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    Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    When was the last time you checked what website your GMB page was linking to in Mobile?

    You're probably thinking .... what's he on about, it goes to my website.

    Are You Sure?


    This website is correctly linked in Desktop.


    Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile-screencapture-102.jpg


    But when you view in Mobile, it goes to another site.


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    The owner naturally assumed that Google had the wrong site, but after checking the site, which is responsive, I found the injected redirect.


    Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile-screencapture-101.jpg



    So unless you check your mobile link, would you know .... and how many customers have you potentially lost because you redirected them to an endless loop of shopping sites.

    I had to remove my battery to stop the redirect loop.

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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    Thanks for the head's up on this one Tim!

    Sheesh, one more thing to double check!

    So the re-direct didn't come from the mobile browser? His site had the redirect?
    So whoever built the responsive site was trying to make some affiliate commission?
    Is that what you think is going on?
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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    I've seen a version of something similar that checks if the user is visiting the site from Google vs some other source, and if it's Google, it sends the user to the malware site, affiliate site, or whatever other place the hacker wanted to send people. Tricky to catch if you don't know what to look for, since again, it's smart enough to camouflage itself at least some of the time. With that google webmaster blog post about hacked sites going up 180% in the last year, I think it's looking like checking the site in mobile or google or anywhere else is just another indirect way of trying to diagnose the same thing. Better to suit up and find good tools for knowing when your site's been hacked... plus taking the time to get the minimum defense in place to prevent it from happening in the first place.

    Thanks for sharing Tim, I hadn't seen that variation before.

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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    Ordinarily search console should have flagged this up, but this is a small business and never heard of search console.

    I asked them to add search console, to see if it was flagged, which will be interesting to see.

    At the moment I don't know if it was malicious or intended by original developer.

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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    Wow! This is why we can't have nice things - darn spammers / hackers

    Great pick-up Tim and look forward to finding out what if anything was flagged in Search Console.
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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    Great find!

    What tool did you use to see the redirect (mobile redirect viewer screenshot)? That looks really useful.

    What steps would you take to fix the issue? How would a consultant go about identifying the root issue, then removing it?
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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    I feel like you just stumbled on to the linkbuilding tactic: Informing webmasters of hacked pages, but this time it's a redirect aff script and not a Viagra page!

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    How would you link-build off of this? Seems more like a way to get clients if you help them fix the sites.
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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    This is crazy Tim! What tool did you use for that mobile redirect thing?

    I put it into Google's mobile friendly tool and it threw back an error.

    I ran it through a cloaking tool and it said the page served to the browser is different than what's served to Google.
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    re: Better Double Check What Site your GMB page Links to in Mobile

    Here are a couple posts about how to detect and how G is penalizing.

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    Updated: Google penalizes mobile sites using sneaky redirects
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