Google "Save Us From Berlusconi" Spam?

Feb 9, 2010 • 9:22 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

I spotted a very weird Google Webmaster Help thread that I honestly do not fully understand. If you search for URLs containing the words "Save Us From Berlusconi" in that order, in Google, you will find almost 4 million matches.

Berlusconi on Google URLs?

The webmaster who reported the issue, didn't first realize that this was beyond his web site. He wanted to know why GoogleBot was crawling all his URLs with adding on /?q=Save+Us+From+Berlusconi to the end of the URL. Some sites do not 404 or 301 redirect URLs that add on variables to the end of the URL, so he was suggested to do so in this case.

But the question goes beyond just a single web site. Is this some form of political message being sent around by those who do not like the curent Prime Minister of Italy? Anyone want to venture a guess?

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Comments:

dan404

02/09/2010 08:03 pm

Bing and Yahoo! also show some curious results?

Chris

02/10/2010 08:48 am

An Italian friend said it's computer game, maybe that's why there are alot of searches on it

AHA

02/28/2010 01:09 pm

Was Google hi-jacked by Cyber-Politics ? For Google apparently this issue is a no-brainer. Try this search on Google: "Save+Us+From+Berlusconi" +site:http://www.google.com Just ONE SINGLE hit: this very thread you cited in Google Webmaster Help. A Google search "Save+Us+From+Berlusconi" generates 7.160.000 hits. Was Google hi-jacked by Cyber-Politics ?

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