Guest Post: Any publicity is good!

Since this is the internet and we’re fighting for survival here – if a site mentions something about your website, whether its good or bad, it’ll help you in the long run.  Because even if someone says something negative about your website – people will want to flock to your website to see why they’re talking bad about it.  Which means, its like someone giving a bad review on a new game that has implemented similar features of another game.   So, people would say that the game is a copy-cat of the other one, even though it has unique content that the other game doesn’t has to offer.

So, do you think negative publicity is good? Even if the publicity has the chance to tarnish your site’s reputation? Well, then that I’ve learned over the years is that you can’t please everybody – people have different views on different subjects, and thus, they’re going to argue their point about if a website is bad, or if a website is good.

Do you think its wrong for webmasters to scheme this tactic, or is it a good way of marketing?

A publicity stunt can be done in many ways – such as, coming up with something that isn’t true,  sparking viral discussion from others, but then again, that’s what we call rumors – and those usually circulate among the internet these days.

How do you think publicity plays in the form of a website? Do you think receiving bad publicity can break a website, or do you think bad publicity can indeed spark more interest in a website? Let’s discuss the various ways publicity can work in your favor, how it can’t, and it shouldn’t be done.

For for information on this blogger, please visit www.virtualpetlist.com, which is an online discussion forum for online pet games, from Neopets to Rescreatu!

Guest Post: Be careful who you work for

Hey everybody, my name is Alexander and I have spent most of my career working on the computer, primarily on the internet. I began working with computers when I was about 11 years old, you’d be amazed at how I progressed over the years, and how quickly as well. The main idea behind this post, is to let all you (Randy’s blog readers) know how dangerous it could be, getting involved with working from home on the computer, when you choose to work with the wrong people. I am going to use an example, that happened not long ago (Just over a year or so).

So my main line of work is Information Technology, this position just so happened to be for managing the Internet Web Servers for a community strong within the Virtual Pet Gaming industry, defined by websites such as Marapets.com and Neopets.com. I spent a couple of years working with the owner of this community, free of charge as the website was not intended to generate revenue. So, my duties were to monitor and take care of the structural integrity of this computer, that hosted the website. This is a pretty easy job, but seemingly complicated for those whom do not have the acquired skills to take care of Internet Web Servers.

One day, the website went down, the entire server at that, it was out of my control. At first I believed that the owner had forgotten to pay his bill, but soon after we realized he had been hacked. Not only was the server hacked, but his personal accounts as well (Gmail, AdSense, Etc). Might I remind all internet users, to never use the same password for everything, it’s not safe! So, what happened is the owner of the website targeted me, as the only person who had access to the system, to be the person who compromised all of his accounts. I gave my input, and showed my innocence, but he needed somebody to blame because there was no evidence of who had done the attacks. He made numerous claims that he had direct proof of my wrongdoing, but in truth, all evidence that was said to have existed, was destroyed when the system(s) were compromised.. Meaning, a name will never be put to the face of the Hacker who destroyed this once thriving community.

So all-in-all, to this day I have been cleaning up the mess, contacting blog owners and press release websites just to prove my innocence, to have my name and personal information removed from their websites, so that my name could be cleared within online communities. Nothing is worst than googling your name, and returning results all over the place with your personal details claiming you made attacks against your employer. The internet is a big place, and word travels fast. It’s very complicated to remove something from the internet, once it’s been posted.

So be careful who you work for, be careful what you do and most of all be careful what you put online, you never know who might find it! Also, once again, never use the same password for anything. Thank you for your time Randy, I appreciate you allowing me to make this post, and I hope that we can work together in the future!

Getting Your Money Back From PayPal: Take ‘Em To Court!

This guest-post by Drew is a followup to our “How to get your money back from PayPal“.  Drew is currently fighting to have his funds released by PayPal.  You can read Drew’s first entry here: Getting my money back from PayPal

After I sent PayPal the formal letter asking for them to release my funds, etc., Paypal called me this morning, and said So What, give us documents between my vendors and their wholesalers. I said it’s not legal, so on and so on, and informed the person I will go ahead and start the legal process, first by filing all the complaints.

These are the basic steps I took to file my lawsuit against PayPal:

  • Write up a brief, 2-3 pages in length, outlining the case being filed, points of interests, legal issues, damages, rectification being sought. Once all completed, make 4-5 copies of it all.
  • Go to county courthouse, or federal courthouse. Go to Clerk of Court’s office
  • File lawsuit brief in small claims, or other appropriate offices.
  • Have clerk of court notarize some of the copies, to deliver a copy to the defendant or their legal representation. In Paypal’s case, 1 copy to legal dept in California, 1 copy to legal representative of the state residing in (in my case, Overland Park Kansas, even though I am in Iowa)
  • For Iowa, the filing fee is $35.  Federal court, filing fee is $85.
    Filing fee’s for each jurisdiction are different.
  • Although not required, make Lawsuit Public – Paypal will hate that tremendously.  Plus it will cost them much financial resources, just for the initial presence in court.

I am quite sure that Paypal got my email this morning after i finished all the complaints with the FTC, SEC, federal reserve, California attorney general’s office, and the California justice dept.  A lot of stuff, but i am ready to play the hard ball game, that will cost them a lot more than it is worth.   I am seeking 72 hours for their representatives from 1 state away to appear in court or face default judgment.

My legal points are as follows:

  • Paypal voided their TOS & agreement when they asked me to conduct criminal activities to get what they want.
  • Paypal is operating as a financial institution with power of seizure, without legal authority to do so.
  • Paypal is committing felony fraud (possible laundering activities going on as as well, since it seems to be widespread and ongoing), but just my own money is $2,253.36
  • Paypal is refusing to release funds, not belonging to themselves, which is called grand theft.

If they would not have ask me to commit a crime, then their contracts are legal. but once they asked me to commit a crime, their contracts became null and void. That is law.

*note, by asking for me to commit a crime, I can also ask for punitive damages. When they did that, it opened them up to being liable