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    Wierd Google spam message - do you get it too?

    Here's a weird one.

    When I'm doing keyword research I use the inanchor and intitle search parameters to identify competition that's likely to be optimised and I have to alternate the searches or I start to look like a spam bot or some SEO software querying the Google data centers and I get the 'We're sorry...... but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application' message.

    But... whenever I use the search parameters with the word 'design' in it, I get the spam message straight away, as does a designer colleague of mine who never even does these searches and so can't have a history of doing it off her IP. So I was wondering if some of you would try it and see what happens.

    The search is this:

    intitle:"brand identity design" inanchor:"brand identity design"

    another one I get the spam message straight away for is:

    intitle:"brand identity design" inanchor:"brand identity design"

    Anyone else get this or are you familiar with this problem?
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    SPAM search

    Odd. I tried both your examples at the same time and got the "sorry" message too. It seems that "design" is the culprit. Even a search for
    intitle:"design" inanchor:"design"
    gives the "sorry" message

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mittineague View Post
    Odd. I tried both your examples at the same time and got the "sorry" message too. It seems that "design" is the culprit. Even a search for
    intitle:"design" inanchor:"design"
    gives the "sorry" message
    Yeah, strange isn't it. It's definitely the word 'design' that triggers it and it doesn't matter if it's on it's own or with 20 other random words.
    It's 530 people, but do you really get it?
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    Google thinks your a server side script trying to pull data, or you have spyware or malware on your computer and it's being triggered by keywords start mining data from Google.

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    Yep, definitely "design." I tried it with a browser that I never use to search google, and your intitle: inanchor: search triggered the spam response. Immediately following that with the same search but without the word "design" performs a normal search.

    In light of this, is there anyone who wonders why search results are so screwy sometimes?

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    Must be a serious issue with automated software abusing their system. Had to be pretty bad to make them do that.

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    Oops, just realised that I posted the same example twice. The other example was supposed to be:

    intitle:"interior design photos" inanchor:"interior design photos"

    Anyhoo, seems it's happening for everyone. Must be some words that get searched for so much by spyware type software that they trigger the response straight away.
    It's 530 people, but do you really get it?
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    I got the same message. strange seeing what could possibly be a bug in google.
    intitle:"brand design" reported error but
    inanchor:"brand design" shows the result

    but this didnt work: intitle:"brand" inanchor:"brand design"

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    I received that message as well.. I will go to google forum and see whats going on

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    Quote Originally Posted by amitjoshi View Post
    but
    inanchor:"brand design" shows the result
    Interesting! It doesn't mind the inanchor search but it doesn't like the intitle search. Wonder what that means.

    Thanks for the feedback peeps, at least I know it's not something to do with my history of doing this off my IP now. It's definitely something to do with Google and the word 'design'.

    Don't do this too much btw, you can actually get locked out of the search results for a while.
    It's 530 people, but do you really get it?
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