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I am interested in What people have done and what effect, if any, it had. We all now know the extent of the problem so plz only post if you have something meaningful to add.
The first attempt i did was to stop the hijacking by getting the offending site to remove the link. But will not remove the link as the hijacking is performed by software packages (in this case dont even know how to remove the link.)
The second attempt was to use Googles URL removal console but as the sites causing the problem are not mine this is not possible.
The third attempt is to make all links on the page absolute. This is in the hope that even with the home page hijacked i might be able to get other pages listed. I am yet to see results of this but i would like to know if anyone else has tried it.
The next attempt will be to use robots.txt to block my home page and reinclude it after it gets dropped. However as the redirecting pages dont use robots i am not sure this will work.
Please let me know what you have tried.
Having absolute links helped me in the following way:
The theory that they aren't copying anything from your site does not apply, here. The URL is hard coded somewhere on their server, and that is unfair use. They were advised to remove the URL within 24 hours or further legal action would be taken.
So far, everyone except for one has found a way to remove the links to my site. The one who didn't also had copied a large part from a page on my site. I filed a DMCA complaint, and that site has now been taken down. I think the fact that the messages came from an Attorney helped considerably.