1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Sneaky Affiliate Redirect - Dropped by Google?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mikesloper, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. mikesloper

    mikesloper Newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2013
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    I added some fairly dodgy redirects to an affiliate site to hide my referrer url (using a http & meta refresh) from my money site as I do not have permission use an affiliate link for that specific site. It was doing quite well and earning $200 a day, then 4 days later I was completely dropped in Google's SERPs for all pages. I removed the redirects and 5 days later I was ranking 3 times better than before.

    Is it possible that Google noticed the redirects and decided to penalize me? Or was it just google doing a "reshuffle" (I've heard your site can drop away for a few days)?

    The redirects are not done on my site's domain and the initial link used to leave my site is generated in javascript so not sure if google could even notice.

    My Site is only 3 month old.
     
  2. GravityBucks

    GravityBucks Junior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Messages:
    185
    Likes Received:
    17
    most probably they did, they are advancing there detecting techonlogy for things like this
     
  3. peetrike

    peetrike Power Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2012
    Messages:
    585
    Likes Received:
    217
    Location:
    Estonia
    It depends how did you use the redirect. If you redirected all traffic and bots then yes, they can detect. But if you only redirect real users and not the crawlers/bots then it`s not that easy to detect.

    Cheers
     
  4. west555

    west555 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2011
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    130
    Location:
    /etc/passwd
    You probably experienced something called "Google dance"