1script - 7:00 pm on Sep 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm experiencing a bizarre situation here, wonder if someone had anything similar happening and thinks I should somehow report it through reconsideration request or take another action(s).
Long story short, about a dozen of my sites have recently been banned. Needless to say, since that happened I'm paying increased attention to the content of my WMT. I should say WMT accounts - I've been using two accounts - business and personal - and the issue is with both (and both have sites banned). I don't know if the issue resulted in the ban but it's very close right up there in the "Site violates Google's quality guidelines" vicinity.
So, my site A shows in WMT "Your site on the web -> Links to your site" a non-trivial amount of links (in tens of thousands) from my other site B. The sites have never been (intentionally) linked - different niches, nothing to do with one another.
A close analysis of the HTML code of site B shows no links to (or images, CSS or JS from) site A. What's even more troubling, all these ghost links are labeled as
Via this intermediate link:http://siteB.com/register.php which is my account registration form! I've been over the code of this form/script back and forth many times and there is no condition I can find that would create a redirect ( I think that's what Via this intermediate link usually means) from site B to site A. In any case, what's Googlebot doing around my registration form, and even going as far as submitting it ?!
I've found five of these A->B "ghost linking" pairs. In three of those either both or at least one of the sites involved has been banned. Two of these A->B pairs that haven't been banned have sites that are actually somewhat close in theme. Not same, just close - like they could be about different types of gadgets but both are electronics gadgets (like PC vs. GPS for ex.) On the other hand, the banned pairs involve completely irrelevant sites.
Anyhow, I know I don't provide much info to go by and I don't see how I can provide much more in the open - it seems to be connected to the sites' account registration form so I have to be careful.
But have you ever come across a situation where Google was patently, verifiably wrong about links reported in WMT and do you think this can hurt the sites involved? Does anyone have a creative idea about what to put in the reconsideration request, should I file one? Had I found a programming problem on my site, I would have sent a recon request about my fixing it. But here the entire issue (despite looking rather dangerous) seems to be created by Google themselves, so what exactly am I asking them to reconsider?
Any suggestion or comment is greatly appreciated!