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I'm going to guess something changed recently. Anyone else notice anything different with their Google Alerts?
alerts that result in sending me to sites infected with malware...
You don't actually click those links without at least some investigating first, do you?
The snippets that come with the alert usually give me a huge clue about the sites. Then there is the url, those can be informative.
The I paste the base url into Google to see what pos up, if I'm at all interested in actually look at the site/page.
Most often I never get that far with these goofy scraper pages.
Legitimate references are not that hard to spot, at least that's been my experience.
Maybe I'm missing something?
If you company name is widgetwidget then search for "widget widget" and get matches for "widgetwidget". Exact just does not seem to exist for Google any more. I'm not sure what kind of change they've made, but evidently they are no longer able to support 100% precision in their matching algorithm.
None of the links I've visited show my domain anywhere that I can find, and certainly not on the page links given in the alert.
What they all SEEM to have is mytown and web as separate words. In other words google is not actually returning domains on other sites, merely text.
Does that make sense compared to other peoples' observations?