Google: 302 Hijacks Have Not Succeed In Years

Nov 10, 2011 • 8:59 am | comments (8) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google HijackYesterday, I was covering a panel on black hat tactics where the solo presenter, Ziv Dascalu, talked about some really dirty tactics. One of those was the use of 302 hijacks.

Ziv said, they still work, "if done right."

So when I saw Google's web spam leader, Matt Cutts post in a HackerNews thread saying 302 hijacks have not worked in years - I wondered who is telling the truth.

Matt said, "way back in the mists of time we had things called "302 hijacks" but I haven't seen any attempts like that succeed in years."

Yes, way back, 302 hijacks were a serious issue. But like Matt said, I personally have not seen many complaints about sites being hijacked in the search results - at least not in the scale they were years ago.

Do you know if 302 hijacks indeed still work? Or are we confusing what a 302 hijack is and both are telling the truth?

Forum discussion at HackerNews.

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