Part 5 in the popular SEO Death series.

Brick Marketing’s post Can Too Many Pages Hurt Your SEO? reminded me that I had a royally tanked one of my test sites by allowing Google to crawl too many new URLs without adding any more inbound links or non-“thin” content.

(hard to read text in graphics = blog post death btw)

So yes Virginia, too many pages can hurt your SEO.

More SEO Death Favorites:
Dev Server Indexed = SEO Death
Faceted Search = SEO Death
GeoTargeting By Location = SEO Death
Robots.txt File Disallowing Entire Site = SEO Death


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  • Scott  March 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hey Andrew, can you expand more upon what you did in your test? Curious to see some #s to help define “too many”. How many pages before, how many after, etc. Thanks.

  • Chris Reilly  March 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Crawl budget. Its important.

    Most sites with organic growth of content don’t hit theirs, but without enough inbound links there is definitely a deficit in crawl budget that needs to be closed by canonical content or just getting more freakin’ links. Low quality links suffice in this regard, link quality isn’t important for getting crawls. Good links never hurt though…

  • Andrew Shotland  March 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Scott, I think the site had about 200-300K indexed URLs and I opened up about another 200K. The crawl rate is averaging about 63K URLs/day.