Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by docbenton » Fri May 27, 2011 7:26 am

There is no get rich quick links on my site because there is no get rich quick programs.

Yes they are affiliate links but they are legitimate products.

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by docbenton » Fri May 27, 2011 7:36 am

I created that page a while ago and I have not changed it except to add more survey sites. Recently I deleted the whole page so you must be visiting a cached page.

I know what phishing is but I do not have a clue how one would do it. If you visited my site you would know that I have a lot more to learn about blogging. I think you should just check out all the ratings the guy who rated my site poorly made. Maybe I'm the only one who thinks it's odd that he rated over 900 sites exactly as he did mine without one good rating for anyone. He also thumbed down any good comments I had.

Check it out http://www.mywot.com/en/user/8255

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by docbenton » Fri May 27, 2011 7:45 am

Yeah he's a Platinum member who has never given a good rating to anyone and over 900 bad ratings. When I tried to ask him why I got nothing, in fact it said he hasn't been active for over three months and that baffled me due to the fact he rated my site just before that. The hacking you speak of could be the culprit as well. I beefed up security which also slowed down my site considerably.

The reason I am peeved is I actually created a video that directed people to WOT to help protect them. Anyone I work with installs the app on my request. The question I have here is why would I do that? Here's the video I created http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XtnVnXYrSI

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by Guest » Fri May 27, 2011 7:49 am

Might look here: http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/trafficformula2.com

You have links to them.

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by docbenton » Fri May 27, 2011 8:12 pm

I didn't wait it said that right after he rated it bad.

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by docbenton » Fri May 27, 2011 8:18 pm

Well the rating has gotten worse since I posted in here so I guess it's time to quit using and promoting WOT. It's not accurate and a waste of time.

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by 1.6180339 » Fri May 27, 2011 8:44 pm

I feel your pain. Most people who rate sites are objective and fair. A few are not. Also, there a few web gurus here who will give the red badge of shame for the most trivial of transgressions.

WOT is useful as far as warning folks about known attack sites but is rather cavalier with regard to damaging the reputations of people with the red badge of shame rating for things such as controversial opinion. Especially with the not safe for children. I have seen sites that are rated not child safe that are obviously not dangerous to children.

Check out the score card for http://imfreedomcoaching.com. Why on earth is this site rated poor for child safety? That is a horrible thing to say about somebody without backing it up. Based on four comments related to spam and phishing, this site gets a poor ranking for child safety? Shameful.


I am in a quandary. Since I turned on my customers to WOT, I have a lot less virus and malware removal business. I want to continue recommending it but I see it being abused occasionally to hurt honest people. For now I continue to recommend it but with the caveat that the ratings are not all that Trust Worthy. I tell them to read the score card prior to deciding that the red badge of shame is significant.

I think maybe it is time to Google up some alternatives, if there are any.

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by docbenton » Fri May 27, 2011 8:58 pm

Thank you for this comment, it means a lot to me.

The last thing I want to do is hurt anyone, in fact it's just the opposite. My goal with the website is to get people on the phone and help them with any problems they have in the realms of Web Design, List Building, Traffic Generation and Internet Marketing in general.

I think part of the problem might be that I gave good ratings to bad sites before I understood the internet. This was a couple years ago.

I also think the guy who gave me the rating should explain to me why he did so. Like I said in a previous post, he has over 900 ratings that are all the same as the rating he gave me. No good ratings at all.

Anyway thanks again for replying.


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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by 1.6180339 » Fri May 27, 2011 9:49 pm

900 hundred bad ratings?

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RE: Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Post by Guest » Fri May 27, 2011 10:15 pm

@ docbenton

I'm sorry I do not get you.

also think the guy who gave me the rating should explain to me why he did so. Like I said in a previous post, he has over 900 ratings that are all the same as the rating he gave me. No good ratings at all.

You have been promoting myWOT

Well the rating has gotten worse since I posted in here so I guess it's time to quit using and promoting WOT. It's not accurate and a waste of time.


and you do not know what the Mass Rating Tool is
http://www.mywot.com/wiki/Mass_rating_tool

and that WOT members are allowed to use some Trusted Sources?
http://www.mywot.com/wiki/Trusted_Sources

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