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    unrelated words in webmaster tools' "Common words in your site's content" section

    A short while back I added a client's domain to my Google Webmaster Tools account. I verified it and uploaded a sitemap.xml file, which it accepted (even though it's only a 1-page site).

    Googlebot has been visiting regularly, taking small chunks regularly, but so far the site fails to appear in G serps when searched by name. (Other sites referencing the company by name appear in the serps including the UK Company House website and my own folio site page listing that project.)
    I appreciate that the time between being indexed for the first time and being listed can take a while.

    My question concerns the listing of completely unrelated words in the Webmaster Tools Statistics > Page Analysis: Common Words… in your site's content section.
    That section has been entirely filled with words which might typically be used on an "adult" site. Aside from this, no proper, related words from the site's content are listed.
    There is absolutely no adult content and no reference to adult content on the site/page in question.


    My question is three-fold…

    • Why are those adult words listed as words appearing in the site content (according to Google's Webmaster tools)?
    • Could the appearance of unrelated/adult words lead Google not to list the site?
    • What can I do to flush out those words and get Google Webmaster Tools to list genuine words which do appear in the site's content?


    I've checked the site source repeatedly and there's never been any sign that the site has been hacked and loaded up with adult keywords.

    Obviously, the site not appearing for named searches is a real concern, but the appearance of unrelated/adult words in G's webmaster tools is a particular worry.

    Any help and pointers would be very much appreciated.
    TIA

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    One possibility is that you or your client purchased an expired domain that has previously been used by an adult webmaster. If that's the case there's a high chance the domain was used in a "spam and burn" tactic causing it to be blacklisted. There may be very little hope of doing anything productive with it.

    Or it could be the target of a 302 Hijacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennimus View Post
    One possibility is that you or your client purchased an expired domain that has previously been used by an adult webmaster. If that's the case there's a high chance the domain was used in a "spam and burn" tactic causing it to be blacklisted. There may be very little hope of doing anything productive with it.
    I think that might be unlikely in this instance.
    The client had the domain for quite a while before allowing to lapse.
    Less than a year after it lapsed, I reregistered it on the client's behalf.

    I've the feeling that, if it had been blacklisted by Google, it would be mentioned in the Webmaster tools in the account which includes that domain - which is where such notes are reportedly placed by Google.

    If it does turn out to have been blacklisted, I'll contact Google to have the site resubmitted. (I understand there's a particular route to getting previously blacklisted domains reviewed for reinclusion into the Google index.)

    Or it could be the target of a 302 Hijacking.
    I'll look into this.


    Thanks for the input. Knowing about both possibilities is useful.


    I've actually removed and readded that domain in my Google webmaster account. Hopefully, I'll see if that manages to trigger a new, more appropriate list of common words for this domain.


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