I was checking the inurl command for a site looking for hijackers and accidentally left off the .com on the end and found another domain with the target domain as the subdomain,i.e.:
It also had TargetDomain in the title and mentioned in the description several times.
I clicked on the link and it appeared like a blank page until I noticed there was a scroll bar on the right so I scolled down and there was a lot of jibberish filled with extremely bad neighborhood language with the TargetDomain (which was their two main keywords) spattered throughout the text and then below was a large block of text with 100% those keywords--must have been 800 repeats of those words with a space between them i.e., "widget1 widget2").
This was obviously an attempt to do harm to that site, not only by linking to the site with bad language but trying to outrank the site (the target domain came up #1 and #2, the other #3). There was no 302 redirect on that page.
I reported it to Google Spam.
but then this morning I checked another domain with that erronerous command and found almost 400 sites that had used that domain.com as one of their directories and linked to one of the other domain's pagesi.e.,
the titles all looked like this:
/www.OtherDomain.com/ URL moved, Please visit BadDomain.com
I checked several of them and they went to the BadDomain.com and most of them had a 404 error written in the text of the page, not a popup. I checked the server header checker and it showed a 200, not a 404. So it's a fake 404.
This looks like an attempt to do the OtherDomain harm in some way. The rest of the sites had framed the OtherDomain but it popped out cause it had a pop out of frame script on all pages.
The OtherDomain had installed full urls on all pages and basehref so hopefully this protected the OtherDomain from any harm.
Can someone check out this command on other sites and let me know what you see?
Should these fake 404s be reported to Google? And if so what would the classification for spam be?
What do you suppose is the propose of doing this when there is no text on the page and no redirect?
There was one of these pointing at almost every high ranking page on the OtherDomain.