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Some weirdness.. This site is redirecting reviews straight to Amazon

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Berkeli, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Berkeli

    Berkeli Regular Member

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    I know I'm not supposed to share competitor links, so I'll try to explain..
    this site has over 90 pages indexed in Google, most of them are reviews of products.
    but when you click on the links from Google you are redirected to amazon right away.
    and also when you are browsing their site it's like any other site with reviews and etc. but when you try to read any of the reviews(posts) you get redirected to Amazon.

    What's the purpose of this? And how Come Google is ranking these redirect pages?
    the redirect is done by JS and there isn't a single word of content on the page.. yet it ranks..
     
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    lord1027 Elite Member

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    I don't really know, but if you can PM me the website I'll take a look and try to figure it out.
     
  3. PrinceVisi

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    That looks interesting indeed.

    Would you PM me the site too for a quick look.
     
  4. ThopHayt

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    So Google has it indexing and ranking in SERPS and when you click on SERP result it goes to Amazon instead of site.com like it says in the SERPS? If so then yes, thats fishy.
     
  5. lord1027

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    Seems like a redirect by referrer, but that wouldn't really work if the website has no content besides the redirect code. Still waiting for the PM :)
     
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    Report to Google :\
     
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    Dude, you`re in a wrong forum!
     
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    Similar thing is done with paid traffic, seen a lot of people do this.
     
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    Cloaked ;)
    when google is looking at it they see the reviews , but when you get to it via google search you will get redirected.
     
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    Well they also fake referer because of amazon.
     
  11. tb303

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    Right click the 'product review' link (before it redirects) on the website and search google cache for that url. what content are they caching? (amazon's or the website's). Also try messing with the referrer see what happens.

    Does sound like referrer cloaking but you still need some content for google bots to do that.

    At best a good way to get banned from azon affiliates - at worst its borderline cookie stuffing.

    PM me the site please interested for a look...
     
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    It's cloaked. If on Firefox, installl the User-Agent switcher addon, set it to Googlebot and see what the website reveals to you. If it's also cloaked regarding googlebot IP's then you won't see anything.
    Or you could copy the link, open it in a new browser window and see what it does, great chance that they're cloaking on referer, but that would be a risk if some amazon reviewer would check the same link.

    No referer: don't cloak it, if there's a referer, then cloak it and redirect to amazon instantly.
     
  13. Berkeli

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    I checked with Googlebot as user agent.. and it's still forwarding to amazon
    did what you asked and when I search for "review-url" and Google is showing amazon url.. it's just a straight forward redirect.

    And I think I found the reason.. the site is ranking for "Best Product" KW and he's monetising from the visitors for that KW only..
    the product reviews are not ranking anymore, only show up when you search for site:blablabla.com
    So when people want to read review, they just get redirected to amazon..
     

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    Interesting, I would also love to see the website and know how its done.
     
  15. ThopHayt

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    This could even be a hack, frankly. Looks that way to me, because that root URL seems fairly reputable and I doubt they are sneaking traffic over to Amazon intentionally. REPORT IT.
     
  16. tb303

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    No its not. You can see the site in the image OP posted. check it out yourself.
    Its just doing a 302 (well a 307) redirect, its probably just something like a simple affiliate link cloaker plugins for wordpress.
     
  17. Berkeli

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    it uses a 307..
    http://httpstatus.io/
     
  18. guruprasath

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    It goes like this, you can do it too. See in your webpage make a JS script like this. window.location = "url of the page".
    The reason the guy is doing cos, I dont know weather you know this. If the user visits amazon from your link amazon caches the user. So what ever product he buys you get a commission. Hope you got it. PM me the website, I ll say weather I can do it or not.