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Internet Research Associates aka GuestProfessor.com / Nonpayment/underpayment

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On December 13, 2006, I signed on with an Internet company calling itself “Internet Research Associates” to write articles. The fellow with whom I had all contact went by the name of Clark Covington, whom I also believe has a pseudonym of Clark Venable.

The pay for this work was very poor, $35 for [protected] word articles, but I decided to do it short term to dust off and sharpen writing skills that had been largely dormant after an extended period of time doing medical and legal transcription. I am a freelance writer and editor by trade, and have been in business for myself since 1994.

Simply put, Mr. Covington ripped me off to the tune of $136.50 for 39 articles turned in yesterday, saying he would not pay and that they were of poor quality (they were not). I have emails to support our "conversations". He also represents himself as a college professor, but I believe this is probably fake as I can find no evidence of this.

I did find evidence that he has a business, http://www.guestprofessor.com, by using an email of his to trace it, [email protected] If this is indeed true, I'm doubly outraged, since he represents himself as the sole supplier of articles and charges $88 for 10 articles or $199 for 25, meaning that he pays writers to do this work at $3.50 per single article and pockets the difference.

This is incredibly greedy and unscrupulous even if it is not actually illegal. Certainly, writers should be passed the bulk of that fee with a small amount kept for costs and a small "finder's fee" percentage, but he's keeping almost two thirds of it.

What got me started on my search to get some justice for this is that I think Mr. Covington certainly owes me what we agreed should be paid as noted above, but more importantly, I want to get the word out as to what a truly greedy, controlling, unprofessional and unscrupulous individual he is. I want other freelance writers to read this and know to avoid him. Thanks very much for providing a forum to do this.

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  • Im
      6th of Jun, 2010
    0 Votes

    Everyones talking about how he pays you less to write the truth is he hasnt even wrote mya rticle 4 me i apid him for an article its been over 2 weeks and i still dont have my article!

  • Th
      15th of Jul, 2010
    +1 Votes

    I think it is funny that the person who started this post and another one I found online stating the same thing is back working for Clark.. Hmmm.. go figure.. [censor] and complain about how awful he is, yet come crawling back for employment! But yet Clark is such a bad guy he hired her back.. right.. Please people.. not everything you read is true..

    Again, this is just another forum for writers who have had their work rejected for poor quality to [censor]. I hope you all feel better and found employment that is suitable to your skills. :-)

  • Di
      8th of May, 2011
    0 Votes

    This seems like the blind leading the blind to me -- a poor writer complaining about his poor writers. Clark Covington: "...you’re writing is not poor, which of course it is" LOL! I don't care that you don't pay YOUR writers. I am more concerned that you don't know the difference between "your" and "you're" and that you could not even write 2 sentences without making the most basic writing error, which most of us learned by 1st grade. Thanks, but that says it all...I'm looking for another article writing service!

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