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Anyway while the site is down, instead of getting a 404 error page, my traffic is being redirected to a url I suspect my host owns or subscribes to called www . not hyphen found hyphen entry . com loaded with yahoo sponsored ads. Across the top is a yahoo search box and it says "Sorry, 'www. XYZ .com' does not exist or is not available." They pretend to offer an opt-out but your traffic is then redirected to the same site domain ending with 404error.html Whois is blocked by domains by proxy.
So ok, they are high-jacking traffic I wasn't going to get anyway, my question is this. Which is better for my site's search engine position? For the site's link to take people to the standard 404 error page which most search engines seem to ignore instead of replacing your listing with, or is it better to have my traffic redirected to this not-found-entry location? Should I be yelling at them or thanking them for the redirect?
IE in many cases will not show 404 and will redirect you to a search results page with the URL as a search term, this is to try to "help you"
Yahoo toolbar and other crap that does this and will not be seen by everyone and not by Google as they won't get the same redirect you are getting.
Try it in FF or see if you can find the option to just display 404 and not to redirect and turn it off.
Although lots of people have that crappy redirect turned on and like you don't know the difference..... down time is always bad for SEO redirect or not.
[edited by: Demaestro at 8:02 pm (utc) on Sep. 29, 2008]
I suspect my host owns or subscribes to called www . not hyphen found hyphen entry . com
Robert are you by any chance on satellite Internet, the big one with an H? Everything here smacks of the same problem I had with them as jimbeetle says - THEY are the ones doing the hijacking, not the host.
I recognize that not-found url.
It started in 2007 with this thread [webmasterworld.com] in which I incorrectly though it was FireFox. It wasn't. It was my provider.
Continued here [webmasterworld.com].
The good news, I suppose, is that your site really wasn't down during that time, it was your ISP's service or proxy server - which is still ridiculous.
My intended plan is to open an account on a low cost web host and move the dns to them while I see what developes, then keep the cheapie account as a life boat I can switch to if this ever happens again regardless of what I elect to do. Glad I didn't buy my domain through my web host.