- Internet & the Web
Google is Being Fooled
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
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...
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
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.
Some Related Info
- Log In - New York Times
Did a computer write this...
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