Why You Should Accept Negative Comments - I Got a Doozy
Have you ever received a negative comment on your website from people who did not agree with what you published? If you haven't, you will eventually. This is especially true if you create reviews of competing products, like those with WA Bootcamp websites.
LET ME SET THE SCENE...
I recently did a scam review of an MLM-style MMO (Make Money Online) program that I am not going to mention here. I don't want to give it anymore "written" credit by mentioning its name. Plus I know of at least two WA members who are a part of this opportunity.
About a year and a half ago I was approached by a Facebook friend to join this opportunity. As I always do, I researched the opportunity to learn more than what this friend was telling me. It sounded great from his perspective but what I learned gave me a sense of pause.
So I declined his offer but I kept tabs on this program. Why did I decide to keep track on this opportunity even though I turned down the offer to join? My scam radar was beginning to buzz but I didn't want to write a scam review without learning more. This gets better.
MY DISCOVERY PROCESS
One of the things I learned about this opportunity was that it would cost $97.00 to join but you would not get any chance to earn any money until this opportunity would go live. It was still in its prelaunch phase and you were just paying to reserve your spot as a founder.
I guess you could look at it as an investment, which I am sure many people did because they bought into the hype of the compensation plan. But like most MLM compensation plans, did the people who joined based on the numbers, read the fine print of the income disclosure?
The monetary amounts shown were only examples of what "may happen" under certain circumstances. There was no guarantee that any of those amounts would be made by any of the members. This is why I always tell people not to focus on what you could earn.
Long story short, there was NO WAY I or anyone else should invest money into an online opportunity that was pretty vague on how you would actually make money, if whatever products they sold were for a retail market, and when the company was in prelaunch.
I am not saying it is unsafe to join all companies in prelaunch, but it is very suspicious to join a prelaunch company that has no products yet, that doesn't tell you when they intend to launch, and if their products will be available to those who are not members.
ONE AND A HALF YEARS LATER...
I watched and mildly investigated this company for almost one and a half years as it remained in prelaunch, yet kept collecting $97.00 from new member sign ups. Then once I had collected a mountain of evidence that this was not legit, I wrote and published my scam review.
I gave proof that the owner of the company was involved with two related ponzi schemes that eventually were shut down by the SEC. He did not own these schemes but he was an active member. In this new venture, NONE of the promotional videos showed him at all.
You would think if you were about to launch the next BIG Thing, you would personally make your sales pitch. Even Matt Lloyd of MOBE did that. The more I dug the more I found many inaccuracies with regard to this new program, like exposing their fake street addresses.
I left no stone unturned in this review. When I look on Google and YouTube for honest reviews exposing at least half of what I had found, there are only a handsful of other sites and YouTube videos calling this a scam, even one from an ex-founder member who left me a comment.
Every single time one of the network marketing team leaders for this program says something big is going to happen in a couple of weeks, that time comes and goes and nothing new happens. I had seen this same song and dance for more than a year. This was not legit!
THEN THE 1ST NEGATIVE COMMENT
The first, and I am sure it will not be the last, negative comment was a real doozy! It wouldn't surprise me if the person who left it was either the owner or one of his big marketing team leaders. He did not use his real name because he used my name and a fake picture.
He used foul language, called me a liar, questioned the many things I had exposed about the owner, claimed that my name was fake and that I was an Indian from India (that made me LMAO), made statements that I never said by twisting my words, and was really pissed off.
He then copies the last 8 paragraphs of his 13 paragraph negative comment and pastes it in the replies to some comments thanking me for exposing the lies. These 8 paragraphs mainly try to discredit what I found out about the owner. This is why I think it was him commenting.
Unlike him I did not reply back with angry foul language but rather I told the truth and reversed the many lies he was claiming that I made. I even replied differently for each of his copy and paste comments. I even thanked him for boosting my SEO with wordy comments. LOL
Regardless of what he wrote, there was no way I was going to delete this negative comment nor just approve it without giving my reply. Especially when he made false claims about Wealthy Affiliate. I was polite and even grateful for his comment, which is how you respond.
If you post a honest review based on facts from solid research, and someone leaves you a negative comment, don't get angry and reply. Reply positively and clearly. If you want you can read my scam review and the negative comment here, on my WA Bootcamp website.
Do not be afraid to embrace negative comments because having them on your website will show your website readers that you are both open to criticism and honest in your replies. Your readers will see you as genuine, as long as you are not nasty in your reply comment.