Adding meta name="robots" content="noindex"

Just added <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> to a bunch of pages. How long will it take before they’re gone? The countdown starts now!

UPDATE 4/21/11
Well it’s been a month. So far, Google has removed about 50% of the pages.

UPDATE 5/28/11
Been seeing some pretty significant drops the last few days. At this rate, shouldn’t be too much longer before the pages are gone.

UPDATE 6/22/11
Three months later. Fifteen pages to go.

UPDATE 6/25/11
Nine pages to go.

UPDATE 7/4/11
Six pages to go.

UPDATE 7/7/11
Four pages to go.

UPDATE 7/16/11
Three pages to go.

UPDATE 7/17/11
One page to go.

UPDATE 7/19/11
And they’re gone!

So it took just about four months to remove the pages.

Not redirecting my old PHP files

Last year I redirected hundreds of static HTML files to their new PHP equivalents using .htaccess. This year I have the opposite problem – how do I redirect hundreds of dynamically generated PHP pages to static html?

Since all the search engines have the full URL paths to the PHP pages in their index, I figure rather than go the rewrite route, I’ll just leave the PHP pages up and let them continue to function fielding queries as before.

Over time, Google, Bing and all the rest will eventually replace the PHP links anyhow because they no longer back link to the site and should drop off (at least that’s the theory). So how’s it working so far?

Unfortunately, there’s been a bit of a hit on traffic with this approach as all those new html pages don’t have the same weight as their old PHP equivalents. Honestly, I can’t say I’m surprised by the drop – (seen this before) and if the past is any indication of what to expect, this is probably going to take many months for things to get caught up with the search engines. Oh well, such is the price of “progress” (and the promise of a reduced server load. 😉

Egg shaped door knob? Nice idea, but flawed.

Yesterday I went to a friends house and scraped up my right middle finger on the door jam while turning the egg shaped door knob. A few minutes later, another friend arrived and did the same thing! While the egg shaped knob looks ok, somehow it’s design brings the hand closer to the jam than a round knob. Perhaps it wasn’t installed in the right place and should have been inset a little more? Don’t know about that, but I do know it hurt like hell!