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Wellsphere scandal & blog network scam- Request a GOOGLE PENALTY

Wellsphere is a business.   One whose lawyers did a good job of writing CYA language to avoid possible lawsuits for stealing other people’s content.  How to fire back?  Hit em’ where it hurts, in the Google SERP (search engine results pages).

I suggest that all bloggers who feel screwed by Wellsphere petition Google to consider penalizing the business for its shady practices.  Google can override the official “lawfulness” of pulling RSS feeds and claiming property rights on the content …  and operate from an ethical point of view.

Wellsphere’s hidden print is what the internet IS NOT about…and Google has the power to make the content that they’ve stolen worthless in terms of search engine ranking. That might be our best hope.

GOOGLE PETITION TEXT – report Wellsphere here

Wellsphere has accessed my blog’s RSS feed. Hidden in the fine print of their TOS is consent to publish the entire blog feed on the Wellsphere website.  Users then transfer INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS to Wellsphere, which is distinguished by lawyer-talk and has confused hundreds of bloggers.
feel that this business practice (however lawful) is unethical and deserves to be penalized.  I request that Google look into Wellsphere’s business model and consider penalized the SERP for all blogs, under the premise that Wellsphere has duped many people unwillingly into not simply publishing blog content on their site, but them claiming to OWN what they publish.
Many thanks for your help.

Google’s quality guidelines

These quality guidelines cover the most common forms of deceptive or manipulative behavior, but Google may respond negatively to other misleading practices not listed here (e.g. tricking users by registering misspellings of well-known websites). It’s not safe to assume that just because a specific deceptive technique isn’t included on this page, Google approves of it. Webmasters who spend their energies upholding the spirit of the basic principles will provide a much better user experience and subsequently enjoy better ranking than those who spend their time looking for loopholes they can exploit.

If you believe that another site is abusing Google’s quality guidelines, please report that site at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport. Google prefers developing scalable and automated solutions to problems, so we attempt to minimize hand-to-hand spam fighting. The spam reports we receive are used to create scalable algorithms that recognize and block future spam attempts.

Help us maintain the quality of Google search results.

We work hard to return the most relevant results for every search we conduct. To that end, we encourage site managers to make their content straightforward and easily understood by users and search engines alike. Unfortunately, not all websites have users’ best interests at heart. Trying to deceive (spam) our web crawler by means of hidden text, deceptive cloaking or doorway pages compromises the quality of our results and degrades the search experience for everyone.

We think that’s a bad thing, and so we request that, if your Google search returns a result that you suspect is spam, you please let us know by using this form. We thoroughly investigate every report of deceptive practices and take appropriate action when we uncover genuine abuse. In especially egregious cases, we will remove spammers from our index immediately, so they don’t show up in search results at all. At a minimum, we’ll use the data from each spam report to improve our site ranking and filtering algorithms, which, over time, should increase the quality of our results.

We appreciate your taking the time to help us improve our service for your fellow users around the world. By helping us eliminate spam, you’re saving millions of people time, effort and energy.


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8 Responses to “Wellsphere scandal & blog network scam- Request a GOOGLE PENALTY
Mark Johnson
11:45 pm February 1st, 2009

An interesting tactic, but I think that your best bet is to get as many bloggers together that feel duped and get them to sign a petition and send it to HealthCentral. A Google penalty (if they even grant it) could take weeks or months to show up in Google itself.

12:20 am February 2nd, 2009

Well, the thing about Google penalties is that it will affect the business model significantly for a great deal of time. But I like the idea of the petition. Please let me know if you hear of any initiatives!

jacob maslow
7:34 am June 22nd, 2010

Wellsphere’s actions is well beyond what the law allows. You cannot use clintonesque language and claim you didnt lie when you said you didnt have intercourse. You cannot try to cleverly claim confusion over the plain meaning of the english language to excuse lying.

Wellsphere published my articles today. I agreed in exchange for a link. I do that with lots of sites. They get free content – and I always give unique and exclusive content as well. I get some traffic and rankings through the link.

Once published, the link was not actually in the byline as agreed. Wellsphere uses some dirty SEO tricks so the link does not count. This is a clear breach of contract. It is not unusual for someone to allow you use of their content for a link. Paying with a three dollar bill is theft. When someone sells you something for five dollars, they don’t mean monopoly money.

The letters they send bloggers clearly misleads and promises a regular link. Below is an excerpt:

Your posts will link back to your blog, so you will benefit from Wellsphere’s high ranking and large readership interested in your topic, which will give you more traffic, additional relevant audience, and a higher ranking for your blog. Wellsphere has well over a million visitors per month, and is growing rapidly.

I have sent them a letter demanding they comply with the terms of my agreement. Removal of my items will not be satisfactory. I want them to give the link they agreed to.

jacob maslow
4:58 am June 25th, 2010

I spoke with health central. They are not willing to honor their agreements.

When they ask for content, wellsphere claims that they will give you a link in return. They then place a no-follow link so that the link is invisible to google.

This is despite the fact that they promise to provide a link that will allow your blog to benefit from their high rankings.

nicola bingo jones
11:29 pm August 26th, 2010

As always is a very good read and I can’t wait to hear what you blog on next.

Rank Builder
6:19 am September 9th, 2010

If I where to sit down and read a book on seo and how search engines work I would probably get less out of it than by readin this post.

2:26 am October 21st, 2010

Thanks for lighting up a couple of things here and there on the importance linking.

Bunny Anderson
8:07 am February 16th, 2011

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. -Thomas Jefferson

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