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Dodgy sites showing on SERPS for one of our redirects

10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3626436 posted 2:32 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)


I'm wondering if anyone else has come across this problem before and know of a solution to it.

We've got a vanity url/redirect set up for one of our services. The redirect is of this format: www.ourcompanyname.com/redirect and takes the user directly to one of our services on our website.

Most us are aware that the average user will typically type that into the search box on their browser's homepage. However, when you do this with our redirect, the results show our page as number one and 3-4 other results. The other results are links to adult sites (one contained a virus when clicking on the link) and adult-themed keywords showed up in the search results description, right next to the name of our redirect.

As far as I know, there's a not a lot we can do about this as we can't control what the search engines display (I wish we could!) but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what steps you took to protect your brand.

Any help will be much appreciated!



5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3626436 posted 8:38 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

if the one contains a virus, then you could report that to google. And possibly their hosting company, unless they're hosting it themselves.

Not sure about the others though...


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