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In addition, my Yahoo listing disappeared as well. I then did a Yahoo search for pages with my domain included and found most of my interior pages indexed but not my home page.
What happened? Is it possible my site was not ready to be crawled when Googlebot and Slurp robots visied my site - simultaneously?
This is a very "white hat" site - no tricks at all, just good content...
I went and manually requested my site be spidered on both Google and Yahoo, and sent an email to Yahoo requesting any explanation as well.
Is there anything else I can do? Any ideas of why this happened?
That DOESN'T mean that they have hijacked anything although they COULD have.
The proper search is site:mysite.com and all the urls highlighted in green should be yours if they aren't then you have definately been jacked. On a large site these searchs aren't always easy.
IIRC inurl returns all of the pages that have a ANY type of link to your site, both good and so called bad.
And by jacking I don't mean just violating copyright, partially copying content, or scraping content.
There are too many things that get classified as hijacking.
Also what is the difference between searching for site:mysite.com and site:www.mysite.com?
What is the best way to ask and explain to a webmaster to remove or/and fix a redirect link thats pointing to your site?
joined:Dec 29, 2003
Thank you, walkman. I've read that your site has been cloned by excite.co.jp, TOO
I had the same problem, but I was able to get the url removed in Google using their removal tool.
I'm emailing Google with excite.co.jp examples. Can you please do the same. tell them to forward it to the Engineering Dept I guess. This has to stop now. I can't go broke because of this nonsense
We all know that emailing them does no good. An email reader will open and delete the email.
I just can't believe we are stuck with the task of cleaning up Google's mess ourselves (using Google removal tool, emailing other webmasters, rewriting our content to remove duplication, etc). Ridiculous and just plain pathetic.
I use a tracking script to link to outside sites, like this:
I checked and this does generate a 302 in the header. BUT I am also blocking /dir/linker.php in my robots.txt:
Should I change the php script to use a 301 redirect instead of a 302? Or is keeping the script in the robots.txt good enough?
BTW, I'm also doing this to preserve PageRank... since these are not reciprocal links I didn't want to use the standard direct link.
It was February 2005 when I used the URL remover so we'll see what happens in the next update.
joined:Mar 17, 2005
I have decided not to go crazy over this situation. I am going to pay more attention to ranking on Y and MSN.
I do have this sneaking suspicion that G will come back to me at some point, like a straying lover who returns with promises of happiness. Question is, will I fall for that old line again...
IMO it's a flaw they can't fix. (if they could fix it, they would have by now).
So any official comment could lead to
-more bad guys finding out about the bug, and exploiting it.