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PPC Company trying something that I don't think is right

     
3:17 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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A site I manage, we don't do PPC, no need for it, really. Old Domain, tons of inbound links, it's a BRAND.

PPC company sets up a proxy over a site and has AddWords traffic pointing to a diff subdomain but Same URI, but with the same content as original site. DNS Proxy. Caught Goog Ads bot going thru that proxy for every URL possible on the site.

Goog ate 403s due to reverse and forward lookups(;)). Headers Babby! headers!

Header is sent to a regular visitor when visited via proxy: noindex, not sure what goog bot gets from it.

We have a pretty steady traffic for the past several years on this site. Good Global Sales!

Will above trigger any kind of negative issues with our normal SERP?
4:26 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like you should have no problems. The forward/reverse IP lookups for googlebot should have handled the situation on their own. The noindex is a nice safeguard too, but since it's not under your control it is best to keep the IP check in place.
5:03 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Tedtster, thanks for Your prompt response.

The way I am reading it is that the subdomain is on their domain..eg..

www.example.com our domain.

examplecom.therdomain.com is a exact copy via proxy which they are advertising in PPC fro reg. users.

They went ahead with allowing bots crawl their URLs without letting us know whats up, I am not a lame duck here..

Before i CAUGHT IT, GOING BACK IN LOGS, ....

I am just not sure..
6:22 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I'd be curious: why would they make a duplicate on a different domain if it is an 'exact copy'?

If they're not changing the pages one bit then why move them? Do they have some server-side stats package that they cannot use anywhere else? Why go to all this trouble?
7:19 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It's an exact copy crawler-able(not anymore, blend is here..) by bots.

GoogAds bot/+Mobile, Bing as well. Bing bot was trying to rip a second one a few hours ago via their proxy...

They setup a proxy that point to our sites code on their server and spits "NOINDEX" http header in response.

When asked, Their response was, the PPC clicks come to their(examplecom.therdomain.com) site since they manage it so they could do the stats on their end.

To me it looks like a good-ol proxy highjack trick.

What I am saying is:

1. Bot gets a page on our site.
2. Bot gets the same page via their url(i could care less what headers the send, same content is same content)


?
7:24 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Lots of people here are professionals when it comes to managing their clients PPC stuff.

I dont, nor my clients, do PPC anywhere.

Would any body do it this way for their clients?
7:50 am on Feb 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Their stats explanation is a plausible one to my mind if it's a setup that can't be (easily) installed into your hosting environment - so moving the site was the lesser of two evils for them.
 

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