Skip to comments.(Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages
Posted on 05/23/2014 10:09:30 AM PDT by Yossarian
Free Republic is a great resource to visit and browse, but it also is valuable to use as a searchable resource. It is very useful to see what FReepers have to say on various subjects, as we come from wide array of backgrounds, and have lived practical lives in the very-real world.
Hence, one of the ways I access FR is via Google's search engine. I do a search, but specify to ONLY get results from Free Republic by appending "site:freerepublic.com" to the search term(s). In the past, this would guide me to the pages hosted on freerepublic.com, full of FReeper commentary, and this would help inform me on various topics.
HOWEVER, this recently has changed. Now, when I perform the same kind of site-restricted search, the results I get from Google look the same as before, showing links that should take one to freerepublic.com. However, when one clicks on the link, it brings up FR's "redirect to an external website" mechanism. As a result, it takes me to the external web page of the article being discussed, rather than the Free Republic-hosted page full of FReeper commentary on the article.
The end effect is EXTREMELY maddening: it effectively silences FReeper commentary. So far, I only see this affecting freerepublic.com - corresponding checks on dailykos.com, or democraticunderground.com do NOT lead to unexpected forwarding to the external article that is the item of discussion.
Are other people seeing this problem? What is an effective fix (beyond using a different search engine)? Can JohnRob fix this?
Thanks much for your time,
google=Ministry of Truth
Works ‘fine’ for me. But, I don’t have a base level to compare previous searches with.
ONLY get results from Free Republic by appending “site:freerepublic.com”
Still working for me, same as always.
You may want to be scanning for Malware at this point.
Sounds to me more like a technical glitch than intentional...but nowadays....who knows.......
So I put in “Site:freerepublic.com no longer linking”, and this thread is the first item on the list
I only needed to type “free rep” and a link to Free Republic popped up at the top of the search results.
The Florida Department of Children (whatever they’re calling it this month) is a monument to government mismanagement. I wrote about it on FR some years ago and at that time was able to find records of the many missing and murdered children, events which occurred while in “protective” custody. But now there is no trace of those records. I know somebody who currently works for them and he said a recent government report says they’re missing some 450 children of the 44,000 in custody. They are seldom missing fewer than this number. But I was unable to find anything on Google.
Are you logged in? :=)
I watched in mounting horror as google systematically “disappeared” half a million hits of searches for images of “obama birth certificate” in mid-July 2008.
It was no “technical glitch” then.
Happening for me too. The results come up but they lead to the redirect page rather than the story on freerepublic.
Works fine for me.
Bing search still links to Free Republic threads
You need to search for Malware on your computer. The problem is not with google as I and several others here have it working.
I just did a search on “Yossarian site:freerepublic.com” and it came up with 67,800 results.
I haven’t had time to check all 67k, but the first page of links go right to FReerepublic.com.
Works for me.
Google your own name and see what comes up!
If one types a Headline...form FR into google search the return is startling fast ..and up to the minute
(Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages ...got me this thread in less than three seconds
mine came up immediately
It still works...............
Try it without the “site:freerepublic.com”.
I just tested: al gore freerepublic.com
Worked fine, but with the word “site:” Google went directly to the article page.
My results so far have been mixed: in some cases it goes to the original thread on FR, in others it goes to the page containing the referenced article. Interesting.
Yes, I have noticed that some false results this last week that have been planted often at the very top. I now have to look at the URL under the results to make sure it is freerepublic.com as the lead URL... and even then I have been redirected to unrelated web sites that are about as conservative as the general Berkley university student.
PS. this computer is 100% STD clean of any malware/adware/trash as some have suggested as the possible problem. I run a clean ship.
Works for me................
Why in the heck are you using Google? Google is the devil.
Someone should give the search syntax for other engines.
I hated having FR pages show up on google. Probably because 90% of the time I’m googling it’s for a discussion on FR and unfortunately often the very thread I’m discussing on wound up the first page. Rather inconvenient that.
That it would pick up this thread so quickly on google ought to be of itself a cause for concern.
Why would google have such up to date information about the commentary on Free Republic?
You get BOTH the freereublic page, AND the redirect link leading to the linked site. You have to look at the URL you are about to click to.
I put your exact post in google and hit this thread...
It’s scary amazing how fast their spiders crawl sometimes.
Do not doubt for a moment that google is part of the deliberate Liberal propaganda apparatus. It's ran out of California and i'll wager it employees 90% Liberal Democrats. For a company who's motto is "do no evil", I regard them as probably the most evil corporation which has ever existed.
Google will become the "Skynet" network from which the Government "Terminators" will get much of their information.
Yeppers. I’ve noticed this for a month or two now.
Not every time. But it does happen. Either Google wants to direct traffic from site:freerepublic.com or they have dumbed down and screwed up another search function.
Either scenario is possible.
It’s a search engine. It should be current. I’d be concerned if it weren’t.
History belongs to those who write it.
And as Google and the bassturds in the Media scrub and delete any and all articles that they don’t want us to see; it will become impossible to prove what we all saw with our very eyes.
Do you think our grandchildren will actually believe the truths behind 9/11? Will they be taught it? In a few years when you Google 9/11 will you find any mention of the word muslim or islam?
I’m surprised that Google even allows Free Republic to be mentioned right now. We are a hate group, right?
This was happening to me so I switched to bing!!!
Is google evil ?
Current to the hour, or even the minute? How about as fast as you've typed something?
My understanding is that Google uses "googlebots" (a computer dedicated to searching for information on web pages) to read data that has been posted on a page, and then incorporate it into Google's database. It is also my understanding that you have to have read the data before you can return it in a search.
That this thread, which was created today, is already in Google's database, implies that Google has a searchbot parked here at Free Republic, which implies that Free Republic is getting more than the usual or ordinary scrutiny from Google.
Do you think they park a Googlebot at every website in the world? I noticed that minutes after I typed something over at "Ace of Spades", I accidentally did a search on what I had just typed (My copy and paste didn't work properly, the buffer hadn't cleared from what I had previously typed) and did you know that google returned a link to the very web page I had just finished typing that on?
Again, this is only possible if they have a googlebot parked on Ace of Spades, dutifully relaying everything typed there.
If you don't see this as ominous, I do not know how to make it clearer as to why it is.
Perhaps Google = NSA.
As far as Left Wing google is concerned, I suspect so.
Article I posted two days ago on FR "From the ash heap of history" still shows up on Google (with that title in quotes); fifth entry down the page.
Don’t use Google for anything. I set Free Republic as my home page, and use Bing for other stuff. Google is bad, m’kay?
Google Advanced Search is working fine for me.
This search “(Vanity) Google search is no longer linking to Free Republic pages site:freerepublic.com” takes me right to this article. But you don’t have a linked article.
This search “A Vision that Hasnt Aged Well site:freerepublic.com” takes me to the correct FR page, not the linked article at Townhall.com.
I had switched to Bing earlier this year. I find that only by using BOTH Bing and Google together can I do an effective search - both have holes.
Time to go back to Bing as primary, or try an “alternative” like dogpile.....
It was doing for me what it was doing for you when 'site:' was included, but when it's omitted it works fine.
That being said, Gargle is EVIL, and should only be used as a last resort.
And even then with ALL your AdBlock/Ghostery/etc shields deployed.
Which search engine do you use?
I have been trying to remember what I used to use. Hmmmm .... brain doesn’t want to co-operate.