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Complaint Review: Tim McKinlay Created a Fake Review Blog for His Wealthy Affiliate Recruiting Scheme - Internet

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  • Reported By: Jamie — Kansas City United States
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  • Tim McKinlay Created a Fake Review Blog for His Wealthy Affiliate Recruiting Scheme Internet United States

Tim McKinlay Created a Fake Review Blog for His Wealthy Affiliate Recruiting Scheme Tim McKinlay Affiliate UnGuru Wealthy Affiliate Tim McKinlay Tim has created a recruiting scheme to teach others how to setup fake review blog to recruit others. Classic recruiting scam. Internet


*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Profit At Any Cost

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: If you are victim of Tim McKinlay - Contact FTC and FBI

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Wealthy Affiliate Scammers Attack Company

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Keep in mind INTENT is 99% of the Law

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Tim From Affiliate UNguru

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Tim McKinlay comes across as the next door all american nice guy - most con artists do. They want to appear nice on the outside to win your trust over.  But underneath they will scheme and scam you without you even knowing. That's what Tim has done. Now that Wealthy Affiliate has lost in court for doing this - he will soon go down. His scam works like this and he has a few scams.

Number One:

Find other marketers or other companies who have low ranking keywords & write a bogus review for the sole purpose of getting the SEO to rank you for that marketer or company. Remember - they don't care what the review says - they want to stuff it with keywords to get ranked. Because they want the kickback from Wealthy Afffiliate who just lost in court for doing this.

Number Two:

Tim creates fake review to recruit others who creates fake review to recruit others ... classic recruiting scam. The problem with his and the Wealthy Affiliate blueprint is that they aren't creating "real review" sistes. They are tryiing to copy each other while attacking other marketers or businesses.   

There are several deceptions going on here:

People don't know that he's getting a kickback and his true intentions are. Tricking the search engines to stuff your keywords to get ranked for a term for the sole puprose of diverting traffic so you can get a kickback is fraud. ANy false info that is put down makes you libel in court... and that's why Wealthy Affiliate lost in court. If you are a victim, contact the FTC and the FBI - put Tim McKinlay behind bars immediately. Get him off the net. He's a con artist from back in the day.

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#6 General Comment


AUTHOR: Net - (United States)

POSTED: Monday, December 30, 2019

I'm going with your side Tim. That's a complete slander from them. Absurd and ridiculous.

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Profit At Any Cost

AUTHOR: Jeffrey - (Afghanistan)

POSTED: Saturday, November 24, 2018

Let's discuss this scenario ,...

1. First - what is your intention for reviewing these companies and services.


Let's be 100% clear and honest with your intentions because Wealthy Affiliate teaches people how to rank for people's keywords in order for you to get leads and they pay you a kickback for doing so.

100% truth.

2.  Second - let's say you're a company trying to promote your product, training and services.

YOU come in and through deceptive practices trying to trick the search engines & get them to RANK you for THEM... YOU come up on page one FOR YTHEM..


YOU ARE NOT THEM.  You have no business targeting their customers.  
YOU ARE NOT THEM.  You have no business trying to advertise YOUR scam to their customers.

3.  When you create fake reviews for the sole purpose of deceiving search engines to get ranked for other companies just to direct and divert their traffic to you in order to get a kickback from wealthy affiliate - that's fraud.

Deceptive trade practice for the purpose of diverting leads.


Pretty soon you can't even find the real company because of all the bogus reviews diverting the company's traffic to YOUR bogus scheme...

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If you are victim of Tim McKinlay - Contact FTC and FBI

AUTHOR: Jeffrey - (Afghanistan)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

If you are a victim of Tim McKinlay's keyword stuffing scheme & he has even stated one false info in your review, please report to the FTC and the FBI. This scam has got to stop! 

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Wealthy Affiliate Scammers Attack Company

AUTHOR: Jeffrey - (Afghanistan)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Thanks for your rebuttal.... Stuffing keywords & tricking search engines for the sole purpose of getting THEIR traffic to click on YOUR scheme is fraud. MOBE sues Wealthy Affiliate. MOBE wins lawsuit. Wealthy Affiliate directs their scammers to submit fake FTC notices. FTC receives many complaints from Wealthy Affiliate. FTC investigates and finds that they sold MOBE using targeted landing pages. That is WHY they shut them down. FTC does not like people who target veterans and the elderly. That's the problem with advertising on Facebook because Facebook teaches TARGET by niche so you'd want to match your target audience. Classic 101 marketing technique. THIS IS WHY WEALTHY AFFILIATE CANNOT BE TRUSTED! They are writing fake reviews & attacking companies when they sue & lose. FTC never stated that MOBE was a scam... rather - their targeting practices they did not like... and THEY NEVER GAVE THEM DUE PROCESS! Rather they froze their accounts without due process & said fight it in court. That's illegal too. Just like FTC will do to you - when they realize that YOU are writing bogus reviews - keyword stuffing & then, hiring people on Fiverr to create fake backlinks to your reviews. TELL THE TRUTH SCAMMER! 

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Keep in mind INTENT is 99% of the Law

AUTHOR: Jeffrey - (Afghanistan)

POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

INTENT... Ask yourself what the INTENT is for this blogger... THE INTENT is to deceive the search engines, stuff keywords & manipulate the SEO to steal traffic for those keywords... THEN - he directs people to his affiliate link to get a kickback from Wealthy Affiliate... Look up Wealthy Affiliate scams & you will see that they have a lengthy report & are LOSING in court... Because attacking others - trying to rank for keywords for entrepreneurs, teachers, coaches, authors for the purpose of directing their audience to your blog scheme is deceptive... INTENT; What is your intent: TO DIVERT THEIR TRAFFIC & GET A KICKBACK FROM YOUR SCHEME! They find a keyword that is non-competitive.. and then, keyword stuff with cornerstone posts so they can rank for the other company to divert THAT traffic to their post... MOST of these reviews never lead the viewer to the search term... THEY ALL DIVERT TO WEALTHY AFFILIATE to learn the same bogus strategy... Can you even imagine being a company and having a group of online scammers take your name and products & then, rank for them... and now, you have YOUR company and a bunch of scammers diverting YOUR traffic to their wealthy affiliate link for a kickback. That's fraud. You are losing in court. Thankfully. IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF THIS FRAUD - REPORT THIS TO THE FTC AND FBI... THEY ARE PROSECUTING AND WEALTHY AFFILIATE IS LOSING IN COURT! 

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AUTHOR: Tim - (Australia)

POSTED: Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wow. This is blatant slander if I've ever seen it.

Where do I begin...

First of all, you claim that my reviews are "fake".

I take the accuracy of each review very seriously, and I put a significant amount of time and effort into making sure my reviews (and other content) are genuinely helpful to people. When I review a legitimate program, I call it legitimate. When I review a low quality program or a scam, I call it a low quality program or scam. Either way, I call it like I see it, even if it does ruffle a few feathers. And at the end of the day, it's just my opinion. I believe people are well and truly smart enough to form their own objective opinion about the program, regardless of what my personal opinion is.

What I have found over the years, is that those who call into question the legitimacy of my reviews, are quite often those who are angry I didn't give a 'positive review' of the program they promote. And I'm quite sure that this is the real reason behind your attack here.

In any case, I have thousands of comments on my site and on my Wealthy Affiliate profile page (not to mention emails), many of which are from people who thank me for my reviews and for helping them get started online. So I must be doing something right.

Second of all, you claim that I am "tricking the search engines" by "stuffing keywords" and "stealing SEO".

This one actually made me laugh. I can say with absolute confidence that ANYONE who understands (even the basics) of content marketing and SEO, will agree about how utterly absurd this is. For a start, search engines like Google, actually penalise sites for keyword stuffing, and reward sites that post useful and relevant content, on a consistent basis. Which is exactly what I do. It is not a "fraud" or "crime" to post reviews on your own site, that (as most of my readers would agree) are fair and helpful. Accusing me of somehow "tricking" the most technologically advanced search engine algorithm on the planet, owned by Google (a multi-billion dollar company), is nothing short of ridiculous.

Third of all, you say that my promoting Wealthy Affiliate is somehow a scam and that I don't disclose this.

I am a PROUD member of Wealthy Affiliate, and I absolutely endorse, recommend and promote Wealthy Affiliate. And I will continue doing so for many years to come. Because Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate company that helps people build real businesses, and one that has been around for over 13 years now.

I also promote other programs on my site that I believe in and use myself. Which you can find on my resources page, along with a clear affiliate disclaimer stating that I earn commissions for promoting these programs. Not to mention, I disclose that I earn commissions within my affiliate disclosure and I'm always open about this whenever someone asks me. I absolutely earn commissions promoting stuff I believe in, and it's a great thing for everyone involved.

Furthermore, the fact that I promote products on my site has ZERO bearing on the credibility of my reviews. I could literally promote ANYTHING I want on my site, at any time. I choose to promote Wealthy Affiliate because it is a legitimate platform and one I use myself.

Lastly, you claim that "Wealthy Affiliate has lost in court for doing this".

Wealthy Affiliate was taken to court by MOBE, a company that was recently shutdown by the FTC for being (and I quote) "an internet marketing scam that has deceived and brought devastating losses to consumers nationwide". The FTC also states that the "entire business model is a fraud".

This was taken directly from the FTC website:

Not sure why you left that part out of your 'complaint'?

In any case, this is a company that the FTC clearly states is a scam, and they took Wealthy Affiliate to court in an effort to silence anyone who spoke out against the scam. So I'm glad you bought this up, because the truth always comes out in the end, and that is exactly what has happened here.

Anyways, despite the vicious slander you have posted about me here, I wish you the best going forward (whoever you are). As for me, I will continue building my business, giving my readers value, and promoting programs I believe in.

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