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Why are there people using WOT to ruin peoples reputation?

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 9:40 pm
by docbenton
I just recently received a bad WOT rating for my website claiming it was a spam and phishing site. I only have a vague description of what phishing is. I haven't even sent one email to anyone so spamming is out of the question. I am an honest marketer and I would never rate your site this way unless I knew what I was talking about. Maybe WOT should screen out the haters and let us good guys work without worrying about them.

Seriously pissed

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

Posted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:15 pm
by siblingshot
docbenton.

Kind of hard to resolve the issue without your providing the domain. Then again. I am assuming your reluctance to reveal it is informed by some kind of instinct for damage limitation.

It's a double edged sword. In order to dispel the mistrust you have to lay yourself on the line a little.

If the allegation is - as you say - unfounded I can understand your being pissed.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:33 am
by Guest
Hi docbenton
I assume you are talking about imfreedomcoaching.com

UrlVoid reputation scanner

http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/imfreedomcoaching.com

only WOT detects your site

VT URL analysis tool

http://www.virustotal.com/url-scan/report.html?id=016695bf6119b224df04f8b39e580101-1298413231

Firefox Clean site
G-Data Clean site
Google Safebrowsing Clean site
Opera Clean site
ParetoLogic Clean site
Phishtank Clean site


VT downloaded files analisys

http://www.virustotal.com/file-scan/report.html?id=9d4c18ffcff8799812c8cfa9aea1eb291269685cffb0e0be6ebe57d8dae9b83e-1298416840

File name:
index.html
Submission date:
2011-02-22 23:20:40 (UTC)
Current status:
queued queued analysing finished
Result:
0/ 43 (0.0%)


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http://www.UnmaskParasites.com/security-report/?page=imfreedomcoaching.com

not currently listed as suspicious
External References:

viewer.thinkfree.com
ezinearticles.com
printfriendly.com
sphinn.com
mixx.com
blogplay.com
friendfeed.com


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ping.fm

http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=ping.fm

What is the current listing status for ping.fm?

This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

What happened when Google visited this site? What Happened When Google visited this site?

Of the 314 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 3 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. Of the 314 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 3 page (s) resulted in malicious software downloaded and installed Being without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2011-02-12, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2011-02-02. The last time Google visited this site on 02/12/2011 Was, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site Was on 02/02/2011.

Malicious software includes 1 scripting exploit(s). Malicious software includes 1 scripting exploit (s).

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twitter.com
johnrwoodman.com
ignitewithrobert.com
irantstories.wordpress.com
facebook.com
topblogformula.com


Clean

While In despite of Google diagnostic results

downloads.mailchimp.com


http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/downloads.mailchimp.com

http://hosts-file.net/?s=downloads.mailchimp.com

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I'm visiting your website right now

You have a very good privacy policy

imfreedomcoaching.com/privacy-policy/

your webpage to paid surveys

imfreedomcoaching.com/paid-surveys/

1st and 2nd link lead to:


eu.bidhere.com/?ref_id=ManBntyS-33168

http://www.mywot.com/it/scorecard/eu.bidhere.com

This subdomain inherits the reputation of bidhere.com

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/bidhere.com

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3rd link leads to:

urveysavvy.com/ss/ss_index.php?action=join

http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/surveysavvy.com

green even if not so satisfactory

http://hosts-file.net/?s=surveysavvy.com

SpamCop lists it as well

...

I'm sorry cannot go on since I got

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Apache/1.3.33 Server at imfreedomcoaching.com Port 80


Question: did you try to get in touch with the user who commented your site in order to clarify?


Currently unrated from my side

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

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:52 am
by c۞g
Just a guess...
Maybe someone discovered the "get rich quick" affiliate links you provide on your site.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 5:59 am
by Keavs
I have to ask....

If you don't even know what phishing is, how can you possibly counsel anyone on net safety or even know whether you are linking to legitimate sites?

Did you just add the comment about joining and using WOT that is on your survey page.


The first question really struck me as glaring.

The second I'm just curious.

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

Posted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:39 am
by OldNick
I am still a puzzled bystander re WOT.....however....

The person that gave you both bad raps is a platinum member. I have to assume they have some reason and know what they are doing. Maybe contact them and ask (nicely) for an explanation. I can understand your being pissed, because you mean as well as you can, but with websites, if you have links, you need to know what those links are doing. You may not phish or spam, but you may have a link that does, or even a hacked site. So start out asking nice and easy and you may get a result.

I am rather surprised that, given you are personally questioning this and it's your site, the site has been marked as a fake site!

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

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:47 pm
by tellonem
"I don't know what phishing is." Here is an example of phishing. Say you get email and it says it's from your bank. The email displays yourbank.com, but when you mouse over the link, it points to wescamyou.com.
I hope this gives you insight into what phishing is. It says it is from someone you trust, but it is from someone else, to trick you into giving them personal information.

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

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 7:11 am
by docbenton
My bad I thought it was attached to my profile. My web address is http://imfreedomcoaching.com

Thanks in advance!

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

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 7:22 am
by Guest
Now I am curious why you waited three months to come back.
They figured out your domain. I'll look at the site, but you may want to go over the thread and respond.

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

Posted: Fri May 27, 2011 7:24 am
by docbenton
Yes I did try to get a hold of him and it says he hasn't been active for over three months. When I checked out his profile to see his other ratings they were all bad and not one good thing to say about anyone.

Here's his profile link http://www.mywot.com/en/user/8255

Thank you for reviewing my site. I deleted the Paid Survey page a while ago but my cache must be keeping it up somehow. I am fairly new to creating blogs so I have some errors to study up on and fix causing the Server Errors. I think it's plugin related.