Friday, May 8, 2009

Need another blog?

yeah, me either... but what the heck ...I signed up on MyVieWin anyway ... a relatively new social networking site that says that you earn points by blogging, chatting, having your profiled viewed, etc.

Their minimum payout is $50 and right now anyone that signs up is automatically credited with $5. No idea how it all works or IF they will pay ... or if they do, for how long...

but I signed up anyway, figuring that if nothing else, I can use my blog there to create backlinks to my main blogs. Their blogging platform is pretty basic - no widgets that I can see, not many bells & whistles... but worth a try.

Besides, it can't POSSIBLY be worse than, right?


Me And Craig May 8, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

It sounds interesting -
Let us know how it goes, o.k. ???

nipsy May 9, 2009 at 2:00 AM  

Ha!! I'm scared half to death to try any new blog. I did send today an email reminding them how much money I was still owed, and that I would like my payment asap. I quoted federal labor laws and things to that nature..LOL.. I'm still irritated I wasn't able to take my photos off before they canceled me. Oh well..

Good luck with this new one, keep us updated on it~!

Stephanie B May 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM  

Has anyone reported to the Better Business Bureau?

atorturedsoul May 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

Well, speaking of Today...I have been waiting about closing my blog there until I received final payment. They figured out a way to screw us out of that, too. I signed in to see how close I was to making minimum payout and this is on the top of the page:

W9 Required for All U.S. VIP Members
All VIP bloggers from the U.S. must submit a W9 form. This form can be located under your Support menu. Your payment may be held if you do not submit this form to us.

I am not about to give them MY social security number. I don't trust them with that information. (Would you?) I really think they know that those of us sticking around for payment wouldn't trust them with that info. So, they screwed me out of my final payment. No reason to keep my blog open now or to keep quiet any longer.

sundcarrie May 9, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

I wouldn't give them my SS number! Are they nuts!

Anonymous,  May 9, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

You only are required to do the W-9 form if you made over $600 in 2009, or if this months payment will put you over that threshold.

Signed: Waiting for May 11 to kiss today goodbye!

Phyl May 9, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

They must be thrilled that they discovered yet another way to screw people out of the money they owe them! Legal or illegal, they're going to leap on a new excuse with both feet.

Ms Terri May 9, 2009 at 7:01 PM  

If you remember several months ago, they didn't send out 1099s (the tax forms that U.S. companies are required to send to independent contractors who have made over $600 per year), and when asked why not, on the boards, they said they didn't have to comply with U.S. tax laws because they were a Canadian company.

So I wonder what's changed now that has made them think they have to comply with U.S. tax law.

My guess is that this isn't one of their usual attempts to screw us out of what they owe us. I have a feeling something else may be involved this time.

My guesses:

(1) They are trying to separate themselves from Amosely Corp, the Canadian/Netherlands company that used to be listed as the registrar of the domain as well as of dozens of hard-core porn sites.

They may be trying to remake themselves as a U.S. company, either to hide their ties to Amosely or for some other reason.

--- or ---

(2) They may be trying to sell the company, or perhaps have already sold it, to a U.S. company.

Those are my guesses. We'll find out soon enough (Monday!) whether they will try to withhold payments based on not having received the W-9s. As I said, I don't think they will do that, but we'll find out soon.

flit May 9, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

Or perhaps part of the reason Dave turned into such a dickhead is because they got slapped by the IRS?

Ms Terri May 9, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

Interesting. That's possible. As far as I know (and I really don't know how these things work outside the U.S.), they were correct when they said that a Canadian company would not have to send out 1099's to its U.S. contractors, or collect their W-9's etc.

But they have so many different company names that they use at different times, and most of those companies seem to be in Pennsylvania, not Canada.

So if they really are a U.S., and not a Canadian, company then, sure, they might have gotten in trouble with the I.R.S.

Interesting ....

Speaking of getting in trouble, has anyone noticed that they don't seem to be running Google ads anymore? I wonder if they got slapped by Google for some reason.

(They have the "ad rotator" ads in some categories, but otherwise there are just blank spaces where the Google ads used to go.)

P.S. I would still bet (a few cents) on my theory that they are planning to sell the company, or have already sold it, and that's why we are seeing the requests for tax forms, the claims that they "own" our writing and can transfer it to someone else, and even the Exile purge itself.

Ms Terri,  May 11, 2009 at 1:13 AM  

Scratch what I wrote about the Google ads! I just found out that somehow, I got a Google-ad blocker installed on my browser (and I don't know how that got there!) Ha ha. So I take it all back -- the Google ads are still on, and I take back my insinuation. They did not get "slapped."

flit May 11, 2009 at 4:43 PM  

too bad - would serve them right

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