Article Content Provider’s Chris McElroy | Namecritic Scams

ArticleContentProvider Goes Fishing On Freelance Websites; Reputation Takes Fatal Blow

Posted in Article Content Provider by namecriticscam on February 25, 2009
With receiving literally tens of visitors, Chris turns his attention to freelance websites.

With receiving literally tens of visitors, Chris turns his attention to freelance websites.

As Chris’ traffic grinds to a halt, he has not choice but to go fishing on freelance websites to pick up clients. It’s the same as Walmart resorting to selling their wares on Ebay.

With Chris’ continued reliance on freelance websites, he becomes further exposed to feedback. Chris had managed to maintain a relatively respectable profile on these sites, providing them with a level of service they would not otherwise expect if they contacted him directly. He sees completing projects like this as a branding exercise, according to John Westwood previously of

The hourly rate that one can extract from these websites isn’t too great. Western suppliers have to compete with Eastern providers, while the market dynamics lead to an unhealthy focus on price. The average cost of a job is under $250 through freelance websites, while the average hourly rate is under $5. If you get a job at McDonalds, you will get a higher rate of pay; you will not lose a 10%+ commission to the site owner; you will receive additional benefits and it would be realistic to earn in excess of $1,000 a month. On freelance websites, $10,000 is the new six figures. This may appear to be too low, but it also reflects the poor quality that the site’s suppliers provide. A BusinessWeek study found that 72% of Fortune 500 CTOs were aware of such sites, 2 of them have used freelance websites in the past and zero of them use freelance websites now. In other words, they stick their nose up at the chance to save literally 90%+ on wages because they can’t afford to employ charlatans and incompetents.  As previously noted in a Namecritic Scam article:

Many people will disagree with my comments… and claim there are some good suppliers on freelance websites. There are some, however according to data published by BusinessWeek only 16% of projects are completed to the buyer’s satisfaction. And of this 16%, many will have low standards.

Now you know about freelance websites, you need to hear Chris’ value proposition. He claims:

Written by someone, (me), who has over 30 years sales experience and 11 years Internet Marketing experience.

This was possibly written a while ago, as the years of experience he claims to have had differ from his claims elsewhere on the web. I have to ask though, why should he capitalize Internet Marketing? He has a nasty habit of capitalizing all keywords, with further examples including Article Marketing and Article Writing. If that’s not strange enough, he also fails to capitalize google, yahoo and msn. His writing is rife with errors, which would perhaps be palatable if he was offering a web design service. It’s not so palatable when he focuses on writing services. He also says only he writes the articles and, as we know, that’s bull. Chris wins work on freelance websites and then finds a cheaper writer, in turn outsourcing the work to them.

Another funny error includes:

I currently write articles and website content for many clients on a variety of topics. I write for newspapers and magazines offline as well. Many of my articles can be found in search engines for the keywords I target. I also own

I am an SEO professional and am considered an expert on Article Marketing, not just Article Writing.

As you can see, the first paragraph just stops midstream. Either that, or he owns nothing. We also suspect he has never really written for newspapers.

As if those errors were not enough on their own, he also makes a suprising promise:

My articles are always;

1. 100% original content.

2. 500 words or more.

3. Interesting and easy to read (Formatted properly)

Yes, the capital F in formatting is hilarious but why on earth is their a requirement for his articles to be 500 words or more? What if the client wants him to write a 200 word article? Will he refuse on the grounds of this statement? As his content is 100% original, we can also assume that not a single two word combination he uses has ever been used before? In all fairness to Chris, 87% unique doesn’t have quite the same bite.

Now let’s look at what his clients think of his work.

1. This client’s project with Chris results in a dispute between the parties. This resulted in the site conducting an investigation into which party was telling the truth, through looking at the material Chris delivered to his client.  The deadline was missed and the project was not completed properly. The result, as judged by the site:

Namecritic (the seller) agreed/admitted that they did not complete the project– It was determined that Namecritic had not managed the deadline properly, hence they were unable to complete the work by the deadline. Darepondus (the buyer) had released 50% of the funds. All funds in escrow were returned to Darepondus.

2. In this second example, Chris was also unable to reach a resolution with the client, resulting in one of the parties filing for arbitration. The result, as judged by the website:

Namecritic (the seller) alleged that the deliverables were 100% complete by the deadline and zolly (the buyer) alleged that they were not. Rent a Coder tested the deliverables and found one or more non-cosmetic flaws in the deliverables. All funds in escrow were returned to zolly.

3. Another project, another problem. This time Chris falls behind the deadline, resulting in the project falling to pieces.

namecritic (the coder) fell behind in starting the work and agreed that Doron Whitman (the buyer) had been very patient about it. By the time the work got going, they discovered other issues that could slow work progress and agreed to cancel. All funds in escrow were returned to Doron Whitman.

4. In this example, Chris and the buyer opted for a mediation. A mediation is the stage before arbitration, and allows the buyer and seller to reach a settlement. Based on the unfavourable terms, it would be reasonable to assume this was another epic failure.

Platinum Millennium (the buyer) and Namecritic (the seller) Seller and Buyer agreed to self-mediate without formal intervention by a Rent a Coder arbitrator.
3)Namecritic is responsible for the possible cancellation fee. (per “Cancellation Charge Holdback” in the seller’s contract).

5. Chris also has a nasty habit of winning jobs and then refuses the money because he does not have the resources to complete the job. On freelance websites, if you do not complete the job it is impossible to get paid due to their escrow feature. This is a severe waste of a buyer’s time, and his profile is littered with examples including this one:

Namecritic (the Seller) notified dave5577 (the buyer) that they were unable to work on this project, within 24 hours of bid acceptance. Per the Seller Contract, this results in a neutral arbitration. All funds were returned to dave5577.

6. Another day, another lost mediation. He is forced to provide a refund, knowing he will lose an arbitration:

VISUAL-BASIC.NET (the buyer) and Namecritic (the seller) Seller and Buyer agreed to self-mediate without formal intervention by a Rent a Coder arbitrator.

3) Namecritic is responsible for the possible cancellation fee. (per “Cancellation Charge Holdback” in the seller’s contract).

As you can see, Chris has not won a single arbitration or mediation. Good luck getting him to explain this.


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