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I 302 Hijacked my own site! Dire Consequences?

Parked domain pages 302 hi-jacking main site?

     
3:57 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think I may have hi-jacked my own website!

I have had the same main website domains since 1998, but over the years, as competitors went out of business and their domains expired, or I thought up new ones, I would register them and point them (through the registrar) at relevant pages or the home page of my main sites. I did this innocently, in a couple of cases I actually bought my competing sites, and to make things easier for the clients, I just did a redirect from their domain name to mine via the domain name registrar.

I think I may have messed up! The registrar forwards domain names in one of two ways, via a "framed page" and in my case, 302 redirects. I've read almost every thread on the Google part of this site - I think Europe For Visitors had the same problem with redirects from the same registrar - his problem was fixed, but I'm still in the doghouse.

Although I had had these redirects in place for several years, I have never noticed that they were being indexed by Google until last month. The only way I even thought anything about it was that my site went from 8000 refs a day by Google to 2 or 3 refs a day (destroying my business) - and I haven't changed the site in the past several years at all except to ADD more pages. The only thing I can think of that might be diffrent was that Google indexed these 302 redirects and the http://sitename.com pages now (but it never affected me before). I aslo added Adsense to the page, but I hope that is just coincidental? I guess it could be a combination of the redirects and Adsense?

So .... now every single page of each of my sites has been indexed several times: once with the correct http://www.mysite.com, then http://mysite.com (another huge problem that just popped up - I've asked my hosting service to do 301 redirects), then several times with http://redirecteddomainname.com/mypages. In many cases, the 302 redirects rank higher than my own site does (which still isn't good).

A bunch of my main pages got tagged with "supplemental results" too because of this - which is never good. It is strange that it just happened (or I was just penalized) now!

Another recent problem is php pages that are NOT mine are showing up when I do a inurl:mysite.com search. Could this be a problem too? What happened to the days when I could have great content, be ranked by content, and not worry about anything else? I'm not a pro webmaster, but my websites are a primary source of income for my business.

Does anybody have any ideas? I have asked the registrar to remove EVERY 302 redirect (about 50), but is there anything else I can do?

I know this is only my second post, but I've been reading these forums for years. I have always had a legitamite site and depended on content for ranings. I'm the guy that other people in my field come to for help on getting great rankings, because I've had them for so long! But now, my rankings (with Google) are zilcho! I would appreciate any ideas, I've read all GoogleGuy's posts, have emailed Google about the 302 problem (but seriously, they get 10 million e-mails a day about problems, what are the chances that I'll be one site that they look at?) Or am I just SOL?

Thanks,
Thomas

3:13 am on June 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thomas --

The theory sounds plausible, but it is hard to see why other domains that just redirect to yours would suddenly supplant yours without some concious effort to cause this to happen. I would consider all other possibilities.

Having other sites with your URL in allinurl might be worth looking at, but may also be normal for any of several reasons. For example, someone might have listed your URL as a link from their site but first passing through a redirect on their servers. For example their url might be www.theirsite.com/?url=www.yoursite.com. But it might also be something more nefarious; so check out these other sites.

One of our sites was removed from the index last year for no apparent reason with equally devastating results; we and many, many others share your pain. The cup of tears runneth over. Google works in mysterious ways.

Our pleas to the email address *were* answered, and they helped us see what we had done to anger the Google gods. Our penance was 3 or 4 months long once the gods were pacified.

Perhaps your sin will be less painful than ours.

sublime1

4:04 am on June 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thnaks for the comments. So ... do you think the duplicate indexing of the entire site with the http:// and the http:// www is the biggest problem? Or the inadvertant duplicate indexing of the site with the 302 redirects? Or both!

Thanks again!

4:35 am on June 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There are some other threads going on in this forum which attempt to isolate cause(s) of the latest round of changes -- look thee for answers.
9:41 am on June 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Our pleas to the email address *were* answered, and they helped us see what we had done to anger the Google gods. Our penance was 3 or 4 months long once the gods were pacified.

Each new commandment we learn will help us get closer to Go .... ogle, can you please share with us Sublime1 one more way to anger the Googs?

Thanks in advance!