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I am doing some SEO stuff for a client. I usually go to yahoo and check IBLs to see what is out there. I am getting some very bad stuff from the results of site explorer. I need to figure out what happened, why, and how to correct. Any insite would be helpful.
When I search link:www.mysite.com, I get the usual results. There appear to be around 300 links listed. All appears normal.
When I search link:mysite.com (without the www), I am getting very (and I mean very) bad stuff. All links are redirected to porn sites, sites that automatically start scans or try to install stuff, viagra link sites, etc. I am talking sopme very, very bad stuff here. I tested this on 3 machines on our network to make sure this wasn't some sort of internal thing. I then had this tested on two networks outside of our facility and I am getting the same results.
Here is what is very strange... when I click on these returns around 5 times (any of them) I get these bad redirects. After that, all the clicks go to a viagra directory type page or a word press page, even clicks that had before gone to the bad stuff. It is almost like there is a counter that counts the number of clicks, and then all the clicks default to this viagra page or word press page. When I check the cache (from yahoo) on the returns page, I get the same thing after 5 clicks, then it goes to a viagra page or word press page.
I go to a different machine... same thing.
I go to a different network... same thing
I use a different provider... same thing
I go out side of our networks and use someone elses provider... same thing.
I need some help here folks. This is very bad stuff and can't be helping this compnay at all. I cannot find anything even remotely similar in msn or google.
Thanks for any thoughts.
[edited by: martinibuster at 7:18 pm (utc) on April 25, 2008]
[edit reason] Removed specifics. [/edit]
What happens when you disable your browser from sending a referrer, or you send a fake referrer as if you were coming from some other site?
What happens to all of those when you change your UA to be Google or something else?
I am unsure as to how to check these things. How do you tell whether they are tracking the referrer? It would seem the referrer would be yahoo, if that is where I am coming from. If I cut and paste the URL into a newly opened browser (no referrer), I get the same results.
Sounds like it's a scraper/whatever with a JS redirect that is linking to the site.
That's all there is to it. Some site with a redirect is linking to you. That's it. I doubt there's any harm in it.
I do not have complete control over this site. I am working with a developer and I asked that he change DNS to add a wildcard for all subdomains. There are about 5 legitimate subdomains already in the DNS.