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Comments on: Google went belly-up: SERPs sneakily redirect to FPAs



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By: Miriam

Mon, 31 May 2010 11:12:48 +0000

Thanks for posting the workaround as well.



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Tue, 18 May 2010 11:20:11 +0000

[...] Google went belly-up: SERPs sneakily redirect to FPAs - Sebastian is back and like Aaron, has the proverbial bee in zee bonnet! Please do go and fill the spam report too… just for fun [...]



By: Sebastian

Mon, 17 May 2010 19:14:31 +0000

Michael, sloppiness is no excuse for the entity that "defines WebSpam". ;-)



By: Michael VanDeMar

Mon, 17 May 2010 18:09:54 +0000

Meh. Sloppy on their part but I seriously doubt this falls under any of the usual patterns involved with "sneaky" redirects. More like an unannounced change, ie. discontinuing /ie for /search?q=a&output=ie. They've made worse unannounced changes in the past, imo. :)



By: Sebastian

Wed, 12 May 2010 20:25:40 +0000

Dan, this service (/ie search interface) was not an IE6 thingy. It was out in the wild for many years and used by lots of searchers, not all of them were IE6 users. Also, it doesn't redirect only IE6 users. I'm using Chrome and get faced with this ugly IE ad.



By: Dan Thies

Wed, 12 May 2010 19:45:16 +0000

This service was designed to support IE6, they decided to stop supporting IE6 and redirected users of IE6 to upgrade their ancient browser. You were using the service for some other purpose, but how is that Google's fault?



By: Sebastian

Wed, 12 May 2010 18:53:24 +0000

Jill, that's evil. :(



By: Sebastian

Wed, 12 May 2010 18:49:22 +0000

To avoid the sneaky redirect you can search Google with an additional query string parameter output=ie like www.google.com/search?output=ie&q=buy+viagra+online&safe=off&num=100. The current redirect breaks all bookmarks and hard coded links to those SERPs. I don't understand why Google didn't redirect searches like www.google.com/ie?q=buy+viagra+online&safe=off&num=100 to www.google.com/search?output=ie&q=buy+viagra+online&safe=off&num=100



By: Jill Whalen

Wed, 12 May 2010 18:45:28 +0000

Ahhh...I see. Thanks for the explanation. I guess I should have read the link you posted in the article! ;) So yeah, that is a really crappy and surprising thing for them to do. Can anyone say "don't be evil"?



By: Charlie Irish

Wed, 12 May 2010 18:38:42 +0000

Shhhh! /search?output=ie works just fine. Just don't tell anyone else.