MyWot.com is the worst thing that has ever hit the internet so far. MyWot is a scam on massive scale and I am writing this post to expose them.
They call themselves “The Web Of Trust” LOL!! MYWOT is a user powered rating site (with top 100 members who are nothing more than power hungry zealots that can gang up on you if they choose so)
Nobody would actually care if Facebook didn’t start using their data to protect their user base from malicious links being force-fed to them. We all know that scams thrive on Facebook but this is not the way.
Everytime you have an entity that has power to wipe out someone’s business overnight it creates corruption, mistrust, and a free pass for the true scams to grow even bigger. I am going to give you some proof that this is already happening on MYWOT and how their site should not be trusted.
I actually didn’t even pay attention to them because their site has not affected me before, but now since I have experienced the evil inside MYWOT I have decided to speak up.
The other day I was reading a post on Jonathan Volk’s blog about how MYWOT has voted down his dad’s website unfairly. None of the people who actually voted negatively used the service or are customers.
Anyway, I decided to check out MYWOT and request evaluation of my blog, Affhelper.com. Keep in mind that there was a positive rating for my site before I submitted it for evaluation.
Here is the link to the forum thread where they evaluated it :-O
I provided nothing but facts about my blog, but the gang rushed to vote down my site simply because it talks about making money.
Introducing the SuperHero58 power hungry user who does in fact thinks he is a super hero with some amazing powers over at WOT (Well Organized Turds)
If this screenshot doesn’t raise a red flag for you then I don’t know what will. There is no way this user can objectively rate 816 sites per day, unless he is using his super hero super weapon like the tool that WOT has for their top 100 members that allows them to rate 100 sites with a click of a button.
So after making my post the SuperHero58 (turd) starts the bandwagon of negativity and rates my blog “very poor” for all criteria that WOT has.
What are the criteria?
So according to WOT reading my blog can put your child in danger but sending them to 1channel.ch (A website with no respect for copyright laws) is Excellent.
Yep, your kids now don’t have to watch movies alone! They can hook up with hot chicks in their local area.
But here is the rating for 1channel.ch
So a website that violates copyright laws on massive scale and sends users to known spyware and phishing sites has excellent rating, but my blog where you get useful tips and information must be a scam because it could help you become a successful affiliate.
But here is where it gets interesting. You see, SuperHero58 is a power user with special super hero privileges. When he rates your website it has much bigger impact than when other regular users rate it.
So no matter how many people go and vote for my blog his rating will overweight yours.
But it gets even better!
He is a true super hero over at Well Organized Turds because when you vote his comments down he makes your votes disappear into oblivion.
Check this out
Now 2 Hours Later
You cannot disagree with him. Whatever he says will stay on top because he will keep resetting his thumbdowns.
So why would I care about this so much?
Well, the problem is that when someone has the WOT plugin installed on their browser it will display a popup over the site with poor rating warning the user.
So now if you go to my blog with that malicious spyware of theirs you will see something like this.
This not only makes me look bad but also prevents traffic to my site.
The big problem is now that Facebook pulls data from Well Organized Turds to check website’s legitimacy.
Facebook has made a big mistake here. Think about it, if your competitor doesn’t want you to advertise on Facebook all they have to do is get your rating down and …POOF … you are gone!
Google has made a similar mistake with DMoz directory. Google used to use DMoz to run their own directory which created a lot of corruption. Business owners would become editors and list their own sites while preventing direct competitors from being accepted. Proof is out there if you are willing to do some digging.
It took Google many years to realize that DMoz couldn’t be trusted anymore so they dropped them.
I really do hope that it doesn’t take Facebook so many years to figure out that MYWOT cannot be trusted.
Everytime there is a community powered site that has the ability to influence ecommerce and how people do business online it leads to corruption, growth of monopolies, and mistrust.
But wait MYWOT also has plans to monetize their user base.
Briefly, WOT is a start-up company with investment from sources such as Michael Widenius investment company Open Ocean, the Finnish Industry Investment Ltd., and a handful of private investors. There are ideas on how to eventually monetize WOT, but none include selling any of our users’ private information.
They might not sell your information but they will learn your browsing habits and eventually sell advertising. Mark my words!
So back to SuperHero58 🙂
He stated on my rating card that my blog is associated with “phishing and other scams”. According to Well Organized Turds if you collect email addresses (it doesn’t matter that users actually need to confirm their subscription) your site is engaging in phishing lol
These people have no idea what they are talking about. This is why a security site should be run by qualified security professionals and not by morons.
Anyway, this post is about to get even better 🙂
I decided to get some unbeatable proof that corruption already exists within WOT (Web Of Trust).
After the SuperHero58 user (who came down on earth to save you from web scams) posted all his ridiculous comments I did some digging.
I went to Freelance sites and discovered that people already post projects to change their WOT (MYWOT- Web Of Trust – Well Organized Turds…whatever) ratings.
I went and posted my own too, so I can see what kind of responses I will get from the bidders. My plan wasn’t to use them, but only to be able to expose WOT’s already existing fraudulent activity, and show you why you should immediately remove WOT’s plugin from your computer.
Here is what I posted:
Within just a few hours I already had 2 bids 🙂 Great!
So I checked the messages and here is what one bidder wrote:
So this guy already penetrated WOT and has 200 accounts! I bet that if I paid him some premium bonus he would also vote down some of my competitors.
By the way, if someone needs this proof for a lawsuit, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to provide more information about this.
There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Proof “black on white” that WOT (Well Organized Turds) cannot be trusted and needs to be investigated. If some dude overseas has the power to post negative ratings about businesses here in the US, or vote positive for some malicious site from 200 WOT accounts then where is the credibility?
I encourage you to link to this post or any other post about these con artists at WOT.
Facebook needs to drop them like a hot potato asap or it’s only going to get worse.
The web should remain neutral. If we keep trying to policy it and create gatekeepers then it’s only going to get more difficult for small businesses to get started.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about safety of the web and weeding out the scams, but this is not the way.
UPDATE: This is a video from MyWot’s official Youtube channel. They accuse me of phishing because I have an optin form that asks for Name and Email but they want all your demographic data so they can later monetize it LOL
By the way, the last sentence at the end of the video (whit the black screen and their logo) when she says “..And please tell a friend” sounds sooo freaking evil, doesn’t it?
Post your comments below. I would like to hear your opinion.