Alikris - 8:05 pm on Oct 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
I think we're crossing wires here Lucy. But thanks for your reply.
Grab the first person you meet in the street and ask them how they search for a website. I can guarantee you they will never have heard of the "site:" operative. What they do is put the name of the site into a search engine (just the key word, no www or .com etc) and go to the site that way. I've got the logs to prove it, I've even asked my members and they mostly do this when using their mobile phones etc. I mean even I do it when accessing my site on my mobile! That's what I mean by 'searching for my site'. More and more browsers are even using the address bar as a search bar, which actually promotes using search engines to access a specific site.
Now, the issue I have has got nothing to do with how Google, or any other search engine lists my site. My issue has to do with various companies using my domain name to promote their services, and the search engines complicity in this. As I said in the first sentence of my first post:
When I do a websearch of my website URL I get lots of useless 'spam' results such as (without mentioning the websites concerned):
I have never given permission for any of these companies to profile my website, and strongly object to them doing so. Especially the likes of one company which, as I have already said more than once promotes 'free membership', but doesn't make it clear that the membership they are referring to is for their website, not mine!
If I had the money I would sue these companies for tradmark infringement because that is exactly what is happening. They are using my trade mark and my domain name in order to promote their (IMO) useless services. Do you feel this is acceptable? Because I certainly don't.
I'm sorry we've obviously been misunderstanding each other here. To be honest I think I'm going to give up on this thread, but I'll try just once more. Going back to the first post in this thread, my question is
Apart from blocking them in my htaccess, is there anything I can do to stop these results in a web search for my website [clarification - searching for my website the way the ordinary person in the street searches for websites]? Also, why do search engines fill up otherwise relevant results with all this rubbish ?