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The Curious Case of member akany - someone can explain me?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zx123, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. zx123

    zx123 Senior Member

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    Few hours ago when browsing the home, I found this old thread
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    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/my-journey-discussions/763857-journey-10-000-per-day-traffic-arbitrage.html
    google cache here:
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    cache:http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/my-journey-discussions/763857-journey-10-000-per-day-traffic-arbitrage.html
    I always loved traffic arbitrage, so I clicked and I started to read, but when I clicked the page 2 I get the error message from bhw because the thread was deleted meanwhile. So I used google cache to see the other pages because I thinked (maybe was a good thread and was moved to vip section...) but when I arrived to page 11 I found this post in the thread:
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    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/my-journey-discussions/763857-journey-10-000-per-day-traffic-arbitrage-11.html
    So I started to investigate and with a simple whois I found the domain traffix3 was online since the end of december 2014... the strange thing is that akany in jan started a thread:
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    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/732913-easy-xx-day-social-media-adult.html
    My questions are:
    1) There is a real scam autopromoting system here? Or it is just a coincidence?
    2) The thread was deleted by a MOD or by akany to prevents people report it (he is a vip so can delete own threads)?
     
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  2. 9999k

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    Akany's traffic arbitrage journey was fantastic, disappointed it has vanished.

    He talked about getting banned from a network and responded in detail to questions, very well executed if he was self promoting his own network. His earnings were hitting the $1k a day mark though, very possible it got moved?
     
  3. BreaknBrix

    BreaknBrix Power Member

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    I'm JR VIP and can't delete my own threads. I can only close them.

    I was actually watching everything go down and was VERY suspicious by how it ended abruptly with no explanation, no nothing... like it never happened.
     
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    Akany went full black hat mode on BHW noobs...
     
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  5. 9999k

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    Also, the person that outed him joined this month and only had 2 posts. Akany hasn't been banned yet either.

    Did anyone sign up to traffixxx?
     
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    Nice investigation by ShadowHat !
     
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    I just validated everything Shadowhat said and he/she was right.

    If you search SEOchat forums you can clearly see akany changed his name to Smaaz.

    If you go to post 7 here you can see: http://forums.seochat.com/google-page-rank-47/google-page-ranking-update-late-players-29574.html

    Then here, you can clearly see on DP Smaaz owns trafficx: https://forums.digitalpoint.com/threads/ron-traffic-starting-at-0-5-per-1-000-visitors.2749080/

    That's clearly what Shadowhat was referring to.

    I'm not sure if I'm missing something but that's some shady shit and I'm not sure why Akany hasn't been banned yet.
     
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  8. BigBuddy

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    After verifying shadowHat post,Akany thread was removed by me and infraction given for self promotion in the name of Journey thread.
     
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  9. 9999k

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    Oh well, that's the end of that! Still think there's potential in traffic arbitrage though...
     
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    Ah, makes a lot of sense now.

    Still, that thread was pretty badass lol.
     
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  11. 9999k

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    haha it really was! Has anyone else deployed the method and gained results?
     
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    Traffic arbitrage could have potential, but the earnings posted by Akany are probably way above what is possible in the adult industry, especially when you consider the average clickloss in mobile redirects.

    I've re-attached the screenshots here for anyone curious.
     

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    Several people had accused the guy in the thread of promoting traffix3, it was pretty obvious.
    As soon as evidence was supplied, Mods/ BigBuddy acted.
    They always get caught out in the end.
     
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    bhw is now my goto website for entertainment in the morning while I drink my coffee. Scammers and beggers and CEOSams everywhere and it amuses me.
     
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    Thanks to all mod and members that explained me this curious case. Thanks Bigbuddy for explained why the thread was deleted.
    And thanks also to shadowhat that was a good investigator and discovered this type of members.
     
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    sad thing was that thread got promoted in bhw's email newsletter. that was how i read that thread. no wonder a lot of newbies fell for it.
     
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    It really is crazy when you analyze how well he executed it. That shit was, "Social Engineering 1801." Not the type of stuff you learn in college.

    I saw a few naysayers early in his thread. And something about his numbers didn't make sense to me. You don't see many, if any journey threads go from $0 to $900 in 16 days. But he conveyed a high level of proficiency. The masses accepted it. Perpetuated it. And I got swept right under the tide.

    It wasn't the proficiency of the method that impressed me but the engineering of the lies. He knew to create bad days. Sticking points and roadblocks. I read his entire 1st and 2nd thread and not 1 time does he have a bad day associated with that site. It's insane how intuitive marketers can be. He was asked in his 1st thread, "do you prefer trafficx or xxxx site" (don't remember the competitors site).

    And he REVERSED the order of the question in his answer. By addressing his competitor first. Almost to distance himself from his own site. Then he says something like, "well xxx is good because of x and bad because of y but trafficx allows mobile and tablet so try both out".

    He anchors a +1 & -1 to his competitor = 0 (neutral) then a +1 & +1 to his site = +2.

    The "mathematical linguistics" were in clear favor of his trafficx. If any other marketer wrote that it would be NATURAL to just recommend that site. But he didn't. Cause he already dropped his seeds. And the word "both" counters suspicion.

    Yet as smart as he engineered everything, there was 1 person out there who trusted their gut. Who didn't find a needle in a haystack but 2 halfs of a 1 needle in 2 separate stacks. Amazing.

    Funny how people need to shift accountability to noobs after an event like this. I've seen quite a few people saying that.. "ah... those stupid noobs, those naive noobs... always falling for shit". Meanwhile it was a NOOB who exposed him and I saw tons of established members who didn't challenge a word he wrote.

    Just saying, we are all vulnerable on here. If that broken needle wasn't found, months from now there'd be tons of established members blowing money on that method wondering wth is going wrong. It really makes you wonder what's going on around us that's not being seen. Or what's already been done that will never be seen....
     
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    he knew he is in trouble, and giving advice!

    that line clears all
     
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  20. "Don Vito" Genovese

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    Oh snap! akany just answered to a pm I sent him, linking me to this thread. If it was all a scam, good thing I procastinated so much, that I didn't have the chance to blow any money on this (even though it was in my ideas notebook already). Well how about that, for the first time in my life, I'm glad I am such a lazy a$$ mofo!
    Cheers, BHW! awesome as always!