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

With ArticleContentProvider.com 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 ArticleContentProvider.com.

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.
1)THE BUYER RECEIVED ESCROWED FUNDS
2)THE BUYER OWNS COPYRIGHT
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.

1)THE BUYER RECEIVED ESCROWED FUNDS
2)THE SELLER OWNS COPYRIGHT
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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ArticleContentProvider.com Sees Traffic Sink

Posted in Article Content Provider by namecriticscam on February 24, 2009
ArticleContentProvider.com sees traffic grind to a halt.

ArticleContentProvider.com sees traffic grind to a halt.

In a previous article, I described how traffic to Chris’ flagship sight is sinking quicker than the Titanic did on her maiden voyage.

It appears things are worse than I had originally thought. We were able to use Quantcast’s data to calculate that Chris is currently attracting as many as 3 customers per month through internet marketing initiatives. Since the point at which that article was published, articlecontentprovider.com’s traffic has sunk even deeper.

Now, Quantcast are no longer publishing any data on the website at all. They say: Sorry, we do not have enough data to profile articlecontentprovider.com. They might be sorry, but not as sorry as Chris and his modestly-sized wallet.

Scammer From Hell, Or Is It That His Customers Are Starting Their Periods?

Posted in Article Content Provider by namecriticscam on January 23, 2009
"Will you still love me if I wet the bed", asks the child fitting Chris' target demographic.

"Will you still love me if I wet the bed", asks the child fitting Chris' prime demographic.

Quantcast’s facts ‘n’ figures on ArticleContentProvider.com paint a bleak picture. 115 people visit his website each month. The average conversion rate for a website is 2.9%. That means Chris could be getting as many as 3.35 customers a month!

But, hold your horses; it gets worse when we look at the demographic data.  28% of Chris’ customers are under the age of 18, and from that it would be reasonable to assume at least 10% have yet to shave; 3% are currently wearing diapers; 7% still believe in Santa and 6% have wet the bed in the last three months.

We know Chris likes them young, but we don’t think that age group will be doing much article marketing! That means (3.35- 28%) 2.41 buyers a month, when you, perhaps wrongly, assume that age group isn’t already built into the conversion rate.

I actually think Chris getting 2.41 buyers a month from his 115 visits is overly optimistic. The reason being that Chris also runs an article directory on his website, which is bound to be accountable for a large percentage of his traffic. And that, folks, ain’t going to be converting much browsers into buyers. Writers are also going to be paying him visits, and the above referenced article also claims that conversion rates are likely to not be as good among small businesses. And this business is now tiny!

This is yet further proof that Chris is picking up his customers from freelance websites and other platforms outwith his control.

ArticleContentProvider.com Is Run By A Part-Time Scanner

Posted in Article Content Provider by namecriticscam on December 31, 2008
Chris hard at work

Chris hard at work

Chris claims to be a legend at all areas of internet business. Article Content Provider will write your articles; Blog Content Provider will do your blog posts and SEO service provider will — you guessed it — do your SEO. He can virtually run your entire business for you, if you are willing to pay for it. On the website of the SEO arm of the Namecritic empire, Chris claims that he and his partners can provide any service you need to run your internet business. It all, though, comes at a price: incompetence and failure.

Chris’ early foray into the domain industry earned him his nickname, Namecritic, he claims. We know better, and can only ever find citations of his name used by himself. He made the name up. If Chris had decided to register a domain name like business.com back then, he would be a millionaire. Instead, he is a pathetic old man who does not have two pennies to rub together.

In an exclusive revealed earlier today by Namecritic Scam, we learned that Chris now has a job with AssistantForRealEstate.com.  His empire is not even able to support his own wages these days. I wonder how much Namecritic Scam is responsible for that?

Hire Article Content Provider: Pay High Rates And Get Poor Quality Today!

Posted in Article Content Provider by namecriticscam on November 6, 2008

Want to know how Chris McElroy makes money? The forumla is so simple that even a monkey could do it.

You go to articlecontentprovider.com and order some articles from the lovely Chris McElroy aka Namecritic.

Namecritic goes to freelance websites, like getafreelancer.com, and makes a post like this. He then gets loads of bidders from the developing world to bid on your project. Not all are from the developing world, but (almost) all of them aren’t competent enough to get a.) a job, or b.) work for real clients.

Many people will disagree with my comments above 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.

Chris only pays the freelancers a fraction of what he charges you. He makes the rest of the money. It really is that simple.

Chris does not use this method to complete all of his projects. However, he is very active on a couple of freelance websites. What is more funny is that he also wins jobs on these websites. So someone posts a bid on getafreelancer.com and Chris wins. He then goes ahead and posts the same job on getafreelancer.com and offers to pay a lower price.

Some would call what Chris does a sophisticated arbitrage model. Others would call it a scam. Either way, he’s not adding any value, and that’s why — if you want to publish sh1t on your website — you might as well go directly to the source.

Chris (Namecritic) McElroy has his dirty fat hands in many a pie or two. This is just one of them.