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Q: Domain name hogging ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Domain name hogging
Category: Computers > Wireless and Mobile
Asked by: chazboy-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 14 Oct 2003 16:32 PDT
Expires: 13 Nov 2003 15:32 PST
Question ID: 266304

I have a mobile games site called, its been going since
March. Recently I notice that when I type in in the
google search toolbar a number of (I think) German sites come up but
they have within their description.

I am not sure of they are hogging my domain name or something else

see below findest du bei - [
Translate this page ] das beste gibt es unter
www-mobilegames-tv Games-Con spiele-games-online ... - 23k - Cached - Similar

Can you please advise?

Subject: Re: Domain name hogging
Answered By: mvguy-ga on 15 Oct 2003 11:51 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

There's nothing you need to do.  Those pages no longer exist, or at
least they are no longer accessible. It isn't uncommon for pages to
disappear after they're been indexed in Google, and those page will
disappear the next time Google goes looking for those specific pages.

Here's what I did in researching your question to make certain I had
all the pages covered:

I performed a search for just like you did and saw
the listings for the German sites (yes, it is German).  When I clicked
on the links, none of the pages with your domain name appeared, and
the same was the case when I tried to retrieve what is in the Google
cache. (The cache allows you to look at the page the way it is was
when indexed by Google, but in some cases such as this one it doesn't

I also looked at this page on Google to see if I could tell more from
looking at other examples:

Search term:

So I tried going to the home page of the site that was indexed in
Google.  This would be its address:

That site no longer exists; all requests for pages at
are redirected to

Then I went to to see if I could find out what used to look like.

Links provided there were on this page:*/

And this is the most recent page indexed:
That doesn't tell us much, as it's the home page of a

So the bottom line is you have nothing to be concerned about with some
German site using your name improperly, because whoever had those
pages no longer has them accessible on the Internet.

Also, as long as you own the domain name you really don't need to be
concerned about someone hogging it.  Just keep your payments to your
domain registrar current and you'll be fine.

A question I haven't answered yet is what your domain name was doing
on those pages. I can't tell you for sure since I can't see the pages
themselves, and the Google search engine posts only a few words from
each page.  But it seems obvious that they are on pages that tell
where it is possible to download games. So my best guess is that the
German pages that your domain name appears on were pages something
like the following (except in German, of course).

I found that page while looking for sites that linked to I instantly saw the similarity between the text on
this page and what you see in German when performing the Google
search. If one were to translate that British page into German, it
would look a lot like the brief city-direkt excerpts that have been
indexed on Google. In other words, it appears that whoever had those
pages was giving you some free advertising.

I hope this fully answers your question and satisfies your curiosity.


chazboy-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you. Nice to know no ones hogging my domain

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