Google Bug Serves "Redirect Notice" On Queries With Hashes

Jul 8, 2010 • 8:48 am | comments (4) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google has confirmed a bug where searchers are forced through a Google redirect page prior to ending up on the ultimate search result. This only happens when you search for something with a hash, for example a search on [c# language].

If you search for that, you are presented with search results, but if you click on the search results, you are prompted by a Google redirect warning. Here is the path:

Google Redirect Bug

Google Redirect Bug

You can see the warning by clicking here.

I wonder if people who rank well for # related keywords have noticed a major drop off in referrals from Google?

Google confirmed the bug in a Google Web Search Help thread, saying:

Thanks for reporting this issue. I saw the same redirect page when I clicked on the first result for my [h#] search. We're looking into what might be causing this and I'll let you when we get an update.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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