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    Strange search engine results - Company 'imposter'

    Hi there,

    My name is Adam Tranter, I own a website called www.fusion-media.co.uk - It is similar to a web address of a similar company based around 50 miles away.

    Basically, when you search for my name in Google, their site comes up second. But not mine. Have they somehow included in some of their tags that they are me?

    This could be detrimental to my business for people trying to contact me by name.

    Adam

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    I did a search for "Adam Tranter", and except for the first 4 "Connection closed unexpectedly" results, number 5 was
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    Fusion-Media.co.uk PhotographyDate: 09/17/2007.
     Owner: Adam Tranter. Size: 11 items (3764 items total) ...
     Owner: Adam Tranter. Size: 256 items. Views: 236.
     Tour de France 2007 ...
    photography.fusion-media.co.uk/ - 20k - Cached - Similar pages
    If you are not the owner of the site I suggest you contact a lawyer, as they are making a false claim which could indeed be construed as being directly harmful to your business.

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    By the sounds of it, that IS his site.

    What is the name of the other site, OP?

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    I see their site coming right after yours at #3. The other site is an all flash site, and doesn't seem to contain any reference to your name. So what I'm guessing is that there are some incoming links (probably by accident), that link your name to their site.

    It's either that, or the SE's mixed up the domain name because the only difference between your name and theirs is a '-'.
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    I did a search for "fusion-media" but the only results that came up on the first page were without the hypen. Maybe you should try the "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link at the bottom?

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    Hi there,

    Thanks for that.

    Basically, I am fusion-media.co.uk - He is fusionmedia.co.uk

    On a google UK search, he comes up #3 with the search for: Adam Tranter

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    Is the consensus just that it's through links and he hasn't actually done anything to cause it?

    Adam

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    Adam,

    His site´s keywords, alt, titles, and keys percentaje are far away better than yours. Check webs code.

    Diego.

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    That's the problem with having a hyphenated domain when a competitor has the non-hyphenated domain (well besides trademark infringement issues).

    When people link to the site, they'll often forget to include the hyphen. That's probably why he's ranking for your name.


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