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Strange backlinks and PR wierdness
Site showing many backlinks that aren't real

 2:06 pm on Jan 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Has anyone noticed this odd problem?
When I do a link:http://www.mydomain.com, I am seeing 112 backlinks of which most are wrong and have no link to me at all or which never did.
To add to this, I put up a brand new site which instantly became PR7, showing 209 backlinks, none of which link to me at all!



 3:11 pm on Jan 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Was it an expired domain name?


 3:14 pm on Jan 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

ya, check the wayback machine - sounds like the only plausable reason


 7:43 pm on Jan 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have the same thing:

If I search for my domain name in Google - I see links to ANOTHER SITE in the 'links to' and 'related' links.

I also have got the PR6 from that site. My domain has not been previously registered, but has been added recently to the index.

[sticky me for further info if required]


 7:59 pm on Jan 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Look at the page cache and see if it shows a different page.


 8:06 pm on Jan 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yes, the cache shows a totally different page (the other domain). This is when searching for my domain name in google and following the cache link, or when right-clicking and selecting view page cache.


 2:07 am on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well that's the problem, and it seems to be happening fairly often now, as if Google wasn't bumblefiddling up enough stuff already.


 2:12 am on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Google - bumblefiddling? Never! lol :o)


 2:24 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well interestingly, the Google cache shows the same under construction page that has been there since 2001. I wonder if it will remain PR7


 3:24 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

steveb - you've seen this much? any idea what causes it or what can be done about it? I tried phoning Google but couldn't get anyone live and gave up.


 5:56 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Messages on other forums mostly. Sorry, but I haven't been paying much attention to it.


 7:21 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you have another pages cache most likely google thinks you're a mirror for that site. (Not sure, but does that also happen if you're being 302'd?)


 8:36 pm on Jan 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

That's very interesting. How would one discover if one is being 302ed? My domain is small, doesn't rank well for much, and is very new. I'd not 302 me if I were into that...


 8:01 am on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

Someone showed me an example of this in a chat a couple of hours ago. There's nothing on the site except the default index page, but it's showing PR7 and over a hundred backlinks in Google.

Bumblefiddling ... a new word for me .... I love it! :-)


 7:04 pm on Jan 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

i have seen this with some of my sites a couple of times. the most recent case is a domain that is not used for 2 years and still shows the default index page of my hosting provider. the page has a pr6 now and no one links to it nor do i link/redirect anywhere. the backlinks are totally unrelated and unreal and are coming from one big site (according to google of course). i had this before with some of my active sites where it is a problem as the backlinks look extremly spammy and some of those domains were banned later.


 10:19 am on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

rocco - did it last?


 6:14 pm on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

no on one site it was gone after a while, for the other ones i only noticed a few days again on several domains.

Robert Charlton

 7:13 pm on Jan 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Perhaps somewhat parallel (in the sense that's there's a database glitch, if that's what this is)...

I've noticed that Google's serps are occasionally mixing up page elements. I've seen them display titles/urls from one page with content for another, even without 302s or redirects.

Saw it most recently a few months back. On one of a client's core phrases, we have a solid ranking for pages A and B, with additional results available for pages C and D etc. At some point, Google continued to show the snippet and cache for page B, but showed the title and url for page C.

I figured it was a GoogleGlitch, and it was... It persisted for about 8 weeks, and then reverted back to normal. In this case, I didn't worry much, because the pages were both on our site.


 11:51 am on Jan 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

probably another site was 301 rdirected to that domain.


 3:32 am on Jan 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have seen a similar thing, I think some sites must be using automated scripts to build link pages based on certain keywords.

They link to you google crawls, they update constantly - by the time you check your site is long gone.

This may or may not be conntected with u, but it got me a little concerned.

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