My Final Story with Today.com

| April 21, 2009 | 12 Comments

I thought I’d share a few emails I received and sent to Today.com after they closed my account.  The emails are pretty much self explanatory:

My email to Today:

Since you have disabled my account, kindly remove all of my content from
your site or continue paying me the latest going rate.

Thank you,

Felicia Williams


Today’s Response:

You were paid for all your content posted through February on March
10th ($51.86). Your current balance is $0.37. A $50 minimum must be
accrued for payment to be sent. We can reactivate your account or you
can forfeit your earnings to date of $0.37.

The blog URL will remain active and Today.com reserves the right to
reassign the site at a later date or reactivate the site if you decide
to return.

If you would like to continue blogging with Today.com, we have
additional programs available to earn money in addition to PPM and the
monthly Today.com bonuses.

A number of our bloggers are quite successful earning money through
our Advertising Revshare Program, Affiliate Referral Program and
Product Affiliate Program.

Sincerely,
Today.com Support

My Response to their Response:

When you say ‘reassign’ the site, are talking about reassigning the domain
name or the domain name and the content I wrote?


Their response to my response to their response:

Today.com could reassign the domain and the content which was obtained
via the work for hire agreement you agreed to.

Sincerely,
Today.com Support


There it is in a nutshell.

Fortunately, I didn’t write very much for Today.com so if they decide to reassign the domain and the content, they get to use approximately 30 posts, of which several have my affiliate links (I didn’t’ get paid for those posts).  However, before you decide to write for Today.com, be sure to read the fine print (which in all honesty, I didn’t).

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites.

Comments (12)

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  1. Marilynne says:

    I was womenoverfifty at Today.com. I was having a good time with the other bloggers until they changed the rules on me.

    I managed to take down my affiliates and my pictures, but couldn’t do anything about the posts.

    Eventually I got the email, but it took them a while to figure it out.
    .-= Marilynne´s last blog ..Chica and Annie =-.

  2. Lisa Russell says:

    I think if anyone still has access to their accounts what they need to do is login and go to blog manager, then click on “manage my blog” then “export” and save a backup of all their content.

    Here’s the thing- the posts you were paid up front for THEY OWN- that was in the agreement, but the ones they don’t pay for (second post of the day, under 100 words, affiliate links, etc) are yours.

    I don’t recall anything in their rules about how to remove the content. Once it’s been reviewed, it looks like you can’t.

    So I wouldn’t dream of promoting my today.com content (I never really did) but having it “out there” with my affiliate links and links to my site really isn’t such a bad thing I don’t think. mostly what I’m concerned about are the referrals I have, which I doubt I’ll be paid for and the links to my referral URL that are “out there” posted in a lot of places I’d like to delete, because I really don’t want to recommend them anymore.

    • Felicia says:

      Lisa, you have a point about the referrals. I’ve got to go through my articles to see how I can either delete or change the ones I’ve written about Today.

      As far as backing up posts, there’s a software I use, PDF Create, which makes it very easy. I went to my Today blog and made .pdf’s of the 3 or 4 pages (I didn’t have many posts). I use it to backup all of my online content.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I am just waiting for my e-mail…. I know it is coming but don’t know when…. The whole thing in a word “sucks”!!

    • Felicia says:

      Stephanie,

      They must be searching the internet looking for comments and blog posts from their Today writers. I thought the timing of my “you’re fired” email was rather interesting. It happened the day after I placed a post on this blog that I wasn’t happy with them.

      There are other ways to make money writing on the internet. Whether they close out your account or not, take advantage of some of the other online writing opportunities.

  4. SuzeeQ says:

    Sure am glad I didn’t do today.com. I started to, but seems to me like they wanted the password to my personal blog, or me to register it or something, so I didn’t sign on the dotted line.

    There isn’t a one of these work-at-home writing websites that really pays writers what they’re worth, at least nothing I’ve found.

  5. Phyl says:

    So they’re treating everybody abominably, sooner or later. Not surprising. Buncha lying thieves.

    I’m glad you didn’t lose too much. And yes, please do join us in our little association of Today Exiles. 🙂

  6. flit says:

    oh, and I’ve added you to the today.com exiles blogrolls on both Just Flitting and TodayExiles blogs – hope you don’t mind 🙂

    you’re welcome to join us on TodayExiles if you like – just send me an email

    flitcsa at gmail.com

  7. flit says:

    Nice of them to change the rules after the fact, innit?

    As far as I’m concerned THEY broke the T & C by fudging traffic stats so that they wouldn’t have to pay as per their $2/ppm agreement

    so I don’t put much hold in anything they say now.

  8. Onceandfuturefarmer says:

    Since your were locked out of the forums (how convenient!) you couldn’t see the post that gives you another option. You can read it here: Blog Posting Guidelines Regarding Rate Changes, Performance and Today.com’s T & C, though. I certainly wouldn’t mind have posts they never paid me for back—removed from their server. But with as slimy as these guys are proving themselves to be, I’ll believe it when it happens.

    There are a number of us really hoping that we can help prevent other people from falling into the Today.com scam—for as long as the company lasts.

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