Fake Lawyer Blogs Repost My Post About Their Fake Lawyer Blogs

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If ever there was poetic justice, this is it. Last week, I wrote about several blogs that purport to be written by lawyers and legal professionals but that are in fact using fake identities. I discovered them after I noticed that several blogs were simultaneously reposting virtually everything I posted here. As I looked into them, I realized the lawyers and legal professionals who purportedly write them were all fakes.

So imagine my delight when I realized that the fake blogs had reposted my post about them. See the images above and below.

By the way, I discovered that the picture used for Joseph Quinn is actually a real, live realtor in Northern Virginia named Soctt MacDonald, who does in fact write an actual blog. I emailed MacDonald about the presumably unauthorized use of his image, but haven’t heard back.

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  • Martin Langeveld

    HA. And now, they will post THIS blog post, so that will make it: Fake Lawyer Blogs that Repost Real Lawyer Reposts of Fake Lawyer Blogs that Repost Posts About Fake Lawyer Blogs. This could go on for quite a ways down the rabbit hole.

    • Bob Ambrogi

      Exactly. I may never again have to come up with an original blog topic. I’ll just milk this for all it’s worth.

  • It’s very easy to set a blog up like this and automate this behavior. They’re likely doing it to drive traffic and ‘Google juice’ to some destination a few hops away. A quick glance didn’t reveal where they might be routing traffic / links, but unfortunately these types of things run rampant in a lot of industries.

    • Bob Ambrogi

      I’m aware that this stuff goes on, but the part that confuses me about these is that — as you noted — there’s no obvious destination where they’re pushing traffic. So how effective can they be in pushing it?

      • Often times what they are driving traffic to is the fake blog itself. What a lot of spam blogs try to do, is build up a “reputation” by grabbing as much content as they can in hopes that they’ll get indexed, Then when the fake blog has sufficient google juice, they start posting posts containing ads or add general advertising to their spam site to milk money off of visitors.

        It’s sleezy, but it does happen a lot. Often times they don’t even pay much attention to what they are aggregating, they just do it.

        Slightly less sleezy (just weird imho) is people who use blogs as a form of makeshift Google Reader replacement. They setup a blog, aggregate all the blogs they like into it, and then they only have to read 1 blog. I don’t really understand why they do this when alternatives to the old Google Reader are plentiful and easy to use, but this too does happen.

        Based on the fake pictures and names, I strongly suspect the former possibility, not the latter.

        • Bob Ambrogi

          Thanks Nick. Very helpful.

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