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Checkout.google.com hijacked?

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
12 years ago2,270 views

According to Jon West Blog's report when searching for “Google Checkout” on Google the first result displayed has a title of “use google checkout on hibidder com free”.

There is a screenshot included to the entry of Jon-west.com:
jon-west.com/?p=58

Due to heavy traffic (?) the blog is not fully accessible generating WordPress database errors.

listed via Digg;
digg.com/tech_news/Google_Chec ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Not hijacked. Just using link text as the title because it redirects.

More here:
searchengineland.com/070430-14 ...

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Google uses titles from links (and don't display a description, what also happened) only when it can not access the site, most often because of robots.txt file. I wounder what happened here.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ludwik, it's basically because Google sometimes does this for pages that redirect too and checkout.google.com returns a 302.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Good news.
Thanks, Tony R.!

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