I thought this was so incredibly bad that it deserved its own thread. You think Google can't get any worse and then they smack you in the face with a trout. Basically if you followed my other thread I use 301 redirects to rank sites. Recently my test site dropped after just a week. I left it for a while and had been researching a Pharma site that strangely 301s their main domain to a subdomain at around tri-monthly intervals. It works for them as they have been ranking with pure spam for "diet pills" for a very long time. Anyway, I decided in the name of blackhattery that I would test 301ing the dropped domain to a fresh subdomain(of that domain) by cloning the site to it. So if I draw a shittypaint it looks like this; So that was two days ago. Today jut out of nowhere I decided to Google my main keyword and see what is ranking. What I found defies logic, in fact it defies what I thought was possible. Basically, what i'm looking at right now is one of my redirects(on the left in the pic) on the first page ranking very highly. What is more astonishing is that this redirect is a domain I bought from GoDaddy about three years ago which has never had any content on it. Yet it is somehow ranking with the page-title and meta-description of the domain it redirects to. It even has the star ratings on it from data highlighting. I don't understand how or why but Google seems to be in some ways, reversing the 301 by pulling data from where the 301 points, but that makes no sense whatsoever. A domain using a 301 redirect it supposed to drop out of Google completely. I can't get my head around this one, mainly because I'm face palming so much. Oh well, if Google wants to give me free money who am I to complain.