As of today, there is no way to explicitly have Google index only certain parts of a single Webpage. I am writing this post in order to show my need for partial page indexing support and to discuss a few possible solutions for this today. My need for this stems from the Personalization of WebPages, a feature that makes the web better for people. I hope that this post can create discussion between us and maybe someone from Google will be kind enough chime in and provide us with guidelines on how to design websites where we want Google to ignore parts of a WebPage in their index.
Back in October I saw a large drop in Vast Rank’s Google SERP. In other words, when people searched for certain terms where a Vast Rank page (normally a college profile) would appear on the first Google search result page for a few weeks, these same searches yielded the same Vast Rank college profile page to show up many pages into the Google search results.
Edit: I posted an update to my findings here.
Vast Rank was steadily growing since its launch (a month ago) and last week was at its peek with a lot of organic (search) traffic from Google.
I saw this drop start on Saturday, October 25th and as a result I have started to dig into the Google Webmaster Guidelines and the world of SEO. It looks like Google has algorithms that determine whether your site is “spammy”, and may penalize a site that it thinks is spam. Since Vast Rank is so new and has a fairly low Page Rank, I am concerned I may have fallen prey to this algorithm.