UK Directory Hotfrog Hijacks Site With 302 Redirect: Google Exploited

Mar 28, 2007 | 7,458 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Barry Schwartz has pointed to a thread at Search Engine Watch Forums where an aggrieved website owner has complained of hijacking. The owner of www.wenlockbasin.com has reported that his website just disappeared from the search results, even when searched with the domain name. The directory Hotfrogs replaced the site in the SERPs of Google.

As moderator Mcanerin explained:

Hotfrog appears to link to websites using a redirection script issuing a 302 redirect. For new/low ranking sites, this can result in what is called a "hijack".

This can happen because a 302 actually tells a search engine that the original site is HotFrog and that it has been temporarily moved to your URL. Accordingly, the search engine shows the "original" if it has enough link juice.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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