HQ must be paying Google to get the top hits
jookbeard: what he suggested was completely contradicted and refuted.
I kinda believe my post above actually proves it.
A search for just the initials jw would appear to be a simple way for the R&F to locate the official WT website - it is the top result - without having opposiing websites, or inserted news items and tweets (which are generally anti-JW) show up in the results.
Ultimately you can't pay Google to get the top hits anyway, unless we're talking ads that were purchased. It's a matter of them being the official site and search engine optimization. It makes sense for them to rank highest. Google has algorithms that control search results, including some personalization.
I typed into google jehovahs-witness and the first four hits were borg sites. This site was not even on the first page
And? It's a common practice for organizations, companies and people, as well as the media, to pay for search engine optimization services. There are companies dedicated to that, and Google has nothing to do with any of it.
Also, your search results may be influenced by websites the you yourself have visited, and the WT has nothing to do with any of it.
Non jw spouse. What is " incognito mode" please.
They can pay google to be first but these sites usually are listed as ad sites.
I've noticed a similar tend when searching for specific ideas and phrases (even ones that are not JW specific)
I have also found evidence of their SEO tactics when the whole Russia thing was happening. Yes they are paying services to get then listed first, even using black hat methodologies (like articles in online African news papers and lots of other funny places that link back to their Russia articles on jw-dot-org)
I also use incognito mode, which basically keeps Google from knowing "who" you are, or associating your long term browsing history with your current session. One thing especially for mobile users to remember though is that your cookies (tracking) is still there until you close the browser so if you just got done binge reading on the jw site, your next search on a scriptural topic may still show the jw site at the top of the Google results, if you have not closed the browser first.
It also helps their online authority when sites like this have a massive amount of links to various jw org pages which is why I try to make sure not to type the jw . org site here because it tends to auto-link on this forum.
But yes, OP is absolutely right about the shenanigans, even if they are a little off, since they are not actually paying Google.
The link below (moz.com) is long but it shows you some of the nonsense links the bORG has acquired, including to online newswires and other places that are only for ranking higher.
Doesn't google openly acknowledge that major domain holders get first ranking? When I google my bank, for example, it invariably comes up first, with all the advertising about it and reviews of it coming up well down the list?
WTH are you taking about?
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