Recently I made a big noise about a company called Blog Distributor Inc not paying me the money that they owed me, every month they would simply push my payment date back a month and ignore every email that I ever sent to their support team.
I not only posted about this on a couple of popular websites & blogs (including this blog), but I also mentioned it on Twitter and Facebook and I even contacted a few companies who had sent out press releases about going into business with Blog Distributor Inc.
It was shortly after I contacted ActSeed (one of the companies partnering up with them) that I finally got a reply from someone associated with Blog Distributor, someone running the ActSeed Facebook account passed on my complaint and I was emailed within hours by a Mr. Bruce Chapman.
He was rather rude and sent me a very blunt email:
I am assuming that your complaint is about not getting paid. Our payment policy clearly states that bloggers outside of the United States get paid when they accumulate $100. in billings. You have only accumulated $72. in billings due. You should not be complaining about not getting paid when you have not met the standard billing amount.
I checked the terms again (I must have checked them over a dozen times since I started working with them) and lo and behold they had secretly tacked on a new rule at the end that stated a non-US blogs would be paid once they hit $100. This was not there BEFORE, they couldn’t even be bothered to hide it within the other rules & pretend I missed it.
I was prepared to let this go, after all I had just received an email (which I still have) promising me that once I hit $100 they would pay me. I did a few more job opportunities for them and they were swiftly approved.
They now owed me $140, so I had passed the $100 minimum and every job opportunity said that they would be paid on September 4th.
Did They Pay Out?
When September 1st came around I had a quick check and noticed that the payout date was again pushed back a month. September 4th came and went without any payment being sent to me.
I contacted their support team and also sent an email to Bruce Chapman, since he had a different email address, on the 1st of the month and again on the 5th of the month and have received no reply at all from anybody.
There is someone there though because they manually review the completed opportunities and they check newly submitted blogs and I have just had a blog rejected for not meeting their ‘high standards’.
So What Now?
I am not sure what my next move will be, maybe I should just put this down to experience and walk away and warn as many people as possible to keep clear of Blog Distributor. Maybe I should ask the guy who works for Actseed to send on my complaint again as it worked the last time.
What would you do if you were in my position?