Ta posted a response to my recent blogs to my Facebook wall and my site. She did the right thing. She left a comment. Ta didn’t agree with me, so she directly challenged me with her perspective in writing.
If you disagree with what anyone is doing online, there is no reason to turn it into a witch hunt. Instead comment, unsubscribe, unfollow, unlike, hide and/or block their feed. You may also wish to make others aware of the injustice, scams, fraud, fake giveaways, etc. you came across, but you can do it in a considerate manner.
My intention from day one was to use this platform to teach, and I am human. I make mistakes. It’s also why I am as transparent as possible in everything I do, so my followers feel comfortable enough to ask me anything they wish. Even if it appears harsh.
I thought it was only fair to take a look at myself after putting the spotlight on what others bloggers can do to deceive the public for their own gain. I am very aware that once you choose to be part of the public domain the haters were going to appear and arrows will be flung. Believe me, I have had more than my fair share over the past ten years. I am not afraid to put myself in the spotlight and share my perspective.
I don’t care what @Fru-Gals did, might have and/or not have done but do you really need to write a 3 part article about the blog – you are also benefiting from her plight.
Most of what you’ve posted are insinuations and can qualify as slander.
I’ve been contesting long enough to remember some of your scam errors (as you stated at the time) one example is the 2007 Annual National Contestors Convention that you held in Toronto and people that attended claimed that it was a scam and was so disorganized etc – here is one post http://www.goldfishlegs.net/bowl/showthread.php?postid=322985 (I’m sure that others would be able to dig up more if they want to).
Secondly, you are also guilt of some of the allegations – you profit from posting contest without a disclaimer. The only time you post contest in contest forums are when you a promoting it/being paid to do so.
Remember “You can point a finger, but there’s three pointing back”. Please stop the witch hunt. You don’t need to destroy her business or blog just because she is an easy target.
Let me go through each of her points one by one.
1) Any blogger, not just me, who writes about anything remotely controversial benefits in some way whether it be site traffic, social followers or paid clients. It’s why all bloggers write. To increase traffic, so they can attract clients, sponsors, agencies, etc. I do not know anyone who makes money blogging. I do not earn money writing answers to questions, teaching winning techniques, etc. Money is earned from anything sponsored: posts and social campaigns, site ads, Twitter parties, etc. I am no different than any other blogger. I have never hidden that fact.
2) What someone writes isn’t libel if they have proof to back-up their statements.
3) The convention was not a scam. The only thing stated in the GoldFishLegs thread was those posting thought I was disorganized or they didn’t understand the value. There has been an annual sweepstakes convention hosted in the U.S. for the past 27 years. Ten of the people that attended my convention were American, so they had something to compare it to. They all stated it was they best one they had ever attended. I would say that dispels the notion is was a disaster.
The $200 registration fee may seem steep, but the cost was inline with the U.S. conventions and it’s only that high to cover costs. It was never designed to be a profit making endeavor. For example, out of the $200 fee, $75 covered the cost of the Saturday evening banquet dinner. As there were so many arrows flung my way, not as many people attended as I needed to cover costs. I ended up spending $15,000 out of my own pocket (as I had signed the contracts with the hotel) along with investing 1200+ volunteer man hours to running the event.
The convention I helped run isn’t a new topic for me. I have written extensively with additional details as to what happened and why, I will refer you to:
- A Brief History of ContestQueen.com (May 29, 2010)
- Where Are Sweepstakes Conventions Held? (May 27, 2015)
4) I do post with and without disclaimers. Let me explain.
When a client hires me to viral market their sweepstakes I blog about it (sometimes with a tracking link, not a dirty link), with a disclaimer. I share it on my social media outlets, without a disclaimer, linking back to my blog post, with the disclaimer. I then go to various contest websites and post the giveaway without a disclaimer.
The reason I post to contest sites without a disclaimer and clean links is because I have had personal discussions with each and every site owner I share to and that is what we agreed upon. They allow me to post, but I am not to state I am being paid, nor am I to use a tracking link. I feel if the site owners are aware of my actions and are agreeable to it then it’s OK. I am not hiding the fact, it’s what I do. I am not the only company offering a sweepstakes viral marketing service (ContestListing is one example).
I wish I could post more to the contest sites as a hobbyist and not a marketer. I used to enter contests for an hour or two a day, every day and did so for years. Working full-time for a few years, along with my divorce with an increased work load, filled my plate and something had to fall off. Sadly, it was my favorite pastime. I do enter here and there during the day, but not enough to call it a proper hobby at the moment. Getting back into a winning routine is one of my 2016 goals.
5) I will take full responsibility for my poor choice of picking up on ‘a story’ and publishing it on my platform. I agree I should have taught those contest lessons without using specific examples. Sadly, the topics I outlined are not limited to one site or one blogger, nor are the only deceitful practices some engage in. In future I will remain as neutral as possible.
You be the judge. Do I deceive my followers?