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(Grid News)   MAGA Candidate: "My website doesn't show up in Google searches. The Deep State is censoring me, I'm being deplatformed, help, help...I'm being repressed" Reality: "You specifically set your website NOT to be indexed by Google, moron"   (grid.news) divider line
    More: Amusing, Google search, Mark Finchem, Web search engine, Bing, Google search results, Yahoo!, World Wide Web, Finchem campaign  
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1583 clicks; posted to Politics » on 07 Oct 2022 at 3:21 PM (7 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-10-07 12:31:34 PM  
Well, duh.  You don't want to be indexed by Google, that's how the deep state tracks you.  Still should show up first in the search results.
 
2022-10-07 12:39:55 PM  
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2022-10-07 1:47:56 PM  
A MAGAT that's a moron about technology? That's unpossible!
 
2022-10-07 1:53:38 PM  
Of course he has a cowboy hat on in his promotional photo.
 
2022-10-07 2:33:06 PM  
I know the function they're talking about and they're right. It's very hard to make that switch unintentionally. So either there's a traitor in this cowpoke's midst or like they said, he wanted an excuse to blame the left for sabotage.
 
2022-10-07 2:36:39 PM  
Reached by phone, Finchem declined to speak but asked Grid to call him back later. He did not answer subsequent calls.

OMG NOW THEY DISABLED HIS PHONE!

//probably a landline....
 
2022-10-07 3:25:46 PM  
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2022-10-07 3:26:22 PM  
Obama hacked my laptop and deleted an article!

Narrator:  Your delete key got stuck.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2014/10/31/7140247/the-right-is-convinced-obama-hacked-sharyl-attkisson-over-benghazi
 
2022-10-07 3:27:00 PM  
Cause problem

Blame jews minorites

Promise to eliminate the problem and bring a thousand years of glory to the nation.


Seems like I have heard this song and dance before.
 
2022-10-07 3:27:43 PM  
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
 
2022-10-07 3:27:45 PM  
I wonder if the kid they underpaid to set up his website was a) a conspiracy theorist who did this so google couldn't "find them" or b) a sane webmaster trying to protect people from this idiot conservative.
 
2022-10-07 3:28:34 PM  
Stupid or dishonest?
 
2022-10-07 3:29:31 PM  
Thank goodness his site could still be crawled by Bing.
 
2022-10-07 3:29:32 PM  
"Get a brain moran."
 
2022-10-07 3:29:39 PM  
There's really no oppression like fake conservative oppression.

They want victimhood because it's the one thing they can't buy.
 
2022-10-07 3:29:47 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Stupid or dishonest?


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2022-10-07 3:31:33 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Stupid or dishonest?


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2022-10-07 3:31:46 PM  

abbarach: There's really no oppression like fake conservative oppression.

They want victimhood because it's the one thing they can't buy.


They really want victimhood so they can justify committing atrocities.
 
2022-10-07 3:31:56 PM  

iron de havilland: [pbs.twimg.com image 745x745]


It needs "uppity women".
 
2022-10-07 3:32:49 PM  
These aren't smart people. And smart people don't want to work with them. So ... yeah. There's going to be a lot of this kind of failure.
 
2022-10-07 3:33:36 PM  

Raoul Eaton: Stupid or dishonest?


Tough call. Republicans absolutely are routinely dishonest, but on the other hand, experience has taught me to never underestimate a conservative's ability to be amazingly stupid and bad with technology.
 
2022-10-07 3:36:59 PM  
That seems like way too complex if a thing someone like him would know anything about. Some other idiot boomer probably said they couldn't search in on the googles and he lashed out like a tool.
 
2022-10-07 3:48:47 PM  

Fart_Machine: Obama hacked my laptop and deleted an article!

Narrator:  Your delete key got stuck.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2014/10/31/7140247/the-right-is-convinced-obama-hacked-sharyl-attkisson-over-benghazi


Still got that dumbass a job with Sinclair though.
 
2022-10-07 4:00:29 PM  

olorin604: Cause problem

Blame jews minorites

Promise to eliminate the problem and bring a thousand years of glory to the nation.


Seems like I have heard this song and dance before.


Only the song now is "Profitieren Über Alles".
 
2022-10-07 4:04:56 PM  
I am more curious that if these traitors actually win and then obviously try to "steal" an election if they will be forcibly removed from office and face consequences.

Or, is this just a way to get the Reich to vote them into office and then they won't do shiat when people lose elections because they have seen J6 traitors going to prison, the fake electors being investigated, all of TFG's court cases fail (over 60 times)...so is it just a grift or are they really stupid enough to put their life on the line?
 
2022-10-07 5:09:09 PM  
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2022-10-07 5:27:50 PM  
The punchline: him saying it's true is all that matters.  In MAGAt circles, the grievance is the thing, not the truth. Going up to a supporter and trying to correct it?  Will just get "fake news!" screamed at you.
 
2022-10-07 5:29:11 PM  

Samfucious: These aren't smart people. And smart people don't want to work with them. So ... yeah. There's going to be a lot of this kind of failure.


That's the thing though like I said, you can't just trip and turn off the index.
 
2022-10-07 5:30:08 PM  
DEEP STATE ROBOTS.TXT

User-agent: *
Disallow: /
 
2022-10-07 5:42:18 PM  

Fart_Machine: Obama hacked my laptop and deleted an article!

Narrator:  Your delete key got stuck.

https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2014/10/31/7140247/the-right-is-convinced-obama-hacked-sharyl-attkisson-over-benghazi


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2022-10-07 5:58:22 PM  

Samfucious: These aren't smart people.


Then he's guaranteed to win because if there's one thing Americans hate and distrust it people who are smarter than they are. They'll vote for the moron who promises to lower taxes every time.
 
2022-10-07 10:37:46 PM  
It's a WordPress site. In the admin dashboard under "Settings" ⇒ "Reading" there's a checkbox, "☐ Discourage search engines from indexing this site." If you check it ("☒") then that inserts the "noindex" directive into the HTML headers and may also do something with the "robots.txt" file.

Given that it was correct earlier, then incorrect, either his WordPress person was really incompetent, or it was done on purpose just so he could claim persecution from Google.
 
2022-10-08 2:47:51 AM  
Now that I looked at the site at the Internet Wayback Machine, I'm pretty sure it was a matter of gross negligence (if not incompetence) on the part of his website developers.

This is the site as it existed on August 1, around when it started tanking in the Google rankings because Google was no longer indexing it. You can do a "View (Page) Source" and see, at line 28:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow, max-image-preview:large">
The immediately preceding Internet Wayback Machine archive is from July 18, and line 28 there reads:
<meta name="robots" content="max-image-preview:large">
As you can see, both the "noindex" and "nofollow" directives to the "robots" (search engines including, but not limited to, Google) <meta ...> tag appeared some time between July 18 and August 1, asking the search engines to neither index it nor follow links found in it. This is what the "Settings:⇒ "Reading" ⇒ "Ⅲ Discourage search engines from indexing this site" setting does when checked.

Now why would it be unchecked as of July 18, but checked as of August 1? Look at the actual home pages: while the site theme was still the Astra theme (a very popular and configurable WordPress theme [you can tell this by looking at the source code and searching for "/themes" ― the next subfolder in the path is "/astra" so that's the theme directory), there was substantial reconfiguration done on the Astra theme (probably using the WordPress Customizer) including its settings and CSS so that the appearance and layout of the site changed drastically some time between those two dates.

Here's July 18, without the noindex and nofollow (actually I screen-capped July 1 by mistake, but it's the same):
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And here's August 1, with the noindex and nofollow:
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(Both of these screenshots are 850×1500 pixels, which I believe is Fark's maximum size before resizing. I set my browser to that size before capturing them.)

As you can see, the basic layout is the same: header with petition banners, logo below that, DONATE buttons and mobile menu below that (if I set the screen wider, you'd see full menus), a big banner photo, etc., but the color for the top header is different, and the header photo is different, and other layout stuff you'd see further down the page is different. In other words, a substantial redesign.

It's pretty obvious what happened: some time between those two dates, the graphics people in his campaign felt that a redesign was needed, so they got the WordPress person to do some reconfiguration. But since they didn't want people to see the "pardon our dust while we remodel" type thing going on, they first made a copy of the site into a staging directory on a subdomain (or perhaps subdirectory) URL that they could easily get to but that the general public wouldn't know (say, "testsite,votefinchem.com"), and to keep that from being exposed to the public, they went to "Settings" ⇒ "Reading" and checked the "Settings:⇒ "Reading" ⇒ "Ⅲ Discourage search engines from indexing this site" checkbox, which inserted those two directives into the "robots" meta directive on Line 29.

After the graphics people and likely Finchem himself signed off on the new look, the web server person then pointed the web directory for the main site to where the staging site was, so that there'd be no downtime: the next visitor would suddenly see the new design. But either they forgot to tell the WordPress person to uncheck that checkbox because it'd gone live, or the WordPress person just forgot to do it, so that checkbox remained checked and those directives remained inserted.

So, no, I don't think Finchem's people did this on purpose to give Finchem an excuse to claim that he's being persecuted by Google. That said, he certainly jumped at the chance to do so. Persecution complex is epidemic among especially the Nat-Cs, because Jesus promised them that they'd be persecuted because of Him, so they look for it wherever they can because Jesus couldn't be wrong, now, could He? (See also "Happy Holidays" = "War On Christmas.")
 
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