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What does this mean?
I have a site that is 2 years old. I have never engaged in any link buying or nefarious activities whatsoever.
Is this an employee from Google doing a personal web search or is this one of my competitors filing a false report trying to get me in trouble?
I have come across about 3-4 of these searches to my site in the past 6 months. Ranking has stayed the same (as far as I can tell).
My site is not a big site, nor does it rank for highly competitive keywords. I have a TON of original content on my site, although I do have affiliate links strategically placed to pay the hosting bills/etc.
What does the search mean?
I don't think many Google employees do to much surfing on the net at work so me I would say your site was looked at for one reason or another.
I am wondering why my site has been looked at 4-5 times over the past 6 months? The only thing I can think of is one of my competitors is filing false reports to Google.
I am doing absolutely nothing wrong, and I mean absolutely nothing wrong. I have been around long enough to know the "do's and don'ts" and as Ned Flanders would say:
"I even keep Kosher just to be safe."
Could it be that they are looking at my site in a good way?
The main keyword that my site is optimized for is about a "4" in terms of difficulty to rank for.
That's what I don't get...
[edited by: BaseballGuy at 3:07 am (utc) on Mar. 10, 2009]
[edited by: tedster at 3:27 am (utc) on Mar. 10, 2009]
[edit reason] switch to example.com - it can never be owned [/edit]
Keep us informed if anything happens to the site in the next 30 days.
There doesn't seem to be a great deal of consensus as to the purpose of this activity. I've seen a lot of examples over time, and not much correlation to anything in particular ;)
I would like to believe that one guy who claimed:
"G employees are instructed to hide their referrers".
To me, that would make the most sense. As for someone using one of their proxies....why would someone use their proxies for? What is this "web accelerator" ?
But if the IP was 22.214.171.124 then you might have a problem and it would be a good idea to see if your website - including other websites with the same whois owner - has anything it shouldn't have. Webspam employees usually hide their referrers but others at G might show them.
Keep an eye on your rankings. G has a selection of new penalties that can be hard to spot. One of them will drop your site from page 1 to page 6 for only a certain keyword.
- If you buy Adwords your site might get a manual check.
- Human reviewers who work from home use their own ISPs.