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    Very strange IBLs from unrelated site

    I have a strange problem with a clients site. It's a fairly new sitein the stock photography niche and it's showing 140 IBLs from a site in the drugs info niche.

    The IBLs can't be seen in the drugs site source code, they can't find them themselves and yet they exist and are showing the Google cache as IBLs.

    On the .net version of the clients domain, the SERP title and desc are for ovarian cancer but if you click on the link it takes you to my stock photography clients site.

    To start with the site wasn't getting indexed but I found an instruction in the .htaccess file that seemed to be re-directing search engine bots. Once removed, google is now indexing the site ok.

    So, that just leaves these mysterious incoming links and the drugs connection. I very much want to get rid of the links as they can only be hurting my clients Trust rank and possible PR too.

    Has anyone any knowledge of similar situations. If you PM me I can give you actual site names etc but I don't want this post indexed for their name.

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    They are just spam sites that may be pinging you or automatically adding your links.

    Does your clients site have an RSS feed by chance ?

    I get these on all my blogs and a few forums, I just ignore them and make sure I don't have any links pointing back to those sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loco.m View Post
    They are just spam sites that may be pinging you or automatically adding your links.
    How are they doing that?

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    They pose as a user that just clicked on a link from their site to yours. I get the same thing all the time. There is probably a way to block it but I haven't taken the time figure out how to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    They pose as a user that just clicked on a link from their site to yours.
    How do they do that? Sorry if I'm getting repetative

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    It's referral spam. All they need is a script that opens up your page and sends over a fake referrer. It's very easy to do. You can sometimes block them using .htaccess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    It's referral spam. All they need is a script that opens up your page and sends over a fake referrer. It's very easy to do. You can sometimes block them using .htaccess.
    I wondered about referrer spam but since I know my client isn't the spammer, who is actually benefiting from these links?

    There was this instruction in the htaccess file which was preventing the site getting indexed, now I've removed it the site is being crawled and indexed, but could it have something to do with the IBLS?

    RewriteBase /
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} (Googlebot|Slurp|msnbot)
    RewriteRule ^ http://ahtung.co.in/ [R=301,L]

    Does that mean anything to you?

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    The spammers think that:

    1) Someone will click on those links while viewing their stats

    2) The stats are public and they credit for an inbound link

    I don't see any real purpose for that code you posted other then redirecting bots to another domain. Might be good to keep them out of somewhere but I can't see any SEO benefit to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee View Post
    The spammers think that:

    1) Someone will click on those links while viewing their stats

    2) The stats are public and they credit for an inbound link

    I don't see any real purpose for that code you posted other then redirecting bots to another domain. Might be good to keep them out of somewhere but I can't see any SEO benefit to it.
    OK, I haven't quite got my head around this one yet... need to think about it some more.

    Listen, just in case I'm coming off as argumentative, I'm just just thrashing this stuff out to get to the best understanding I can. I'm accepting the possibility that you're right about everything you've said to me today but a lot of it clashes with what I've learned elsewhere so I'm just clarifying ok?

    And I do appreciate the time you're taking.

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    No porblems at all. You've done a good job of thinking things through and asking good questions. That isn't very common in this forum and it is quite refreshing.


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