Ashwin Khanna is scum. There, I said it. Before anybody goes off on me about name calling, let’s take a look at what this pathetic individual has done. On July 11 Ashwin launched a blog contest giving his readers the chance to win $2,500. All you had to do in order to enter was post this content in one of you blog posts:
Over at Ashwin’s blog, you will find one crazy blog owner!! You can win $2500!! To enter just copy this text and paste it in your blog!! But hurry, this competition will not last long! So get posting!
Hundreds of bloggers joined this competition, excited at the prospect of winning $2,500. There were doubters, but the swine even added this to his competition blog post:
Finally, I would like to say to all you doubters that this is a genuine competition. Heck, I thought a competition like this would spur some interest and get visitors to my site. I thought I might as well use the $2500 in a blog competition rather than spend it on Google Adwords or something. The $2500 is made up of earnings from my previous sites and donations from them also.
There were 567 responses to his content post. After he posted his competition, his blogging frequency was sporadic. Clearly he wasn’t a devoted blogger, but we continued to enter his competition regardless.
Then, on August 20, Ashwin announced this blog (a free WordPress blog with no author) as the winner of the $2,500 contest. The blog contains two posts: one is an entry into Ashwin’s contest, and the other is an article written by John Markoff, a journalist from the New York Times.
Nobody won the $2,500
While you could argue that what Ashwin did was smart (he got tons of link backs), he lied to his audience, he cheated his readers, and he will now have lost their trust. Did he really think that nobody would figure out this was a scam?
So who is this scammer? According to his “About me”, he is 18 years old and lives in the UK, but other than that he doesn’t give away a whole lot.
Comments on his blog appear to have been closed. I suggest that all of us boycott Ashwin’s blog and let him know that what he did was immature. Even at 18 years old, he still knows the difference between right and wrong. I honestly believe he thought he could get away with this. What a fool.
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