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"Cache:" Shows Another Site

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by xboxps3wow, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    I noticed that a couple of pages on my site got deindexed and went to investigate. Well, when I type cache:www.mydomain.com it takes me to the cache page but the cached site is not MINE! Its a totally different site. What is this? Was I hacked? There is nothing in the code that could do this, could this be something else on the server?
     
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    I think someone stole your pagerank. Check the .htaccess file in your site folder and search for 301 redirects for the Googlebot to the intruder site inside that file. Your site does not got de-indexed but someone stole your pagerank.

    NOTE: Your Cpanel File Manager won't show the .htaccess file. Use a FTP client instead to get it.
     
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  3. xboxps3wow

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    I just checked webmaster tools and i see 60,000+ links to that page from a domain!
    like this:
    gqqp://www.reasonstation.net/
    Via this intermediate link:
    qggp://www.reasonstation.net/refills/
    gqqp://www.reasonstation.net/about/
    Via this intermediate link:
    qggp://www.reasonstation.net/refills/
    hxxp://www.reasonstation.net/board/
    Via this intermediate link:
    hxxp://www.reasonstation.net/refills/
    hxxp://www.reasonstation.net/links/
    Via this intermediate link:
    hxxp://www.reasonstation.net/refills/

    EDIT:
    Checked all my .thaccesses and everything is fine there.
     
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    If google is caching your site and showing another one, that means that some one is redirecting the GoogleBot to that site therefore passing all link juice from your site to the another site. In other words, it is stealing your site's pagerank. You cannot see the redirect because is only for the Googlebot not for the user. You can check it using any service that simulates how the Googlebot sees the page. Google Webmaster tools has that service.
     
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    I tried 'Fetch as Googlebot' and it shows my normal code. Any idea where they could hide this code if its something like this? I check .htaccess and there isn't anything there that shouldn't be there
     
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    Your Cpanel or whatever system your server has, will not show in their file manager the .htaccess cause it is an important file. However, you can see it using a FTP client.

    Use this service to find out the real direction:
    http://www.smart-it-consulting.com/internet/google/googlebot-spoofer/index.htm
     
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    Lol I know how to use FTP and open .thaccess files.. they are the way they should be and only contain the code needed (some page redirects etc..) been the same for the past year
    EDIT:
    thanks for the link, great resource. But it shows the normal code too.. I'm a little puzzled on whats happening.
     
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    Ok perhaps it was redirected for short a time and then back to normal. However, it might take some time to back to normal.

    http://johnmu.com/pagerank-hacker-using-suomi-co-in/ check this link

    I am thrilled as you are.
     
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    Thanks for the help..
    I could only think of one way they could have gotten access to my hosting. I installed WP pluging (on a totally unrelated site on the same hosting) that I downloaded here... it might have been infected (although I scanned etc). I will see if anything changes in a day or two and go from there.
    If it doesn't, I'm kinda screwed and will probably just restore the whole hosting account to what it was a month ago.
     
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    Well, I just checked the cache again and it was updated, but it still shows the cache of some other page. This is crazy weird!
    Another SUPER WEIRD thing is that when I checked the cache of that other website, it shows a cache of a blog on my hosting! WTF is this?