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Two of our most used pages and highest referred to pages from Google have dropped out of the serps completely and when I try to see a cache of our page in Google is shows another site which is a competitors site and they have some kind of redirection junk in there url.
It looks like they came up with some sort of way of tricking google into thinking there page is ours.
Our security guys have told us the server is secure and noone has hacked it and they have examined the caches and told us it is a Google issue.
Does anyone know how I can have a page in Google and hit Google cache for that page and Google shows us someone elses site?
Our rankings completely dropped for these two pages as soon as this happened.
[edited by: tedster at 3:28 am (utc) on Nov. 20, 2007]
Does anyone know how I can have a page in Google and hit Google cache for that page and Google shows us someone else's site?
When you copy and paste unique text from your own page, who's page shows up in the Serps?
It could be a hijack of some type, although I have to admit I haven't seen those as often as I used though (possible because webmaster are more aware of the issue and partake in prevention.)
You literally find the page in googles search, hit cache and it shows the competing website and not our site as the cache, the cache url even has our url in it but the page is of another site.
This is some new exploit I have not seen, not a typical hijacking. There is some form of redirect going on leading to the offending page as well. These guys know what there doing, they are most defintly exploiting something in googles system.
I wish I could post a example, your jaws will drop.
It would be as if you hit cache on your google toolbar for webmasterworld and it showed another seo site. I have never seen anything like this.