So I was just reading a post by Graywolf about the Mahalo blog giving out nice free links to sites they would never include in their own search results for being to ‘spammy’ and started poking around the new human search engine.

It got me thinking, in theory as Mahalo is still a search engine that produces search results, all be it human edited, then surely its search results pages should not be included within the search engines right? I mean, we all know Google frowns upon indexing and including search results pages into the search index as it just adds noise. Visitors will just click on results to only land on more results…

While Mahalo are not dominated the SERPs at the moment, how long before they start to rank a little. Search result pages are being indexed by Google…

From Google webmaster guidelines -

“Use robots.txt to prevent crawling of search results pages or other auto-generated pages that don’t add much value for users coming from search engines.”

Here’s a comment from Vanessa Fox back in March on Matt Cutts blog -

Typically, web search results don’t add value to users, and since our core goal is to provide the best search results possible, we generally exclude search results from our web search index.

So the pages are not auto generated, but they are search results whatever way you look at it. Do they add any value? Should they be treated any differently?