The Internet Can Lie Well

The Internet Can Lie Well

What we know so far

As I mentioned in my first post, I had been somewhat scammed into buying this website on Flippa.com with the promise of a lucrative passive income.

The guy who sold it to me was so authoritative in asserting that the site was legit. I had various conversations via email with him. His feedback was all at 100% and the reviews indicated he was a good seller.

Backed by all the online reports that claimed the website was worth a lot of money, I went ahead and bought it. Here’s a screenshot from the so-called Worth of Web Academy today, claiming the website is potentially worth $24,000

Worth of Web Academy gave me a $24,000 appraisal today
Worth of Web Academy gave me a $24,000 appraisal today
Worth of Web Academy gave me a $24,000 appraisal today
Worth of Web Academy gave me a $24,000 appraisal today

The Dark Secret

As soon as I got the website live on my own hosting, I enthusiastically started redesigning and revamping it. As a full-time web developer and part-time Knight Squad player, I imagined that my skills combined with the website’s value will finally give me that cash machine I knew was a real thing.

Long story short, months of monitoring analytics made it clear to me that this website is receiving visitors who either don’t want to be here or have no idea that they ever got here in the first place.

Yes, you are —possibly, yet improbably— reading this on a website that lives in the realm of popups, pop-unders, hidden iframes. Some of these most-likely originate on similar websites, and the rest probably come from porn and torrent websites.

With the number of websites going over 1 billion in 2014, odds are millions of websites, if not hundreds of millions live in that world. Just food for thought!

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