Inquisitr still tops the SERPS despite accusations of plagiarism from NPR and link schemes

The Inquisitr is on the top of my list of websites that make me crazy. They only started covering reality celebrities last year but somehow managed to trick Google into thinking they were worthy of a top spot in the SERPS and they have convinced Google that they deserve to be called “news”.

Their articles are on par with WetPaint…the titles are click bait, the content is often scraped from smaller sites with no attribution or worse scraped from websites that publish hoaxes! In addition to the erroneous click-bait they engage in unnatural link schemes with pals like WetPaint.

What’s interesting is that NO one knows who owns The Inquisitr. Considering Google considers transparency and accountability key to getting a high Page Rank, how did this site manage to get such a high PR with no trace of ownership?

The closest thing we have is a domain registrant which is Enom which is the infamous Demand Media. So they may be Demand Media content farm 2.0, but who knows.

Recently they were accused of plagiarism by NPR which is a pretty serious allegation so why does Google keep giving the site so much “authority”?

Here is an excerpt from

“As I write, for example, the education team at NPR itself has been tweeting indignantly that it has been copied by the news and lifestyle site Inquisitr. And the affected story was about—I am not making this up—plagiarism. Of the academic kind.


10 thoughts on “Inquisitr still tops the SERPS despite accusations of plagiarism from NPR and link schemes

  1. Hello…i recently quit the inquisitr and during my time there I saw repeated acts of plagiarism and repeated fake stories posted. They asked that you pull your info from other sites and rewrite the information. Even if they did speak with a writer about an article being or bordering plagiarism thy did not pull the article. The owner is based in Iran and it makes no sense how they could pay the rates they do if you compare U.S. currency to Iran’s.If you had a $600 week that translates to nearly $17,000 rial.i’ve also seen Inquisitr stories get google ratings over leading news outlets even if the story came out days later when the subject was old news. I am by no means a conspiracy theorist, but I think there may be truth to the rumor that the Inquisitr is how Treisman gets money into the United States.

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    1. oh wow!!! That is great info!! Iran! Interesting. A lot of people are looking for that nugget because no one knows exactly where Inquisitor is or who owns it. Do you know who the owner is?

      The big question is why do they receive such preferential treatment from Google when their stories are such crap!!! There are multiple cases of plagiarism which is more than enough for Google to boot them to the bottom and treat them like spam. NTM all the content link scheming. They are obviously selling links. Its infuriating and I hope enough people speak up!


  2. It is NOT based in Iran, the owner is in Israel and the majority of the employees are in the U.S. The owner is Daniel Treisman which anyone can discover from a simple search. This story is a whole lot of BS.

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    1. Daniel Treisman’s name was NOWHERE to be found at the time this article war written. He only came out and conceded ownership after all the criticism surfaced in the news about Google bias towards the Inquisitr when there is NO listed owner anywhere. Tribesman was listed as an editor at the time but that was it.


    2. As far as the “Iran” I found that surprising from the insider but I don’t necessarily dis-believe them on that note. Treisman has always been pretty anti-Israel and pro Palestine in his writings so perhaps he claims he is in Israel but is actually in Iran. I don’t know. It;s interesting the insider say Iran….


    3. Im not sure I don’t believe the insider that Daniel is in Iran. He has certainly written a lot on foreign affairs and Iran and the insider knew a bit about the financials at the Inquisitr which makes me think they know something. Who knows…ask them not me. Here is info on Treisman and Iranian foreign affairs…. Hopefully more Inquisitr insiders will come forward. I encourage them to start a blog if they know anything.


    4. All I know is I would expect a professor at UCLA to be a little more vigilant about protecting his news website from blatant plagiarism and hoaxes and since this article was written at least one new claim of Inquisitr publishing a hoax has emerged on the story of the Costco dinosaur cake so nuthin’s really changed since we wrote this…except that Daniel came forward as the owner, but before that there was NO trace of ownership and LOTS of angry authors looking for it including NPR.


      1. If you google inquisitr it takes 2 minutes to find out about their owner and 2 more minutes to realize it’s an entirely different Daniel Treisman than the one you’re talking about. This entire post is bullshit


      2. It takes 2 minutes NOW.At the time this was written there was no trace of ownership. Even the journalists at NPR could not find it. they were furious about the plagiarism and searching for the owner. LOTS of people were. I think thats why Tribesman finally came forward.


      3. A different Daniel Treisman? what a strange coincidence considering Treisman in Isreal and Treisman at UCLA have the EXACT same political beliefs. Both are very anti-israel and pro-Palestine among many other things including their strange love for both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

        But as I go on FB I see they are “apparently” different.

        But FB Treisman is HILARIOUS! he doesn’t even have an education!
        His school is “school of hard knocks” and he is posting gross sleazy pictures boasting about his new sports-car.

        God he is even sleazier than I thought!

        And how odd that he is lecturing all over the world with the NOAH conference on journalism considering what a JOKE the Inquisitr reporting is.

        Def seems like Inquisitr has inside connections.


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