12 Sep '13, 1pm

Google: Unlinked URLs Use For Discovery But Not Ranking

The best I can do on short notice is this article from July 2012 on DejanSEO, where he says he confirmed with a Googler: http://dejanseo.com.au/seo-experiment-with-non-link-references/ However, there are dozens of other articles or conversations going back to 2008 (at least) where people mention the fact (confirmed by Google). I just don't know what specific keywords to use in a query to find the oldest source. For what it's worth, Google has supported text-only sitemaps for years, which is just one example of how they might use unlinked URLs for discovery. Cf. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/156184?hl=en

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