Goodbye Google Leads Mugshot Industry Takedown, Others Follow

Higbee & Associates would like to update you on some exciting news regarding the mugshot industry. Finally, it looks as if the nation is realizing the irreversible damage that these despicable mugshot pages can inflict on people’s lives. The New York Times, in particular, profiled the way in which these websites operate.

The Big Takeaways from the NYT Article?

  • Google is working on “improvement to [their] algorithms to address this overall issue [and hope] to have it out in the coming weeks.”
  • Google’s changes began taking effect last Thursday, October 3, 2013. “On Friday, two mugshots of Janese Trimaldi, which [per the NYT article] had appeared prominently in an image search, were no longer on the first page.”
  • Paypal is going to “discontinue support for mug-shot removal payments.”
  • Mastercard officials are “in the process of terminating” mugshot removal sites.
  • American Express, Visa, and Discover are also looking to sever relationships with mugshot sites.
  • On October 4, 2013, JustMugshots reported to be struggling with a “drop in web traffic” and in finding a new way that “financial service companies would do business with” them.
  • The mugshot industry is finally beginning to change for the better!

Great News for People Being Effected by Mugshot Websites

We’ve already noticed a steep drop in the page rankings of our clients’ mugshots in Google searches. Higbee & Associates predicts that you will start to see websites like,, and rank farther and farther back on Google. Smaller mugshot distributing organizations will rise before Google – and, hopefully, Bing and Yahoo – find a means of eliminating them from searches altogether.

For more information on mugshot removal, read our article on criminal records and mugshots.

We’ll keep you informed as this development progresses. In the meantime, we will continue to fight our hardest on your behalf. Let us hear your stories or questions regarding mugshot websites in the comments below.

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One Response to Goodbye Google Leads Mugshot Industry Takedown, Others Follow

  1. Mike B. says:

    Google’s algo update had a profound effect as well as the merchant providers that stopped processing the payments. Mugshots are still visible sometimes if someone clicks images or specifically types “mugshot” with your name.

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