Introduction:"Let the buyer beware" is a phrase coined by the Real Estate Industry decades ago. Where ghostbloggers.net is concerned, both the writer and the buyer must beware.
This website is a marketplace where writers can post articles for sale. The premise is a good one. When a website owner needs content, they can buy any of the pre-written articles or request a custom written article.
It would be a win/win for all concerned, if the GB owner fulfilled his monetary obligation to the writers. He does not.
Therefore, it is appropriate to call one Marcos Moralez, ghostbloggers.net owner, a deliberate scammer.
As an affiliate marketer or blogger, quality content attracts your target market and regular informational articles keep them coming back. If you, like many web site owners, depend upon freelance writers to furnish that content, you naturally look to places like Ghost Bloggers.
However, it likely doesn't occur to you that the content you purchase in good faith is stolen. It's not your fault this man has no conscience and is exploiting writers. But, by selling intellectual property to unsuspecting bloggers like you, with deliberate intent to defraud writers, he is running an internet scam.
It's not your fault. You didn't know. Now that you are in full awareness, you can make an informed decision. Will you continue to do business with a known scammer? Or not?
When my regular writing gig slowed down, I searched for a supplemental source of income. My research showed that Constant Content was the number one site to post pre-written articles. I took their tests, but didn't get a response from them.
The number two place was ghostbloggers.net. Their sign up process was simple. After supplying my user name and setting up a password, I was good to go. No tests, no mess, just write.
My pre-written articles started selling immediately. But - where was the money? I didn't get any money. Finally, after five months, I received $48.04 in my PayPal account from GB. Just enough to "hook" me into writing more articles.
At the end of 2015, ghostbloggers.net owed me $369.64. In the past two weeks (July 2016), two more articles have sold for $63.40.
When GB "support staff" sent my PayPal payment for $48.04, they attached this note:
"Last year a major stake in GB was sold to a management company. That relationship did not work as intended. We recently regained ownership of the company. Rest assure payments will be processed on time from now on."
I believed them and continued to write and post articles. My articles kept selling and GB kept ignoring my efforts to get paid. I would receive this canned message:
"Your message has been submitted. Someone will be in touch very soon."
Acting on the advice of an online writer friend, I reported ghostbloggers.net to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, FBI Fraud unit, in April 2015. My friend received payment in full for her articles, but I have heard nothing from the FBI.
I also wrote a letter to the Atty. General of California. (Moralez is located in Culver City.) They could not help and suggested small claims court.
In addition, I explained the situation to various website owners who were displaying my articles. To date, none have responded and my articles cannot be removed from the GB website.
Cheating Marcos Moralez is still letting new writers sign up. This process may go on ad infinitum, since it appears there is no way for writers to get justice.
I can almost hear some writers saying - well.why didn't she vet this website?
At the time I began writing for GB, I didn't find one solitary negative message on the internet about them. Nobody was complaining about non-payment. Not one writer had shared that this site doesn't answer writer's e-mails. There were no reports that once articles were posted, Ghost Bloggers does not allow writers to delete them.
Want to know what really pops my balloon? Every time an article sells, Support at ghostbloggers.net sends this message, "Congratulations, Bonnie your article on blah, blah, blah, has been sold."
was planning on checking it out before I read on. Maybe you should tell them to make sure they read the whole post due to much needed information
Great information on this topi. H5
Oh I am so sorry to hear about your experiences with GB as a writer. This, hopefully will help others not to fall prey. So good to see you writing here. No pay, but lots of hugs sent your way.
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