Google Search Hijacking Bug With TripAdvisor, Reserving, Lodge.com In European Areas?

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Google Search might have a bug within the European areas with resort listings being hijacked by spammy websites. Google will present TripAdvisor, Accommodations.com, Reserving.com and different legit websites in its search outcomes however if you click on on these listings, you are taken to a distinct web site, a spammy web site.

It’s arduous for me to duplicate since this appears to be taking place within the European search outcomes. Perhaps that is associated to the new search interfaces and options for DMA? Perhaps some hackers have been in a position to exploit it. I’m not 100% positive.

However JC Chouinard an website positioning Strategist at Tripadvisor, posted particulars of this hijacking together with sharing screenshots. Google is conscious of the difficulty however didn’t disclose any particulars.

JC Chouinard posted on X quite a few examples of Google displaying a web site’s URL however if you click on on that URL, it takes you someplace else. I’m advised these websites aren’t hacked, however quite, this is a matter on Google’s finish.

Listed below are some screenshots displaying this challenge from JC Chouinard:

Google Hotel Listings Hack

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He posted many different examples on X, however you get the purpose by now.

Danny Sullivan, Google’s Search Liaison, posted on X, “I feel John Mueller [a search analyst at Google] appears to be following up on this, so I will depart it to you each.”

I did ask JC if he has been in contact with John and I used to be advised no, he was not – no less than on the time I wrote this story.

John did put up that he handed alongside the small print:

I ponder how a lot site visitors is being diverted away from legit websites to those scammy websites over this challenge? I ponder how large of a difficulty that is and the way this can get resolved. I truthfully do not assume I’ll ever discover out…

Discussion board dialogue at X.



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