Posts tagged ‘SEO’

A Link Reference From a Bing Search Result

DO NOT FOLLOW THIS LINK.  This is the top link for “update microsoft silverlight” on BING:;_ylu=X3oDMTB2NjJ0cGtlBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNvdi10b3A-/RV=2/RE=1440303485/RO=10/


it appears to be [**HTML does not allow dashes, by the way.]

I entered it to mark it bad and got a drive-by, apparently.  I suspect this removed Internet Explorer (I noticed immediately but “accidentally”); I was running in Firefox anonymous mode.  I managed to mark it bad.  I apparently have a root kit.



If this convinces even one person to not accept top results from a search engine and to do some research before entering sites on the Internet, it was worthwhile.  I can do that for various reasons, starting with experience.

Because of said experience, can you guess what I’m going to do? This will be tweeted; tweet @oregonnerd if you cannot guess my next move with my poor little Acer.

If you carefully examine the link above you will find the title that I quoted you hidden.  This is a beautiful example of; SEO (Search Engine Optimization, what a misnomer), misdirection (and a version of the shell game no less)–and the insertion of a drive by virus with the **added attraction** of a stolen domain.  The moment I saw Internet Explorer missing I knew I had been hacked to some extent.  If I don’t find a virus easily I’ll reinstall–not refresh–Windows.  Well, come to think of it I do have ghosts.  This may be simple except that…it was really hard to update to 8.1 and it still hasn’t made it to 10.

August 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

SEO Search Engine Optimization IT’S ALL THE LOOKING GLASSES

Search Engine Optimization

I promised I’d do this, but I didn’t mention that I’d be using this as a title.  I actually fully intend to follow a tip about search and recommendation engines.  Remember that this of course mere opinion.  And I’m only a civilian, at that; I’m not a hallowed scientist.  Not even a programmer.  I’m a mere user.  Phhhht as my brother would write.  Fortunately, not really my brother and not much of anything….including someone who could pronounce the word.
Have you noticed that all the recommendation engines in particular proudly advertise that they cannot be bought by those whose recommendations they…advertise?  I’m sure I’m misusing that word.  I must be.
In terms of algorithms as I understand it it’s most likely a question of manipulation of push and pop.  If you decide that a certain value should go to the top of a stack, you do one thing.  An excellent example of this happened on Amazon.  Buffalo storage devices are pretty commonly held to be inferior by their own reviews.  Invariably a review with five stars tops any setting of filters.  On Yelp, oddly enough, it takes at least two steps to view negative reviews, and I found a case where one appeared to have been botted (the one positive review, and by this I mean a generic review of a [business of some sort]) while there were two obviously negative ones.  One I had just put in.  It still came up with a five star reputation.
Apparently this also happened with a Google on a site.  Oh, yes, Stansberry Research, that excellent place that will sell you very incorrect facts for a couple of hundred dollars a year.  With Dr. Ron who was in the Senate for twenty years (although apparently not according to the Senate, but we won’t quibble). [His last name is Paul.  Supposedly.]
There was also some sort of property review in a publication that with a little review appeared to be fraud.  I’m very carefully considering how to approach this and also keeping names out of view.  An article would be fun and educative and if I wrote it would be exactly in line with a scholarly paper.  By that I mean all appropriate sources would be named, and all evidence cited.
However, everyone knows I have a mental problem….
By the way, exactly the same thing happened with WoT (Web of Trust).
NewEgg did not distort their results.
I have not actually at this point investigated a large enough class of objects for them but I did check about 200.
As far as the house pricing game I was extremely surprised and am think about how one might investigate that.  It would have to precisely be the art of moving without movement, and in this context I’ve never done that.  By that I mean one particular vein of investigation and I’ll leave it at that.
I do feel reassured.  I thought I was just being cynical.

July 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment

Search Engine Optimization and [possibly, of course, now possibly] GOOGLE

That may have been the most fascinating article I’ve read this century.  I’ve had worsening problems finding things.

You optimize something by throwing in every key word that you can think of, even at random.  You could put:  kitchen chef, Chevy, remote control airplane, two cycle engine (runs good), set of new 17 ” radial muddies–and end up looking, for instance–porn.  That has been done at intervals on the net, incidentally.  That’s why picking the top entries on Google is for the very adventurous; they tend to be manipulated listings.

Once again, I implore anyone who might read and who hasn’t–get Web of Trust.  It’s free, user-maintained, and a lot of the virus engines even use it.  Mind you, some sites get marked as evil that aren’t, and I have yet to hear of a site that hasn’t been hacked.

Anyway, Google owns Thumbtack and its little baby Search Engine (referred to hereafter as BSE), and Thumbtack (heavily illustrated in that article I’ve linked, and it’s not hard reading) just optimized the ____ out of stuff.  Against Daddy’s rules (Google).  So they get this really heavy punishment and their results are on the 4th page of Google–no matter what the results are.  Now mind you, this is somehow a paid search engine (evidently a Yellow Pages you have to pay to get into…which you doin the Yellow Pages, too, or did).  This was a heavy punishment that always lasts something like three months apparently.

But a miracle of sweetness occurred!  Google showed its divine mercy!  The punishment lasted merely a week, and they were back to being close together again.

One’s heart melts.

And one nods one’s head and realizes; yes, it’s becoming harder and harder to get past preprogrammed results that actually have nothing to do with what you want to see, at times.  It really isn’t my imagination.  However, if you look at what I just wrote, I did hint something.  Keep on trying and rewording.  If it isn’t accepting the demarcations for something, change from commas to brackets to quotes (single then double).  Deliberately switch search engines.  There is Tor and Comodo Dragon and I have nothing else to say; the ‘visible’ portion of the internet is after all the smallest part.  I haven’t been to the invisible portion in many years.

No, I do have something to say.  Don’t.  It’s not healthy.  If you can get through it, that really is a fascinating article, but it is long.

June 19, 2015 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment