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  1. #1
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Jul 2012

    In February 2012 I was hired by to write content for their website. I was referred to them by a website developer I had worked with several times.

    I interviewed Elena, the principle person in the company and wrote the copy, which was followed by a revision. It was then posted on their Home Page and repeated on the About Us page. I submitted an invoice for $130.00. She said it was higher than she expected, but that she would pay it and asked me to give her time to do so. I said okay.

    But as time passed, she continued to put me off with the excuse that business was bad until I finally decided this was simply a ploy. I confirmed this when I contacted the website developer and learned that still owed him money too.

    I finally submitted an official complaint on the U.S. Department of Justice website. I was interviewed by a law enforcement officer who then contacted and informed them they needed to pay for the content on their site.

    And they still havenít paid.

    Although they recently removed my content from their Home Page, it is still on the About page.

    I can live without the $130.00. But it is completely unacceptable to me that continues to illegally publish my content on their website. It amazes me they have this level of audacity--even to defy a law enforcement officer!

    I would like others to know about the unethical behavior of I donít recommend anyone doing business with them. Perhaps if this story circulates the Internet they might discover that seo can be both positive and negative.

  2. #2
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Jul 2012
    I haven't heard back from the law enforcement officer since they contacted about paying for the content they have posted on the About page of their website.

    I guess I'll try after the holidays to see what they recommend next.

  3. #3
    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    Jul 2012
    3 continues to steal content is dishonest and not to be trusted. It sells personalized and customized after-market car accessories for your car. The idea behind this is to personalize and customize your automobile in order to improve the carís appearance and add to its life. presents itself as an honest business. After all, why wouldnít someone want to personalize and customize their car with attractive car accessories? But Elena Maria, the owner is dishonest. She hired me to write content for the website at and never paid me for it. I wrote the content in February of 2011 and it is now almost March of 2012. So it has been over a year now and continues to publish the personalized and customized content I wrote on the About Page of
    You should be very careful about customizing and personalizing your car by buying personalized and customized car accessories from If Elena Maria will openly and unethically publish intellectual property on the About Page of, you have to wonder what other unethical business practices she is involved in. There are many other car accessories businesses online to buy car accessories from beside
    Choose another car accessories business to buy personalized and customized car accessories from and stay away from

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    New Member; Teach Me About Thick Skin! francisbruno's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    Salem, NH
    How about issuing a DMCA notice to their web provider? IANAL, but if they didn't pay you for it, and are still hosting it, you should be able to force the whole site down if they refuse to remove it. Also, since it is to the web provider, they can't really just ignore it.

    Just a thought.
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    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
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    Tw/FB ceased early '15, site gone soon after.

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