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What is happening with these domains?

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  1. boxfish United Kingdom

    boxfish Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone explain to me what is happening with these sites please?

    Recent sales on domainlore:

    cotswolds.org.uk
    rucksack.co.uk

    I understand that they are being redirected but for what purpose?

    No reason I want to know other that being nosey. The only time I have seen redirects like this is from super spammy sites.

    To buy a domain for £3.2k to do this seems a waste - is it profitable?

    Wouldn't it make sense to buy a domain like rclegends.co.uk for £60 (sold today) which has received 5000+ in traffic during it's time at auction to do this, rather than £3.2k for a domain that received a couple of hundred visits?
     
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    ChrisMM Active Member

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    Just a heads up - My Avast is freaking out when I try visit those 2 urls.
     
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    Both are Sedo landing pages.
     
  5. boxfish United Kingdom

    boxfish Well-Known Member

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    Really?

    For me it redirects through 7 or 8 sites landing on a different end page each time. Usually polls, quizzes or job sites/specific job listings
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    yep.... me too
     
  7. diablo

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    Same for me now, but earlier they both resolved to Sedo landing pages: rucksack.co.uk was listed at £20,000.

    Whois shows Sedo nameservers for both names.

    Not sure what's going on.
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    I'm probably hitting cached nameservers or something if they show as Sedo. I think i visited yesterday when first seeing this thread.
     
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    Hi all,

    I haven't checked them out myself but if they resolve to different sites, then I guess they might be placed in a url rotator which can redirect to different sites each time the page is refreshed. I saw this type of service a few years back.
     
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    They are (or an advertiser targeting the domain) illegally cookie stuffing affiliate programs via zero click redirects.

    Owner of the domains may want to look into that before the domain gets blacklisted.

    It's very profitable if they get away with it. It's illegal so certainly not worth it and something you would want stopped as soon as possible.
     
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