The Internets

Move Along, Nothing to See Here…

Oct 3, 2013

I’ve been doing what I do for a while now. Since at least 2001 in some capacity. And it’s not often I come across a new piece of information that blows my mind.

Don’t get me wrong, this is an ever changing field and learning the newest developments is a daily activity. Things change rapidly and you have to adapt. And there are definitely topics I’m aware of that I’m not an expert in or totally well versed in anyway. But I posted a question in a forum today and someone responded with something I had no inkling of which, at first, blew my mind.

The question was in regards to crawling and indexing (if you aren’t familiar with those two SEO terms you can stop reading now). Somebody pointed me to googleon/googleoff comment tags. Go ahead, read that page. I’ll wait…

CRAZYNUTS right? My first reaction was how have I never heard of this? Then upon closer inspection I saw this was for the Google Search Appliance. However the individual swore that googlebot honors these tags and has the same intended effect on’s index. So, my ever-inquisitive nature couldn’t help but propose a simple experiment to either prove or disprove the theory.  Hence: Googly-faddah.

Now I’ve got that off my chest, I can carry on with the rest of my day.

UPDATE 10/16/13: Well I”m sure I could have looked it up elsewhere online but it was just too easy to test the theory and I had to see for myself. Not surprising but Google indexed this page. All of it. Including my clever attempt to hide the nonsense term above from being indexed. So there you go. You can’t use Google Search Appliance tags to affect Google’s index.

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