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AltaVista Geographic Banning

5:31 pm on Jul 26, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Does anybody have an opinion about the fact that AltaVista can/does ban based on a geographic basis. I'll explain.

Could AltaVista be comparing traceroute information from previously banned domains and IPs and now banning any domains or IPs with similar traceroute ending information?

I ask because in December 99 I had a few domains/IPs on my server banned. I have tried assigning new IPs to those domains - no luck. I have tried assigning new domains to those IPs which I had just assigned - no luck. Now, I have tried new domains and new IPs on that box and still no luck. I get crawled but never get indexed. Not even 1 page. I submit only 1 page per day per domain - so I know it's not my speed of submission.

Does anybody have an opinion on whether there would be a way for AltaVista to tell that the traceroute information is similar OR that these new domains and IPs are on the same computer which they deemed spam back in December? Thanks in advance for your ideas.

5:46 pm on July 26, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Michael, Alta does, has, and will ban based on IP but how far down they go in the class to mass block is unknown by me (not very wise on their part to do mass banning, already enough bad publicity from the last one). Contact your service provider about the IP info, they should have a record. If you change the number and are still having problems, I suggest getting another provider. IP changing works unless your site has spam content, duplicate content, or can be identified as a possible mirror by a percentage of similar content, similar link structure, or similar file paths. If your site is straight up and no spam, I would contact AV to lift the ban.
8:38 pm on July 26, 2000 (gmt 0)

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I believe wasmith mentioned a few months back that AV will ban anything coming out of a specific name server.
3:11 pm on July 28, 2000 (gmt 0)

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I read that too little, but no one has fessed up an example of them doing that. I think it is wishful thinking on the part of some banned people looking to push blame elsewhere.