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Google is Being Fooled

Updated on March 20, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Introduction

I have been publishing on HubPages for about 2 years. I have over 300 hubs and over 80% are featured articles on various topics. Many of my hubs show up very high in Google search rankings. It was a surprise when I did a google search using my name and hubpages as a search term. I found something very interesting and it exposes a potential hole in google indexing.

- Mar. 2017

Here is What I Discovered

After entering "jack lee hubpages" on google search, I recieved the following results.

Screen Shot of Search Result

Interesting Results

The first 3 results I recognized. The first is my home page on HubPages. Next was one of my Hubs followed by my LinkedIn account. The next 7 items on the list looks very odd and suspicious.

It starts with "Jack Lee On HubPages" ... and it points to some blog URL. When I click on this link, it brings me to a web page that looks like any other article on the web.

The First Page...

Upon Further Investigation...

The article appeared to be any other article except it has nothing to do with any of my contents on HubPages. My first suspicion was that it was a site that plagiarizes others content. That is not the case here. Upon further review, the text reads like gibberish. Almost like it was generated by a computer to look like a real article. Here is example...

Next...

I discovered on the website a contact page. There is an email address. My next step was to send an email to that address inquiring about this content. So far, I received no response.

I also discovered that Google has a feedback page at the bottom of every search result. I submitted a complaint specifying these erroneous results from my search. I will see if anything come of that.

Similar Results Using Bing

Summary

This is a very odd case. It is the first time that I have encountered such a web related case. To be fair to Google, it also occurred using Bing as the search engine. Somehow, these SEO pirates have been able to game the system and place their sites high on the search ranking. The question for me is why? What do they hope to accomplish with these tactics? Are they making money on clicks? I doubt too many people are using these search terms...

The bigger problem seems to be for these high powered search engines like Google and Bing. Why are their system so vulnerable to these activities? Why can't their sophisticated algorithms filter out these garbage? Perhaps they are not so smart as humans??? Or worse, they allow it to get more traffic...more clicks...more $$$...

I guess the lesson is don't trust anything on the web. There are just garbage mixed in with real content. It is up to each user to be vigilant and report on scam artists.

© 2017 Jack Lee

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      Jack Lee 15 months ago from Yorktown NY

      DTMB, thanks, I have 2 friends that work at google, and I am asking them if they have any insight. It is not a good indicator for google if their search engine can be so easily gamed...

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 15 months ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      Jack, good luck with waiting for a response back to your "report of a problem." My guess is there are millions ahead of you and they never respond to any. :-) But Jack, you haven't gone far enough. A good scientist doesn't stop with waiting on Google for an answer.

      I googled the contact email for that blog page, elizabethjmurray90@gmail.com, and look at what came up. Ten similar blog sites each based on different topics all filled with hubber's articles realated to the topics, like in your case science:

      Google "elizabethjmurray90@gmail.com"

      Appears this is a far reaching scam designed to piggy back of Hub Page hubber's creativity with plagiarism. Go to any one of those sites and put in the search bar Hub Pages and you will see how it works. This is more info that should be given to hub pages and Google.

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