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Why are most of the pages of this site listed as supplemental result at Google?

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I build and host www.walkersoutdoorobsession.com.  To the best of my knowledge I have not done anything remotely resembling poor SEO techniques with this site but I noticed today (could have been this way for a while) that about 3/4 of the pages indexed at Google are labeled as supplemental results.  I am curious if someone can explain why.  I determined this by doing a site:www.walkersoutdoorobsession.com in the search bar at Google.
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by:duz
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Supplemental results are results from a different index and why Google shows them can be for a variety of reasons.

Your supplemental results were all cached on 27 Sep 2004 and the non-supplemental in March 2005 so it looks like Google is in the process of catching up on any changes you have made on your site in the last 5 months.

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by:TuscolaCounty
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So, you are thinking they will filter out over the next little while then?  You don't think it is because the pages listed as supplemental are so similar to each other right now?  They are all different content from each other but the layout is the same on all of them and I was thinking because the content varies very little between them that Google might consider them dupicates and maybe even assigning a bit of a penalty to them?  We are not getting the traffic I would think we should be (isn't that every webmasters theory) and in fact we are creeping back down over the last 3 months (could just be standard traffic patterns but don't have anything to compare it to since the site is not even a year old yet).

Thank you.
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>they will filter out over the next little while then?

I think the supplementals will be replaced over time and how long depends on how often googlebot visits.

>Google might consider them dupicates and maybe even assigning a bit of a penalty to them?

Google just drops duplicates and these don't look like duplicates.

>We are not getting the traffic I would think we should be

You need plenty more inbound links also they will get you spidered more frequently.

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by:TuscolaCounty
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Okay, thank you.  Yeah, I knew that about the links and we get spidered fairly frequently but Goolge must not like the pages for some reason, but now that I see the supplemental, I will be tracking it a little closer and keep an eye on it.

Thank you.
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