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Yahoo Redirecting to Wrong Site
Some of our Yahoo SERP listings are redirected to a different domain.
Mr_Diggz

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Msg#: 4040819 posted 7:01 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yahoo appears to be redirecting to a different domain that hosts a duplicate version of my client's site, even though the SERPs show my domain's URLs in the SERPS.

For example, Yahoo's SERPS show

www.example.com

, but when clicking on the SERP listing, it will redirect to

www.example.net/?provider=yahoo_ssp/
(the duplicate version of the site).

We have not done any server side redirecting to cause this redirect. My client is using a well known third party advertiser who is running PPC advertising to generate leads for my client. They created a landing page site off of the site we built for my client. Although they claim that the search engines will not crawl their duplicate version of the site they are using for landing pages, I believe this might be causing the issue with Yahoo. I think Yahoo might be getting the sites mixed up and even though Yahoo is showing our domain (the correct version) in their SERPS, they are then redirecting to the wrong domain.

Not only is this taking away from our SEO achievements, but it is also costing my client extra money since they have to pay the third party advertiser for the leads they get whenever a user is redirected to their version of the site.

Can someone please offer some help or suggestions on this? Has anyone ever seen this before?

Is there someone at Yahoo that I can contact to clear this up?

Thanks!

 

martinibuster

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Msg#: 4040819 posted 8:39 pm on Dec 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Don't take the 3rd party's word for it, investigate yourself. Check the robots.txt for example.net and verify that it's correct. That's all you really need, but to be extra secure, make sure they have an appropriate robots meta tag as well.

Next do a backlink search in yahoo and Google to verify if there are any inbound links to the site, including links from the 3rd party's website, like from a testimonials or showcase page. In fact, fire up a copy of Xenu Link Sleuth and spider the hell out of the third party website to verify there aren't any outbound links to your client's landing page, THEN run the spider on your client's main site to make sure you or someone else didn't screw up and accidentally code a link from the navigation or somewhere else from the main site to the landing page site.

Good luck,

mb

Mr_Diggz

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Msg#: 4040819 posted 3:11 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thank you for the reply. I've tried your suggestions and everything seems to check out good.

I did some more investigating on the code that Yahoo uses on the SERP page for the listing that is redirecting to the wrong domain. I see that Yahoo is setting the landing page URL (the third party advteriser's site)within the URL. Upon doing some more research on things, it looks like the rankings that redirect to the wrong site may be from Yahoo's Paid Inclusion links from Yahoo's Search Submit Pro service. I think this based on the yahoo_ssp variable that is being passed in the URL and also based on the redirect URL that Yahoo uses within the code (the [rds.yahoo.com...)....]

I can't find any info on Yahoo's Paid Inclusion Links or Yahoo's Search Submit Pro service. I remember hearing that the Paid Inclusion was ending, but I'm curious to what is going here with Yahoo's serps. I'd like to find out if you could set a different landing page link than what is shown in the SERPS when using Yahoo's Paid Inclusion links. It sounds like to me that either the third party advertiser is doing some naughty things (hijacking our rankings and leads) or Yahoo has a SERP issue to fix.

Can anyone tell me if you could set a different landing page URL when using Yahoo's Paid Inclusion links?

Here's an example of the code (with the actual domains/names replaced). Please keep in mind that the .com sites are ours while the .net site is the third party advertiser.


<a linkfptr_1d67gl8="" veridict_1d67gl8="UNKNOWN" orig_href_1d67gl8="http://www.example.com/" orighref="http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geus97sSFLsx4BdrlXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE4Z2hrcjRvBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNgRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0Y3NTVfMTI2BGl0AzE-/SIG=1ejc3q6u4/EXP=1260585723/**http%3a//rdre1.yahoo.com/click%3fu=http%3a//1.pttf.com/rdc%253Fe%253Dt0%2526i%253D10243I0-374611559%2526d%253D0-0%2526t%253Dhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.example.net%25252F%25253Fprovider%25253Dyahoo_ssp%25252F%26y=047BA8F7466BDA5908%26i=482%26c=55836%26q=02%255ESSHPM%255BL7%257D~kpq%253Fmpjxz%253Fopmk~%257Dsz%253Fmzlkmppr6%26e=utf-8%26r=5%26d=wow~F755-en-us%26n=D4F4G7IMJOGKMLTF%26s=8%26t=%26m=4B21B17C%26x=059B87C96615886A573E9ADFA6039B88DD" class="yschttl spt" href="http://www.example.com/" ourl="http://www.example.com/">This is the Page Title - <wbr>City State</a>

Mr_Diggz

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Msg#: 4040819 posted 3:21 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is there a specific email address or contact form that I can use to report this issue to Yahoo?

martinibuster

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Msg#: 4040819 posted 3:32 am on Dec 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

It will go away by itself in a couple weeks.

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