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In case you missed it, the definition of "Doorway pages" has changed according to Google. It seems that "poor-quality pages" optimized for specific keywords and/or phrases are now considered "Doorway pages". Worth pointing out that there is no mention of links in Google's new definition. Seems like this opens a Pandora's box of issues for webmasters?

What has changed:

1) Doorway pages are pages specifically made for search engines. Doorway pages contain many links - often several hundred - that are of little to no use to the visitor, and do not contain valuable content. HTML sitemaps are a valuable resource for your visitors, but ensure that these pages of links are easy for your visitors to navigate. If you have a number of links to include, consider organizing them into categories or into multiple pages. But in doing so, ensure that they are intended for visitors to navigate the sections of your site, and not simply for search engines.

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Doorway pages are typically large sets of poor-quality pages where each page is optimized for a specific keyword or phrase. In many cases, doorway pages are written to rank for a particular phrase and then funnel users to a single destination.

Whether deployed across many domains or established within one domain, doorway pages tend to frustrate users, and are in violation of our webmaster guidelines.

2) "Sites making use of these practices may be removed from the Google index, and will not appear in Google search results."

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"Google may take action on doorway sites and other sites making use of these deceptive practice, including removing these sites from the Google index."

Full Previous Version:
Doorway pages

Doorway pages are pages specifically made for search engines. Doorway pages contain many links - often several hundred - that are of little to no use to the visitor, and do not contain valuable content. HTML sitemaps are a valuable resource for your visitors, but ensure that these pages of links are easy for your visitors to navigate. If you have a number of links to include, consider organizing them into categories or into multiple pages. But in doing so, ensure that they are intended for visitors to navigate the sections of your site, and not simply for search engines.

Google's aim is to give our users the most valuable and relevant search results. Therefore, we frown on practices that are designed to manipulate search engines and deceive users by directing them to sites other than the ones they selected and that provide content solely for the benefit of search engines. Sites making use of these practices may be removed from the Google index, and will not appear in Google search results.

If your site has been removed from our search results, review our webmaster guidelines for more information. Once you've made your changes and are confident that your site no longer violates our guidelines, submit your site for reconsideration.

If you'd like to discuss this with Google, or have ideas for how we can better communicate with you about it, please post in our Webmaster Help Group.

Current Version:
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=66355

-beu