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10:37 am on Sep 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Hello,

Recently we experienced odd issue with Google Search: suddenly we lost one of our main landing page, it's just disappeared from search and it was not manual action. After using new Search Console we found out that "Submitted URL not selected as canonical", so Google selected other page at other web-site. And this other page actually is our web-site, which was scraped by someone and injected into hacked old wordpress site. If Google bot visits this other web-site, it sees our scraped web-site (content similar to original) so it's redirected search results there, but if users visit whose web-site they redirected to page contacting only ads (classic doorway). We filled Google Search spam report a month ago, but nothing happened. Here is the link at Google Search, so its clearly see where page is redirecting now:
[url]info:http://www.gametop.com/category/downloadable.html[/url]

About 2 years ago we already had similar issues, but looks like nothing changed since then:
[searchengineland.com ]
[medium.com ]

We will be really grateful if you have any ideas how can we get back our stolen URL. Thank you!
1:29 pm on Sept 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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After using new Search Console we found out that "Submitted URL not selected as canonical",

Did you get that message from Google Search Console? Where in Google Search Console did you find it?
1:40 pm on Sept 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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It's a new Search Console -> Index Coverage -> Excluded Pages -> Submitted URL not selected as canonical
1:40 pm on Sept 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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@aristotle The poster is seeing this is the new Search Analytics tools in Search Console. The tools was rolled out to some but not all SC accounts.
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Thanks for the replies. That type of information can be valuable.
9:26 pm on Sept 27, 2017 (gmt 0)

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I don't remeber seeing much information about how google's algorithm decides which page to select as canonical, except someone (Matt Cutts?) once said that a canonical tag can be ignored.

If two pages both claim to be the canonical, usually google takes the original over the scraper's page -- at least that's always been true for my old articles. But we sometimes see reports here of the opposite. So in those cases google got it wrong.
3:27 am on Sept 28, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Well, it means that Google algorithm canonical part has a potential security breach, so hackers steal your web-site, inject it to hacked web-sites, feed Google bot to manipulate search results using canonical tag breach and redirect search traffic to their own web-sites for anything they want (intrusive ads in our case, but might be anything from phishing to malware).

We are going to submit web-spam report one more time today (previous did not work at all), so we hope Google can take some action.
 

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