Here's a scam that Jason Ryan Isakson uses on online marketers that have at least some fame:
First, you have to get sort of famous to the degree that your name is used as a keyword phrase people use when advertising using Google's Pay-Per-Clicks (AdWords Select).
See how mine is used by clicking here.
I found a bogus as hell review at Jason's own Review Site here.
The people listed don't even exist as I ought to know the members of my own affiliate program, right?
So here's what Jason did to me (that I recently found out he does to others)?
I contacted Jason and he called me back regarding the so-called negative reviews by so-called bona fide people (supposedly former members of an affiliate program I had).
Jason acted on the phone as if he weren't even responsible for these; saying that these were just postings people randomly posted at his site and that anyone was free to even make up negative postings if they hated someone or was even jealous of them.
Jason then said that he recognized me as being a very successful Internet ?guru? (I actually hate this word!) and said he would make me a very good deal.
Jason mapped out a careful solution to all these negative reviews people had supposedly been posting about me at his site.
Jason said that he would promptly remove all the negative entries, and then he would write his own review (a very positive one!) about me that he would put in its place.
BUT! ? There was a contingency on my part that I had to meet first:
Jason DEMANDED (yes, demanded!) that for his doing this I must place on all my sites (I had 15 of them at the time enjoying over 4.8 million unique visitors monthly!) a TEXT LINK to HIS SITE!
People have offered me upwards of $30,000 a month just to place a small button banner at any ONE of my sites; so what Jason was demanding in exchange for the removal of these negative entries was about $450,000 a month in advertising ? but FREE!
I argued with Jason that I shouldn't be compelled to do this as he so easily offered to remove the negative entries about me at his site.
For someone interested in allowing other people a forum in which to express their opinion, Jason didn't seem truly interested in their opinions, but more so interested in my giving him $450,000 a month in advertising ? and seemed almost delighted at the ?leverage? these negative entries provided him over me.
Not only that, but Jason even demanded that I enroll in an affiliate program he was into about video emails.
I wanted not to get involved as I already had this technology in house.
Jason assured me that since (in his own words) none of the negative entries about me were true that he would take them down whether I gave him text links or got involved with his video email program or not.
One month later the negative entries were still there (after having been removed for two whole days).
I called him and asked why this was, to which he explained that it was his ?understanding that this page had been removed since it was untrue.?
So he again reassured me it would be taken down and that I didn't have to join his video email program or give him text links to his sites.
Another month passed, and guess what? You guessed it! The negative reviews were (and are) still there!
When I called Jason a third time, this time he changed his whole stance on the matter.
He stressed the importance to HIS SITES page ranks and position in organic results in search engines (like Google) and how it all depended on how many text links pointed back to HIM, as this made for better search engine optimization (SEO).
He insisted that if I placed the text links at my sites pointing back to his sites, and if I also join his silly video email program, that he would promptly allow me to write my own review about myself, and he would then place it (as if written by him!) in place of the page with all the negative entries about me.
I started to smell something fishy as I knew that all these people claiming to be my affiliates weren't even really any of my actual affiliates.
I double checked my complete database to be absolutely sure, and NONE (not even one of them!) came up.
So basically the negative entries at Jason Ryan Isakson's Review Site weren't real at all; someone made them all up -- but why?
Then I got a phone call from another Internet marketer who is very famous.
This ?guru? explained to me that once he too was the subject of a lot of negative entries at Jason's sites, and that he had found Jason's Review Site the same way I had: by doing a name search on ones own name at Google.
He (just like me) contacted Jason Ryan Isakson and said he didn't appreciate all the negative stuff people were supposedly saying at this review site.
Jason said the exact same things to him (i.e., ?Oh my gosh! These things aren't true?? ? ?I'll take them down, and you can even write your own review, and I'll put it up as if it was written by me not you? ? ?Oh, and by the way, maybe you could point some text links back to my site, and maybe also join my video email program while you're at it??)
And guess what happened when the other Internet marketing ?guru? failed to give Jason ton of free advertising (just like I had done!)
The negative reviews never came down!
Jason even acted like this was the fault of poor web development help that he had at the time saying ?Gosh dang those crappy web developers of mine! I should really fire them this time!?
Yet Jason never fires anyone because HE is the one that refuses to take down the negative reviews!
In a nutshell, Jason Ryan Isakson has discovered a very clever little loophole almost anyone can utilize on the Web to get FREE TRAFFIC:
1. Create a fake review site (as if you really care about what people think!)
2. Select a good number of real Internet marketers whose names are BIG!
3. Put up some fake entries that are very negative about that Internet marketer making sure to use their full name severally so these pages get picked up in organic results at Google and other top search engines.
4. Be sure to put what sound like real people's names after each one; and even throw out a few that read ?Class action lawyer in Beverly Hills seeks others in lawsuit against [then the famous person's name].?
5. Then sit back and wait for these famous people to email you or call you asking why these negative entries are all occurring over there at your site (and few if any other places; as in my own particular case!)
6. Then act really SHOCKED to learn of this, and even go as far as to falsely assure these famous Internet marketers that you'll take them all down as soon as possible.
7. But don't forget to slip into the conversation somewhere very carefully how you'd like a little FREE TRAFFIC thrown your way for doing them a ?favor.?
8. Make sure you don't sound like you're extorting them (because that's blackmail in essence and very illegal!)
9. And then do nothing until the Internet marketer does what you've asked.
If you repeat this every so often, you could probably get perhaps at least 20 semi-famous ?gurus? to do as you asked, and with all THEIR traffic also pointed your way, you will have very carefully (and criminally) leveraged all the FREE TRAFFIC you could ever need to YOUR SITE.
And the BEST part is:
Most of these people will never have even guessed that you've scammed them, as they'll just incorrectly assume that all those negative entries at your so-called ?Review Site? were real; they'll more than likely never find out that you just really made them all up so you could gain some powerful (but FAKE!) leverage over them!
They'll figure they're getting off lightly by you taking down all the negative press about them (even though YOU really just made it all up!)
This kind of crap really pisses me off and makes me sick.
Jason Ryan Isakson has used this technique to get quite a lot of traffic sent his way to make himself quite a lot of money by creating false fears in others who unlike him work hard for where they've gotten.
Someone shoot Jason Ryan Isakson now!