Have you ever wondered about the feedback that some companies get about their services? The reviews are so favorable that it almost seems like somebody’s mom wrote it? All of their reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star and nothing in between? Today I confirmed a long-standing suspicion of mine: companies pay for positive feedback.
I was solicited today by someone named Sannyy, a franchisee of Conway Van Lines. At first, I was flattered that someone would offer to pay me to write for them. I was soon horrified to find the underlying purpose.
It went something like this:
Date: Feb 12, 2016 at 2:01 PM PSTsannyy has sent you a private message.
Subject: “I need Only American writers who can write for me long term”
I was proud to think that someone had found me and wanted to pay me to write for them.
I replied simply, “What did you have in mind?”
i will give you a review to write only 100 words, and you will be posting it to 2 different sites i will give, and i will pay $2 for all this 5 min work, possible for you?
My pride soon turned to disappointment when I discovered that I was being asked to write reviews. $2 for 100 words to review something didn’t exactly feel like this was my big break, but it’s a start, right?
Before I could reply, I get this:
http://www.mymovingreviews.com/movers/conway-van-lines,-inc-3839its a moving company you will see there are reviews posted about my company named Conway van lines its a moving company please write a 100 words review positive for the company i gave you and show it to me before you post review must well written and looks like real as you have used the company yourself
Wait, am I being asked to write fake reviews for a moving company that I have never used before? I clicked on the link and was horrified to read several glowing reviews written by professional writers. It’s pretty clear that these reviews could not possibly be real.
When I declined her offer, she shrugged it off nonchalantly by saying
“thnx for your time”.
She couldn’t even take the time to fully spell out “Thank You” before moving on to the next jerk!
This incident has so thoroughly infuriated me that I had to share.
To start, I must confess to being more than just a little butt-hurt for getting my hopes up when I got the initial message. It sounded too good to be true…kinda like the feeling when you realize that the hot chick that was flirting with you was actually a prostitute.
This brings into focus an important speed-bump when you are considering crowd-sourced information: Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware).
Beware the feedback on the internet…be wary of anything on the internet, really.