Google Now Showing Sitelinks for Some Sub-Directories

Nov 17, 2008 • 7:36 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

As Googler, Matt Cutts Twittered, he now has Sitelinks under his domain for a search on [matt cutts]. Why did it take Matt over two years to get Sitelinks for his domain when it is such an authoritative source?

The answer might be that his content was on a sub-directory. Yes, right now, there is no substantial content on www.mattcutts.com, all or most the content is on www.mattcutts.com/blog/. And it seems like Google is now giving sub directories Sitelink love.

Google Sitelinks Subdirectories

A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion around the topic, noting that Matt Cutts is not the only query returning a sub directory listed with Google Sitelinks. I'll just guess a few right now and show you that others work, such as:

* iPhone: Google Sitelinks for Directories

* Apple: Google Sitelinks for Directories

* MacBook Pro: Google Sitelinks for Directories

What does this show to us? That you can have different Sitelinks for different queries, if your site is authoritative enough. Google told us this fact in the past, but we were all skeptical, including myself, that this is possible. I guess I have yet to see Sitelinks for the same URL change based on query but it can change for different URLs on the same root domain.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

Jim Gaudet

11/18/2008 02:51 am

Sweet. I wish I knew what Google does...

Pratheep

11/18/2008 07:01 am

But, how do I manage it from my webmaster tool, will there be more than 1 block of sitelinks showup in webmaster tool site-links sections? any screen-shots?

Ricardo Lombardi

11/29/2008 10:16 am

Hi! Interesting post, i actually wonder if there's any connection between sitelinks and google toolbar statitistics... Here is an article i've recently published: http://seoenespanol.wordpress.com/2008/11/29/como-obtengo-los-sitelinks-de-google/

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