Note: My actual thoughts on the situation can be found at https://wordsaladspinner.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/im-quitting-the-mytrendingstories-scam/. This is a modified version, with extra swearing, of an article published at the end of March 2017. My insults do not reflect factual truths about MyTrendingStories or its members, just funny ones.

 

I thought myself immune to freelance cons. It’s funny how the same vices you mock in other writers become harmless and excusable when you indulge in them. That’s my justification for not reporting such soul-sucking scum until now, even though they’re not worth the effort to pity. May this account of the MyTrendingStories scam bring you wisdom, or at least streamline my anger into something thoughtful.

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Back in June of 2016, I announced my induction to the MyTrendingStories team (henceforth referred to with crude insults) . In short, I agreed to an unsolicited offer to write for a web content aggregator. Google will show you one blogger who anticipated the con, and several bloggers who did not. They all received emails near-identical to my own. 
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But those warnings weren’t around yet, so I accepted the fart-tossers' offer. When discussing the gig, I asked about creative freedom and compensation. I waited over a week for a reply. They promised a weekly newsletter, group chat, and no restrictions on my content. These were their thoughts on monetization:

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As of right now, all of our writers are contributors so it's not remunerated. We are working towards our writers to gain revenue through a revenue sharing program, similar to google adsense, between the website and the writers. The programming team is working towards adding a system within the back office of the website which will allow you to see your revenue directly. There will also be possibilities for corporations that we are associated with to contact you directly through the inbox system with specific offers for affiliation programs.

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The “we’re working on it” defense appeared often in their emails. But most new businesses rarely profit, so I figured the brazen knaves operated on start-up logic. There were worse deals in freelancing horror stories.
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Most of my contributions to the MyTrendingStories scam were reuploads from my blog. I stuck around because King Urinal had its ‘100 Steps Program.’ This guide, available to all contributors, outlined a plan for writers to develop an online presence. Every few weeks, I’d email the viperous worms about the groups I joined on Google+ or whatever, and the website would confirm my success a week later. This was the formula until Step 5, a step that has not unlocked to this day.

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Several rows of spaced-out formatting options.

What editing this post for MyTrendingStories is like, part 9 of 12

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I gave the process its due time. I asked clarification questions in February 2017, and received no response. My other questions about site layout and editing went unanswered even longer. In June 2017, I told them I completed Step 5. In July 2017, almost 2 weeks later, I got a response saying that they were— what else— working on unlocking the next step for me. I never heard from them again.

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The last newsletter from the cunts arrived in November 2016. Their last mass email was from January 2017, where the MyTrendingStories scam announced that, while the Revenue Sharing Program was not completed yet, hey, they made it easier to connect your Misery Toting Shitbag profile with Facebook groups. Excitement.

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Later, I revisited the Terms & Conditions on their website. Yes, I had already read these before accepting their offer. This time, I looked with cynical eyes. Here’s a surprise:

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7. EARNING MONEY THROUGH MyTrendingStories – AFFILIATE IDs PROGRAM AND MyTrendingStories EARNING PROGRAM PARTICIPATION. MyTrendingStories offers Authors the ability to share in Earning Page Views from third party websites by a variety of means. Assigning Affiliate IDs Program. Authors may assign an affiliate ID for third party accounts to their MyTrendingStories account (each an "ID"). For example, you can input your Google AdSense information into your MyTrendingStories account, and MyTrendingStories will share the Earning Ad Impressions with such services through that ID. You are solely responsible for verifying that you have entered a valid ID correctly.

 

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These fuckers now had a method of monetization. They just didn’t tell anyone.

 

Did this essence of dust think installing Google AdSense is some secret? I would do it on my blog if I had the audience size to make such a sellout worthwhile. And on my blog, I have my tags organized and my content navigable.

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A picture of a terrible web interface on my administrative profile. "MyTrendingStories scam" is the best way I can describe this debacle.

This is my admin page.

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Lest you think my story is an isolated case, I reached out to a few (former) contributors in January 2018. Lucy Mills, of lucytrieslife.wordpress.com, has deleted her blog since we last corresponded. Yet her scam site articles are still available. Like myself, Mills reposted from her blog to the rank-scented rats in 2016. She lost contact in 2017, and abandoned the site by 2018. But unlike myself, Mills tried to remove her articles and delete her account. She partially succeeded. 8 posts remain, with no clear content or timing through line among the 8. Her account still stands. Mills had no idea that the shitmongers now offered payment options.
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I interviewed Caleb Gee in 2017, and reached out to him about his scam experiences a few months back. Like Mills, Gee has not posted on the site for months due to a lack of response and pay. “I feel like we were somewhat tricked into providing content to them for free,” Gee said in an email.

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Source: https://twitter.com/QUlllANN/status/958290905433288704

Like with the stranger in the large trench coat, don’t accept anyone’s offer for “exposure.”

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Lessons Learned From The MyTrendingStories Scam

  • The real losers here are those running the MyTrendingStories scam. I mean, the site’s still up, though the page’s activity and daily articles have plummeted since 2016. I even reset my password to publish this manifesto. Hosting a site ain’t free, and I never had to pay those boobs a cent.
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  • Don’t work for exposure, don’t accept only a platform as payment, yadda yadda do. Here’s a new addition to freelance warnings: don’t accept “we’re working on it” as a substitute for payment. If someone claims to like your work and offers to pay you later, tell them you’d be happy to contribute once they clear their monetization issues.
     
  • These scum are worthless and shouldn’t take up your time. Seriously. My weirdest quirk is that the more petty an annoyance is, the more likely I am to rage about it. I may be the only person devoting about 1800 words to this pimple on the ass of the Internet. It took several months, intensive research, and a revamp of my style to convey the magnitude of inconsequence these wretched slugs not only have online, but probably in their entire careers too.
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MyTrendingStories makes a nice resume-filler if companies aren’t picky about which writers they hire. But if this, or any other testimonies haven’t made it clear, your time is the greatest thing you can lose. Let’s see how long the pukebreaths host this thesis on their website, if insults will motivate them into action. For as long as the link at the top takes you somewhere, that’s how little they mind.

 

Do they care if I expose their motives? Will other writers care?

Published by Nick Edinger