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Old 05-03-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I have noticed on many different occasions that I will put a search term into google (i.e. "watermelon pickles), and when I click on the "hits" a web page will come up that has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with watermelon pickles.

If you read the copy on the website there will be many references made to watermelon pickles, but if you hover over the watermelon pickle links and look at the status bar, they are for hyperlinks that have nothing to do with the subject.

Obviously, somehow the website is taking the search term that you have put INTO google and somehow replaced variable data with this information.

How do they do this? I am so curious how on earth this could happen. Obviously, it has something to do with cookies. Most likely, when you search on a term in Google it makes a cookie, which then the website accesses as soon as you log on to it.

Let me show you an example. I did a google search on Dr. Sebi's book "Seven Days in Usua Village". One of the links that came back was sanderbruggeman.com/iou-dr-sebi.html. which has nothing to do with the search terms.

Thanks in advance

20yrsinBranson
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:04 PM
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What you describe is called a "click farm." Click farms are sites that have mastered the secrets of getting search engines to rank them highly for bunches of terms that people search for. Click farms don't want to provide what you're looking for. Their goal is to provide a link that they can get paid for you to click that will contain what you are looking for. A web-based middleman.

Google doesn't like click farms and started taking action (changing the aforementioned "secrets") earlier this year to prevent them from showing up near the top of search results.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:36 PM
 
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Most likely, when you search on a term in Google it makes a cookie, which then the website accesses as soon as you log on to it.
Only the domain that sets a cookie can access it, if google.com sets a cookie example.com cannot read it. The way they track your behavior is a domain will allow a third party to set a cookie. For example when you view a web page that has Google ads Google can set or access its own cookie, since Google ads are on six gazillion sites....
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Might try those same terms and then click on Images. You are a bound to see something about watermelon pickles.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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Are you searching using the quotation marks at both ends? I know it is really a silly suggestion but using quotation marks to encapsulate a string of related words could yield more relevant results.

If you haven't tried yet, try search for "watermelon pickles" or "watermelon" AND "pickles" instead of watermelon pickles.
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