I don’t know how many people are aware of the Internet Archive available over at Archive.org. It’s a wonderful project which offers free access to a collection of archived web pages, among many other things. What this means is that we can use the service to check how previous versions of websites used to look like.
While you can certainly have fun with it – going down the memory lane and realizing how much the internet has changed – for the purposes of this article I want to concentrate on its research capability.
Think about it, most (forex) trading gurus are so deep behind a smoke screen of web marketing that we don’t really know anything about them. How did they actually look like before they got a chance to put some lipstick on the pig ? This is where Archive.org becomes invaluable.
Some highlights from my own research:
- most of the courses I’ve checked have been seriously affected by deflation, ie you can buy now for $300 the exact course (or its ‘improved’ version) that was sold for $400 a few years ago
- courses with limited seats each month are now sold without any such impediment
- the same ‘big hat no cattle’ style, ie professional trader, authority, master, bla bla with unverified testimonials singing praise to the best thing since sliced bread but no verified track-record
- spelling mistakes that went uncorrected for years – and we’re not talking about a non-native English speaker here
- ‘just this month’ special discount of 20%-40% that in actuality is repeated every month
- clear attempts at manipulating the search engines by repeatedly using key words like ‘price action’. I just wish I could get in touch with Larry Page from Google, show him the situation and get this impostor’s site (yeah, you guessed, I’m talking about Nial Fuller) removed from any search results:
Hopefully I’ve managed to get you excited about Archive.org. So next time you’re interested in buying a trading service/product, instead of reading the testimonials on the website (a futile activity anyway), check out the emperor’s previous clothes. You might be in for a big surprise.