We here at Life in a House of Testosterone believe in giving everyone a second chance – and sometimes a third and fourth chance too. We try our best to practice forgiveness, kindness, and understanding at all times because that’s just how our parents and grandparents raised us to be.
Unfortunately, the rest of the world does not always operate on the same principles. There are others out there who will lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want. When that happens, we will list them here to warn our fellow blogging friends about their unscrupulous behavior and to let them know that these individuals do not honor their word.
I hate that there is even a need for a Black List of people not to do business with, but if you live in the real world you realize that not everyone holds themselves accountable for their actions and dealings with others as you may. The individuals listed below have not honored their word with Life in a House after repeated contact and chances to make the situation right.
Teri Hardy Hatland
This should go without saying if you’ve read An Alert for the Blogging Community, Update on Teri Hardy Fraudulent Blogger, or Tracking Teri Hardy Hatland: Continuing Coverage. Being the vindictive individual that she is, she had us locked out of Facebook several times for reporting our post that mentioned the news coverage about her fraud and criminal background. She recently filed for bankruptcy and you can view the latest news story regarding how that went in this news article from Keloland.com.
This individual originally contacted me in October 2016 literally begging me to publish posts for her. She had four of them that she wanted published, and they were pretty good. So I gave her my prices and she agreed to pay them. I published the posts on October 22, 2016 and sent her the invoice. I sent numerous reminders, emails, submitted the invoices to her again via PayPal – nothing. She responded back “you will be paid soon.” I’m still waiting for payment and have written her off. She sends emails from email@example.com. After requesting payment for 2 months and being ignored, she was added to The Black List.
Colin contacted me in December 2016. Red flags should have gone up when I read his email because it was almost exactly the same email message that I received from Victoria Young. Being the holiday season and all; however, I just overlooked it and didn’t pay attention to those warning bells going off in my head.
After a bit of back and forth on the emails and the pricing, his articles were published on January 31, 2017. Reminders and emails were sent the entire month of February and payment has still not been received. He sends his emails from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrea contacted me in January 2017 and requested an article for publication. After agreeing upon a price and the article topic, she submitted the article to me. Approximately 30 minutes later she said no, don’t publish that one, publish this one, and submitted a new article. Her post was published on January 24, 2017. Reminders and emails were sent to her as well for the entire month of February and payment has still not been received. She sends her emails from email@example.com.
Trudy contacted me March 2017 with a request to have an article published on the blog entitled, “Roofing and Homes: Tips for Retaining Your Roof and Decorating Your Home.” He asked if he could include a link to his site in his bio (no-follow) and I told him that would be fine. His bio read:
“Trudy Seeger has been a professional journalist for more than 5 years. He has worked with different organizations in different parts of the world. He says that one of the greatest lessons in life is to be passionate about your job until it no longer feels like a job. Visit LINK here.”
Now, said link had absolutely nothing at all to do with Trudy. It was for a company that does roofing and construction. So I emailed him back and asked him if he owned the company or was an employee working for the company. He stated he was employed by said company. I thought, okay, I’m going to verify it before I publish the article.
Turns out Trudy does NOT work for the company, they have never heard of him, and they have not asked any other companies or organizations to write articles for their company to be published on the web to draw business back to them. Another scam artist people. Check out his Facebook profile. Love how he goes from one profile picture to a completely different one – and changes race as well! I wish I could do that! Definitely one to add to your blacklist. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Protect Yourself
Due to the issues that we have faced and learned from on a first-hand basis, we’ve come up with a system of checks and balances to protect ourselves that we would like to share with you. Hopefully it will thwart those individuals who look to take advantage of bloggers for their own personal gain.
Get the Information
I’ve said it before and I will say it again – know whom you are dealing with. Anyone can create an email account and claim to be something that they are not. We created a Content Contributors form that all new guest bloggers for Life in a House are required to complete before we will work with them. The information that we ask them to provide is so that we can provide this information to our attorney if we wish to pursue collection for services rendered.
Get Your Payment In Advance
If you are asking for a payment for services rendered, require payment in advance or, at a minimum, a 50% deposit on the final amount due before you begin working on the assignment. If they do not have an issue with providing you a deposit for services rendered, chances are that they will not honor payment for the remainder of the invoice once services have been completed.
Watch the Email Language
I have learned the hard way that a lot of these individuals all work for the same “hub” of writers that use the same form email when contacting bloggers asking them to publish articles or to do a review of their products. If you continue to see the same emails sent from different email addresses – be sure to cover your bases and make sure you get contact information for them that goes further than just an email address if you decide to do business with them.
Not Everyone Is Out to Scam You
While it may feel that way sometimes, we have had the pleasure of working with some really fantastic contributors over the years who have always honored their word and made payment when due or provided the required amount of posts each month for a discounted rate. To them, we tip our hats and we say THANK YOU for being honorable, professional, and for keeping your word.
Hopefully there will not be a need to update this page often, but when we do update it with new information we will share it on our social media channels to alert you to new additions.