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Searching Google for info:example.com produces results entirely unrelated to example.com - more accurately, it brings up results about othersite.tld. The display is essentially:
Other Site's Title [hyperlinked to othersite.tld]
Other Site's Description
Google can show you the following information for this URL:
* Show Google's cache of example.com
* Find web pages that are similar to example.com
* Find web pages that link to example.com
* Find web pages that contain the term "example.com"
If you follow any of the "following information" links, the first three lead to information about othersite.tld . That is, the cache is of othersite.tld, the "find similar pages" link searches for "related:othersite.tld", and the "websites that link to" link searches for "link:[...]:othersite.tld".
Additionally, the cache of othersite.tld is a year old, whereas Google has spidered and has previously displayed much more recent cached versions of example.com .
What can cause Google to go so wildly wrong in its manner of indexing this site?
[edited by: ciml at 5:22 pm (utc) on Mar. 10, 2005]
[edit reason] Examplified [/edit]
The problem appears to be in part because of something alluded to in another thread - a webhost's rather incredible decision to block googlebot - and the host claims that is now resolved, so perhaps things will go back to normal. But I am still scratching my head about how Google made such a wildly erroneous connection between the domain name of the first site and the URL of the second.
For now, I wait.
You seem to have such a clear-cut example of Google gone awry, it would be disappointing if GG didn't express an interest. If Google figures out how your particular oddity happened, it could give them insight into the cause of other oddities and possible preventative measures.
The more promising development is that the owner of the site which is being confused for mine is trying to manually remove that site from Google, and has put up a new index page at the URL in an effort to convince Google that we in fact do operate very different sites. (As I mentioned previously, the other site has been redirecting to an Ensim "new site" page.)