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Is Google showing favortism to their Venture companies in organic search results?

I just discussed Bustle.com starting a NEW news aggregating website called Romper.com with millions in Venture Capital from some major search engines/internet service providers and the very impressive profits they have already posted after 2 years online.

I have also talked extensively about The Inquisitr and how the site was started by someone from a TechCrunch which is owned by AOL. These big search engines like AOL and Google are pumping billions in to companies many of which rely exclusively on how well they rank in organic search results.

A site like Bustle which was originally a Google Venture and now a Venture of Time Warner and Facebook is a site that relies exclusively on how well it ranks period. It makes all its money on advertising. So is it really so absurd to suggest that Google is using their power to help these Venture companies rank at the top to ensure they are profitable?

I should clarify when I say “Google” I am actually referring to the oligarch cabal running Silicon Valley…Google, Facebook, Time Warner, Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, etc since they are notorious for making agreements with one another that will benefit each other’s companies and prevent any real competition from emerging, and since the employees, especially executives and software engineers seem to flow in and out seamlessly from giant to giant and Venture capital overlaps.

They have all entered the Venture Capital biz and are funneling huge amounts of capital into companies which rely on how well they rank. So with millions of websites out there all competing for the same eyeballs do you think these executives may have struck some deals to protect one another at the expense of the rest? Of course.

I found this really great article on Google Venture companies and the apparent special treatment they are receiving from Google.

This quote is key:

“……money is actually the second most valuable thing that Google brings to the company. Websites owned by Google Ventures have direct access to Google. Quoting from an archived version of their own site “We provide unparalleled (and real) access to Google’s massive network of employees and alumni.” If that includes access to people that know how the algorithm works and how to optimize for it, that knowledge is virtually priceless.”

Right? And why in the world would we assume that Google is not using this massive power of the almighty algorithm to help the sites they are pouring millions in to?

In fact we just discussed that Google has a patent that would allow them to connect data from advertisers to their organic rank…data like how much they are spending on ads and what search terms they are trying to rank for. In other words the algorithm sets up a system that allows Google to favor the sites that will profit them the most leaving the best results at the bottom.

Check out this guy’s profileIhar Mahaniok used to work at Google doing among other things “Data analysis, ranking”. You think this guy knows something about Google’s “secret sauce” and getting a site to rank? Well now Ihar is working for a Venture capital firm Empire Angels. He also works as a Software Engineer at Facebook which is pretty interesting considering all of the NDA’s these guys sign especially a guy who would have the inside scoop on Google’s ranking algorithm.

Do you think he may be able to help the Venture capital sites owned by Facebook like Bustle and Romper rank well with Google? And don’t you think Google knows this?

These Silicon Valley Giants are all using their monopolistic power to extort money from people. After all Amazon was just found allegedly extorting money from people to increase their IMDB rankings.

People wonder why Google search results are declining in quality and why people can’t rely on any information they find online even from ‘reputable’ places like IMDB. This is why. Google is constantly “tweaking” their algorithm, tweaking it in a way that ensures they make more money with out any regard for the quality of the information they are delivering and the rest of the Silicon Valley Oligarchs are following their example and figuring out ways that they can use their credibility and power to extort money from the public.

What scares me most is the sheer volume of content being produced by content sweatshops on a daily basis. Bustle.com claims to have over 100 full-time staff on salary and over 27 million dollars to “aggregate” aka copy and paste content for years to come –content that will continue to clog the search engines at an exponential rate and prevent us from finding the meaningful information we are searching for.

Time to demand the Google monopoly and the Silicon Valley oligarchy that controls the gateway to all information be broken up so that internet search results can truly be “organic”.

Inquisitr Whistleblower claims plagiarism and content theft are rampant and blatant by the company

I just showed several examples of Inquisitr committing content theft aka plagiarism and now we have word from an insider about exactly how rampant and widespread plagiarism at the Inquisitr is.

‘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.’

This is interesting after the most recent hoax they propagated about a dinosaur birthday cake from Costco which allegedly depicted a dinosaur’s feet in the shape of number “666” on July 13th by John Albrecht. Costco allegedly pulled the dinosaur cake design from its online ordering platform.

Problem is you can’t order birthday cakes online from Costco!

And even better, the ‘customer’ at the center of the story was the Inquisitr reporter’s girlfriend.

So the Inquisitr has gone in to MAJOR damage control talking about themselves as victims who were “duped”. Problem is this is not an anomaly. There are numerous claims of the site propagating hoaxes and reporters not doing even the most minimal due diligence to verify claims–and now reinforced by this claim by an ex employee that content theft was encouraged and was the norm. If the Inquisitr is this naive then they do not deserve to be called “news”.

The question is why does Google give the Inquisitr such preferential treatment. There are countless claims of plagiarism against the site which viewers have reported and countless examples of circular linking schemes with sites like WetPaint and the Examiner, but Google refuses to take any action to remove them from Google News and remove them from the top of the SERPS.

I suspect the truth is that Google and the other search engines in Silicon Valley are not only in the biz of content curation, but they are also in the BIG biz of content creation. After all since they control the supply and demand end of advertising their profits can not really grow unless they find new methods of guaranteed revenue and being the content creators allows them to keep 100% of the ad revenue.

The Inquisitr was created by a writer at TechCrunch and TechCrunch is owned by AOL.

Another prolific writer at TechCrunch was hired as a Partner at Google Ventures. Imagine that…look at the guys resume…not all that impressive in all. MG Siegler went from being a writer at TechCrunch to a partner at a multi-billion dollar investment company.

Siegler is also CrunchBase so you can see how all of these websites have an agenda to prop up big G and I imagine big G returns the favor.

By the way, if you examine each Google Venture company and there must be over a hundred by now you will see one mysterious commonality…they all have employees from “TechCruch” or “Crunchbase”.

In other words there certainly appears to be a connection between The Inquisitr and Google.

UPDATE 2/17/2016: Check out this ad for a post in The Inquisitr…$250 and notice how they brag about their PR of 6. This is highly unethical yet it seems that The Inquisitr can do no wrong in the eyes of Google. And this should prove it.Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 6.56.24 PM

If you have any info I highly recommend starting a blog and sharing it. The more these companies are exposed the more likely things will change. Google needs to stop playing favorites and bring transparency to this system. Put sites like The Inquisitr where they belong….at the bottom.

Who owns the Inquisitr?

I have been searching high and low for who owns the Inquisitr since it mysteriously seems to top the charts consistently despite the abysmally low quality of their content, accusations of link schemes with sites like WetPaint, accusations of publishing fake stories and even accusations of plagiarism from big sites like NPR.

And I see I am not alone in searching for the answer to this question.

The Inquisitr was founded by a former TechCrunch writer and sold in 2011 for $330,000—By the way TechCrunch is owned by AOL. At that time the Inquisitr boasted revenues of 15k a month and 1 million unique views per month. Its located in Beit Shemesh, Israel. So the Editor and Chief I think is a good place to start. His name is Daniel Treisman and he also writes for the Times of Israel—a very pro-Palestine paper.

It’s bizarre that this site which only recently started covering D list celebrity gossip is monopolizing the first page of results despite a slew of other content and the long list of allegations against them–Not to mention a 4 1/2 second page load time!

Google talks about how much they value transparency and accountability in a website yet the Inquisitr has none. There is no way of serving someone if they plagiarize your content or violate copyright laws.

Even worse than Google is the bias towards the Inquisitr by Yahoo. I saw an interview with Courtney Cox on Yahoo Tv where they source an Inquisitr article about what she tweeted rather than simply sourcing Twitter!

It made no sense for a site as big as Yahoo to be so biased and unprofessional by giving a site cred for scraping a tweet off of twitter. Here are some other folks who made the same conclusion that there is a connection between Yahoo  and the Inquisitr.

UPDATE 2/8/2016: Look AOL aka Verizon is trying to buy Yahoo. In fact they have been trying for some time.

“A Yahoo acquisition also gives Verizon a way to promote more of its own content over competitors’.”

So given that AOL is connected to The Inquisitr, if AOL buys up Yahoo you can see the problem….a search engine which promises to deliver results based on objective signals of quality owns a website that makes its fortune off of how well it ranks with the big search engines.

Check out this search term in Yahoo “shawn booth bachelorette” (the spoilers are out and Shawn makes it to the end thus millions of hits for the search term). And dozens and dozens of sites had written about Shawn prior to these posts from the Inquisitr.

Does this look a little biased to you? Seriously not only is the Inquisitr story number 1, the Inquisitr gets the top FIVE stories for this search term–a term that millions of people are searching for and tons of people have written about?

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“shawn booth bachelorette” on Yahoo. Hmmmmmmm

The results fit with this statement from whistleblower that worked for the Inquisitr,

“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…..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.”

As I stated earlier iMediaEthics, claims that In September of 2013 The Inquisitr joined the Daily Mail in publishing a retraction to admit that it published quotes from a fake interview with former James Bond actor Roger Moore.

The Inquisitr’s political bias, history of low quality content and very high ranking in the SERPS suggests some serious inside connections. A paper like this would never survive on the newsstands because no one would buy it. Even their celebrity gossip is poorly sourced and poorly written (and that’s a pretty low bar).

Anyhow, stay tuned…more soon….

Here is some more information from an ex employee at the Inquisitr about how rampant content theft there was.

Update 9/15: Here is an excellent article on the Inquisitr pushing pseudo-science as facts and using rhetoric to trick people into thinking they have Diabetes.

Update 7/2016: Since this article was published Daniel Treisman has come forward to admit he is the owner. And originally I thought this Daniel Treisman was the same Treisman who taught foreign affairs at UCLA, but no…the Inquisitr Daniel Treisman is a dude with no education living in Israel (although one insider said he was living in Iran) who is making millions off of this super shoddy and shady journalism.

I’m sorry he did study drama for an entire year at The University of Manchester.

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Something is definitely “fishy” given that running a news website pays pennies in ad revenues even with millions of views a week or day. Hopefully more insiders will come forward to talk about how shoddy the “journalism” is at this organization and explain whats really going on.

Prior to The Inquisitr he ran a company called Dream Smoke Ltd registered in Ireland — no one has any clue what the company did which I find pretty funny. I suspect it was set up to be “smoke and mirrors” for whatever hustle DT was running at the time. On Linkedin he describes the work there vaguely as “Making it happen”.

And prior to that he ran Guru Media Int. Ltd. and GMIL sounds suspiciously like a company that you pay for backlinks which would make total sense since Inquisitr does nothing but hand out phony links.

“Welcome, Marketing Partners. Over 290 campaigns waiting to be discovered..
Over $125,000,000 in payouts, since 2010…”

Really check out the insider’s comments. He/she was saying she believe DT may have been laundering money through the Inquisitr since the payouts did not add up.