Gaming the Search Engines….

The Internet is in flames about the Censorship of conservative free speech on social media and abuse of customer information. This is beyond Orwellian and it’s dangerous on many levels.

Novelists are among the first to go to the Gulags,” some who study history say. It’s the little guys that get hit first. I’ve already posted my tale about being blacklisted on Amazon during the run-up to the 2016 election. Here is the link.

That post went viral on Twitter. Today we see others with larger problems, lawsuits, testimony in Congress, etc. This will get worse as the election approaches, but some of the worst abuses (e.g. data theft, biased search engines, false reporting) are concealed.

There is a Civil War raging in Cyberspace. Facebook managed to enrage both the left and the  right. Who knew that was  even possible? Mostly, conservative books are being suppressed, including my own novels.

If  you want to help me and like my novels, please go to this link and post a positive review.

Burning Books in Cyberspace? Orwell lives!

Amazon is still selling my novels, but I’m blocked from posting and sabotaged in various subtle ways. Here is what one reader reported to me:

“I noticed today that Amazon seems to have disabled your name in their author search system. Turns up no hits. Although book titles are searchable, your name isn’t. WTF??? I’d be happy to complain to them on your behalf, but for the life of me can’t find a way to do so. All of their help and contact buttons only filter down to what they want to hear, and “complaint” is not one of them. If you have one, send me an email for their complaint department and I’ll read them the riot act.

Do you have any idea why they are picking on you and restricting access to your books?

Haven’t read the newest yet, but have one on the way and looking forward to it.”

I checked, asking people I met at book signings to see if  they could find my novels on Amazon. Those new to my books reported problems. Those who clicked through from my authors page (, newsletters, tweets, etc. — that’s how I usually go in myself — had no issues. It worked fine for them.

Interesting. I ran some tests. Here is what  I found, searching on Amazon.

If you search on Amazon under books for my name — John Trudel — you won’t find me. That’s how I expect most would start looking.

Again: If you search under books for my name, “John Trudel” you get NO RESULTS FOR an author named “Trudel,” but you do get two pages for an Indian Activist named “John Trudell” – and NONE of my books.

So I tried other ways of searching.

If you go to “Books” and Amazon and search for my surname, “Trudel,” you come up with 24 pages of books, with mine scattered around in the mix. Not very convenient.

If you search for “John D. Trudel,” you get what looks like the same 24 pages of books, again with mine again scattered around.

Only if you search for “john d trudel” (all lower case and no period) does the search engine being you right to my books. Oddly, it also pulls up three (3) “sponsored” books, works that have nothing to do with my books and were written by authors who are not named Trudel.

I complained to Amazon, saying: SURELY AMAZON CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT. Can’t you?

Here is the response I got back:

Hello John,

I’m sorry your search results on aren’t what you had anticipated.

Please be informed that, a search query on functions much like an internet search engine, producing results for each of the words separately and in relation to one another.

The order of items that appear when searching for your title is determined automatically by our system from information such as past sales history, current availability, and the length of time it has been listed on our site. These factors change and the search results are continually being updated to reflect those changes.

When you use our search engine to look for books, our system attempts to find the products you’re most likely to be looking for based on the words you entered. Our search methods go beyond simple keyword matching and may also be using information not visible on the search results page, including attributes provided by the publisher.

Search results for books may be based on the text of each book, not just its title. That’s why you may sometimes see results you weren’t expecting.

Associating appropriate search keywords to your books might improve the chances of your books being listed in the search results. If you want us to update the search keywords for your book, we can help you with that.

At this time, we can include up to five (5) search keywords. If you’d like us to update the search keywords keyword associated with your books, we’ll be more than happy to. You can get in touch with us via daytime phone support or e-mail through the link below:

If you prefer to e-mail us instead, please be sure to include the ISBN/ASIN of your book as well as the five (5) keywords you’d like associated with your book in our system.

While we’re unable to change the search results, we do hope you have a better understanding of how our system works.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to seeing you soon again.

We’d appreciate your feedback. Please use the buttons below to vote about your experience today.

Best regards, xxx,

Basically, that translates into, “pound sand.” Amazon can’t or won’t do better.

The “tags” they refer to are non-printing items that denote categories of books, e.g. “Thrillers, crime, children’s, romance,” etc. Tags simply tell stores where to  place the  books,  on what shelf. This is clever disinformation. There is no shelf labeled “Trudel.”

There are other ways a social media company or resident leftist trolls can sabotage a conservative or patriotic book. The easiest is “fake news,” perhaps delivered  by a “poison pill” review. These are toxic during the critical time when a book first comes out.

Here is an example, a “one-star” used to target my novel Raven’s Resurrection.

on February 21, 2018

Format: Hardcover

“Poorly written.”

At present, Resurrection has only three reviews on Amazon. One is an editorial review. One is an actual customer. Both are 5-stars. This out-liar, a 1-star, pulls my book’s average down from 5-stars to 3 1/2 – low enough that some will dismiss it at first glance.

This poison pill review was posted on 2/21/2018. E-Books had been out for a few weeks,  but I had just received the first few production hard cover books. Taylor is a troll.

Amazon is not going fix my problem or address my concerns.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Pass the word about how to find my books on Amazon. Search for “john d trudel” under books.
  • The best way is to come  in through my web site, The “order books” link takes you directly to Amazon and various other book sellers.
  • If you like my books, post a positive review on Amazon and use it to pass the word about how to work around their search engine, ah, “issues.”

ABE Books

Search engines on the other web sites for books (e.g. Apple, B&N etc.) don’t have that problem.

One other thing I discovered from my readers — I need a fan club! — was a site that has MORE of my books (paper books) than Amazon does, and at very low prices. Here is a link that will take you directly to my books on ABE. Link

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