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A competitor site taking over SERPs by redirecting to me?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Saulyx, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Saulyx

    Saulyx Junior Member

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    So here is the deal, site A ranks for a variety of keywords as well as it's own brand name obviously.

    Now what happens is that competitor site B tried to compete for some time, however has thrown in the towel and starts to redirect to site A with affiliate link.

    Here's where the confusion comes in, now site B seems to take over all site A's SERP positions, and I don't mean pushed site A down, the index of the site A not to be found on the results, even if you search the brand name of site A, first result is site B with redirect to site A... other pages of site A come up when searching for brands name, but first result that is always been site A's home page(Site B has no similarity in branding to site A) is now site B!

    What on earth is going on? It's almost like identity theft.. I've heard of this before but can't find any info on what to do!
     
  2. aakon7

    aakon7 Regular Member

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    I saw this one before, one of my clients was having a financial dispute with her business partner and he did something almost identical to the above using a crazy script. Weirdest thing I have seen in years. Can't offer any advice on this but I just wanted to tell you that your not crazy, I've seen this before and was like What the Hell?
     
  3. Andrew Scherer

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    hows this possible? SE error?
     
  4. Adam718

    Adam718 Senior Member

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    That must be some kind of google malfunction. You should update this daily so we know what the deal is.
     
  5. TrevorB

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    So if I redirect my site to the number one site on Google, I will be number one?
     
  6. morbid_reality

    morbid_reality Newbie

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    Is this a permanent redirection?
     
  7. Saulyx

    Saulyx Junior Member

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    It's being redirected with 302 found. Thats the weird thing, I've heard stories when peoples affiliate links actually get indexed as original links(and replace) for things like amazon products, but that was years ago! Will keep tabs on this
     
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  8. Marcink99

    Marcink99 Power Member

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    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMM(I was thinking)
    "starts to redirect to site A with affiliate link." so is it using redirect like 301/302 or does it have link on his site with link towards your site? if its link is it sitewide or one page? if he has a lot of pages maybe he overoptimized you for the term or google dance?
     
  9. phoneone

    phoneone Newbie

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    My guess is it will not last for long, must be a tec hitch.
     
  10. singhavn

    singhavn Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    No, not definitely, maybe a glitch is causing this for a short period of time...
     
  11. dario111cro

    dario111cro Junior Member

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    Can you PM me site's URL and few example keywords. I would love to analyze this. :)