I’ve covered TheLadders many times here. But no matter what aspect of this racket I look into, the next experience always reveals a bigger scam. It seems TheLadders latest racket is with Google…
Today a public radio station contacted me about appearing on a show they’re doing. I always ask media folks how they found me. (That’s also a good thing to ask when you get recruited — it helps you develop your network if you know which nodes are working well.) The producer at the station found me when she Googled “headhunter npr” (for National Public Radio).
So I checked the search term. What did I find at the top of the paid Google results for “headhunter npr”? www.TheLadders.com/Headhunter. Curious, I clicked. I was taken to a Ladders page titled:
“Looking for headhunter npr? Join Now and Start Your Next $100K+ Career.”
Say WHAT? What does TheLadders have to do with headhunters or NPR? So I tried something. I Googled “headhunter abc.” Guess what comes up in the paid results?
“Looking for headhunter abc? Join Now and Start Your Next $100K+ Career.”
Well… then I couldn’t resist.
“Looking for headhunter dogmeat? Join Now and Start Your Next $100K+ Career.”
“Looking for headhunter scam? Join Now and Start Your Next $100K+ Career.”
“Looking for headhunter to steal your money? Join Now and Start Your Next $100K+ Career.”
Try it. Google “headhunter [anything, except bad words]”.
TheLadders is not a headhunting company. It’s a job board that lies in its advertising, lies to its customers, smiles at you and asks for your business. Google oughta tighten up on the misleading ads it lets advertisers run. I guess Ladders doesn’t mind paying for such clicks…
“Looking for headhunter kaka? Join Now and Start Your Next $100K+ Career.”
It’s in there.
****UPDATE Oct 12, 2009: Either TheLadders or Google itself has killed the generic “headhunter [anything]” search result. Wonder why?