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I wanted to register mydomain.com also, but a spammy Cayman-Island company used some kind of back-order so they were the first :(
The subject on their domainname is different and it's indexed in google. (title, not only the url).
It's filled with ads, no real content. (don't know how to call sites like this).
If my domain is penalised because of that, what actions can I take? They don't respond to emails and the phone number is fake... It expires in 1 and a half year :(
You could try a domain backorder if you want to try and grab the domain when it comes up for renewal.
One SERP I've been watching since before Brett invented the acronym itself has just been invaded by a totally off-topic stranger. The only reason I can see for this domain to be there is the domain token before the tld (.com) is identical to the identically spelled .org authority site for the keyword. There's no linking between them, and not even the presence of the keyword itself on the .com -- and the topics are widely divergent.
So apparently something on the back end of google currently can tangle up an identical .com and .org, even with no other relationship between the sites.
I really doubt there would be a PENALTY here. At least I've never seen that so far, and I certainly hope not. Great_9, you did not mention any specific evidence of a penalty -- is there any?
Oh yeah, another thing. Before the spammy .com was registered by that cayman island company I was getting 3 times the traffic that I'm getting now with 20% of the content I have now.
Maybe it's a coincidence and maybe it's a new way to crush your competitor.