1script - 10:55 pm on Sep 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
Just so I understand the situation correctly, Is it a URL on your site that redirects to another URL on the same site? Or does it redirect out?
I have one redirected affiliate link that now has 10,000 incoming links
I'm very concerned about how easily they consider separate sites belonging to the same owner due to redirects and links that may or may not even be legitimate!
I had sites magically appear in my personal WMT account (in other words, I did not have to authenticate them, they kinda authenticated itself!) that were registered to another WMT account that I sometimes log into (for business). Granted, there's also a link between the site that magically appeared and my main site that's registered in my personal account. But they are separate and I would not want them linked as if they are under the same ownership.
I have also seen 301-redirected domain names magically appear in my WMTs - relics from a bygone era when I was searching for a better domain name and redirected the site from one domain to another. The magically appeared domain name had no site on it for 4 years (it was 301 redirecting to another one of my registered sites all this time). I was contemplating either letting it expire or selling it but now that it's linked to my WMT (though there can't possibly be any authentication html file on it) I feel like I'm stuck with it - what if this automatic authentication works the other way around, too, and will link whoever gets my old domain name with my current site?
So, yes, I am also concerned about the adverse effect of these "perceived ownership" relationships between separate sites, especially in cases that are difficult to explain logically.