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Is having a fake "About us" page legal?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by LuckyDeath, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. LuckyDeath

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    Hello, I've decided to give a try to Amazon Affiliate site. I've set up an website, imported some products and ordered few articles. So far so good.

    Anyway, I ordered one article for my "About Us" page. Everything is good, article is written really well and I also wanted short bio about few personas (experts in niche). Well, I started to fill my site, and then I suddenly stopped and started to be concerned.

    As you for sure know, "About Us" page and those personas are completely fake. It looks like a team of experts with long history, which is exactly what I wanted. But now I have this stupid question, if it's even legal. Like if it's not false advertising or something.

    For those personas I used fakenamegenerator and stock photos from photobank (I have a licence).

    I have disclosure page, that this is an Amazon Affiliate site, but should I write also something about this fake informations? Or remove "About Us" page and those personas completely?

    I have feeling, that if I had no "About Us" page, it would destroy trust of my future potential customers.

    So what should I do? How do you manage it?
     
  2. Conor

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    Do you think these people are real: http://avada.theme-fusion.com/meet-the-team/

    Personally, I'd say keep a legit business legit. If you feel like you're doing something wrong, you have your answer. It might not be illegal but if it doesn't feel right, to me it's not worth it.
     
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  3. LuckyDeath

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    Thanks for your answer, Conor. You are completely right. This is a legit business, so I should treat it like that. I will wait for potential contribution from other users about legal side.

    Anyway, for now I have put below the title of "About Us" page this sentence: "Important! Please, read this disclaimer!", which links to the page with statement, that all names and descriptions of people are fictitious, including "About Us" page, which is based on Amazon sellers, with which we are affiliated.
     
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  5. Roy Carter

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    If you about us is Irrelevant, then may be its Illegal .
     
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    LoL than I think you can put million of people into jail if that is illegal.. who cares if it is. Just create your profile there and you are fine.
     
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    I do believe that when you have the real experts who can be able to handle the services you are targeting, then it is the best move. You need to be careful because when only one person discovers hat you can not deliver, the word will spread all over and the business I believe you have spend some good money will be brought to a close. Sometime we do exaggerate things but just avoid having them get out of hand for your own safety.
     
  8. LuckyDeath

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    Thanks everyone for answers, I appreciate it!

    For now I have it like I wrote in my second post. I stopped worrying and just launch it.

    When I'll have some visitors I maybe do some A/B testing (with and without "About Us" page) and will see, if it's worth it.
     
  9. SkullGuy

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    If you are developing a fake persona to keep your privacy, I would say you have every right. Or if you have any other legitimate reason. Google penalizing you if they find out you have 20 affiliate sites is a legitimate reason. The illegal or red zone would be are you trying to defraud people? If you are providing real and relevant content, providing some sort of value and you are not twisting someone's arm to buy from you then I would say you're ok. Are people getting ripped off as a result of your fake profile? Are you stealing from them? That's the way I look at it.
     
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    Then may be its Illegal, If you about us is Irrelevant.
     
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    The illegal or red zone would be are you trying to defraud people?