We need an SEO expert’s written opinion stating what things could affect search engine results. For example;
a) Search engine results can be affected by your geographic location,
b) Search engine results can be affected by your past searches,
c) Search engine results could be affected by spyware, viruses, Trojans etc.
The opinion needs to be on company letterhead, signed with a short bio from the author and the writer needs to be a recognized (US Based Only) SEO industry expert.
The opinion letter needs to provide easily verifiable 3rd party references (citations) for each and every statement regarding what affects search results.
The written opinion should be relatively short (less than 5 pages).
NON ESSENTIAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Our company was accused back in late 2011 (by a significantly larger competitor) of manipulating Google search engine results. The only piece of evidence provided by the competitor was a screen captures of Google search results from 2011.
The competitor alleges that many of the Google search engine results were defamatory in nature and that the results were being redirected to various website’s that were owned and operated by our company.
We have never been able to duplicate the searches that the competitor states were defamatory and/or results that were redirected. For that reason we have requested a copy of the data from the computer that was used to perform the Google searches in question.
The competitor who made the accusation against us has refused to provide any data from the computer(s ) that were used to perform the searches.
The court system is turning out to be very inexperienced on Internet search matters and it has become clear that we need to have an independent SEO expert to provide a document that independently states that a Google search result is dynamic in nature and can be affected by numerous factors potentially in a very short period of time.
We need to show that simply providing a screen capture of some search results that are well over a year old is not enough information to be sued over and is definitely not enough information to defend ourselves against.
These accusations are frivolous and very expensive to argue against especially when the complainant is made by a significantly larger company who has much deeper pockets and the ability to spend substantially more on legal fees.
We have requested a copy of the competitor’s hard drive in order to attempt to figure out why they are getting erroneous search engine results.
The competitor refuses to provide us with any data whatsoever other than the original screen capture of the Google results from 2011.
The Judge/court is unfortunately not very computer literate and is easily confused whether or not to allow this case to proceed to an expensive jury trial.
1) A copy of the search results that the competitor claim were manipulated by our company. See [url removed, login to view]
2) The competitor affidavit accusing us of manipulating the search results. The competitor states that every time they click on the same search result a different site would appear. [url removed, login to view]
3) The competitor stating that they are "familiar with cookies, Internet temporary files, and user-identifying information on the computer systems of Plaintiff. [url removed, login to view]
WE HAVE ENTERED AN HOURLY WAGE BUT WE WILL PAY A SET FEE FOR THE LETTER I.E. 10 HOURS X $[url removed, login to view] OR WHATEVER IS AGREED UPON BEFOREHAND. 50% PAID UPFRONT. Payment will be commensurate with experience.