This is an interesting video I made showing that Google actually is not as smart as it thinks or wants you to think it is.
In this case, it's algorithms for detecting spam are quite simply, pathetic. Watch the video below.
This effected a page on my site. The sneaker heights page.
Google delisted my page from its search engine - one that has existed for many years with thousands of comments submitted over that time - and replaced it in the search engine with a page that copied mine entirely (using simple cloaking).
Not only that, the spam page redirects anybody who clicks on it to a site selling nike sneakers.
Google have done nothing about it. To me, their lack of action looks like they are actively promoting spammers.
Google talk about wanting to eradicate web spam, yet have gaping holes in their algorithms that let all sorts of spam populate their search index. This kind of spam is an infestation in Google's search engine, with thousands of similar sneaker spam pages being indexed. Google's algorithms seem impervious or oblivious to it.
Follow Up: Since Google were informed via several methods about this obvious spam, and have done absolutely nothing about it, I did something to see if they would take action...and it confirmed to me they seem to be aware of the spammer, yet seemingly would rather support them. It took them less than a day to react to my bait...
Google indexed the fake malarplast page, but they also indexed the images from my site that are part of my real sneakers page, not the fake/cloaked version.
They used my photo of my Nike Air Force One's to promote the spam page, which was seen when you type in 'sneaker height'. This air force photo of mine also appeared in their google image search.
I changed the image (the filename remained the same) to show 'yes google is stupid' and within a day, you guessed it, Google saw it.
Instead of admitting they are in the wrong by promoting a page that copied mine and scams searchers by sending them to an affiliate site, Google in their infinite 'wisdom', removed my thumbnail from their box, removed the air force image from the image search and left the description and spammers link there...
Google seem aware of this spammers page, yet from my view, look to be actively promoting it and doing nothing about removing it and reinstating my sneaker page in the index.
Funnily, the spam page still redirects users to the nike affiliate site. Google should hang their heads in shame. The phrase "Google is Evil" comes to mind here...
On further investigation, their search index contains an awful lot of obvious spam. On the malarplast domain alone (which will have been hacked), there are at least 11,000 pages all using a cloaking and spam redirection to send visitors to the nike affiliate site. I wonder why Google can't see this and let's it populate it's search index...
Since Google did nothing and happily indexed all the spam, I took action and informed the hosting provider about the obvious spam. They took quick action and temporarily closed the site until the owner could take action and clean it up.
*Nov 20th: Although Google seemed disappointed that the webmaster had cleaned those pages, it has now managed to find another spammed site to promote using the same cloaking/redirection to replace the first one. You couldn't make it up. At least they indexed one of my bait images (I switched my logo for one image Google were using before in their spam promotion box). Now they at least are showing my logo...
This isn't the first time I've seen Google being a bit idiotic with how they deal with obvious spammers. On another occasion, a video promoting 'grow taller 4 idiots' used a photo from this site of me in elevators beside Jenny as part of the video to help sell the ebook. Google said 'that's ok' when informed, basically supporting misrepresentation of image and purpose. I have absolutely no problem with fair use, such as critical analysis or parodies etc, but this photo (of me in elevators) was being used to help sell a grow tall manual by this Chump, who is using it to pretend 'grow taller 4 idiots' made me taller. Here is my video talking about it:
On another occasion I scratched my head at Google and their inability to understand an obvious scam and an even more obvious Scammer. Some people might remember I had a series of videos showing irrefutable evidence that 'The Grow Taller Guru' was scamming and promoting a fake height pill. Google were informed about his promotion and a couple of videos that were being used to promote and funnel visitors to his site to buy the fake height pills. Google did nothing. All videos promoting the scam site ayurvedicureapills.com still exist, with Google turning a blind eye to them. I mean, a guy selling $500 bottles of vitamin pills pretending they make people grow taller is really 'legit', right?. Sure thing Google!
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Blake said on 10/May/17
Rob, would you say this is bad for my height and general health I haven't had lunch and breakfast on school day in years quite often I don't even have a drink of water till I get home. Well I took a lot of stuff I didn't need in my bag as it was heavy and hurt my back I had a glass of water in the morning and I measured my height at a bit over 5 ft 8 1/4 like 1/16th and before that I got I got about 1/16th of an inch under 5 foot 8 and 1/4.
[Editor Rob: it's always useful having a few glasses during the day. Of course in school, sometimes it isn't as practical.]
Blake said on 3/May/17
Rob, do you think at any point you will begin to lessen the comments between a few people on their height or will you leave the floodgates open? I find it hard read so I don't go through the pages and read much now.
[Editor Rob: I understand what you mean. The other pages like general/user/rob are there just to offer an outlet for some height talk not about celebs.
There are enough comments submitted to celeb pages that I have to delete because they are nothing to do with that celebrities height...
the usefulness of the user page is in question. I may one day stop comments to it.]
Blake said on 2/May/17
Rob, does it ever irritate you when stuff like this happens people going a bit too far or do you not care?Click Here? I'll tell one you one thing Glenn definitely doesn't mince his words he is very honest in that aspect of his character (not so much in other departments)! I know I asked you on the Kevin Nash page about being intimidated at conventions Glenn seems like a guy who is hot headed I wonder what he would do if he saw you again... I will give him this as well he must have some charisma to have become a running gag for so long.
[Editor Rob: I conversed with him for years via the site and email, so I thought I had a decent idea of his character.
It's certainly going to rile him up if you message him about his height! I wouldn't advise anybody doing that.
Blake said on 24/Apr/17
Yh I guess it would cause an uproar if you removed them now. I guess this site draws a handful of wackos. I might lessen my commenting across those pages until they all cool down.
Blake said on 20/Apr/17
Rob, I don't think you should have given a couple of the new guys pictures on the user heights page I barely saw them on the site and on that page in the last couple of years. I definitely will not get involved in speaking to them about absolute lows and their height after the gym etc!
[Editor Rob: I did see Bobby a lot on youtube commenting on videos, so I figured it wasn't an issue...I do understand what you are saying though.]
Blake said on 28/Dec/16
Any idea whats wrong yet Rob?
[Editor Rob: Blake, try posting again and I will look out for a comment.]
Blake said on 26/Dec/16
Hi Rob, assuming you can see this message any reason why you can't see any of my comments on other pages? Anything I can do to rectify this? Btw I hope you had a good Christmas :)
Blake said on 23/Dec/16
Are you making any new height scammer expose videos? Ps why dont you respond to any of my comments in the last couple of weeks?
[Editor Rob: Blake, I've not seen any of your comments appear on the celeb pages recently, I thought you stopped posting, so after Christmas I will investigate to see why!]
Blake said on 13/Nov/16
I guess you use yahoo or bing as your search engine then Rob!
[Editor Rob: Blake, I use DuckDuckGo a fair bit as a search engine, I still use Google, but Bing I don't really bother with.]