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Strange/offensive keyword phrase is finding my site!

Postby Mindy » Wed Jul 19, 2006 2:44 pm

Hi everyone!

I have a strange thing happening with my site www.impariamo.com - I haven't looked at the stats lately, and when I did I was shocked to find that for June and July Google has been referring twice as many visitors to my site than usual, but the reason is because my site is coming up on searches for "free p*rn*" (I replaced the o's with *'s so this site doesn't have the same problem!).

I am diligent about deleting spam and I even delete members who have obviously just signed up to link to a potentially offensive website in their profile. So how is it that this keyword search is turning up my site, which is about learning Italian??? I'm finding it a little disturbing! Any ideas, or suggestions on what I can do about it? Thanks!

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Postby Lynn Terry » Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:31 pm

Hi Mindy,

The first thing that I would do is check the results for that phrase (ugh) on the three major search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN) and see if you can find which page of your site is listed for that term - and from there, why.

You might also check backlinks for your domain, using the link command on Yahoo Search, and see if sites are linking to pages on your domain using that phrase as the anchor text or link text.
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Postby Mindy » Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:46 am

Thank you for your reply, Lynn!

I did a search on Yahoo and Google for my site URL and the word p*rn* and I was shocked to see that not only did my site come up on both search engines, but the cached page had a laundry list of strange URLs at the very top of the page, right above the banner (URLs which contained all kinds of undesirable keyword anchors). Since from my stats I saw that this search phrase was bringing users to my site since about mid-June, I took a look at all the files in my site to see if any had been tampered with around then and sure enough, on June 22 there was a suspicious line of code placed in the config.php file! I uploaded the original file to overwrite it, and hopefully this will resolve the problem.

This is the second time in the past year my site has been hacked. Unbelievable!

Thanks again, Lynn, for the hints on how to figure this out.

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Postby Lynn Terry » Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:04 pm

I'm glad to hear you got it resolved!

You should change all of the passwords that relate to your hosting/sites - and perhaps do this every week or every month for awhile ;)
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Postby Steve MacLellan » Fri Nov 24, 2006 5:51 am

Looking through my stats, I saw that the term "skinny dipping" was getting me quite a bit of traffic. The offending page is here:
http://www.homebusiness-websites.com/my ... _a_li.html

Uh... I guess it's my own fault, though.

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Postby Lynn Terry » Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:06 am

Steve MacLellan wrote:Uh... I guess it's my own fault, though.


LOL, I've had that happen too :lol: - especially when I blogged about the WAHM that was caught p*rn-spamming :roll:
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Re: Strange/offensive keyword phrase is finding my site!

Postby Christian Carlisle » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:50 pm

Strange as it may sound, interference can only occur when no one is watching. Once an observer begins to watch the particles going through the openings, the picture changes dramatically.
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