There is no better way to understand the internet than to work for it.

After a few more short article writing jobs that I mentioned in my previous post, I got a new job, which paid a little better – $10 for 10 posts.

Compared to what I was paid for the previous job, this was a whole lot of money for me at the time in terms of freelance work. But what was weird about this job wasn’t the money, it was what I was supposed to write.

“Write 10 reviews about your experience in a skiing resort in Canada.”

But… I’ve never been to Canada.

Apparently, this was not a problem.

All I had to do was write 10 reviews pretending to be 10 different people who had an amazing time skiing at a Canadian resort and were blown away by the delicious food and warm hospitality.

This was somewhere in 2007, when businesses realized that you can easily fake your own reviews. Why wait for months for someone to write an actual review when you can tell people all over the world how great you are all on your own?

These reviews went on for a few more jobs before I quit this kind of work because it just wasn’t right. I also love to travel and rely on other people to tell me their truthful experience, so this was obviously wrong and I politely backed out of it.

Today, these fake reviews are everywhere, and although many people know about them, they may still be able to sway someone’s opinion towards a review that is not truthful.

But if you thought this was weird, wait until 2008, when the medical articles popped up.


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