Monday, April 15, 2019

"How an accused Bay Area fraudster may have gamed Google to hide Chronicle story"

SF Chronicle:

When a news article exposed the criminal past of a former insurance claims investigator at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland — who’s now accused by federal prosecutors of embezzling $7 million from the company — it created a digital record available to the world.

Potential employers, industry colleagues, friends, relatives or anyone else who ran [the investigator]’s name in Google would find the 2016 Chronicle story at the top of the search list.

So it appears that [the investigator] — or someone looking to help him — did what many others have done when faced with a negative internet search result: Bury it.

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First, create accounts on Tumblr, Crunchbase, WordPress, Twitter, LinkedIn and dozens of other pages. Then, begin populating each site with content. Last comes the tricky part.

To boost search engine optimization, a person must crowdsource digital clicks from a variety of sources, mimicking interest in the content.