netbenefit.co.uk web hosting Hijacks 10000’s of it clients
Net Benefit appears to have Hijacked 10000′s of it’s client sites, take a look at this site islandmeadow.co.uk in Google you will see the netbenefit site, well try this search that’s alot of sites! Each of them now have:
a) dupe content problems
b) ctr problem I would click on a link like that way to spammy
OK so thats a URL sample But I was Pinged today by Peter the veteran SEO at search engine serious his client that was ranking top 10 in google for his primary keywords has been replaced by the net benefit hosting account.
And now, a word from our programmer
To me it’s clear how this has happened. The “vs” in the URL stands for virtual server – these are all dynamically created virtualised servers which are then given an automatic domain name such as web17659 for Linux, nt17659 for Windows (Windows VMs?!? How much money?!). The problem is, these apache servers haven’t had their virtual hosting set up properly.
With Apache virtual hosting, if non of your vhosts match the Host header sent by the web browser, it just returns the first vhost defined in the configuration. On a good server like ours you’d get this – http://18.104.22.168/ – a defined page for every non-matched Host. Clearly netbenefit haven’t done this, so when people hit the sites on their virtual servers via their automatically assigned server address they get the first vhost defined, which usually happens to be a legit site (and then this happens)
Two more points:
- Every server has a /stats/ dir but for some reason this one isn’t protected
- …someone’s been busy getting these indexed
Added Peter updated his seo blog