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    Strange keywords in Google Search Console


    Does anyone know why strange words would appear in the Google Search Console?

    The keyword is yahoo and is apparently one of the top keywords for my site. This has only appeared this week
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    It's not very a strange keyword in the SEO world... So I guess you're saying that the word doesn't appear on your site?

    It could be that it's included in links (anchor text) aimed at your site.

    There are a few other possible reasons listed in this Google FAQ.

    If this doesn't help, I don't think there's much chance of a meaningful answer without reference to your website.
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    I can message you the web address if you like.
    Last edited by Colette1984; Mar 11th, 2016 at 02:40 AM.
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    Originally Posted by Colette1984
    I can message you the web address if you like.
    Of course, we respect your privacy here on SEO Chat. But this is also a public forum for learning and sharing. Whenever possible, we'd really appreciate it if you could share the web address with everyone so that a conversation can happen in a public space and we can all learn from it

    If the web address must be shared privately, ideally a general conversation excluding the address can continue so that the forum as a whole can benefit!

    Thank you!

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    Hi Colette1984,

    Yes please let us know the domain name.

    It is much better to post it here so that we can all help, but if you really don't want to you can pm me and I will reply here
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    Mark (et al),

    Colette has PM'd the domain and explained why she doesn't wish to publicise it, so I am looking at the problem and here's my first reply:

    Originally Posted by ClickyB
    I have:

    Checked the existing site pages and source code
    Looked at old versions of the site (back to 2003) and source code
    Checked the domain history
    Viewed cache copies of current pages - and some over the last 3 months - and checked the source code.
    Looked at most of your backlink anchors.
    Ran cloaking tests on the site.

    I don't see any problems, or any reference to yahoo anywhere except for some buttons on the blog (which is not connected, and is on a separate domain anyway)!

    So I ran some checks on Google and the results are a little weird... They do seem to think that 46 of the pages are relevant for the keyword (but I cannot see why).

    Everything I've researched on the subject talks about site being hacked, malware, keywords added to source code, etc... But I see nothing on your site to support/indicate that!

    Another thing that might help is if you can:
    Go to the Search-Console/Google-Index/Content-Keywords report:
    Click the keyword ("yahoo"); You should see a list showing:
    "Google found the keyword yahoo and its variants on these top pages:" followed by a list of "Top URLs"
    Is there a list and can you post it here please?
    So I am waiting for Colette to let me have those results.

    Meanwhile if anybody can think of anything else I could/should check/investigate, please let me know.

    Also if anybody else wants to have a look at this say so below and I (or Colette) can PM you with the domain name.

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    Colette has replied thus:
    Originally Posted by Colette1984
    Thanks so much for your reply. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, but this is what I've found:

    Content Keywords
    Keyword Significance Occurrences
    yahoo 172
    Google found the keyword yahoo on these top pages:
    Top URLs
    /printed-labels.html
    /promotional.html
    /ribbons.html
    /security-ticket-printing.html
    /security.html
    /self-seal-mailers.html
    /stationery-legal-requirements.html
    /tape-seal-mailers.html
    /thermal_transfer.html
    /voucher-printing.html
    I've checked these URL's and the word yahoo doesn't exist on any of them.

    There is a javascript for the "Add to any" plugin that includes 3 (nofollowed) links to Yahoo services, listed as: "yahoo_bookmarks?link_url=etc...etc | yahoo_mail?link_url=etc...etc | & yahoo_messenger?(etc...etc)
    I'm guessing it's nothing to do with these as:
    1. They are inside a javascript within a javascript...
    2. The word "yahoo" isn't included at all (except as part of the "word": yahoo_something?link_url=blah-blah")
    3. 3 occurrences per page = 30 occurrences - (not 172)!

    I ran several spider simulators (to see if a hacked & cloaked page was being served to spiders) and found nothing amiss.

    The only other possibility I can think of is that perhaps your site was hacked, then crawled, then your host discovered and repaired it.
    Perhaps you can check with your host?

    Otherwise, how about I post the url here in such a way that it cannot be "discovered" (by Google or your boss) and let a few of my colleagues take a look?
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    Yes please, that would be great

    Originally Posted by ClickyB

    Otherwise, how about I post the url here in such a way that it cannot be "discovered" (by Google or your boss) and let a few of my colleagues take a look?
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    OK the domain is (remove underscores): w_w_w_._r_o_y_a_l_e_g_r_a_p_h_i_c_s_._c_o_._u_k

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