I've been trying to get to the bottom of some potential reasons for a Yahoo ban, one of which points to the fact that an internet marketing company went out and made duplicate / redirect url pages of my web site without my consent or approval. In the search listings, my legitimate url was shown at the top of the listings and then their's showed up at the fourth and fifth listing. When the surfer clicked on the title, it took the surfer to my site but unkowningly to them through the offending marketing's company server first via a redirect url. No wonder Yahoo, a competitor or anyone else thought I was trying to create gateway pages. Anyway, I got banned and I believe this is the reason. So lets assume it is for now.
By the way, it appears as though they have now been banned as well. I guess Yahoo caught on to what they were doing.
Anyway, my first assumption was, since my site was popular and highly ranked, that they had done this to spy on my traffic, what search terms were being used, where visitors went and so on. However, I recently created a brand new site that would not have yet had a chance to gain visibility. I followed through to where a back link came from - the web site had a sponsored listing section which included my new site. The link to my site, however, was a url from the same .com company that I've had trouble with before including that the link was done in the same strange encoding that the ones that caused me trouble with Yahoo had been. I'm afraid this newly created redirect that they've done will cause me trouble with my new site now just like it had been before with the others that got banned.
A key clue here, all the sites, both old and new, were being advertised via some pay per click services including 7search, GoClick and FindWhat. I'm currently trying to start an exchange with them regarding this matter.
Now I'm wondering what is behind all this ....
Why Are Marketing Companies Creating Duplicate/Redirect Pages to My Site?
Is it to spy on visitor traffic, is it to get pay per click revenues or what.
I do know having my sites banned has been very costly both regarding my time and my finances. I've actually had a question answered on how to address the duplicate pages after the fact that has been helpful, but what I'm looking for today is why they are doing it to start with and how can I prevent problems from it in the future. I'd also love to know if I could simply ban their ip as a way to prevent/stop the redirects to start with. I'd also love to be able to resolve this issue without having to yank all my pay per click advertising, if this is the root of the issue. I'd appreciate any help you have to offer regarding this troubling and harmful issue.