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BloggingDosh – How To Destroy Your Reputation

written by John Chow on October 2, 2007

Secure Affiliate Marketing

In my Sept. 30 miscellaneous rambling post, I told you that DealDotCom posted a special on Marketing Graphics Pro for only $10. The price had been lowered from $17 the day before. Myself and a lot of other readers pick up the deal.

A short time later, Anthony Feint from bloggingdosh.com made this following comment to the post saying that he had found the Marketing Graphics Pro package for only $7 and called the entire DealDotCom concept a rip off.

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Anthony then went on to make a post on bloggingdosh calling DealDotCom a scam. The comment left on my blog caused CashQuests to make a post calling DealDotCom a scam as well. Both posts have since been removed. Why?

Exposing The Real Scammer

Anthony’s mistake was not realizing the reach of this blog. His comment caught the attention of the creator of Marketing Graphics Pro, who came on here and said that resellers are not allow to sell his product below $17 without expressed permission. Permission was giving to DealDotCom to sell the product for $10. However no such permission was granted to the site Anthony pointed to.

A little whois on “marketinggraphicspro.us” and Anthony’s blog domain name “bloggingdosh.com” revealed the following information.

marketinggraphicspro.us :
Administrative Contact:
Media, Flask [email protected]
MyEzy Web Services
1 May Maxwell Crescent
Gilmore
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2905
Australia

bloggingdosh.com :
Administrative Contact:
Enterprises, A.Feint [email protected]
MyEzy Web Services
1 May Maxwell Crescent
Gilmore
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2905
Australia

Not only does Anthony own the site that was selling the package but according to the owner of Marketing Graphics Pro, Anthony isn’t even a reseller.

- marketinggraphicspro.us (Anthony Feint domain name – see Whois data above) has this text at the top : “From : The Desks of Didier Faucher and Jack Sinclair”

- Jack Sinclair purchased a reseller license from me. I have his name in my customers list.

- Jack Sinclair runs marketingraphicspro.com (1 G – my site, the official site of the product is marketinggraphicspro.com).

- I don’t have Anthony Feint in my customers list.

- marketinggraphics.us (Anthony Feint site) has the following text at the very bottom : “Privacy Policy”.

This text is linked to… http://www.marketingraphicspro.com/privacy_statement.html which is Jack Sinclair domain name !!! If Anthony modified the link when you read this, here’s the Google cache page : http://209.85.135.104/search?hl=fr&q=cache%3Amarketinggraphicspro.us

So for me there are 2 explanations :

Anthony Feint & Jack Sinclair are “friends”, and Jack gave away for free the product, the reseller material, and a reseller license to Anthony, which is not allowed.

Anthony Feint purchased a Personal License from an authorized reseller, and ROBBED the reseller sales site from Jack Sinclair. In this case this is absolutely scandalous ! Especially when you consider Anthony :

- Still sell my product.
- Called DealDotCom a rip off and made the buzz about that !

Upon finding all this out, CashQuests removed their post about DealDotCom and put up a new post about how they got scammed by Anthony Feint.

This is not the first time Anthony Feint has tried to pull a fast one. CashQuests busted him for stealing a FeedBurner counter from Blog About Your Blog and using it on bloggingdosh to make his RSS count look bigger than it really is.

For a blogger, his reputation is his most valuable asset and Anthony Feint just destroyed his. I hope he learns some valuable lessons from this. One of the lessons is to set up private registration on all your domains.

*Update – Jack Sinclair does not know Anthony, did not grant any reseller license to him, and believes it worth sending him a cease & desist to begin the process take that content down.

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{ 105 comments }

Cheapgirl October 2, 2007 at 10:40 am

Way to go John for taking down another blogging scammer. Yet another reason I love reading your site.

John Cow October 2, 2007 at 10:52 am

There’s too many around.

Danny @ Blogs For Money October 2, 2007 at 11:02 am

LOL! What an idiot! Glad he got exposed :)

weirdoux October 2, 2007 at 11:09 am

that’s right. john should put a big picture of this guy so that he can learn more on how to destroy his own reputation. shame on him.

Jack October 6, 2007 at 12:37 am

SUESIDE! :twisted:

Egon October 6, 2007 at 12:44 am

If you want your post to sound reputable, at least use correct spelling.

SEO Optimization October 2, 2007 at 11:16 am

Indeed, another blogger busted. Even tho i never heard of that Anthony guy…now i think i will never even read him.

Wahlau.NET October 2, 2007 at 7:05 pm

ohh…that evil dude is busted!

nice little investigation

Brian October 2, 2007 at 10:43 am

owned? :shock:

Tom Wilson October 2, 2007 at 4:55 pm

PWND!!!!

Angel October 2, 2007 at 10:15 pm

Don’t let Cash Quests see hear you saying that!

Travis Chan October 5, 2007 at 4:34 am

Why not?

lyricsreg October 2, 2007 at 11:23 pm

big time …

yannick October 2, 2007 at 10:47 am

Agree!

“..to make his RSS count look bigger than it really is.”

These people suckz!

Danny @ Blogs For Money October 2, 2007 at 11:02 am

LOL! I think JC has posted about doing this before :evil:

Collin October 2, 2007 at 3:43 pm

CashQuests told me about that… pity

Richard Callaby October 2, 2007 at 10:48 am

John,

The way this blogger acted is certainly is no way to make friends and influence people in my opinion. It will take some time before he can get his reputation back but I believe it is possible. Perhaps I am too much of a bleeding heart liberal but I believe in second chances and he should be granted a second chance, but he must earn it.

I agree with you wholeheartedly that blogging is a reputation dependent activity and that you should be very careful with your blog and what you say in order to maintain it in high regards.

mariam October 2, 2007 at 8:35 pm

Although I agree he did wrong, the consequences are harsh. His name is going to live forever in numerous blogs and Google caches. He’s 19. What a way to ruin a career.

ProxyWebsites.us October 2, 2007 at 10:53 am

Aaah!

I read that scam thing post earlier on blog. I thought it was genuine. Good to know that dealdotcome isnt a scam.

How about a blog post on ‘bloggers reputation’ john? :D

BlogsTheme.com October 2, 2007 at 10:56 am

Haha some people would do anything to get some attention! Got you this time!!! Way to go CHOW!

Matt Jones October 2, 2007 at 2:22 pm

It just shows how much attention gain be gained from these blogging crazes.

Keep More Income October 2, 2007 at 10:59 am

I’m surprised he tried to pull something like this without private domain registration.

Chris Jacobson October 2, 2007 at 11:03 am

I read about this on two other blogs this morning as well. I’d hate to be Anthony. lol

soccer dvd October 2, 2007 at 11:29 am

he’s not responding or any entries defending himself

i guess he knows he’s wrong

Eric October 2, 2007 at 11:14 am

What an enormous asshole idiot.

Blog Contests October 2, 2007 at 11:18 am

Geez… some people!

Israel October 2, 2007 at 11:21 am

cashquests must be feeling stupid. lol.

Lori October 2, 2007 at 11:23 am

Atleast they owned up to their mistake despite the humiliation.

soccer dvd October 2, 2007 at 11:33 am

she should have clarified before posting

Lori October 2, 2007 at 11:38 am

Yes, but maybe now she will think before she slams.

Lori October 2, 2007 at 11:22 am

I read this over at CashQuests this morning. I give them kudos for fessing up and admitting they were wrong. As for Anthony, too bad so sad.

Alex Rector October 2, 2007 at 11:24 am

That’s pathetic. It shows what people will do for attention, lol. Well he was owned.

The Foo October 2, 2007 at 11:24 am

what an idiot! he is not even scamming smartly — not that i condone that kind of behavior anyway. reminds me of the story couple of years ago about the bank robber that left his wallet (at the crime scene) with his drivers license and his name, address on it. that marketing pro website is still up there. wonder how long it will take him to take it down.

simon October 2, 2007 at 11:26 am

Shame! Shame! Shame!

soccer dvd October 2, 2007 at 11:26 am

money makes people go loony

a young punk … glad the ‘scandal’ is uncovered

Iantrepreneur October 2, 2007 at 11:27 am

hes just looking for short term income. loser

lyricsreg October 2, 2007 at 11:26 pm

Who isn’t? How you go about it is what separates the men from the scammers

Mike October 2, 2007 at 11:54 am

Detective John Chow on the case.

Pablo Palatnik October 2, 2007 at 11:57 am

WOW…digging deep Chow. Good work. I think all online marketers great minds game the system one way or another but….that’s not how you do it :twisted:

phlizzow October 2, 2007 at 11:58 am

Nice catch! lol :lol:

Digital Order October 2, 2007 at 12:07 pm

who puts their actual info in the domain registration? DUMB!

Jonathan October 2, 2007 at 12:09 pm

This case remembers me of the guy who ordered a John Chow review and had stolen his own posts….I don’t remember the url of his site.

Saedel October 2, 2007 at 12:10 pm

It’s scary for the scammers when John Chow squints his eyes. :mrgreen: Way to go, John!

Sighborg October 2, 2007 at 12:11 pm

Hahaha! Great job keeping the community aware of scammers! Another one bites the dust

Klaudio October 2, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Lool! Oh dear :D

Ryan October 2, 2007 at 12:23 pm

What a sleaze-ball!

Drew October 2, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Thanks John for making a post about this scammer and including all the details. It is guys like Anthony that give people who are trying to make money online a bad reputation. i don’t think he will be showing his face to much more. Especially, when more people get wind of this and start reposting the story.

Mr Beach Bum October 2, 2007 at 12:30 pm

First AndrewTalk, now Anthony… What does JC have against guys with AN in their names?

Angel October 2, 2007 at 10:18 pm

Uh oh.

OnlineCashFlow October 2, 2007 at 12:39 pm

It’s not even like private registration is expensive either.

Egon October 2, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Private Registration is free with 1and1, and their domains are only $7 (just raised)

However, You can’t resister a “.us” domain privately. The restrictions are actually pretty tight. You can’t be private, and the server that the site is hosted on physically has to be in the United States. I’m sure there are ways around it, but the point is, registering his “marketinggraphicspro.us” domain privately wasn’t an option. A “.info” would have been better for him.

Matthew October 2, 2007 at 1:05 pm

thanks John for posted our link

I should be writing something about this soon :)

Didier October 2, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Jason Katzenback from DealDotCom told me that he knows Jack Sinclair, and that he would have nothing to do with this guy.

So the only explanation is Anthony Feint is a thief.
Plain and simple.

But all this don’t stop him…
He still sells MGP on his .us site ! And, of course, without having purchased a reseller license.
I emailed him. No response so far.

Pathetic…

Didier Faucher

Anraiki October 2, 2007 at 1:49 pm

You really do have Evil in you! I am humorously proud.

Liberty and New Creation October 2, 2007 at 2:08 pm

Honesty really is the best policy, especially on the internet when people can easily find out when you’re lying.

CKacey October 2, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Lessons Learned:
It really is a small world even on the Internet.
The Internet can still be self governing.
A rush to judgement can leave a lot of egg on your face… :oops:
Always ask for both sides of the story and know that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
And…that John Chow guy is one evil dude and you better not mess with him!! :twisted:

Malignition.com October 2, 2007 at 2:19 pm

This guy got owned. Hope he learns not to do it again.

Lincoln October 2, 2007 at 2:21 pm

I hope he learns some valuable lessons from this. One of the lessons is to set up private registration on all your domains.

Could you please not give the man any ideas. :shock:

DealDotFree October 2, 2007 at 2:25 pm

They do say all publicity is good publicity. LOL

Amusing story – although I have to say the quality of the products offered on DDC so far have not been out of this world. A number of them have freely available counterparts (which prompted a couple of us to start up a new site a couple of days ago exploring that fact) – just takes a little research.

Calling a site like that a scam is just…uh….not so clever!

Witch Doctor October 2, 2007 at 2:25 pm

“One of the lessons is to set up private registration on all your domains.”

John! WTF? Is that the valuable lesson here?

Sorry John you don’t get my rss feed subscribe until you come up with better recommendations :evil:

John Chow October 2, 2007 at 2:41 pm

How about, you don’t have to tell the truth, but you can never lie?

Witch Doctor October 2, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I prefer “You should always be completely truthful, but you don’t always have to be truly complete”. Anyway you’re on the right track grasshopper. I’ll sign up now :)

lyricsreg October 2, 2007 at 11:28 pm

lesson learned a long time ago :)

Neil Duckett October 2, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Great work super sleuth …. seems the `19 year oldy entrepeneur` has a lot of growing up to do ….. needs to be up a little earlier to get one over the big boys Anthony.

Starfeeder October 2, 2007 at 2:28 pm

what a loser

titandegroot October 2, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Honestly what did he think he was going to accomplish? If he wanted the attention he got it. John, you are too smart for him and of course you are going to check your facts. Nice Work!

Didier October 4, 2007 at 11:45 am

Hey, I did all the detective work, not John !!! :) :mrgreen:

Didier

Kanute October 2, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Being to zealous, rather unfortunate..

The Mad ape October 2, 2007 at 3:07 pm

On another note, I bought the BayRSS plugin from DealDotCom and although the functionality is great, with respect to the eBay interface, the plugin CRAPS out my MySQL database and caused my sight to hang because of slow load from the eBay / CJ servers.

I never did get the Amazon.dot interface to work so gave up on it.

I think DealDotCom needs to be picky with who they allow to sell on their site as I am not impressed with this piece of crap software I bought. This is a two adipose thumbs down from the primate world!

The Mad Ape
Tatumba.com

The Mad Ape October 2, 2007 at 4:45 pm

And caused my site to hang too….shhhesh me bad

Collin October 2, 2007 at 3:07 pm

unreal, I sure hope the fact that there are scammers out there don’t wreck it for other who are honestly trying to do good.

Kyle Healey October 2, 2007 at 3:15 pm

You are a wise man, John.

PS – you were great filling in for shoemoney – but dude he will be back soon, so start your own show!!

GPT Sites October 2, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Wow, owned.

Tina Silva October 2, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Liars suck especially bad liars. :evil:

Gdog October 2, 2007 at 4:07 pm

PWN3D!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, talk about double pwnage, both from John and CashQuests. This little ordeal also hurts the reputation of CashQuests, since they should’ve done some research before coming to the conclusion that DealDotCom is junk. :roll:

The Internet Experiment October 2, 2007 at 4:11 pm

OMG-WTF-PWNED

(got an error…sorry if posted twice)

The Internet Experiment October 2, 2007 at 4:19 pm

thats crazy

Douglas Karr October 2, 2007 at 4:38 pm

Wow. It may time for us to begin the BBB (Better Blogging Bureau) where bloggers can be exposed for this kind of crap. I have a blogger who I built an entire mapping application for over a year ago who still owes me close to $2,000. I tracked him down to his real name but he was able to sneak away from me and the collections agencies. He’ll get bit one of these days. I’m just waiting patiently.

piggybankpie October 2, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Wow, how to look dumb in front of 9063 RSS readers. By the way, he has not posted on his blog since September 29th, seems like he’s hiding… Or looking to purchase a new domain to launch his next crap.

p.s.: Anthony, make sure to hide your personal info this time.

Dave Starr --- ROI Guy October 2, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Good catch. I fell into the trap as well, becuase I have read other (perhaps true/perhaps false) allegations that DealDot isn’t dealing from the top of the deck. Dunno … I don’t use them or promote them.

The sad part of this article, though, is your “lesson learned” line about private domain registration, John. The “lesson learned” to my mind is, be honest and don’t lie about people. Frankly, when I see a URL privately registered I cross them off my list to do business with … assuming immediately they have something to hide.

Anthony’s dealings seem despicable to me .. yet tell me how his actions differ from Nate Whitehill’s on your radio show a couple weeks ago when Nate advocated stealing digital products and reselling them on eBay in one’s own name? How does that differ from what Anthony appears to have been doing? It’s bad to blog about it but OK to advise it on Internet radio? Or it’s OK to steal depending upon whom you have a business relationship with? The “in crowd” can, the “outlaws” can’t? I’m confused.

Tony Tsai October 2, 2007 at 5:18 pm

Gotta support the asian, let me cancel my subscription at shoemoney’s blog and subscribe to yours. :mrgreen:

Didier October 2, 2007 at 5:27 pm

The guy still think he didn’t do anything wrong !

Read his response on his blog :
http://bloggingdosh.com/2007/10/03/my-response/

Didier

Missylicious October 2, 2007 at 5:43 pm

CSI in action. Well done John!

Teejay October 2, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Its very sad how people would destroy their reputation. He made a post to this site mentioning he didn’t do anything wrong! I really doubt the explanation.

lyricsreg October 2, 2007 at 11:30 pm

What is it with this “reputation” ? Did that guy really have one ? I never heard of him before

CatherineL October 2, 2007 at 6:36 pm

I bet CashQuests are really pissed off with him. There’s a huge danger in blogging to see a really exciting story, want to be the first to repeat it then find out it wasn’t true. It could happen to any of us.

PropertyIreland October 2, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Do you really think CashQuests has a moral opinion on this?
Seems to me that comments on this were only removed because of the back lash.
CashQuests has proven to push what they want if they get an affilaite cut, and if CashQuests is proven to be stupid in the process, they will remove all mentions of what is posted!

Dan October 2, 2007 at 7:22 pm

As if you’ve never done a bit of blackhat yourself, John?
Or is the lesson… don’t get caught?

Egon October 2, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Haha, exactly what I was thinking :razz:

This dude was just trying to make a few bucks using a blackhat method that’s a bit outdated, that’s all.

Samson October 2, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Amazing, the internet has been around for over 20 years and people like him still tries to make quick money this way. Sigh…

knupNET October 2, 2007 at 8:44 pm

He may have hurt his reputation a bit – but is getting some great linkbait. Could be worth it in the long run?!?!

Joshua October 2, 2007 at 10:05 pm

I love the moral of the story, haha. Private reg rules! :twisted:

Etienne Teo October 2, 2007 at 11:26 pm

Bloggers like him are meant to be on the death role, anyway he is out of my visit list..

Mr Daz October 3, 2007 at 2:33 am

Sadly I expect this publicity has led to a boost in traffic for his site and a host of IBLs as word has spread. Even getting found out can increase someone’s profile.

Didier October 3, 2007 at 3:43 am

That’s not the end of the story…

Now Anthony redirects his domain name (marketinggraphicspro.us, associated with a SCAM) to mine (–.com) !

He’s ignoring my emails.

I can’t post anymore on his blog with my real email address because he has blacklisted it, and, I guess, will remove all comments I’ll add using a different email !

This boy, really… :evil: :evil: :evil:

Didier

rahul October 3, 2007 at 4:07 am

some people needs bad publicity :lol:

Wayne Liew October 3, 2007 at 4:09 am

He is now having his own set of arguments there!

Limitless October 3, 2007 at 7:22 am

Good Jon John! Now I wonder how he feels now! Ha! (As he said)

Richard Miller October 3, 2007 at 7:27 am

Bear in mind that the bad publicity is yet another good marketing method. :twisted:

Andy October 3, 2007 at 10:18 am

Looks like DealDotCom is down or something.

Jonathan Volk October 3, 2007 at 11:42 pm

Haha! Wow! What a crazy scam… The domain was very hard to distinguish.

Home Recording October 4, 2007 at 8:01 am

There is a point that is missing here. The resellers are asked not to sell below a price. They are unlikely to sell at a loss. Imagine the margins all along the line. It is indeed a massive rip off.

Aditya Kumar Singh October 4, 2007 at 10:59 am

Cheaters and Copy Cats are full on the Internet. No shortage of them surely

Popular Bookmarks October 5, 2007 at 12:32 am

Cool Find John. .. like a Network security guy

Celebrities & Blog Tips October 14, 2007 at 12:47 am

blogging scammer caught whois handed :wink: