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Getting cloaked results for my domain/brand name in SERP
Need help regarding cloaked results for my domain/brand name in Google
alanedward16




msg:4050716
 9:49 am on Dec 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hello all,

I would like to let you all know that I am new to this forum and need help regarding the following issue.

I recently got a Google alert for my brand/domain name and found the site to be totally unrelated to that of mine. But when I checked the google cache I found huge content, keyword stuffed ofcourse, and my brand/domain name just put in their without any reason, to my surprise. Later I started getting a few more of these kind of related sites where nothing seems to be present in the website, but the google cache version has plenty of content and my domain name.

However recently these sites have been starting to appear in the Google SERP and I am worried of its effects.

I am putting down a sample URL here -
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Please do refer to the google cache of the website and let me know how i can solve this issue. This is just one of the many websites I found that are spamming the search for my domain name in google.

PS - I know that these sites are using some kind of cloaking technique but what should i do to stop them from using my brand name or can i put forward this issue somewhere else?

[edited by: Webwork at 3:30 pm (utc) on Dec. 29, 2009]
[edit reason] No URLs please per Charter and TOS [/edit]

 

makemetop




msg:4054997
 9:33 am on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com]

Unfortunately, scraper type sites (people that go out and scrape other peoples content) have been around for a long time, and there is little that can be done to prevent the actual copying of your content. Certain protections can be built in, if this is being done by automation via spiders by blocking them through use of your robots.txt file. If they are using your trademark, you can demand that this is removed from the offending site and/or you can report the offending site(s) to the appropriate search engines.

In the past, I have recommended the last action as being the most effective method as such sites are (as you pointed out) invariably of low quality and may be using hidden text, cloaking or other methods to serve SEs irrelevant content.

All search engines have the facility to report unsatisfactory results and have the ability to remove offending sites.

alanedward16




msg:4062666
 7:34 am on Jan 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your reply, makemetop

I will check both the solutions and keep you updated.

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