase at 10:56 PM
Permalink | TrackBack ID: 100, (12) | Category: Internet | Google Search

You've just made me imagine the horror of Blogger getting TrackBack. Maybe they've been told not to implement it?


Posted by: John at February 18, 2004 09:06 PM

I suspect they have John. I've never understood how to explain TrackBack to ordinary mortals anyway and for those of us who don't blog using MT the decision not to implement it in its current form has been quite easy.

The idea of distributing a conversatiob across several blogs remains sound but TrackBack feels like a clumsy way of doing it.

I await with interest to see whether Blogger/Google comes up with something better.

Posted by: Jonathan Briggs at February 18, 2004 10:03 PM
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