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why is hotmail ranking for so many keywords

     
2:54 pm on Jul 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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is anyone else seeing this? hotmail.com ranking for numerous keywords?
8:29 pm on July 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What kinds of keywords?
10:35 pm on July 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yes. It's ranking for some gambling-related search terms, with some very high positions. Crazy situation and a further indication that Google is now serving some seriously flawed results to real users.
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xhttp://www.[bleeeep!].com may be the cause of the gambling related terms popping up. They are hotmail ya know. Google says so. Even have a PR8 and links like Hotmail.

;-)

And No - I dont own this one.

[edited by: rcjordan at 1:44 pm (utc) on July 3, 2003]
[edit reason] sorry, no references to specific sites. [/edit]

11:10 pm on July 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How did that happen?

If you check the cached version of the page it shows hotmail!

It also has the 30,100 hotmail links credited..

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And even more strange is when you click "related", it shows 3 page list of major online companies such as: aol, mail.com, geocities, rocketmail, bigfoot etc...
11:22 pm on July 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Search for internet cleanup and the very first site is a 404 error page :)
12:20 am on July 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I bet it is because so many Spammers use "Casino" as / in their name and a false hotmail address for their email. Some guestbooks will then show their "name" Casino with a link to a hotmail.com address.

Another fine example of the present algo. As in "Oh look, there's a pinch of salt! I better add it to my Google search results!"

2:56 am on July 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Still i am curious why would a cached page of that casino site shows hotmail sign-in error page? And is it a google algo mishap or something related to the site?
4:33 am on July 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Judging by those 30,000 backlinks, I'd say it's a mishap. Lots of them are pages that don't have banners, and wouldn't link to casino sites, but do happen to link to Hotmail.
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well .. it's still happening and it's hotmail.com itself that is ranking, not some other site/mirror or whatever. is it ok for me to suggest a keyword that people can search for to see it for themself? not sure if this is allowed here and i've been hearing talk of members being banned and blah.
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<suggest a keyword <

Best to keep it general.

1:38 pm on July 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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try "[bleeep]" for one. (general enough?)

[edited by: rcjordan at 1:46 pm (utc) on July 3, 2003]
[edit reason] sorry, no specific search terms [/edit]

1:49 pm on July 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Ok dokie...........

Just try some two keyword internet gambling terms. Hotmail will be in the top ten.

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"[bleeep]" now thats not very general - only 489 pages!

:-)

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You can always take the quick 3 steps high page rank method if you don't like the 26 steps one.

1. Delegate your domain to a hotmail IP address
2. Let google pick it up
3. re-delegate it back to your IP

There are a few threds that claim that sharing an IP can have certain effects - eg: [webmasterworld.com...]

It would be funny if this works.

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Yes - it would be funny if it worked

;-)

Thanks Naicul - you have answered my question.

 

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