Spamming Google Surveillance Search Results

By: John Honovich, Published on Aug 27, 2013

Crappy CCTV stores ruin searches for common surveillance terms, making it comically hard to find real information. Google is, unfortunately, deeply gamed. Online stores spend a lot of time and effort ensuring that. Even worse, users go to the stores buying second rate (or worse) products for a premium price.

This is a behind the scenes story of what goes on and how this nonsense works, hurting the rest of us.

Yesterday, I received a message from an AOL email address asking:

"What what's the price for a text-link ad (a sentence or two with one or two hyperlinks included)"

He then gave an example of a 2011 article where we surveyed on-line surveillance retailers. Obviously, this person is fairly dense given the fact that there are no advertisements on the site and repeated messages on our home and about page that we do no accept advertisements. But what he is doing is unfortunately all too common.

The Store

He then explained that he wanted to buy a link to his crap cctv store - 123cctv - and there you go - a link but I am giving it for free.

It's one of these ridiculous sites that sell analog kits, but bizarrely market them with an 'HD ready' logo, not because you can record at HD, but because you can attach an HD monitor and display your 4CIF cameras side by side. Moreover, he bills his analog cameras as "top of the line ... with an unheard of 700TVL." Even worse, this US online store with an aol address claims to "manufacturer much of the security cameras and equipment [they] sell" (another phony manufacturer).

The Game

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

Text link advertisements screw up search rankings and are against the rules (link schemes). Engines typically count links as 'votes' presuming that the site linking is doing so 'naturally' because they find the site to be useful. By contrast, buying links messes this up as it tricks engines into thinking that an otherwise unworthy site (like 123-cctv) is useful.

Unfortunately, lots of video surveillance retailers do this. For instance, videosurveillance.com gets a link from the University of Colorado's volleyball club. Do these ladies just really like video surveillance or have they been paid? I'd bet the later. As you can see in this excerpt from their site, it's a bunch of links to random sites:

[link no longer available]

These online retailers are trying to get sites with strong reputations (universities, news sites, etc.) to trick search engines by paying for a link.

Who's Screwed?

Unfortunately, all of us are screwed. And for what? 123-cctv offered $100 to have a link added to a 2 year old IPVM article. Alas, I revealed to him that I asked these questions just to get information to write a post and report his actions.

He was upset but not deterred, retorting, "I'm not worried about Google" and warning me that "You're not the only one who can speak out and has a voice."

1 report cite this report:

Top-Ranked Google Search Retailer Tries To Buy Off IPVM on Nov 11, 2016
Ever wonder how to get to the top of Google? Do you sell junk products but...
Comments (5) : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

ADT Slides Back, Disappointing Results, Poor Commercial Performance on Aug 06, 2020
While ADT had an incredible start to the week, driven by the Google...
Convergint Outlook Turns Negative on Apr 16, 2020
Convergint's outlook has turned negative, according to bond rater Moody's,...
Terrible Convergint Coronavirus Thermal Camera Recommendation on Apr 01, 2020
A week after Convergint disclosed falling revenue, pay and job cuts,...
Faked Convergint Fever Camera 'Expert' Marketing on Jun 16, 2020
Convergint touts they are "THERMAL CAMERA SOLUTION EXPERTS" while faking...
Anixter Runs Fake Coronavirus Marketing Using Shutterstock Watermarked Images on Jul 24, 2020
Coronavirus faked marketing is regrettably commonplace right now but Anixter...
Verkada: "IPVM Should Never Be Your Source of News" on Jul 02, 2020
Verkada was unhappy with IPVM's recent coverage declaring that reading IPVM...
False: Verkada: "If You Want To Remote View Your Cameras You Need To Punch Holes In Your Firewall" on Jul 31, 2020
Verkada falsely declared to “3,000+ customers”, “300 school districts”, and...
Facial Recognition: Weak Sales, Anti Regulation, No Favorite, Says Security Integrators on Jul 07, 2020
While facial recognition has gained greater prominence, a new IPVM study of...
Junk Debt Laden Convergint Facing Coronavirus Crisis on Apr 08, 2020
Convergint has $1+ billion in junk debt putting significant pressure on the...
Coronavirus Hits Manufacturers, Standing Now, Worse To Come on Apr 06, 2020
Coronavirus is hitting security manufacturers, though overall modestly for...
Convergint Refuses To Fix Faked Fever Marketing, FTC Complaint Filed on Jun 19, 2020
Since Convergint has refused to fix their faked fever camera marketing, IPVM...
Dahua Taunts Australian Government, Continues To Sell Illegal Fever Cameras on Aug 10, 2020
Dahua is effectively taunting the Australian government by continuing to sell...
South Korea Bus Outdoor Temperature Screening Endangers Public on Aug 26, 2020
These $80,000+ South Korea bus stations have gained world-wide attention but...
Don't Deceive. Lessons From Scott Schafer on Mar 20, 2020
Deception is bad. We can learn some important lessons from Scott Schafer, a...
Coronavirus Shuts Down ADT Door Knockers on Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus has another victim - this time, alarm giant ADT has stopped all...

Recent Reports

Axis Compares Fever Camera Sellers to 9/11 on Sep 18, 2020
Axis Communications, the West's largest surveillance camera manufacturer, has...
Avigilon Elevated Temperature Detection Camera Tested on Sep 17, 2020
Avigilon has entered the temperature screening market with the release of...
Chilean Official Investigated for Motorola And Hikvision Contracts on Sep 17, 2020
A corruption investigation is underway in Chile after a crime prevention...
Huawei HiSilicon Production Shut Down on Sep 17, 2020
Huawei HiSilicon chips are no longer being manufactured or supplied to...
Virtual ISC West and GSX+ Exhibiting Contrasted on Sep 17, 2020
Both ISC West and ASIS GSX are going virtual this year, just weeks apart, but...
X.Labs Sues FLIR on Sep 16, 2020
X.Labs, the maker of Feevr, has sued FLIR, the publicly traded thermal...
Video Surveillance 101 September Course - Last Chance on Sep 16, 2020
Today is the last chance to sign up for the Fall Video Surveillance 101...
No Blackbody Mistake, Half Million Dollar, Hikvision Fever Camera System in Georgia on Sep 16, 2020
A Georgia school district touted buying Hikvision fever screening "about...
Costar Technologies / Arecont H1 2020 Financials Examined on Sep 16, 2020
Costar's financial results have been hit by the coronavirus with the company...
Startup Cawamo Presents Live Alerts With Edge AI and Cloud VMS on Sep 15, 2020
Cawamo, an Israeli edge-to-cloud analytics and VMS startup, presented its...
Favorite Access Control Credentials 2020 on Sep 15, 2020
Credential choice is more debated than ever, with hacking risk for 125kHz and...
Dangerous Hikvision Fever Screening Marketing In Africa on Sep 15, 2020
A multi-national African Hikvision distributor is marketing dangerously...
New Products Show Fall 2020 Announced - Register Now on Sep 14, 2020
IPVM's sixth online show will feature New Products from over 25...
Hanwha 8K / 33MP Camera Tested on Sep 14, 2020
Hanwha Techwin has released an 8K / 33MP resolution camera, the TNB-9000 with...
Gait Recognition Examined on Sep 14, 2020
Facial recognition faces increasing ethical and political criticisms while...