Monday, January 24, 2011

Google is broken - How does a parked domain reach the first page in search results?

Is Google broken?  Does it give you relevant results?

Here's an example.

I searched for 'reddit down' since Reddit is currently down.

The 5th hit is for the domain 'isredditdown.com'.


Now if we visit that site, it just goes to a parked domain:


Perhaps we can forgive Google since the domain expired...  Except when we look up the domain records, we see that the domain expired 18 days ago on January 6th (probably around the time the parked domain page showed up).

$ whois isredditdown.com
[Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
[Redirected to whois.dynadot.com]
[Querying whois.dynadot.com]
[whois.dynadot.com]
Domain Name: isredditdown.com
Registered at http://www.dynadot.com

Registrant:
Pending Renewal or Deletion
PO Box 701
San Mateo, CA 94401
United States

Administrative Contact:
Pending Renewal or Deletion
PO Box 701
San Mateo, CA 94401
United States
expired@dynadot.com
1-650-585-1961

Technical Contact:
Pending Renewal or Deletion
PO Box 701
San Mateo, CA 94401
United States
expired@dynadot.com
1-650-585-1961

Record expires on 2011/01/06 UTC
Record created on 2010/01/06 UTC

Domain servers in listed order:
ns1.dynadot.com
ns2.dynadot.com


>>> Last update of whois database: 2011/01/24 22:32:58 PST <<<