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I think the new strategy from google has started. It is not giving any chance for Google Ranking tools and other Google Dance tools to get information from Google.
Randomly Google is asking for Human-Verification (captcha) to check whether the query is coming from a Human or a software.
The following is what Google is Displaying by redirecting google.com tyo sorry.google.com....
... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
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I have noticed this from past 3 hours in India. Any more members to support this?
Google will make SEOs work more challenging with this by not giving search results to automated tools/softwares.
Guys be ready for Manual checking again on Google for ranking information.
The best thing to do to prevent it is to limit automated queries and disable any reporting tools you have in your browser in the event where you actively use Firefox based plugin tools.
This has been going on in various ways for quite a while - sometimes it has accidentally interfered with very simple manual searches, but I haven't run into that recently. Here are some earlier threads on the topic:
sometimes it has accidentally interfered with very simple manual searches, but I haven't run into that recently
I ran into that message 1 or maybe 2 months ago -- when I did an ordinary search for a keyword of interest and I only got as far as to page 10 or so before they 'closed' my search for that keyword. (I still wonder why Google would see that as an automated request.)
tedster > How about linking to SERPs (either a keyword request or a site:www.example.com) from a website? Do you know if Google will see that as an automated request? I mean if an ordinary search could raise a flag then how will Google look upon a direct link to a Google SERP ;)
[edited by: OutdoorMan at 8:04 pm (utc) on May 17, 2008]
On the bottom at every category page, in my directory, I have links pointing at SERPs for the page main keyword (for example links to Google, Yahoo and Live). This is meant to be a help for users who wants to find additional results for the category keyword.
Every link in my directory also has it's own 'Info' page which contains details of the website which includes a link like this: site:www.example.com -- for every link in the directory.
I haven't noticed any problems in regard of linking to SERPs like this (yet, anyway) and Google seems to like almost every single of these pages a lot (because of the content I believe, not because of the links to the SERPs).
But what if a lot of my users actually choose to follow these 'SERPs' links (to find more information)? Could this trigger a penalty or have other negative side effects?
BTW, sorry if I'm going a bit off topic here :)
[edited by: OutdoorMan at 8:50 pm (utc) on May 17, 2008]