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Guy makes up story, gets interviewed by Yahoo! Finance & links his affiliate website

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by markedup, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. markedup

    markedup Newbie

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    Guy makes it to Yahoo! Finance saying he became a millionaire, they even interviewed him on video but then they deleted the video after finding out the truth and updated the story with an apology.

    I can't post links but google: anton ivanov yahoo finance The truth about the 27-year-old "self-made millionaire"

    Basic summary from the article:

    "Anton Ivanov launched a financial education blog in September called Financessful.com. On his site and in articles written for other personal finance blogs, Ivanov claimed he was a ?self-made millionaire? who began investing at age 18 after watching his parents mismanage their finances.
    We came across Ivanov?s story first in an article he wrote for a well-regarded personal finance blog. He had written a couple of other guest posts on other blogs, but no major publication had covered him before. We decided to reach out to him for an interview.

    We were not dilligent enough when it came to looking for ways he might personally gain by sharing his story with our audience. Yes, we knew he would certainly see an uptick in his blog's traffic, but other than that, there didn?t seem to be much opportunity for financial gain. He was not, to our knowledge, selling financial products or working for a financial services firm in any capacity.

    It wasn?t until we confronted him about his Facebook confession that he revealed that he received kickbacks from financial service companies for referrals sent from his website. These commissions ranged from $10 to $75 each time someone signed up for their services from a link posted on Ivanov's site, although he would not give other details about them or tell us how much he earned from traffic generated by Yahoo?s story."
     
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  2. karupoiss

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    Out of the box thinking :D
     
  3. Happyjoe

    Happyjoe Junior Member

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    Well nice story but it's short