Daines Continues Campaign to Manipulate Google Searches

Steve Daines, the Bozeman billionaire running for Congress (at least for now) in Montana, appears to be continuing his campaign to manipulate Google searches toward information he considers favorable, even though his tactics have already been exposed.

The most recent example? The so-called “Concerned Women for America” announced their endorsement of Steve Daines last November, but hilariously, something called “PR Media” — whatever that is — published this as a news release this weekend.

Google has acknowledged that by flooding the internet with references to the candidates and repeatedly cross-linking to specific articles and sites, it is possible to take advantage of Google’s formula and force those articles to the top of the list of search results.  The tactic works especially well for complete unknowns like Daines.

It will be harder to manipulate results for searches of the name of a candidate who has already been widely covered in the news and widely discussed in the blogosphere, because so many links and so many pages already refer to that particular name. Search results on lesser-known candidates, with a smaller body of references and links, may be easier to change.

With his internet search manipulation tactics, Daines is probably hoping that articles like this will disappear down into the depths of the internets never to be read again.


10 Comments on "Daines Continues Campaign to Manipulate Google Searches"

  1. *snort* I would hardly call this “manipulating” Google results. It’s a press release – there are tens of thousands of them that are published every day, and *surprise* many of them are posted in multiple formats on many sites at different times.

    You don’t like Daines – fine – but to insinuate or imply that he’s some sort of a devious black-hat hacker who’s tunneled into Google’s servers and cracked the Page Rank code…weak sauce.

  2. What Daines is doing is legal, but not reputable. Moreover, the temporary benefit of increased hits is inevitably offset by the opprobrium that attends getting caught doing it. He has brought disdains upon himself.

  3. Danies and the rest of the Republican ticket are willing to do ANYTHING to win or atleast appear ahead, including but not limited to ballot rigging, and running voters off. Meanwhile Democrats sit back and are nice boys and girls and play FAIR. My question is how far are we willing to go to beat the class cheater? And what can we do about the class cheater? I just got an email from Sen. Testers campaign today and the Republicans are running rigged polls, and are trying to appear ahead, but it is still too close to call even with their cheating. And if I was a gambling man, I’d still be willing to go to Vegas and bet the farm on Sen Tester. It is going to be close, and Denny has to be nervous, cause I think he will be looking for a job in 2013.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | February 28, 2011 11:54 PM at 11:54 PM |

    What the Faaaaaaaaaaaaa! You’ve got to be SHITTING me! Concerned Women of Amerikkka! I KNOW these broads! You see, I used to be part of group called Stimulate My Package for America, Will Ya, Huh?! We were concerned about Obummer’s Stimulus Package. We hosted TONS of events for these gals! Hey, all’s I gotta say is that THESE bimbos really ARE grass roots! After a little grass, they’ll get at the ROOT of your package and STIMULATE it! Hey, if these are Daines Dames, he’s one lucky dude! Didja bring enough for the whole class, StevarEEno? Lucky stiff!

    Good GOD I luv the rightwing wackos and their nonsenical propaganda! “concerned women for amerikkka”! That’s as BIG a joke as little daines himself!

  5. Lt. Col (Ret, Army) Richard Liebert | March 1, 2011 2:54 AM at 2:54 AM |

    I might suggest ‘clever minds’ give him a ‘taste of his own medicine’ and when somebody googles him, they’ll get something ‘exciting’……

    Denny’s is a Burn’s man, and it will indeed be close, especially since Denny’s doesn’t have an Abramoff ‘albatross’, BUT when it
    comes to actual results, Denny’s has remarkably FEW accomplishments, especially in regards to the VA! It took Senator
    Tester less than a year to get the VA to raise mileage rates (what VA pays to vets for travel) from 11 cents to 48 CENTS, and
    you’d think that between Dennny and Burns, they could have cracked
    that code LONG ago??

    • Also if you ever go hear Rehberg at a town meeting or some other event, you will discover the man is not that bright. In fact I dont think he has enough brains to come in from out of the rain. Also you add a drinking problem to that and you add an incumbant senator with accomplishments, I think he loses, plain and simple.

  6. Lt. Col (Ret, Army) Richard Liebert | March 1, 2011 2:55 AM at 2:55 AM |

    ‘Didain Daines’? What poetry………..

  7. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/business/13search.html?_r=1&sq=google%20%20%20jc%20penney&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=1&

    This article from the NY Times describes how companies do this. Steve works in IT, and he knows the rules and the protocols. I guess this shows us how he will use his talents.

  8. Conspiracy theories!! Looks like the Cowgirl(s) are wearing their tinfoil hats this week.

  9. This has douchebag written all over it. I hereby dub this guy douchebag Daines. This is so pathetic I don’t know where to start. Hey Douchey, why not come on out of your gated community and meet some actual voters, or is that beneath you? Bring a bottle of hand sanitizer to wash our plebian germs off your segregated hands, but meet some real people for once in your life.

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