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search results shows "Relocate" as title?

     
1:01 am on Mar 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I rank near the top for a very common search word. About 6 weeks ago my listing started showing up as:

Relocate
Sorry, your browser does not support Java Script.
www.example.com/ - 1k - Cached - Similar pages

A week ago it finally corrected itself and showed up with the correct title and the meta description.

As of today it is back to showing up as 'Relocate'.

This looks like a Google issue to me but it is really hammering me on traffic? Is there anything I can do? Has anyone see this before?

[edited by: tedster at 2:13 pm (utc) on Mar. 4, 2007]
[edit reason] use example.com [/edit]

2:30 am on Mar 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Do you use Plesk? I think this particular bug is a "feature" of Plesk, which happens when you create web users for each domain. Unfortunately I don't have access to a Plesk installation currently to be able to describe the problem in more detail. You might want to check out this inconclusive earlier thread [webmasterworld.com].

Watch what's happening to that exact URL link you have in the SERP - it's redirecting to your final landing page. You can use wget or curl to grab the intermediate page before the redirect: to help, I grabbed one at random off a Google search, and it gave me this:

<html>
<head>
<title>Relocate</title>
<script language="javascript">
var url = window.location.href;
if (url.charAt(url.length - 1)!= "/")
url = url + "/";
var s = url.indexOf("//") + 2;
var e = url.indexOf("@");
if (e > 0) {
var atpart = url.substring(s, e);
var newurl = url.substring(0, s) + url.substring(e + 1 , url.length);
window.location = newurl + "~" + atpart + "/";
} else {
window.location= "/index.html";
}
</script>
<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="4" url="/index.html">
</head>
<body>
<noscript>
Sorry, your browser does not support Java Script.
</noscript>
</body>
</html>

So, to cut a long story short, you're hijacking yourself due to a bad server configuration.