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Can you ask Google to take you off a SERP
I am number 1 where I don't want to be

 10:02 pm on Jul 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a situation where I am number one for a keyword that I do not want to be number one for. It has nothing to do with me. I am there because I have one word of a 2 word phrase in my title. I do not want to take that word out of my Title because it is my name. Is there a way to get Google to stop me from being there.



 5:54 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

You could remove the page: [google.com...]


 5:58 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)


Now you have me wondering what your name is that you could possibly not want traffic associated with it :-).

If the search term makes money, you could add a script to redirect anything that comes in with that term in the search query string to someone using an affiliate code ;-)


 7:24 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you don't want to lose that page out of the index completely, you could go through the painful exercise of building up good backlinks for all your competitors with that word in the anchor text :)


 8:39 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

do a preg_match on the referrer and serve up (another page¦¦a 404 page¦¦someone else's more relavant site for which you get paid¦¦an amazon affilate link page for the most relevant book) whenever the words are detected as the search term that lead them user to you.


 8:43 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

Isn't this the type of cloaking that Google says is not ok?


 11:24 am on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm guessing, but I suspect that you are not the first person to have this problem. Email Google and explain the problem. HOWEVER, when describing the problem, be VERY VERY VERY clear and concise. Busy people often misread emails and you definitely do not want someone taking action to help that is the exact opposite of what you want.



 1:07 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yes I agree. The risk of asking Google to do sometihing about it could be real bad. I do not want to lose that page from the SERPS altogether. Probably best left alone. Is there a script out there that could detect if someone came in from a particuler keyword from search engines. I know my logs show how they got there. I am sure there is a way to do it. I could ask somebody that is lower if they want to pay to be in that script.


 1:15 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

As suggested, you could do a preg_match (if PHP is your soup of choice) on the referrer, which, while not fool proof, is a safe bet for the majority of that keyword's traffic. I'm sure ASP or JSP or perl have similar functions.


 1:34 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I know the problem.

When we stopped selling S****** products we posted a page saying "Sorry we don't sell S*******" products". That got to #1 in Google.com for that manufacturer's products. Rather than request Google take it off we put Adsense on there.

You wouldn't believe the CTR we get! :-)


 1:48 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think the best advice would be to change the Title of the page... The only time it makes sense to use the company name in the Title tags is if it is a well known brand name that people would be searching for.

Otherwise, use that space for a keyword phrase that is relevant to your core business.

If you remove the page, then no one will find it... If you change the title, the right people might.


 2:01 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you don't need the word for a multi-word keyphrase then wouldn't breaking the word up in SPAN's do the trick?


 2:29 pm on Jul 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

Ah, buzzmaster was quicker...

something like key<b></b>word


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