Chapter 15: Second Part / Chapter 5

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Of course, after Nicole began not only to do ‘homework’ coming from the training, but also acquired notebooks, her shorthand technique began to change by itself. No longer just working on the instructions of a coach, but had become comfortable with herself.

Having opened her notebook, not on the title page, where the lines were printed, but at the back, where there are none, she saw some phone numbers.

Phone numbers were written in unreadable French handwriting. Surely, these are stationary numbers of some not very reliable businessmen for Pierre, most likely with answering machines. Nicole never called them. After some time, Alain stopped spoiling the back pages of her notebook.

She found out that Alain was looking through her notebooks, trying to get at least some emotional information about her, and there only dictionaries, and a translation. Nicole didn’t write personal diaries. If he wants to know who she is, let him take a look. When Alain found Francesco Ricardo, he initially hesitated whether it was a question of an unborn child or a former husband, but he immediately understood her hint about Alfred. If he is here an unborn child, then there would be two crosses opposite him.

Nicole kept various “little-known” foreign words and phrases, mostly in German. She wanted to keep on hand everything you need in a “serious conversation” in German talking. She used a slash (for alternative versions of the same phrase) and a straight line. If a word or phrase was so short that it fits perfectly into one line:

volumetric — volumetrisch 
it emphasizes — das betont

In cursive writing, if Nicole understood that the size of the space between words was too short, she would add a straight line. At school, Nicko never wrote quickly. She usually strictly observed all the lines and so on, not allowing even the size of her symbols to change, apart from when a mathematics teacher, when studying fractions, advised writing a denominator larger.

For the French tradition, it’s generally not typical to separate the lines in this|way, that is, without a double space (that | way), but this applies, of course, to the finished and checked texts for the reader, and not some cursive writing. In shorthand, she could deviate from this rule.

Alain decided to find out who Francesco Ricardo was and how he frightened Nicole so much. If Alain started this business, he would achieve what he wants.

* * *

Sometimes Nicole Gratte’s mother stopped being a strict policeman and pleased her daughter with something. They had one hobby during the holidays: they took different buses and drove from one destination to the other. Nicko wanted to make a website listing the numbers of city buses when she entered the Internet and completely give the TV to her parents. At the time, there was nothing of the kind on the French Internet.

Despite the relative poverty, they had a film camera, which remained from the eighties, a development bath with red lighting and a small black and white scanner connected to a computer via a COM port. So soon Nicole opens a photo section on her website. She loved to take photos of various buses, and her mother didn’t mind sharing her bus memories from twenty years before her birth.

Buses were different. Margeaux remembers how some bus arrived, most resembling a car in the subway. Its lower half was dark blue, and the upper half was coffee beige. The number was above one of the headlights, and the termini at the top were not indicated at all. There were no plates at that time. It was 1955 when Margeaux was only five years old, but it’s obvious that the bus itself was produced ten years ago.

Having found the information on the Internet, Nicole understood that this bus used to go in the forties, after ten years there was only one in working condition, which her mother remembered. Gradually, the site created by Nicole grew, both in terms of photos and with tables showing transport numbers and full routes.

While Margeaux grew, very quickly buses with a subway-like cabin replaced the usual ones, with doors in the form of an accordion. Such a bus went with two windows in the door, roughly similar to it, which appeared in the sixties by three windows. Nicole herself remembers this, but at that time it was already old and didn’t often appear on French streets, as a rule, in other parts of the city.

“Referral.” What a familiar word for Nicole. It seems more familiar and more unambiguous than any. “I’m here from a referral by Michel.” She had the feeling that she had already heard this word before. “I’ve got a referral—by Olivier.”

She saw this word on the French Internet. Creating a site and posting a visit counter, she wanted people to go there. By adding a site into a search engine—that is, by sending a link to a new site to a search engine—she wants the site to be more useful to people and make people’s search for it faster.

Understood that on the visiter’s counter of her site, there are a lot of hosts (views), but few hits (visits from different computers), she saw somewhere the phrase ‘website promotion and SEO.’ Then she studies the search engine trying to look for something suitable. She almost despaired of bringing at least some visitors, having quickly learned that no one was going to promote the site for free (sometimes hosting services could be found, but not promotion.)

Until she came across a weird ‘system.’ Gratte meets some ‘site promotion system’ based on referrals.

The main point is that you need to copy their page and place on your site its clone as a secret section. (It’s not necessary to add a link on the main site.) On this page, there would be a dozen links to other sites, and you need to remove the last link and add your site instead.

Thus, your page is found by other users (referrals), they copy to themselves with your site and after some time (as the authors assert) the link to the site would allegedly be posted on dozens of resources, and the site would be at the beginning in the search engines, not at the end. This is the reason Nicole is involved in the referral system. No fee was needed for this.

The page itself looked like this:

Referral system to promote sites. List of promoted sites:
1. Restaurant “Côte à côte”. Dinner on the coast.
2. Atelier “Savetier”. Shoe repair.
3. Children’s entertainment centre “Pan!” Your child would be pleased!
4. Make Money Online With “Invraisemblament.”

There are about forty such links. The list ends in much the same way as it started:

39. “La fureur”. Monetize ads on your site!
40. Law Bureau “Neutrality”. We solve any problems in the family and criminal law.

Nicole was asked to rewrite the fortieth position with her website, raising the last sites in the list. Yes, raise, don’t even erase the bottom page:

38. “La fureur”. Monetize ads on your site!
39. Law Bureau “Neutrality”. We solve any problems in the family and criminal law.
40. The movement of transport buses in Paris. Nicole Gratte’s Private Project.

After some time, the page assured that the list would look different, would become something like this:

1. Flea market “À bon marché”. Sell ??and buy everything cheap! Manage to sell!
2. Banquets, buffets, raffles, corporate parties in “Contre toute attente”.
3. “Nous résolvons la incorrigibilité”. Repair PCs, laptops, fast and inexpensive.
4. “La fureur”. Monetize ads on your site!
5. The movement of transport buses in Paris. Nicole Gratte’s Private Project.

Nicole noticed that the subject matter of the advertised sites in the list itself is divided into only two categories:

Commercial sites of small entrepreneurs (medium and serious business in such systems are never advertised.) These are companies that Nicole had never heard of even from a phone operator. Intermedia SARL, where she called on the phone, was a relatively small but confident business. As for these companies, it wasn’t even guaranteed that they existed at all.

Doubtful ways to make “quick money” on the Internet. Almost all of them were scammers, online casinos, financial pyramids and other dubious nonsense.

What is the benefit to promote some sites on the list, while still free of charge? Three months later, Nicole searched for the query: “The movement of transport buses in Paris. Nicole Gratte’s Private Project.” She realized that her reference was at the fortieth position, and remained. Besides its “secret page”, it was not copied by anyone, none of the webmasters of other sites. Even more than that, this system would only work if its page was a highly rated site.

She had the feeling that she was the very ship that sent the Titanic a Morse message about an iceberg, but it wasn’t read.

She saw some strange abbreviation "PR" finding on the Internet about search engine promotion. Since it doesn't mean anything to the average Frenchman by default, and Nicole was less interested in English than German, she remembered the search value more than marketing. “PR” is a certain conditional rating of a site or even a separate page in a search engine.

High-rated and commercial sites have “PR” 10. Having checked “PR” of her site, she learned that it is equal to only three units. If the “PR” of her resource was at least 7 or 9, only then the “referral system of website promotion” would have at least some meaning. Nicole wasn’t clear who and why came up with this system, and who benefits from promoting someone’s sites for free?

Some of the skills that Nicole gained at training, in particular about search engines, she already knew. Yes, searching for something in "quotes" (computer, not typographical) can lead a person to exact textual correspondence in all search engines. If someone was looking for a “private project”, but without quotes, he/ she would come across all “private projects”.

But Nicole without training of Banque de Morales knew, even when she was creating her teenage pages, that if you type "Nicole Gratte’s Private Project" with quotes in the search, there will be exactly one page with exact text matching. And it’s on the first page, regardless of the PR. About searching for information on the Internet, she felt that she was repeating material that she had known since the age of thirteen.

But what is the benefit of the “referral website promotion system” for its creators, if they don’t charge money for participating in it? So that inexperienced webmasters with a desire to increase PR of their websites, try to promote someone’s small business and dubious ways to make money on the Internet?

Nicole is studying the work of the system, which turns out to be not at all the same as she originally intended (and as the advertising text on the page itself spoke about). Each site that will distribute the “secret page” has its rating, measured in PR. The higher this rating, the more often they copy not your referral page, but another one (with other sites.)

You place forty links on your site of other sites you don’t know, and no one copies your link—your page’s rating is minimal, it’s just not found. Besides, your website can be banned on search engines (along with the address), then no one will find it.

That is, you’re creating a normal site, but you can’t represent spam that comes out of the “secret section.” Considering that Nicole had the word “referral” for a long time was firmly associated with deception, her site hit the search engine ban. But she collected materials for the site and photographed all these buses for a couple of years. The “Referral system to promote sites” was needed only to get as many websites as possible into the search engine ban.

This is a classic pyramid scheme, only arranged for the Internet. And instead of purely financial fraud, the webmaster risks only a ban in the search. And what if these sites “don’t know” about participation in the “system”?

Submitted: August 05, 2019

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