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WTF, how did this happen?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by seoactive, May 5, 2013.

  1. seoactive

    seoactive Regular Member

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    My company "ABC clothing" (example) has the company name: abcclothing.com.
    Its a fairly new domain, around 6 months old, but it indexed properly. When I type in "ABC Clothing", I usually rank #1, because that term obviously has no competition.

    Today, I was bored and I typed "ABC Clothing" just to see how it goes.
    To my surprise, I found a site "abcadults.com" (example), using my title and metadescription, AND redirecting to my site. And he is rank #1 on top of me.

    I then found out that he is redirecting his 'adult-related' to my site using 302-redirect.

    1. I don't know why he is redirecting his site to my site. Whats the intention of this? Is he trying to harm my site in some way?
    2. How can he rank on top of me like this? I thought even if he uses 302-redirect, google should be showing my domain, not his.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mrblackjack

    mrblackjack Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    It's serps hijacking - old trick using 302 redirection and cloaking. One sets a clone website (Domain B), redirects Google bots to a site that he wants to replace (Domain A), Google assumes it's the same owner of the original website (Domain A) and will replace its position or will rank it lower. There are two main prerequisites for this to take place:
    1. Domain B, i.e. the cloner, must have
    a. Higher PR than the original website (Domain A)
    b. More backlinks, domain age
    2. Domain B - must have a better website than the original website (Domain A) in terms of valuable content, user interface etc.

    Once Domain B (the cloner) meets the 2 main conditions above, serps hijacking takes place.

    This method resembles the Fake PR trick in terms of procedure albeit not 100% the same

    Seems like Google is still affected by this old trick
     
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  3. seoactive

    seoactive Regular Member

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    Wow, thanks for the detail insights. But whats the intention of this?
    When I click on that fake domain, It still redirects me to my site (as the final destination). I still see my domain URL on my browser.
    What is he trying to achieve and do in this case. Thanks.
     
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    You both may be targeting the same keyword for example "ABC" If he wants to rank for that keyword he uses the redirect trick to take that spot from you..
     
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    I've never seen this before, if your site isn't blackhat report it to Google? Make a post on their forum or whatever they call it.
     
  6. seoactive

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    But the final destination URL is still to my site. So even tho he took the spot, but all traffic still going to my site?
    I checked archive.org / cache, it shows cached version of April 22, which means he has been doing this for awhile. And if he really wants that position, why didnt he take off the 302 and start redirecting to his site?
     
  7. iZone-Host

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    Sory bro no idea about that but I learned how to do that I hope you are leaned and solved the issue as well
     
  8. mrblackjack

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    Here comes the cloaking part. others probably see other website, while google, you, and other crawlers sees your website. And if it's not what's going on right now, it will be in the future - he probably just age his domain by pointing to yours for a limited period of time
     
  9. seoactive

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    That domain of mine is no longer than 6 months old. I dont quite understand this.
    It seems like his domain was registered in 2012, while mine is even later than that.

    So what can I do about this. Any suggestions? Report to Google?
     
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    You can try blocking any referring traffic from his domain. That may stop the spiders from indexing his domain.
     
  11. betam4x

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    Maybe redirect referral traffic back to his domain, creating a short circuit infinite loop? bwahaha! ;)
     
  12. masterjani

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    try to contact the owner by finding his email address and send a dmca complaint. If that is not possible, Then as previous members said block the referral url from his domain.
     
  13. seoactive

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    Gonna try block referral via htaccess and see how that goes tonight.