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I am having a hard time knowing what to do anymore. Has anyone else noticed this trend. It just happened to another site of mine and I don't know if they will ever come back again. Anybody else noticing this phenomena or something similar? Any seggestions what to do to help get your traffic back or is it hopeless?
Googleguy said that he will offer you amnesty to report that you have been hijacked even though you are a spammer.
Considering the gross mischaracterization of the problem by a G employee, I would say that there is little or no hope for those of us effected by this problem.
I think the best defense agains the redirect issue is high PR
Well put Rollo, I concur completely.
The interesting thing about the hijacking is that once your low PR site gets kicked out of the SERPs then the hijackers are no longer interested and so back you come.
Sort of like ping pong.
I say this because many of my sites have been the focus of a group of hijackers who create pseudo "search engines" looking like directories.
They take most of the Overture results and then WHAM!
But I've seen the ping pong ball go back and forth.
My site has about 1800 pages. Last month G thought it had 5000 pages. Then 4000. Then 1800.
This month G thinks it has 550, no that's 350...
The vast majority of traffic I now get from G is untargetted, it is a waste of my bandwidth, the searchers time and never should have been sent to my sites to begin with.
G has so many holes in it at this point, that blaming 302 hijacking for a site's disappearance is just guessing.
...and to site:www.dmoz.org and to site:www.dmoz.com (some 20 000 duff results for each) except that those results were magically "cleaned up" just a few days after that was mentioned in another thread in this forum, sometime mid-week last week.
What hasn't been cleaned up is that the 600 000 categories (found in a site:dmoz.org search) and their associated charters and submission notes, etc, somehow make a total of 11 million results in that Google search.
These problems are unique to Google, it is like pulling on a string in one direction, it gets shorter in another. I'm not going to "fix" my website because of their problem. The results speak for themselves. If they can't do something this simple (something everyone else can do easily), then customers will get frustrated and leave.
What I find so amusing is that Google continues to explore new areas when Search has such a big problem.