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Google results to one unique string were two pages: one our original page and one exactly the same looking page with URL of the redirect link. (we have seen this by looking the cached snapshot).
Our original page was placed #2.
We have asked the webmaster to remove our link but it was probably too late.
We have many good backlinks but they are not showing in google. The site itself has PR0.
This situation persists for 5 months.
How can this be possible?
This will minimize the risk. I'm not sure it can correct it if it's already gone wrong, but give it a try, or try the 301 solution also specified in that post. Oh, and be patient, it's not an instant fix - page relocation always takes time with Google regardless of method.
This is exactly what happened to me. After the link has been removed and the content has been changed, my site appears in the index, but it is PR0 with no backlinks :-(
claus: the annoying redirect link is not in the index since june. But our site is still PR0 with no backlinks showing in the index!
very bad for us :-(
Can somebody help please?
So you once thought other people's links couldn't hurt you well now you are wrong. These types of links are lethal. It seems like the search engines treat these either in one of two possibilities:
1) As a redirect and therefore the www.mysite.com is spam and receives a pr zero
2) Compares the site www.site1.net/redirect.asp?u=www.mysite.com and www.mysite.com and sees them as the same therefore duplicate content and gives the site with lower pr a pr zero. If it happens that the link has higher pr than your site is toast.
I believe it is the second possibility which is what is happening. Now if you are really shading you could go around getting these types of links for your competitors.
So you once thought other people's links couldn't hurt you well now you are wrong.
Yes, this is bad news.
Someone else can also trigger a duplicate content alert on my site by adding linking to me like:
This makes google think that i am making duplicate pages by using variables and triggers a filter... This also happens when people list their own site as a variable for tracking referrals i.e.
For example I link to a casino site with
Would casinosite.com get barred? I am asking because I am setting up my first affiliate program and this looks like something which could damage the sites ranking, as its already well placed.
<meta name="robots" value="noindex,follow">
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2;url=http://www.new-url.com/">
Especially the first one is important. I personally use this combination with no problems at all. The target page will get indexed and the redirecting page will drop out of the index.