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In fact it was one of hundreds of travel related sites duplicated by one company with a number of websites. Every page has a different copied website with a very fast redirect back to the same site -blink and you will miss it (You can see them by searching on google for the terms "active-holidays-malaysia").
I know that I should report this to Google, but my question is what else can website owners do to prevent this sort of abuse affecting their rankings in future?
Spammers repeatedly succeed in getting listed in Google under someone else's established page names with deceptive redirects to their home pages. Google seems unable to catch them until the victim webmasters complain.
I hope a solution is on Microsoft's agenda for improving web search.
We will see alot more sites in trouble here at the next update, because there has been 0 changes to this problem from googles side.
..... please let it be true!
Here's one thing you can check in Google:
Anyone who ranks top 3 for ANY search phrase remotely similar to "foo hotels" is an excellent candidate to get nailed.
What is the purpose of this? I'm assuming it something to do with passing PR, but how?
And what should I do? The guy seems to run his own server as his name servers are the same as his domain name. There is an address for him in whois, so I can write him direct, but before I tell him to remove my link I'd like to understand more about why he's doing it in the first place.
The click tracking script uses a 302 redirect to your page on your site.
When google crawls their site and follows the tracker2.php link to your site, it sees the 302 error and thinks your page has been temporarly moved from your page to their page.
Then it thinks your page is not on yoursite.com temporarly. So it assumes it's on hijacker.com/tracker2.php?yoursite.com temporarily. And google takes the PR for your page and counts it for the hijackers page twmporarily.
The keyword here is "Temporarily". When google doesn't find the link to your site anymore with the 302 error, you will be back ranking where you were before.
There is also another bug where someone links to your page wrong like yoursite.com%20/ and google is for some reason indexing these wrong links which causes your home page (Or whatever page) to be listed with no title or description?
This causes your pages (index count) on your site to drop substantially in the serps over a week or 2 and most of your pages to become "supplimental results".
There are 2 different things going on here.
Then the other is the so called "sandbox" which is just google using 2 different databases because of it's capacity problem.
But I am sure they are working on the problem right now and building a better system as we speak.
Of course it sucks waiting for them to get'r done.
Any day now google! Wait for it.......
In more than a week I got only one single suggestion (which could be a useful one, however): to use a "break out of frames" script. I have not been able to try that yet and presume scripts do not always work.
Now I found another site frame hijacking mine. kwasher's case may be worse than mine - it depends on how the hijacked site is presented. It would at least be good to know if frame hijacking only represents a threat to reputation, or if it could affect search engine results as well. But most experienced webmasters keep quiet.