Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Treated Like A Piece Of Shit by ADVFN


I like to keep this blog nice and positive.

The reality is we live in a world which can be very ruthless.

You're about to see an example of this.

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When ShareProphets dropped me with no warning I was shocked. Over 10,000 unique views in December, people loved my articles, and then just dropped.

Chris Oil told me ADVFN were looking for writers. I thought I'd give it a try.

Hi Mark,

We'd be happy for you to write for the free ADVFN newspaper (http://www.advfn.com/newspaper/).

We have a range of writers posting articles, a mixture of news, analysis and opinion on financial issues. Articles are posted using the WordPress blog system and can be published immediately, saved as a draft for later editing, or scheduled to be published at a later time/date. Pictures from our media library are used to provide a picture for the front page, and articles can also include other images such as charts.

We pay writers based on the number of unique viewers, and registrations and subscriptions to ADVFN generated by an article.

There are no set rules about how often the writers post – some post 4 or 5 a day, others just 1 or 2 a week.

We may edit posts to sort out formatting problems, but we don’t change the actual text. Content of the posts is the responsibility of the writers.

I attach a draft contract for you to look at. Once you sign a contract we can get you up and running right away.

If you have any questions, just ask.

Regards,

Hi Fiona,

Thanks for your reply. I already have two articles written ready to post and potentially at the moment I can write articles every day. My highest viewing figures for ShareProphets for one article was over a thousand, meaning that article alone earned more than £50- I've been earning 5p per unique view. So yes depending on traffic I should be able to get to £100 per month- it wouldn't be worth me writing many articles if I didn't!

So I think the fairest thing to say is a transfer can be made every month as long as the amount earned is £100 or more- if it hasn't reached this amount then the transfer can be made once £100 is reached. One payment would be made at least every 3 months from the earnings accumulated. Hope this is OK with you.

I'm ready to post the two articles I've already written- hopefully I can paste them and will aim to write at least one more today. Please can I ask how much traffic your site achieves overall and how many views I could expect to accumulate? I am happy to post links on my blog Mark Howitt's Blog for people to sign up to your site and other service too if this is allowed. I would provide links to my articles on this site and probably a link to ADVFN too. I always aim to have a good relationship with the sites I write for and as long as your service is positive for readers I will promote ADVFN offline too.

Thanks for your help and I'm ready to post the articles.

Fiona Craig


Hi Mark,

We could pay you monthly but only if you will be writing enough articles to make the payment amount worthwhile setting up a transfer. If the amount to be paid is going to be less than £100 a month then it makes more sense to pay every three months.

How does that sound?

Regards,

Fiona
See how the Bid & Offer are just the tip of the iceberg by watching ADVFN's video introduction to Level 2
ADVFN Books: www.advfnbooks.com
Bestselling financial books including 101 Ways to Pick Stock Market Winners and The Game In Wall Street

On 09/01/2015 16:31, Mark Howitt wrote:

Good afternoon Fiona,

Thank you for replying so promptly! I would be happy to write for your site. Having read the contract I agree with all of it, although I would prefer to be paid monthly as has been the case with other sites. If you can agree to this I will agree to the contract right away. If payment can only be made quarterly I will still consider it and provide with you an answer fairly soon.

Best Regards,

Mark Howitt

Hi Mark,

We could pay you monthly but only if you will be writing enough articles to make the payment amount worthwhile setting up a transfer. If the amount to be paid is going to be less than £100 a month then it makes more sense to pay every three months.

How does that sound?

Regards,

Fiona

Dear Mark,

If you plan to post articles that frequently then paying you once a month is not going to be a problem. I have amended the contract and I attach a new version, which also has your name in it, for you to sign and return to me. You can email me an electronic version or put a paper copy in the post to:

Fiona Craig
ADVFN PLC
26 Throgmorton Street
London EC2N 2AN

As soon as I receive the contract, I will set you up with an account on our WordPress system and send you the details together with instructions on how to post.

Traffic totals for individual articles vary depending on the subject matter and how heavily they are promoted, but our most popular authors do sometimes get over 1,000 views. The more you can do to guide traffic to the articles the better; you can post the first paragraph of an article on your blog with a link so people come to the ADVFN site to read the full article, as well as post on Facebook, send out tweets etc.

I hope this answers your questions.
Hi Mark,

We are reviewing the way we position the ADVFN newspaper and have decided to make a change in the type of articles published. As part of this process we want to cut down the number of authors, and this means we have to regretfully terminate your contract with us as of today.

Once the month is over I will calculate your earnings for the articles you have written and will send you a payment report, with the money to be paid at the beginning of May.

I want to thank you for your articles and wish you well with your writing career.

Regards,

Fiona Craig, ADVFN
Thank you I accept the contract- I downloaded and read it it but it was in a read only format so I hope saying I accept here is sufficient.
Hi,

You saying that is enough for me to set your account up. But can you please print out and sign the contract and put it in the post to me so I have something to file!

Meanwhile can you please send me the following:
A picture we can add to your profile on the site
A short bio, just 160 characters or so
If you have a Google profile then send me the link and we'll add it to your posts
If you have a Twitter account send me the name and we'll add it to your posts.

Thanks,

Fiona
See how the Bid & Offer are just the tip of the iceberg by watching ADVFN's video introduction to Level 2
ADVFN Books: www.advfnbooks.com
Bestselling financial books including 101 Ways to Pick Stock Market Winners and The Game In Wall Street
Hi Mark,

I see you have posted your first article. Well done, that was quick! I look forward to working with you.

Regards,

Fiona

See how the Bid & Offer are just the tip of the iceberg by watching ADVFN's video introduction to Level 2
ADVFN Books: www.advfnbooks.com
Bestselling financial books including 101 Ways to Pick Stock Market Winners and The Game In Wall Street

Hi Mark,

It looks like there is a problem - no stats are showing for January. I've alerted our tech guys who will take a look at the problem.

Regards,

Fiona
See how the Bid & Offer are just the tip of the iceberg by watching ADVFN's video introduction to Level 2
ADVFN Books: www.advfnbooks.com
Bestselling financial books including 101 Ways to Pick Stock Market Winners and The Game In Wall Street

On 30/01/2015 09:53, Mark Howitt wrote:
Hi Fiona,
> >> Thanks for your reply. I already have two articles written ready
to
> >> post and potentially at the moment I can write articles every day.
> >>My
> >> highest viewing figures for ShareProphets for one article was over
a
> >> thousand, meaning that article alone earned more than £50- I've
been
> >> earning 5p per unique view. So yes depending on traffic I should be

> > able
> >> to get to £100 per month- it wouldn't be worth me writing many
> > articles
> >> if I didn't!
> >> So I think the fairest thing to say is a transfer can be made
every
> >> month as long as the amount earned is £100 or more- if it hasn't
> > reached
> >> this amount then the transfer can be made once £100 is reached.
One
> >> payment would be made at least every 3 months from the earnings
> >> accumulated. Hope this is OK with you.
> >> I'm ready to post the two articles I've already written- hopefully
I
> >> can paste them and will aim to write at least one more today.
Please
> > can
> >> I ask how much traffic your site achieves overall and how many
views
> > I
> >> could expect to accumulate? I am happy to post links on my blog
> >>Mark
> >> Howitt's Blog for people to sign up to your site and other service
> > too
> >> if this is allowed. I would provide links to my articles on this
> >>site
> >> and probably a link to ADVFN too. I always aim to have a good
> >> relationship with the sites I write for and as long as your
service
> > is
> >> positive for readers I will promote ADVFN offline too.
> >> Thanks for your help and I'm ready to post the articles.
Hi Fiona,

Thanks for your reply. I already have two articles written ready to post and potentially at the moment I can write articles every day. My highest viewing figures for ShareProphets for one article was over a thousand, meaning that article alone earned more than £50- I've been earning 5p per unique view. So yes depending on traffic I should be able to get to £100 per month- it wouldn't be worth me writing many articles if I didn't!

So I think the fairest thing to say is a transfer can be made every month as long as the amount earned is £100 or more- if it hasn't reached this amount then the transfer can be made once £100 is reached. One payment would be made at least every 3 months from the earnings accumulated. Hope this is OK with you.

I'm ready to post the two articles I've already written- hopefully I can paste them and will aim to write at least one more today. Please can I ask how much traffic your site achieves overall and how many views I could expect to accumulate? I am happy to post links on my blog Mark Howitt's Blog for people to sign up to your site and other service too if this is allowed. I would provide links to my articles on this site and probably a link to ADVFN too. I always aim to have a good relationship with the sites I write for and as long as your service is positive for readers I will promote ADVFN offline too.

Thanks for your help and I'm ready to post the articles.


Mark Howitt's Blog
So let's get right into the 2015 Goals. Financial Goal Get This Figure And More. My share performance was only OK in 2014... but I feel that I've learnt a lot.
Dear Mark,

If you plan to post articles that frequently then paying you once a month is not going to be a problem. I have amended the contract and I attach a new version, which also has your name in it, for you to sign and return to me. You can email me an electronic version or put a paper copy in the post to:

Fiona Craig
This is the first article I’ve ever written which is directly critical of someone... like a personal attack almost you could say. And it’s something I’ve resisted doing for ages...
But you could also say it is exposing a company which has treated someone shoddily. Trying to make them a ‘none person’ on a whim.

Also ADVFN illegally used my writing on ‘onefreesharetip’ without my permission. There are real grounds for compensation here... I have asked for the HUGE sum of £30 per article. Complaints have already been made to the FCA, ACAS, Citizens Advice and I'm contacting intellectual property today.

I wonder why ADVFN had so few views, and hardly any decent writers ever writing for them, but it’s not my problem now.

Thankfully we aren’t in 1984 and I can expose the truth.

So what can I learn from this? IF A COMPANY TRIES TO PAY YOU LITTLE AND THEN PAY YOU AS LATE AS POSSIBLE IT’S NOT WORTH ENTERTAINING THEM. I think any writer looking at the evidence here of the emails would never write for ADVFN.

Always keep a copy of everything important you write on a Word file!

The ironic thing is that I’ve had successful writers contact me about writing for ADVFN... and I ADVISED THEM NOT TO DO IT. And they agreed with me once they contacted ADVFN- too little pay. You could call it funny that I almost looking out for my friends’ interests more than my own! If I wouldn’t advise someone else to do it, silly to do it myself.

All articles will be republished.

As of now I haven't received any more from ADVFN and the deadline for payment is today.

Monday, 30 March 2015

The article "Treated Like A Piece Of Shit by ADVFN" could actually be my best ever... we'll see how they treat me from now on. @advfn


The article "Treated Like A Piece Of Shit by ADVFN" could actually be my best ever... we'll see how they treat me from now on. @advfn

If I'm not paid properly I welcome legal advice on how to proceed... but part of me just wants to write this article anyway :)

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Blasting out a quick (free) reply here ;)

It's nice to see the FTSE rise... but that should only matter to you really if all your shares are in a FTSE 100 share tracker for example. With my strategy, I buy shares in FTSE 100 companies with low PEs and decent yields in a nutshell. Sure their value will fluctuate but over time I believe they will rise- my two best example are buying BT and LGEN at rock bottom prices... I think I'm up over 800% based on my best LGEN buy price :) £££