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.
Recently, I had the great honor of being asked by Google to present at Google I/O 2009. Here is the story of my journey including: how to get noticed by Google, getting invited to present at Google I/O, practicing the presentation with my Google contact, the hours leading up to the presentation, the presentation itself, and the after party! I have included some behind the scenes photos and videos as well.
Recently I was invited by Google to attend Google I/O 2009. Google invited me to show off Vast Rank in the Developer Sandbox, and also present a session to attendees: Using AJAX APIs to Navigate User-Generated Content.
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.
I built Vast Rank integrating a lot of different pieces of technology, ASP.Net, ASP.NET AJAX, Google Maps API, Google Ajax Search API, Google Custom Search, CSS, and the list goes on and on.
I have been a Microsoft oriented developer all of my life so when I built Vast Rank, I wanted to find a decent profile system and forum system based on .NET that I could build on top of. Community Server was by far the best platform to use when I started developing Vast Rank in 2007.
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.
I did a lot of work on Vast Rank in my spare time and I am really proud to have Vast Rank recognized by the Google API team. Vast Rank is now a featured project on the Google Maps and Google Search API.
Featured Projects are somewhat buried on the Google API pages. The first screen shot here shows where Vast Rank is featured on the Google Maps API page. The second screen shot below shows Vast Rank featured on the Google AJAX search API page.