“Edmond here is an inexperienced guy who operates an illegal and unethical black hat website. He is upset because PRWeb refused to publish his press release because they say Black Hat tactics are illegal and unethical. I have since learned that black hat tactics are used to cheat the system of legitimate rank earners on Google and other search engines. By the time the customer realizes what is going on, Edmond has split with their money.The worst part is, it turns out to be a fast track to getting your website blackballed by Google and the other search engines. I did not know this until PRWeb explained it to me. Although his feedback is nothing more than his way of "getting back at me" for PRWeb's decision to ban him, he insisted that I somehow should have had more control over PRWeb's decision and I should have somehow made them run his release. The craziest part is, he paid no distribution fee - he lost no money on the PRWeb decision. Unfortunately, his release did go out to 3 other distribution sites, and I have to withdraw it from them now that I know his business is illegal. Elance offers providers no protection from people like this, they can write any feedback they want even when it is easily proven false and the client's serviceseasily proven to be unethical - their negative feedback will not be retracted. Nada. Nopers. Nope. Providers aren't given the same rights by Elance as they give to people who happen to come to this site looking for a contractor to exploit, it can be very frustrating. Make sure you check out fan buy websites before you give them your money, people like Edmond are on the prowl. He will tell you it's legit, he claims that Costco and that 40k people use his services, which is really impressive until you find out more about him and his services. A classic con. One more thing, I have no idea who he is talking about when he writes "I have had the same bad experience as the previous guy" - this is how Edmond's brain works. The previous "guy" and all of them who came before him gave me excellent feedback, consistently, so his attempt to trash me here is nothing more than a little bee sting that will not make any difference. There was a woman almost a year ago who did the same thing as Edmond is attempting here, and she twice tried to steal her fee back from me. I won in arbitration both times. She was certifiable as well. You just don't know what riff raff you run into when you are a provider on Elance - clients like Edmond here surface and before you know it, you're stuck with them. Edmond already muscled me into a $100 discount (he wore me down) and he wanted more money back when PRWeb refused to publish his press release-even though he never paid for it to begin with, Plus he kept disappearing on me for days at a time - I requested the modest fee I had stupidly agreed to the day he signed off on the press release because I honestly feared I would never hear from him again if I didn't request it at that moment, I'd never see it. Funny, he never balked at the time. Most clients understand that freelancers need to pay bills and earn a living, and most are honest and have integrity. There's a handful like this guy who think we should be working for them for free, that they can speak abusively because "they're the client," and get away with it. I've been doing this for many years, I am adept at protecting myself from predators like this one. Do not buy facebook fans or any other social media fans, or at least Google "Black Hat" and see for yourself. This is the first time in the more than three years I have worked daily with PRWeb that they turned down a press release because the services offered are unethical and illegal in the world of social media marketing, and that is their responsibility so good for them.”
Freelancer Feedback Comments for Client:
“I should have held off on my first feedback - this client left feedback for a different provider on my account by mistake. I guess he was in a hurry to trash some unfortunate person he hired and then didn''t want to pay.. Elance refuses to remove feedback, regardless of the circumstances or veracity, which is unfortunate, especially since Elance specifically dictates that feedback should should fairly reflect the provider''s performance - but that meaningless gobbledygook, I assume, is something the Elance legal department insisted on so people will think this is legit. Fact is, Elance simply does not care about providers or their hard earned reputations when it comes to the feedback setup. They won''t remove feedback UNLESS THE PROVIDER PAYS MONEY to the feedback-leaving client, who now has your work anyway but decides they don''t want to pay for anything if they don''t have to. Elance makes it easy for dishonest clients to rip off providers. So the provider must decide whether to keep the pay they earned, or forfeit it to keep false feedback off their account. There are plenty of providers who forfeit their fees to some abusive client because this is how providers earn a living, and feedback is crucial to getting work. Either way, the client''s name and business are kept private so they have nothing to lose. Providers have no such protection. So it''s a completely one-sided system that protects lazy, stupid, unethical or psychotic clients who want to get their work for free.They can still use the work the provider has completed anyway, they have it! Nice! Elance''s feedback policy offers clients no incentive to be honest, while providers know that unless they pay up, the feedback stays put (even when it''s easily proven to be false} for an entire year.
Elance makes sure that clients with entitlement or honesty issues have freedom to manipulate because they pay higher fees. Luckily, most of my Elance clients are honest professionals who wouldn''t pull a stunt like this.