Orrin Qrush: The Many Blogs of Orrin Woodward – Part One
Update August 18, 2011: Orrin Woodward responds on his blog. Read below!
Orrin posted on his site that he’s moving his blog over to WordPress.com in light of Blogharbor’s imminent shutdown of its blogging service. At least Orrin Woodward and I agree on one thing. We both use WordPress as our blogging software!
His new blog is at: orrin1woodward.wordpress.com. What’s with the number 1 in the URL? Was orrinwoodward.wordpress.com already taken? This got me to thinking how many blogs does Orrin have? Let’s count them up:
1. Orrin’s Many Mirror Blogs
- Orrin Woodward Leadership (orrin1woodward.wordpress.com): His “new” home on the Internet.
- Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: MonaVie – The Beginning of Making the Vision a Reality (orrinwoodward.blogharbor.com): His current blog that will be going away in October.
- TEAM Orrin Woodward (orrinwoodward.tripod.com): Looks like a mirror blog.
- Orrin Woodward Articles (www.orrin-woodward-articles.com): Another mirror blog with just a few posts.
- Orrin Woodwards Recent Posts (hr.toolbox.com/people/orrinwoodward/posts): Another mirror blog. Are we seeing a pattern here?
- Team Orrin Woodward (team_orrin_woodward.typepad.com): Most of the recent blog posts have been written by George Guzzardo.
- Orrin Woodward (www.orrinwoodward.com): Another mirror blog under the Articles link in the main navigation bar.
- Orrin Woodward Press: A fair and balanced commentary on the many endeavors of Internet Entrepreneur Orrin Woodward (orrinwoodwardpress.typepad.com): The blog posts have the byline of Matt Franks, with the occasional cross-posting of Orrin’s posts from his various mirror sites.
- Orrin Woodward Team Resources (orrin-woodward.blogspot.com): Captain Bill’s blog that basically regurgitate’s Orrin’s posts. Captain Bill has his own blog here.
- Team Orrin Woodward – Dan Hawkins (team-orrinwoodward-team.blogharbor.com): This is a mirror blog to Dan Hawkin’s own website.
Good lord, did I miss any?1
It’s one thing to register multiple domain names that all redirect to a single domain, but this… this looks like a case of spamdexing, which is “a deliberate manipulation of search engine indexes.” Here, Orrin has been engaging in setting up dozens of “mirror websites” with similar or identical web content.
I’ve seen this twice before in the Amway/Quixtar world. The first was back in 2004, when Amway/Quixtar was punished for Google bombing. Read Scott’s article and the old Quixtar Blog to connect the dots. Guess which group was behind these anonymous blogs? You got it… many were a part of TEAM (or Team of Destiny, as it may have been called back then). Replace Amway/Quixtar with Orrin Woodward, and you have the same thing happening for the “Top 10 Leadership Guru.”
2. On Anonymous Blogs
The second time I’ve seen this happen was in 2007, when a flurry of anti-Quixtar websites appeared around the time of TEAM’s explusion.
Some Ex-TEAM members on this blog have stated that it was Orrin himself who promoted the creation of these anonymous anti-Quixtar blogs. The lawsuit by Quixtar against the 20+ anonymous bloggers made it clear that most if not all of the bloggers were members of TEAM.
It’s obvious that TEAM is a top-down organization. Information flows from the top of the organizational pyramid down to the distributors at the bottom. Chris Brady, fellow rascal compatriot of Orrin Woodward, is fond of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He and Orrin should pay close attention to this quote from Jobs:
Isn’t it funny, a ship that leaks from the top?
But wait a minute, isn’t Orrin against anonymous blogs? How can you explain the fact that TEAM was instrumental in two instances of mass anonymous blogs when its leader is so publicly against this? As the leader of TEAM, is Orrin responsible in any way for the conduct of his members? Or, is Orrin a hypocrite?
3. Qrush’ing the Competition
Some Ex-TEAM members have hinted in my comments that Orrin may have had an anonymous blog himself. Before we get to that, let’s go back in time to review three facts:
a. The Google bombing of positive Amway/Quixtar websites in 2004 was precipitated by Dateline’s expose on the corporation in the same year. Many of Orrin’s TEAM members were involved with these blogs.
b. Orrinwoodward.com was set up at the end of 2003. Many of the Orrin mirror sites were set up between 2004-2006.
c. During this time, there was a pro-Amway, anti-critic website called Quixtar Qrush(ing) Bo Short, Scott Larsen & Qblog2. From the blog description:
About Me (Quixtar Qrush)
I am Quixtar Qrush & I entered the field of blogging to expose the disgusting, deceptive, & deceitful behavior of Bo Short & his minions. Qrush believes in free enterprise and competition, but not parasite marketing. Bo Short’s behavior is a disgrace to the whole MLM industry and Qrush will expose the MLM Bad Boy. Bo Short, Scott Larsen and Qblog will be exposed for the fraud they perpetrated against Quixtar. Qrush will exit the field of blogging when my crusade is over. Wherever there is untruth, injustice, & parasite marketing look for Quixtar Qrush to clean it up.
Qrush further describes himself as:
… a cross between Rush Limbaugh and Rich Devos and I am a conservative on a mission. My mission is to expose the left wing conspiracy plot to overthrow the Quixtar business. While it is laughable that the left could have the brains to do so a couple of internet savvy and business dunces have attempted the impossible. A man with the facts is never at the mercy of men with opinions. So stay tuned as I Qrush the imcompetent critics and expose their games and deceit. Go Team Quixtar. Qrush over and out.
Qrush disappeared from the scene in mid-2006. And, while there were hints of a possible connection between Qrush and Orrin Woodward back then, Qrush’s identity had never been revealed. Recently, however, I’ve received a couple of emails from ex-TEAM members with a startling claim:
Orrin Woodward is Qrush!
Pretty big accusation, and potentially damning if it’s true. Let’s analyze.
A man with the facts is never at the mercy of men with opinions.
Like the old saying goes, “A person with the facts is never at the mercy of a person with an opinion.”
Is Qrush quoting Orrin Woodward, is Orrin Woodward quoting Qrush, or are they the same person?
Here is an example which seems to indicate that Qrush and Orrin are two different people.
Qrush was highly critical of Ty Tribble in his posts:
Qrush thinks Ty should find another mentor other than Bo Short. Try taking advice for a change from someone with some past success. In the meantime Qrush will offer these jobs that Qrush believes Ty is currently qualified to do.
1. Domino’s pizza delivery boy. Even your friend Brian Johnson, a.k.a. MLMDoJo, wasn’t too proud to deliver pizzas after his Passport debacle.
2. Starbucks counter helper. There are lots of Starbucks in your home state of Washington and Qrush says, “If a high school student can handle the job, you can too Ty.”
3. Find another failing company like you did with Passport and become their C.E.O. patsy so they have someone to blame when they close the doors. You have experience in this area and they will probably let you work out of the house.
On the other hand, Orrin Woodward was at one point highly complementary of Ty.
Ty, I have enjoyed your articles and believe you are one of the most experienced people in the MLM field. You have studied the companies and have benchmarked the best in different areas. When I look for news in the MLM area I come to your site. thanks, Orrin (Woodward)
There are two possible conclusions we can draw from this:
- Orrin and Qrush are two different people. Case closed.
- Orrin is Qrush and therefore is a two-faced charlatan and hypocrite.
Update August 18, 2011: Orrin Woodward has a new post in which he alludes to the anonymous blogging claims made against him at TEAM. Here is a short excerpt (bold emphasis mine):
When I was younger and naive, I was befriended by several “legends” in my old network marketing company. Since my business was the fastest growing in North America, I was exposed to the society of “Haters” early. People who didn’t know me, but with an axe to grind against Network Marketing, shot at me. In my inexperience, I took it personally, not professionally, wanting to fight back. However, the company’s rules, at the time, forbid any online discussions from distributors, so my hands were tied. When a person on my team started an anonymous blog, I realized this was the only way to get our side of the facts out. I didn’t start the blog, but I did contribute content. In fact, many of the board members, of which I was not a part of at the time, provided facts, figures, and later gossip that I passed on. For this, I am sorry. This was not helping my cause, but only hurting my attitude. Later, I requested for the blog shut to be down. It stopped posting, but for whatever reason the blogger refused to take down the content. In late 2005, I made a commitment not to fight back against critics, but instead, let the truth be my first, last, and only defense. I heard a beautiful quote that exemplifies this principle, “Don’t criticize the old, but just create the new.” LIFE is not about criticizing the old, merely focused on creating the new.
One big question from this post:
- What about the anonymous smear campaign against Amway/Quixtar in 2007-2008? Who instigated that?
Update August 19, 2011: Orrin Woodward wrote he started taking the high road in late 2005. Yet, here is a post made by Orrin Woodward about then IBOAI President Fred Harteis in November, 2004 (bold emphasis mine):
Fred Harteis has always been a personal favorite speaker of mine. Many times it was Fred’s talk that recharged my desire to win. Very few speakers have the intensity and belief that Fred does. Fred teaches men to be men again and not just whiners. You will never see Fred tearing down someone else to make himself look better. He said once, “It takes no talent to tear down a building, but it takes a special craftsman to build the Sistine Chapel.” What I love about the diamonds is their desire to improve themselves without criticizing others. My dad taught me a long time ago that when you start slinging mud, all you do is dig yourself in a hole. Fred has repeatedly said he will discuss ideas with anyone, but never assassinate someone’s character. That is why I respect Fred Harteis so much and am proud to be part of the IBOAI team with Fred as the leader. Remember if you have a great business then talk about your business, but never run down the competition, that is classless and in poor taste. Winning isn’t everything if you sacrifice character to achieve it. God Bless you on your journey.
I don’t know about you, but something doesn’t add up here! Caught in a lie? Is Orrin Qrush? You decide by contributing to the poll and discussion below!
2 It will be interesting to see if Qrush’s website suddenly “disappears” in the coming days and weeks. No worries, an archive of the site has already been made.