When a TEAM/LIFE Policy Council Member Says, “Google Bomb!” TEAM/LIFE Members Respond, “Which site???”
Here’s a copy of an email that Bill Lewis, a TEAM/LIFE Policy Council Member, sent out to several downline and crossline Round Table members on November 21, 2012 at 10:26 am. This message was subsequently forwarded downline to other members within TEAM:
From: William Lewis [redacted]
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:26 AM
Subject: need your help – online
Ok gang we need your help. The online battle is very important for us to win because all of us have people that are going to google us and we want them to find out the positive things about TEAM. We need you guys to get everyone you can to go to these 2 links and write a comment. We know that this works because we did it with one of my articles and it is now in the top 10.
Orrin has agreed to do a conf call for everyone that post a comment once these reach the top 10
please pass this email out to everyone you can!!!
Let’s take a closer look at the three posts that Bill included in his email:
- LIFE Business Compensation Plan Communities (October 30, 2012)
- LIFE Business: First Year Results (November 5, 2012)
- The LIFE Business and Success Thinking (November 8, 2012)
With the first blog post, people must not even know about this clone blog of Orrin’s, since there was only one comment prior to November 21. Just 9 additional comments were made immediately following Lewis’ email.
Comments on Chris Brady’s blog post from November 8 totaled a mere 6 before November 21. Since the email went out, the page has (to-date) garnered an additional 168 comments.
Not counting replies, there were roughly 93 comments posted on Orrin Woodward’s article from November 5 to November 15. From November 21 to today, an additional 170 comments have been made.
Bill Lewis sent the email to over 30 people, and two-thirds of them dutifully followed their upline’s order and posted comments on or shortly after November 21. As for the remaining third, I could not find any trace of them commenting on the three blog posts.
I like this quote from Isaiah Joslin near the end of Orrin’s post:
If your reading this, Thank You for taking your time in doing you due-diligence in research. Nothing has helped me more in life than the people in this business and the products. It has given me a challenge to be a better person overall in all areas of my life. What on earth can you possibly criticize about that?
If one was to only read TEAM/LIFE blogs — the number of which, by the way, far outnumber the critical sites about TEAM/LIFE — you would think TEAM/LIFE is the solution to all of the world’s problems. Well, I’m sorry to break it to you, Isaiah, but there’s another side to the story that deserves to be heard. You’ll hear good and bad on this site, unlike on any TEAM/LIFE blog where dissension and critical comments are taboo.
Google Bombing Redux Take Three?
This email from Bill Lewis is nothing new, in fact. There’s a well-established pattern with Orrin Woodward and TEAM when it comes down to online reputation management. You see, back in the Quixtar days, Orrin was one of the primary people involved in a Google Bombing project to bury the search rankings of websites critical to Amway/Quixtar.
Years later, after Orrin got himself kicked out of Amway/Quixtar, he instituted a similar program, except this one was designed to denigrate and accuse his “former supplier” of being a pyramid scheme. He went from, “Quixtar is the best business opportunity in the world!” to “Quixtar is an illegal pyramid scheme!” almost faster than he changes the cover on his CD tools.
Now, with the TEAM/LIFE business in full swing, he’s doing it again. This is at least the second conference call that Orrin has organized for his flock following a plea to leave comments on various TEAM/LIFE blogs. Another one was held back in May 19, 2012, shortly after people were encouraged to leave comments on the following Policy Council member Tim Marks blog post about the Mental Fitness Challenge. Most of Tim’s posts have received anywhere from a handful to several dozen comments, but this one got 381 comments, the majority of them coming on or after May 16. Hmmm… do you think an email was sent out on the morning of May 16 encouraging people to comment on this blog post?
In addition to the comments, a number of TEAM members posted their own blog entries pointing to these articles. Do a search on Google for “LIFE Business: First Year Results,” and you’ll see classic Google Bombing in action. Do these posts add anything to the discussion? Not really, as they are simply cases of link regurgitation or in some cases, complete copy and paste jobs of the original posts. Nary an original thought in the mix.
Could there be other examples of TEAM using Google Bombing tactics to pump up their search engine rankings? How about this Marks’ post puffing Orrin up as some kind of whistleblower on June 2, 2012? There have been 231 comments on this post, with about 70 coming in before a mid-June explosion of an additional 160+ comments.
On the May 19 conference call, Orrin spoke about having a call to arms to combat the media war. Their strategy? Flood the web with clone blogs and saccharine comments about how great the TEAM/LIFE business is. In the meantime, there’s little transparency, barely any disclosure, and virtually zero discussion of legitimate criticism raised by former TEAM/LIFE members on any blog run by a TEAM/LIFE member. You don’t combat the media war by brushing history under the table by saying, “Well, that was the past. This new business of ours is better than ever before! On to a million!”
To those TEAM/LIFE members who were “encouraged” to comment on the blogs. You do see that you’re basically functioning as a human social spam robot for your upline Round Table and Policy Council members, don’t you? Educate yourself with both sides of the story and be the leaders they are purportedly teaching you to be by standing up and asking legitimate questions regarding the history of TEAM/LIFE.