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I am afraid that I don't know much about this problem. Can anyone tell me if I have been highjacked? The site in question displays the following in their address bar.
I had an old domain name which I couldn't rank in Google - bought a new one, did all the 301 thingy for 2 years but removed it a couple of weeks ago and site went soon afterwards (used to be 2nd for my company name).
I did the allinurl:mydomain and sure enough 2 pages of the old site crawled up in the results.
I will put back the 301 and if my 'new' site reapears I'll let you know :)
In Google's defense, it does appear that the tracker2s that many have said were the root of their hijacking problems, are disappearing from the Google index. In November, over 400,000 were indexed, today, only 35,000. So, MAYBE they are slowly addressing the redirect problems.
Would it be a problem if they ignored redircts, I mean that it does not work in there system, I never used redirecting, also not when I moved a site or domain and If I may say the site is not unknown.
Anyway they must have a solution soon for this, it can not bee that the whole google has to be of fake directories and redireting sites.
Googleguy I know you can not reply so often because of you are now a public company, but I sure hope you are working on this, thanks
P.s Brett thanks for the link and Im not sure if you have any trouble in this issue, but I have seen a few site redireting to webmasterworld in the bad way, just a note.
moderators: i hope it's OK to name specifics in this case as it's amazon. if not, kindly edit.
so that's why my site disapeared from the search engines!
Don't rely on this theory alone.
My site using a one-of-a-kind unique name doesn't show up in the first 100 G entries. References from a myriad of quality sources, blog indexes, reviews of the site, etc. but Google will not let someone find my site by typing in the name directly.
I checked, and I have nothing fishy in the allinurl: command, only a few blog indexes pointing to my site.
In addition, 2 year rock steady number one keyword phrase for the site dropped out of the continuum, right out of the ballpark. Doesn't matter that the site is an authority in the sector with the 17 of the first 20 listings being ABOUT my site, for some reason Googles algo has punished us.
SO. There are many ways Google could have screwed you recently, not just this one redirect problem.
I was actually using a redirect page to send visitors to a new site. The redirect page was used to track usage.
Lo and behold, the pages I was sending visitors to ended up high in the results for my terms.
Oh well. Live and learn
I am wondering about this redirect thing. I entered my site name "mmmmmm antiques"
and my home page and pages do not show up. But this kinda of stuff shows up with MY descriptions!
... Vintage Sewing Buttons. Welcome to Mmmmmm Vintage Sewing Buttons Page --
Mmmmmmm's is a Minneapolis ... www.mmmmmmm, Sewing Buttons ...
sewing-buttons.sewing-directory.biz/ - 19k - Cached - Similar pages"
From what I have read I don't think you would consider this a redirect, but is this practice of dircetories pulling this kind of information draining my serps?