Google Confirms Bug With Sitelinks Where You Can Link To Competitors

Dec 2, 2009 - 7:59 am 0 by

About two weeks ago, we reported on rumors of Sitelinks linking to the wrong site. Well, those rumors have just been confirmed by a Googler.

JohnMu in a Sitelink, can link to a third-party site, likely a competitor. John said:

This looks like something that happened long ago because of a bug on our side that's persisted because you're blocking the Sitelinks. Once you unblock them, they can go away on their own :). Sorry about the confusion!

So yes, there was a bug when you blocked a Sitelink that you did not want. You had to unblock them to make the Sitelink go away. Go figure.

I doubt most people will know how to do this or even think this is logical, so I do hope the bug is fixed and Google does this for all sites that are impacted.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

 

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