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NY Times article on spotting fake reviews

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by NotTheDude, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. NotTheDude

    NotTheDude Regular Member

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    Saw this and thought this could be useful to those BHW'ers offering their clients some type of reputation management service.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/20/business/20110820-is-that-review-a-fake.html?ref=technology
     
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  2. onlythabst

    onlythabst Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good find!
     
  3. Flurbuff

    Flurbuff Regular Member

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    Yeah the fake ones are kinda easy to spot...except for the fake ones written by people that type like a normal person ;)

    They gotta learn to type like a conversation instead of typing like a commercial
     
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    Lol i can't believe people still put fake reviews. FTC can seriously hurt you and fine you for something like that.
     
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    Thanks for this very useful as I'm in the middle of typing out hundreds of reviews!
     
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    chrisbanga Newbie

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    thats funny
     
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    To be honest I doubt the average population will understand that.
    Its more like a example of content spinning than how to detect spun content..
     
  8. NotTheDude

    NotTheDude Regular Member

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    That's another reason I posted it.
     
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    KlaAz0r BANNED BANNED

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    and what about non native speakers? I think that we are not able to write a real review anymore haha
     
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    Humans suck, a friend of mine owns a small hotel and if you read those apparently "genuine" reviews of his place on TripAdvisor you wonder about what hotel they are talking about. The best was complaining about the dirty swimmin pool. (The place doesnt even have one). Reputation management for hotels is a must. Consider 90% of all reviews are fake or biased in one way or another
     
  11. NotTheDude

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    I feel the same way.

    Does anyone have actual statistics on this?
     
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    Great find! Nice to know that there is another system to try and beat with reviews. Make your algorithms and in return you'll make even better black hatters.
     
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    Good one. The interwebs for the masses according to NYT :p
     
  14. NotTheDude

    NotTheDude Regular Member

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    Exactly.

    Now black hatters know how to make their reviews more realistic.
     
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    Hope this algorithm hits soon. Should thin the competition out by quite a bit.
     
  16. NotTheDude

    NotTheDude Regular Member

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    Better info makes a better marketer.

    Stay on the edge friends!