Spam Index Sites like life123.com DNS ask.com
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I would ignore the 404 errors coming from this site. I would like to see more actually. Offering a redirect to a 200 page status only validates this spam index. I feel it's best to allow your 404 pages to add up coming from life123.com. It's just another site earning from your web content without even ask'ing and looking for the spider bot to exclude? Well, if you did exclude the ask bot you would help but hurt things. Look at the bottom of their pages to see more sites that have in my opinion nearly nothing to offer and zero quality.
I've found it to be a pain to see 404 errors that are not your issues but the referring sites issue. I can see creating a redirect if it was a bad link in a very good article for your site but this is all spam index material coming from life123.com.
And to think, I thought Ask Jeeves had promise and even started writing data scripts to learn your search methods like it was doing at one time in its short internet life.
Read more below that has a mix of opinion and experience dealing with this subject.
When you have worked years on your sites, perfecting all the links, reviewing your content and making your website a very good resource for our online community visitors it only takes one spam scrapping website to get that last nerve frazzled.
I've seen in my webmaster tools from Google.Com report web links that ended in a 404 page ending with two periods .. ".." periods? Are you kidding me? No URL or URI ends with periods like that.
So what scrapping spam scrap website has me indexed now?
Is it the Herbal Adult sites? Is the Pharma sites? Is it my friends and yours from the scrapper's pool again?
Well with some good tools online like Network-Tools.Com it doesn't take long to find the host, sponsor and the reason so many spamming making money off of our web content scrapping sites exists online.
Do you feel the love I'm expressing here? You know, it's the How groups that really have me and Ask.com is no different. If you didn't know they earn money from advertisements like the ones you might run on your website. The difference is they can rollout large spam sites overnight and until some in the industry stop indexing these sites they all should just quietly die off one by one.
Links to my site help them earn money and which I did not agree with. I did not give permission for that website to scrap my site for content to republish it in their website. You should know better Ask and play the game as we all have to play.
So here's my community advice. Ignore the 404 errors that Webmaster Tools is reporting. Leave the screwed up mess that life123.com aka ask.com has made and allow Google to figure out that it's their website producing the bad URLs and not your website.
I thought I should redirect the URL but if I did that I would be offering a 200 page response for the link that Google Search Indexed. It's better for me to leave the 404 page not found in hopes that my links will be removed from the search index related to the life123.com website.
You see, the 404 page is just telling you that Google found a link from life123.com that ended poorly at your site. Google will sooner or later remove the bad link if you keep it ending with a bad page or page not found response.
It is by the way a bad link so why would you want to correct a bad link coming from another website anyway?
So here you go, one more scrapping index site earning profits from your website content and offering you more headaches due to their crappy programmers.
Screenshot has not been photoshopped. It's how the page appeared when I looked up the link custom.life123.com/web?q=
Drop the custom and the other subdomains and you'll find your final answer and it's not one to ask .com .
Yes, that's Mr. TroJ in the picture. Guess they will advertise anything for a buck or two. That's the difference between a seriously good webmaster and a scrapping master. We filter ads based on our content. Guess you all should know, if you're ever looking up software troubleshooting from this site using life123.com you might need to wear the advertised spam protection they offer.
At one time we had access to a hot link to report spam indexes. You have to search for it inside Google now. I'm not sure if they will take down one of there largest advertisers but they should.
Until equal time and effort is put into place my Professional Experience with spam indexes is to redirect the referrals to a page that explains scrapping sites offer more than just Trojans they offer Malware as well. They are not controlled search environments and generally not safe. Always suggest to your visitors to uninstall any toolbars that use these sites and suggest new methods.
I like to say, why not us Bing.com, Yahoo.com, Google.com they are in the search indexing business. Toolbars like Google.com, Bing.com and Yahoo.com do offer some advantages as well as AVG.com Linkscanner toolbar. You'll find safer surfing once you understand what sites offer safe search and index reporting.
Have a Great Scrapper Free Day!