Monday, June 06, 2016

My Most Viewed Post Ever Is About a Scam

I blog about a wide variety of subjects. Sometimes I blog about writing...



Sometimes I blog about entertainment...



And sometimes I blog my random observations about the world around me.



So it surprised me to learn that of all of the things I've ever written on this blog of mine, one has by FAR been viewed more than any other. Every single week, it's still the most viewed post. What is it about?



Yes, this post about mascara has, to date, been seen nearly 24,000 times. Hundreds of views a week, despite the fact that it's more than a year old.



All this time, people have been leaving comments and I haven't even been watching. Apparently I angered the Younique cultists, all ready to lash out at me (and anyone else who commented) that we dared to insult their religion makeup company.



By the way, it's no longer acceptable to call it a "pyramid scheme." Every single one of these companies calls it either "network marketing" or "referral marketing." It's still this:



Do you know why my mascara blog gets so many views? Because every day, someone out there is told she can get rich selling this mascara to her friends on Facebook. Maybe she can quit her job and live the dream. Probably not. The people making all the money are on the top of that little pyramid up there. The rest?



Apparently that original post is on the first page of search results when you Google "Younique Scam." Most of the other posts were planted by the company. As with every other pyramid scheme network marketing opportunity, the people up top have the resources necessary to make sure all you ever see is how great they are.



What's your most popular blog post ever?

62 comments:

  1. I bet some of the comments you're getting are amusing.
    My most popular one was last December featuring Shannara and RiffTrax. It's pulled in over 26,000 views. No idea why though. It only had 130 comments, which is low compared to other posts during that time.

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    1. It must rank super high in Google searches for those two words!

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  2. Good for you for exposing the scam. And you're right, paying for a job makes you a consumer. My most popular post is one I did on Carolina Beach, NC, with one of my all time favorite photos. I have found this photo being used by many others (thankfully, I have the original and the web version is much reduced). I don't get many responses on it, however.

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    1. I've yet to meet an actual person who makes a good living off of MLM. Most of them just get products at a discount, which I guess is fine if that's what you're doing it for.

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  3. According to my blog stats, this post is my most popular one:
    http://jannghi.blogspot.com/2012/10/ideas-from-my-pinterest-costume-board.html
    Yes, a nearly four-year-old post. With no comments, which has been typical of many of my old posts.

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    1. You must be attracting people look for costume ideas?

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  4. They can make some of those scams seems so profitable unless you read very close. So glad you exposed this one. I'm not really sure what my most popular post is. Now you have me wondering and I'll have to check.

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    1. Oh they do a great job of showing you the people making six figures selling stuff in these MLMs. A friend dragged me to a Mary Kay presentation once and I was amazed at the sunshine and rainbows they promised these people. All for the low, low startup cost of $100 or whatever it was.

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  5. Wow! I never even knew about scams like this! I have never tracked my most popular post. I think I am afraid to know!

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    1. The mascara's fine...the habit of "referral marketing" promising the world to lure employees in is the part that bugs me!

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  6. Interesting and comical, too! My most popular post to date includes a picture and a brief explanation. It was an entry to a weekly photo challenge blog. Here's the link:

    http://edb214.blogspot.com/2016/01/stripes-hughs-photo-challenge-week-9.html

    I have absolutely no idea why this one post has received so many more views than other posts. Weird.

    Have a good one!
    Ericka from A Quiet Girl’s Musings…

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    1. It's funny how many people are puzzled by why their most popular posts are popular! Often the key is in the keywords bringing people to me. I found, for instance, that a post I did about Jim Carrey staying at the Stanley Hotel is popular because it's one of the few things that comes up when someone types in "Jim Carrey Stanley Hotel."

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  8. I have a friend who sells Mary Kay. She tried to pull me in to it, but I could easily see this was one of those businesses that peps up their employees by telling them their life could change, they could stay home with their kids, make as much as they want, blah, blah, blah...I also made the mistake of buying a few things from her. Now every month she's hitting me up for another order. :( I finally had to say, "Can't do it right now." Quite honestly, I prefer buying from the department store where I can buy whatever I want when I want.

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    1. I sat in on one of their demonstrations, where they got multiple women to hand over checks for more than $100 by the end of the meeting. The woman doing the demonstration is one of those super sellers who has earned the car and makes six figures...she does it by getting people to work for her and pushing them constantly to sell, sell, sell. Most of the people working for Mary Kay barely sell at all.

      And my aunt sells Mary Kay. I always get out of it by telling people that! (Even though I don't buy it.) Apparently they have a thing where they aren't allowed to market to people who already have reps.

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  9. What you've written here about Pyramid scams, er, Multi-level Marketing opportunities is so true! Years ago, my husband and I got sucked into Amway. Total waste of time. :P My most popular post is a humorous fable that somebody featured on Stumbleupon. It gets almost daily views but there's no engagement. Not good for the bounce rate!

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    1. I've heard that about Amway. I never fully understood what it was all about, just that it's a pyramid scheme for sure.

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  10. I know someone that sold that mascara. She didn't do well at all. I don't wear makeup anymore. I can't see to put it on without my glasses and you know what a mess it would be not being able to see.

    My most favorite post is Liverpool Football @ https://comedyplus.blogspot.com/2012/03/liverpool-football.html. It has been for years.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I think mascara that makes your eyelashes fuller is kinda wasted if you wear glasses. It's not even that noticeable when I have my glasses on!

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  11. I have a Facebook friend who does live video streaming to demonstrate the application of the product. To me, it looks like any other kind of mascara! :)

    My most popular blog post with 25,206 hits is My Top 10 Pet Peeves of the Romance Novel.

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    1. It does make your eyelashes thicker and they've improved it so it's not that gloppy...but I just want to buy makeup. I don't like having to deal with a person who harasses you to buy more stuff and adds you to a spam list every time you buy.

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  12. My most-popular post ever was something I wrote about my kids and the tooth fairy, long, long ago. I finally figured out this was because people searching for "tooth fairy" images kept landing on the clip art I used for that post. The hits all went away when I scoured my blog for images I didn't have the rights to and removed them.

    However, I still get a lot of legit hits on a guest post my daughter wrote titled "The Horrors of Re-Writing my Draft."

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    1. I like the title of that last one! I can see why that would be popular!

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  13. that's funny. I really don't have a big following at all. I'll have to look back and see if I had a "popular" post

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    1. Blogger lists your most viewed posts under their stats. I was surprised, too! I didn't know I'd have one that people were still viewing that often.

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  14. My most popular post is about the Quakers. This makes little to no sense considering I write a personal blog about my [non-Quaker] life, but I wrote a post about the Quaker Questions which are used as ice breakers among people who do not [yet] know each other. Just about every day someone finds my blog because of these questions. Go figure.

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    1. Interesting! I think the key to a lot of views is to write about something that many people want to know about...yet no one has written about it yet!

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  15. Not a big make-up person myself so I wouldn't bother selling it. Also never liked the idea of having to pay before doing a job. Where is the trust! One of my most memorable post is the one that has a prince in it. Yay blogfests!

    Faerie Tale Prince Blogfest: Prince Eric

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    1. I think the whole thing is that you get the products at a discount, and they're helping you "start a business." Yet you only get a small percentage of each sale, so you have to get people working on your "team" and you get a percentage of their sales...that's when you supposedly start making money. Only people are flaky and finding good ones that sell is hard to do, especially when they realize the money isn't all that great...

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  16. It's odd. My most popular post (the one most visited) was a poem called "Carrot Sticks & Cottage Cheese". It couldn't have been a very good poem because to date there have been no comments. However, it has over 12,200 hits.

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    1. Hmmm... People must regularly look for good recipes with carrot sticks and cottage cheese and yours comes up high in search results?

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  17. Mine is "Writers, we need to stop saying this," about how the simple phrase "Writers write" hurts a lot of good people who are already struggling.

    I thought it might strike a chord, but I had no idea how big it would get! People are still sharing it.

    I hate network marketing opportunities. :P I have one friend who's done incredibly well working for It Works, but I can't imagine selling my friends an overpriced piece of Saran wrap in the guise that it'll magically make them lose weight.

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    1. I loved that post!

      And yes to the Saran Wrap. That's how I always describe It Works. My husband had that done once...he ended up having a serious back problem right after and he wondered if maybe it dehydrated him and caused a muscle spasm or something...

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    2. Yikes! That's nasty. I hope he was okay.

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  18. My most popular hasn't gotten near as many hits as some people have posted here--not even 900. But it is 400 more than 2nd place. And the post? Men Who Resemble My Characters (http://stacysrantings.blogspot.com/2011/05/men-who-resemble-my-characters.html). Got a big ol' picture of Alex O'Loughlin and Brandon Routh. Only 7 comments, though. People only come to look, I'm sure.

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  19. You want one sadder? My #1 was a stairical post written by a writer friend titled, "How to Get Away with Cheating". It even got him interviewed on the radio. The very worst part of the story? People think it's real. There are that many people looking for tips on how to get away with cheating?! Who knew!

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  20. Too funny! My most viewed posts are my Lifetime recaps!

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  21. I remember that post and thought you were very courageous to write it and tell it like it is. I'll bet the company would love to find a way to get it removed from search engines.

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  22. How interesting that particular post gets so many views. It clearly hits a nerve with people and is highly googled. So funny. My most popular post is from an A-Z challenge a few years back. It's on mental health and a couple of fiction books that address the issues. A short post, too. So interesting why so many click on it.

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  23. It sure is interesting. I haven't checked my most popular...going to check now.

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  24. My most popular post was about the lady who sued McDonald's because her coffee burned her. The case was nowhere near as frivolous as some would have you think! Someone on Reddit linked to it, and things grew from there.

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  25. I remember that post!! And ugh, I will forever and ever more call them what they are PYRAMID SCHEMES! lol. The only people who rant and rave that it's not a pyramid scheme or those involved in them. So funny that this is your most popular one! I have had friends over the years get involved in these things, go on and on about how I'll be rich if I join and my usual answer to that is: "If you keep pushing X product on me, push me to go to a meeting, and tell me how sad it is i'm missing out on being rich, I will end our friendship." that tends to shut them up! And you know what? I don't think I ever checked what my most popular post is! Gonna go do that now lol

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  26. If I count all the scammers and spammers who tried to post comments on it, my all time most visited posts was about a house in Yonkers, NY that was beautifully decorated in a zombie theme for Halloween. Who knew?

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  27. I have a friend and a niece selling mascara now. Years ago my husband and I were invited by friends to be part of a group. We were going to make millions...hahhaaa...we never did participate though.

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  28. Interesting. I guess some people e so desperate they'll try most anything. It's sat that others take advantage that way.
    I have no idea which of my posts is the most commented on. Must check it. I'm curious now. Have a great week.

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    1. Good grief. I can't spell. That's "are" so and It's "sad" that.

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  29. You know, I hadn't actually checked my stats in a while. But my all-time #1 has held strong for a long time: http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-80s-crush-leslie-hunter.html. It's all because of the Kathy Ireland photo - to be honest, added almost as an after-thought.

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  30. I like your pun..."Lashing out" that is quite good. How sad that people still don't realize they are being taken advantages of. I haven't looked for a while but my most popular post was my card of Witch Hazel from the Bugs Bunny cartoon

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  31. I take it you don't get email notifications of your comments. That's the way I keep track of comments on older posts. (I also moderate any comments left after 30 days.)

    My most popular post is a knitting pattern. I'm happy with that.

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  32. MLMs... sigh, boo, grrr. Total scam, all of them. A great way to make your "friends" super uncomfortable. Also a great way for companies to get their product all over facebook without paying for extra "reach". A business page has to pay to advertise, but a MLM has people do it for free on their personal pages, so I get to see that nonsense all the time.
    Not cool, scammy scamtown scammers.

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  33. I don't like getting all these posts on my feed on FB, but its so intriguing that its your most viewed post!

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  34. All those strategy to earn fast doesn't work, really. I've learned that the hard way.

    My most viewed post is 25 Powerful Life Changing Declarations. :)

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  35. Hmm, now I need to see what my most read post is!

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  36. Strangely enough, it was my last IWSG post for this June. Maybe because I was blogging about solving problems with formatting a Table of Contents for Kindle.

    I remember reading this post about pyramid schemes. Good for you.

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  37. I'm not surprised about the interest in scams since these days, more people are trying to join in or get out of one. Isn't it sad? Good for you for calling them out!
    It hadn't occurred to me to even look at what post might have been more popular ;-) But now that I have, apparently, folks enjoyed My Life According to Music Challenge. Who knew?

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  38. So interesting to find out what people's most popular posts are. My most popular one is a guest post by Annalisa Crawford, and it is far ahead of all the other posts. :)

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  39. Fascinating!My most popular post is an interview with an editor from Cicada magazine, which publishes teen writers:

    http://yvonneventresca.com/1/post/2014/06/teen-tuesday-interview-with-anna-neher-of-cicada-magazine.html

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  40. I looked at some of the comments on that post and oh my, some of those people were pretty adamant about it! My most popular post was my sign up for The Christmas Joy Blog Hop I hosted last December, but it was because Alex mentioned it in his blog :)

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  41. It does kind of crack me up which posts of mine get the most views. One of my book reviews gets a TON of traffic, though I have no idea why. I can't definitely see why yours does--and I hope you've saved a lot of people from getting into a trap like that!

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  42. People are funny! As I scanned some of the comments I see some don't know a ting about marketing lol. You can sell anything online. If the marketing is good, jelly beans can make you money.

    My most popular post which I had to close comments on is explaining why I left a certain internet company which I named. People were up in arms and others using the words pyramid scams too. Go figure?

    -Donna

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  43. My most popular turned out to be a spammers delight. It was a post called All Points Bulletin that came out on Valentine's day, and all it featured was some random thoughts and free-form fiction. Didn't generate a whole lot of comments when it was originally posted, but while that blog was active, stayed consistently in the top 5 for page views. In fact, even though that blog has been pretty much dormant for three years, that post is still #3 for page views all time.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  44. Interesting! It sounds like Mary Kay brand. Same deal. My SIL used to sell it and they find their customers in friends and family and the one getting rich is Mary herself. The sales people give a speech about how 'Mary made it' Rags to riches etc. They try to recruit you to sell, too. You're just there because you got talked into it for free wine...next thing you know, they want to sell you to sell them. Scam! Anyway, I went off there. My most viewed post has always been and remains "sexual neglect in a marriage". I haven't checked my stats in ages though so not sure if something else has finally trumped that one :)

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