Google: Stop Using Fake Google+ Profiles To Trick Users

Oct 18, 2013 • 8:15 am | comments (12) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

socialI don't get it and this happens from time to time. A site owner is upset his site is not ranking well. He goes onto the Google Webmaster Help forums to complain and a Googler comes in and outs his practices.

This example is of a site owner who seems to be using fake Google+ profiles, with real big names in the industry to promote a medical site.

John Mueller of Google, responded in a thread, without arresting her:

Since you ask "I am a doctor by profession but interested to know about webmasters daily activity in current scenario." I think one thing worth mentioning is that there are a bunch of fake Google+ profiles promoting your employer's site. Perhaps it's worth contacting the website's SEO company to ask why they would do that -- dropping links like that is generally a bad idea, and impersonating users while promoting a medical site is definitely something I personally wouldn't recommend doing.

How does one respond to that?

It is a shame to see this, it means I am not doing a good job communicating this to message to people.

Either way, stop trying to trick Google and if you do, don't complain about rankings in a forum thread run by Google.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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GWS Web Design

10/18/2013 12:37 pm

These types issues, resolve and analysis first , after that go for another decision .


10/18/2013 12:37 pm

This means Google have inbuilt a verification technique in their algorithm to verify fake Google+ or any other profiles!!! Or is the given examples of fake Google+ profiles are searched manually by John Mueller? If first is the case then Google as made a Good achievement in identifying fake Google+ or any other profiles, and the site deserve to be ranked down in search.


10/18/2013 02:53 pm

Or maybe Google is not just sending data to the NSA but they are getting data back from them to confirm identities? I don't want my picture posted all over the internet and used by Google or anyone else to promote products.


10/18/2013 03:58 pm

was the seo posting as a doctor? is that even legal?

Chris Tam

10/18/2013 05:47 pm

"Trust me. I'm a doctor."


10/18/2013 08:31 pm

Get back to work


10/18/2013 09:11 pm

It is more likely that the profiles didn't have any friends and a few links so the profiles didn't have any seo juice. I suggest he give more attention to his fake profiles.

Stacey Mayer

10/19/2013 06:04 pm

That was such a classy response. I'm going to remember that for future reference!


10/20/2013 04:09 am

It is a shame that people has to get into every kind of trick possible just to gain high ranking even people in professions that requires very high level of integrity. Well it is good as their actions backfire on them


10/20/2013 03:33 pm

I am so sick of reading this kind of drivel in that it infers Google has some brilliant 'eye in the sky' capability. Nothing could be further from the truth: if you call Google and ask for assistance with Google Places for Business these boobs are completely incompetent, rarely capable of providing intelligent feedback and in general useless. The Places for Business platform is an utter trainwreck and below even the most incompetent standards I would expect from my cable company which is an sh*t show. Google should be broken up by the Feds and and made to concentrate on their core services - each to their own. As it stands they have carte blanche to both own a segment and be the worst offender of any minimal quality standard. They have a name for that: it's called Russia's Five Year Plan.

Gianni Boi

11/20/2013 05:14 pm

Hi Barry, You have aided my professional development, so I wanted to first say thank you. Can someone provide some background information for me? Mueller states in the excerpt above "...dropping links like that is generally a bad idea..." Dropping links like what? I was under the impression that if a person shared a link with a friend over a social site, that it would be more positive than negative for SEO (in my example, I am assuming people sharing links are both real Google+ profiles). Am I wrong? And what type of link is bad? I moved into the digital space about a year ago, but have focused mainly on paid search. On my own time I have been trying to diversify into social and seo. I apologize if this is a dumb question for more advanced users that seem to also come here for information & updates.

Joey Ambrose

12/06/2013 03:07 am

It's sad but true, people do this on a regular basis to try and game the system. It's cool to see Google sees it too!

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