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Google Errors & Etsy Links; Search Results Redirected

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Some Etsy links on Google currently make no sense for the search

Some Etsy links on Google currently make no sense for the search

As I discussed on Google+ yesterday, Etsy currently has a serious problem in Google search results, with link hijacking through redirects to another website. I also briefly mentioned that some Etsy search results on Google were leading to the wrong page on Etsy, sometimes with absolutely no connection between the pages. The example in the screen shot above would usually be a link to another page of my shop, but it currently shows another member's profile page instead. There is another example below. 

The person above has done nothing wrong personally (but she may be getting some extra traffic from me).  In fact, many of the examples seen do not involve individual shops at all, but instead Etsy Market pages or searches. This can only confuse searchers, especially when the page inserted into the results usually has nothing to do with the initial search topic. There was even one example of an Etsy ad on Google leading to the wrong link, which is quite odd - usually the advertiser would have control over the page linked to. (I cannot find that ad when I search now, so it appears Etsy has pulled the ad instead of fixing it - a good indication that this problem is not within Etsy's control). 

Is this related to the scraper hijack? Impossible to say, but if it is not, the timing is a very interesting coincidence. 

Another example, this one of a search for a specific Etsy shop leading to a completely unrelated Etsy Market page full of different goods 

Another example, this one of a search for a specific Etsy shop leading to a completely unrelated Etsy Market page full of different goods 

Have you seen this type of Google error on a widespread basis before? Do you have any current examples? Please post in the comments below, or in this thread on my SEO team.