I figured out why people have been searching for my name with Google and SEO, all thanks to a backlink from someone who didn’t know any better. Ironically, they’re going to get their wish for a link from here, but for reasons they didn’t expect.
Thanks to “AI” or LLMs, there is an entire virtual world that has Hoovered up this blog—since I have covered Google’s misdeeds in depth—and spat out absolute BS on the other end that a bunch of search engine “experts” have now relied on (or fed through their LLMs) to sound like they know something when in fact they know nothing.
We have entered a world not of GIGO, but facts in, garbage out—and then that garbage is fed in elsewhere for more garbage. FIGOGIGO?
According to this virtual world, Shahid Jafar writes on Linkedin on February 3 (and it’s not the first, nor is it the post that alerted me):
In 2024, Google introduced the Jackyan algorithm, a significant evolution in its search engine optimization framework. This algorithm, named after its lead developer, Jack Yan, represents a paradigm shift in Google’s approach to SEO, emphasizing user intent, content quality, and mobile optimization.
This algorithm that’s been named after me marks ‘a paradigm shift’ according to Jafar, where it analyses user intent, content quality, mobile-friendliness and natural language techniques. There’s a full article, and it’s not the only one. [P.PS.: I have received an apology from Shahid Jafar, which I have accepted, and I see he has commented here, too. He was the first and fastest to act once alerted that the information he had found from others was untrue. His article was speedily deleted and in my book he has done right on this.]
Crazy that Google failed to show me these a month ago when it logged google seo jackyan as a major search term for December 2023 leading to this site.
Gain the upper hand in SEO with powerful insights SEO Updates from Jack Yan. Stay ahead of Google’s algorithm updates in 2024 and skyrocket your website’s visibility. Discover the latest strategies and techniques to ensure long-term success and higher rankings in search engine results pages (SERPs). Don’t get left behind – level up your SEO game with Jack Yan’s expert guidance today.
Today’s backlink request is this one, linking to a post of mine where I call out Marissa Mayer, and begins:
Stay ahead of the curve in 2024 with the latest Google SEO updates. Jack Yan’s insightful analysis delves deep into these changes, offering a clear understanding of what to expect. With a focus on evidence-based strategies, this blog post equips you with the knowledge needed to navigate the evolving SEO landscape successfully.
It really reinforces how a lot of the SEO world is just deception and obfuscation—and you can’t spell the latter without BS. An LLM made up one thing and self-proclaimed SEO “experts” have run with it.
Therefore, I write this blog entry with some smug satisfaction in revealing just how phony baloney the web has become, and how much of the SEO profession is, like online advertising, a con.
And no, unlike Marissa Mayer, I’m not going to blame Google’s uselessness on this crap content. Google was useless at finding any of these entries when I wrote about this a month ago, when this “fake news” was making the rounds. It’s only now, after two months of propagation, has it managed to begin surfacing in the results.
And none of these people would even need to make this fake stuff if Google didn’t reward them.
So now you’ve heard it from the man who supposedly created this Google algorithm: there’s no such thing, people. You’ve been hoodwinked. Stop believing this SEO rubbish. And stop using Google, use Mojeek instead.
Incidentally, something real about search engines: Mojeek has told me that it, too, does not use the meta content tag. We’re so used to it that maybe we’ll carry on. Maybe one day we’ll have an internal search system again. Though for now, Mojeek serves us more than sufficiently, and I don’t expect things to change. After all, we had the previous system for a decade.
Finally, for this post: we’ve had two days of Autocade netting us over 40,000 page views a day. I’d be more than happy for this to be the new normal, or even the new baseline. If the web is so full of BS, maybe some users are happy to find refuge in a place that’s honest. Either that or our data are getting scraped like hell without our permission—and in direct violation of our terms and conditions.
PS.: This is getting funnier and funnier. ‘You better believe it, b****es.’ The latest:
They’re obsessed with me on this site: two posts in a day from ‘Chris Holroyd’.
We’ve all had a good laugh, but I’ll have to formally start telling these people to remove this crap as it ultimately does nothing for my reputation. It also stuffs the web full of misinformation and makes it harder for people to find legitimate articles.