I was a teenage Russian troll OG

Biznology

” or any remote hint of getting called out astroturfing or not clearly and transparently representing who you are, your true name, your true identity, and your paid-by connection or a brand, political campaign, upcoming movie, or whatever, our entire newsroom full of trolls would be commanded to stop by the our Chief Operation Office: “logout of everything you’re on right now and await further instructions!”

Best practices for social media shilling

Biznology

These fake grass roots campaigns, called astroturfing, caught on about ten years ago and still haven’t died out. . All this was brought to mind when I recently did some dog food research for a client and it occurred to me that quite a few of the comments are astroturf.

Your online reputation should be a culmination of you

Biznology

And since Google is once bitten, twice shy over all of the times Google’s been hurt before by all those one-night stands with spammers, astroturfers, phishers, and the like, Google is looking more and more for a nice guy, a girl next door. Everybody indeed wants a shortcut.

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PR and Blogging Outreach: Practical Tips

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And after Edelman's recent blog fiascos (no link needed, just search on Edelman, blog fiasco and you'll get thousands of results) and Comcast's recent astroturfing incident , I wouldn't recommend ghostwriting a blog on behalf of a client.