Thursday, May 26, 2005

Google's Own Listing Hijacked On Google

SEO DotComicide spotted this and posted with a screenshot. JenSense also has a screenshot and a longer look here. I'll do a summary below.

Search for adsense or google adsense on Google. What currently comes up first is this:

Google AdSense
... Google AdSense is a fast and easy way for website publishers
of all sizes to display relevant Google ads on their website's
content pages and earn money ... - 16k - Cached - Similar pages

Notice the URL:

That's definitely not Google's! Yet if you click on it, you end up at the official Google page, located here:

What's happening? The URL that's listed is using a meta redirect command like this:


That fast redirect is being treated by Google as if it is a 302 temporary redirect. And in that case, it may substitute the page being pointed at by the redirect with the address of the page doing the pointing.

Source: SearchEngineWatch

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