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Google search keeps adding an /m/ to the end of my website?

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Google keeps adding an /m/ to the end of my website in Google search???  This then brings down my website from the first page on Google search to the point where my index page disappears for a couple weeks, then comes back.  Why is Google doing this? I tried google webmaster, and it doesn't look like i am being penalized or anything. 

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That /m/ causes a 404 error. If too many folks are not trying .ca, you're correct, it's costing you potential business.  I don't know how you would report that to Google Search. 


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Hi Roland,  Just wondering what you mean by " If too many folks are not trying .ca"?  


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Create a page 'm'

 

Not ideal but it would work


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Google keeps adding an /m/ to the end of my website in Google search???  This then brings down my website from the first page on Google search to the point where my index page disappears for a couple weeks, then comes back.  Why is Google doing this? I tried google webmaster, and it doesn't look like i am being penalized or anything. 

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I did a search for your site and it came up showing www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! Right-clicked and did a copy link location which gave http://www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! at top. No "/m/" but "#!" may be just as strange.

 

Could be the algorithm Google is using at the time when it encounters a top level domain ".ca" name which is not used by US companies. Could also be Google is looking closer to the true server's technical address of your host or IPA ( Internet Protocol Address) and assigning it the proper URL which provides much more information i.e. the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.

 

Might check to see if your index page is properly coded for the document type used. Just a guess here. For instance you seem to be using an HTML5 doc type but it is not really recommended any mor to use "<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge"/>" meta tag.

 

Take it tours.panoramicstudio.ca (number 2 on search pahe) is also yours.


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Google keeps adding an /m/ to the end of my website in Google search???  This then brings down my website from the first page on Google search to the point where my index page disappears for a couple weeks, then comes back.  Why is Google doing this? I tried google webmaster, and it doesn't look like i am being penalized or anything. 

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I did a search for your site and it came up showing www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! Right-clicked and did a copy link location which gave http://www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! at top. No "/m/" but "#!" may be just as strange.

 

Could be the algorithm Google is using at the time when it encounters a top level domain ".ca" name which is not used by US companies. Could also be Google is looking closer to the true server's technical address of your host or IPA ( Internet Protocol Address) and assigning it the proper URL which provides much more information i.e. the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.

 

Might check to see if your index page is properly coded for the document type used. Just a guess here. For instance you seem to be using an HTML5 doc type but it is not really recommended any mor to use "<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge"/>" meta tag.

 

Take it tours.panoramicstudio.ca (number 2 on search pahe) is also yours.

 

 

I Used Wix to create my website.  I don't know much about web coding and HTML5, but I do know Wix use to use weird symbols like #!  to identify my secondary web pages.  They changed the system where now my secondary pages actually have a normal extension name example: (panoramicstudio.ca/contact).  I wonder if that change has anything to do with it.  Tours.panoramicstudio.ca is actually a site that I host my tours for my customers galleries.  

Thanks for the input.  Maybe Ill have a talk with someone from Wix.


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Create a page 'm'

 

Not ideal but it would work

 

Thanks Azarl,  Hadn't thought of doing that. Maybe I will try that as my last resort.  


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Google keeps adding an /m/ to the end of my website in Google search???  This then brings down my website from the first page on Google search to the point where my index page disappears for a couple weeks, then comes back.  Why is Google doing this? I tried google webmaster, and it doesn't look like i am being penalized or anything. 

Any ideas?

I did a search for your site and it came up showing www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! Right-clicked and did a copy link location which gave http://www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! at top. No "/m/" but "#!" may be just as strange.

 

Could be the algorithm Google is using at the time when it encounters a top level domain ".ca" name which is not used by US companies. Could also be Google is looking closer to the true server's technical address of your host or IPA ( Internet Protocol Address) and assigning it the proper URL which provides much more information i.e. the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.

 

Might check to see if your index page is properly coded for the document type used. Just a guess here. For instance you seem to be using an HTML5 doc type but it is not really recommended any mor to use "<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge"/>" meta tag.

 

Take it tours.panoramicstudio.ca (number 2 on search pahe) is also yours.

 

 

 

Another clue which i forgot to mention was that on my mobile search, the /m/ was not present.  But the link was still not working though. Maybe it has something to do with my mobile site?


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Google keeps adding an /m/ to the end of my website in Google search???  This then brings down my website from the first page on Google search to the point where my index page disappears for a couple weeks, then comes back.  Why is Google doing this? I tried google webmaster, and it doesn't look like i am being penalized or anything. 

Any ideas?

I did a search for your site and it came up showing www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! Right-clicked and did a copy link location which gave http://www.panoramicstudio.ca/#! at top. No "/m/" but "#!" may be just as strange.

 

Could be the algorithm Google is using at the time when it encounters a top level domain ".ca" name which is not used by US companies. Could also be Google is looking closer to the true server's technical address of your host or IPA ( Internet Protocol Address) and assigning it the proper URL which provides much more information i.e. the specific page address, folder name, machine name, and protocol language.

 

Might check to see if your index page is properly coded for the document type used. Just a guess here. For instance you seem to be using an HTML5 doc type but it is not really recommended any mor to use "<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=Edge"/>" meta tag.

 

Take it tours.panoramicstudio.ca (number 2 on search pahe) is also yours.

 

 

I Used Wix to create my website.  I don't know much about web coding and HTML5, but I do know Wix use to use weird symbols like #!  to identify my secondary web pages.  They changed the system where now my secondary pages actually have a normal extension name example: (panoramicstudio.ca/contact).  I wonder if that change has anything to do with it.  Tours.panoramicstudio.ca is actually a site that I host my tours for my customers galleries.  

Thanks for the input.  Maybe Ill have a talk with someone from Wix.

 

The only thing Wix is guilty of is bad coding. The site is not even close to HTML5 but since HTML5 document type is forgiving, the code will work fine. Wix also is not coding your pages like a responsive design should be coded for all devices.

 

You might just check the site in different browsers and compare. I use Firefox mostly and didn't take the time to check searches for your site in other browsers.

 

There are just some things some of the browsers, like old browsers people still use, that may have a hiccup or two when parsing the pages. The W3C validator wasn't too upset by the HTML markup used, but Google does change its algorithms once in awhile. A couple of times those changes were made cost some web site dearly in Page Ranks and business income. I don't think this is too much to worry about as the Google search on your site brought the site up on first search page in the number 1 and 2 slots.

 

Of course, this is a direct search for your site. Searching by keywords like tours, vacation or something similar may not produce the same results.


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Create a page 'm'   Not ideal but it would work

Simply create an M page that automatically takes the reader to your intended first page.  Perhaps a one-liner in there:

"Google accidentally adding /m/ -- taking you to the intended first page."  Very few will worry about re-direction  :)


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Hi Roland,  Just wondering what you mean by " If too many folks are not trying .ca"?  

Many folks will not realize that your web site is really "YourWebSite.ca" and not "YourWebSite.ca/m/"  -- and they may not try "YourWebSite.ca" -- thus missing out on your really well-designed web site!

And, once you add that redirecting "m" page, hopefully most if not all future search engine searches should find your web site and list it correctly. 


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Hi Roland,  Just wondering what you mean by " If too many folks are not trying .ca"?  

Many folks will not realize that your web site is really "YourWebSite.ca" and not "YourWebSite.ca/m/"  -- and they may not try "YourWebSite.ca" -- thus missing out on your really well-designed web site!

And, once you add that redirecting "m" page, hopefully most if not all future search engine searches should find your web site and list it correctly. 

 

People are not usually trying to find his or any web site by name. If they know the website by name or even a partial name, search engines will find it with no problem no matter what they attach to the end after the domain name. Putting the website by its proper name in the address field of any browser will normally take you right to the web site unless you messed up and do not have a properly named homepage in your root directory.

 

What they will be searching for is usually searched for by keywords. That means his site should be optimized with the best keywords and optimization techniques possible for the services provided. Google for SEO or search engine optimization or any other similar keywords and search engines will provide you with very good sites to visit to learn what to do. Better is just bite the bullet and go and use Google's web tools.


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I still think creating a redirecting-to-page-one "M page" is one way to smooth out this snafu.  AstroNut, you're right as rain, the great majority will do as you say, however, I believe many, doing a Google search, will click on the provided URL, error-free or not error-free.


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I still think creating a redirecting-to-page-one "M page" is one way to smooth out this snafu.  AstroNut, you're right as rain, the great majority will do as you say, however, I believe many, doing a Google search, will click on the provided URL, error-free or not error-free.

I still don't understand the need for the redirect page as I did what O.P. said people do for a search of the website. I clicked on the links given and had no error page show up. Maybe I did it wrong.

 

Just redid the Google search. I really don't see anything added except when I use another search engine. See the first 5 entries given to me in attached image.

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This is the Bing's Search Engine photo. Each search engine has their own algorithm which may produce different results. Note the first one which has the "/#!" added.

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