The importance of a controlled environment

The meta-experiment relating to indexing is over, having fallen victim to a failure to maintain a hermetically sealed environment for the experiment.

The idea was to see whether pages from the site would be indexed by Google when they had no external links and no submission to Google had been made.

Despite the fact that no submission has been made and no links sought or set up, one has crept through.

It seems that Technorati have some detail about this blog, presumably through some hook-up with WordPress. The relevant Technorati pages don’t currently appear in the Goo index, but this aggregator is picking up and publishing blog posts from Technorati with certain tags, in this case “w3c”, and publishing them.

All very interesting in itself, but it does rather blow the intended experiment. Which just goes to show how hard it is to maintain a hermetic environment for experiments on the web.

Anyhow, now that it’s blown, I can pump in a bit of link juice from elsewhere – I need the pages to be indexed for current and future experiments.

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