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Erik Bledsoe At SurfYourName.com, I Hope You Read This

23 Jan
2009

Erik Bledsoe of SurfYourName.com, this is a review of how you’ve been running your business. Not sure if this is even libel or not, but it’s the truth. I mean, what do you call it when you’re asked to work on something by someone and after you’ve done it, they don’t pay you?

Since getting out from the Navy, I’ve been doing quite a bit of freelancing both for income and for fun. On December 7th, I started talking to a guy named Erik Bledsoe of SurfYourName or SurfYourName.com. He seemed to be a pretty decent guy. He basically has a lot of clients to work with and I’d just be on the sidelines to take over some busy work. You know, a simple 5-7 pages that I can do in about an hour to 4 hours and be paid $75-$150. 

After a week of discussion, he then had a site for me to work on, Jim Damron‘s “JD Production” or JimDamron.net . It didn’t take long to get it up and running, but he kept saying that the coding was too much and it needed to be more simple. Holy smokes, I didn’t realize simple HTML + CSS was too much!

Here’s the template I provided (navigation was not put in since I was still waiting for him to be satisfied with the design): http://www.kevinlam.name/designs/jimdamron/

Everyone knows, the most time spent in designing a website is the designing process and piecing the initial page. After that, completing the site is a matter of copy and paste process. Several weeks went by after he said he’s waiting for an approval from the client, he then asks me to change out some pictures in the header. Did that in a couple minutes. 2 weeks LATER he asked how much I was owed. I told him $75 and if anything, $50 since I didn’t finish the site.

That was January 12th. So something I did a month ago, gets jacked by their web designer who then slapped on their name and didn’t pay up. I don’t know what you call it, but Erik Bledsoe of Surf Your Name or SurfYourName.com is not running a very good business. I don’t even care about the money. It’s all about the principle.

Erik Bledsoe of Surf Your Name or SurfYourName.com, if you’re reading this – this is my review and I don’t want your money. I just don’t want you to keep doing this to people  and wasting everyone’s time. And Jim Damron, if you’re reading this… you paid WAY too much for such a simple site.

Thanks for reading,
Kevin Lam

P.S. Yes, I’m heated. I hate people like that. I have one more to talk about, but that one will definitely lead to a trial so I’ll have to keep it to myself. I already reported them to the FTC and BBB though.

Kevin Lam
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Kevin Lam is a self-taught internet marketer, web developer and traffic conversion expert that started since he was 17 in 2000. Even throughout his 5 years in the Navy, Kevin continued to hone his skills. Kevin now owns multiple digital companies including a Strategic, Digital Marketing Firm, a Sales Funnel Concierge Service, General Support Company and other digital products.

7 Comments

  1. Kathy Maestas | January 25, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Good for you Kevin!

    I just had a similar experience with a new client. He had installed a WordPress blog on his domain and tried to install a theme but he kinda messed it up. So he asked me to fix it for him.

    After I uninstalled the blog and the database and reinstalled the blog and got his theme working WITH an additional template AND a custom header he has not paid me!

    On smaller jobs you really have to collect up front. Too many people think nothing of stealing your time. It’s very sad.

    Kat

  2. Albert Grande | January 25, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Hey Kevin.

    I can’t believe it. Or I guess I can because I have been burned in similar ways in the past.

    Not in designing sites, but in putting up banners, ad space and writing copy. I’m not even talking about the guy that wanted to place some ads and kept trying to offer me less than what we had already agreed upon.

    Since then I have developed the simple policy of not doing anything up front at all. If you want my services, you’ll have to pay me first.

    If I know you, and we have a relationship, that is different. I already know that I can trust you.

    So I think you need to adopt the same policy. If you want to play, you have to pay. Up front, first.

    I don’t think you are being unreasonable at all. What these bozos don’t realize is that they are hurting themselves in the long run.

    Just wanted to let you know, that I support you, Kevin.
    sincerely,
    albert grande

  3. Harvey Akeson | January 25, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Every time you hear of someone else that gets misused, cheated or abused think of how you felt.
    Remember it happens more than we think.
    The cheaters move on leaving the mess behind with no one wanting to trust anyone again.

  4. Lee Cosgrove (WaW) | January 25, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    That sucks dude! I had a look at both sites and Erik appears to have changed Jim’s site slightly, but nowhere near enough to claim it’s his own work! And Erik’s own site almost looks like a con itself. In the Products box of the homepage he’s listed Web radar twice, and all his “Plans” appear to come with a “First Year Free” policy… So how much does he charge up front to cover hosting costs for that year for everyone who applies? And does he have a loophole (though by the sounds of it he doesn’t need one to try anything he likes) that allows him to change the price in the future?

    I realise when it comes to website designing you have to see how the site functions as well as how it looks before you can be happy with it, BUT how about first sending a screenshot of the site (or multiple screenshots if it’s a long homepage or you’ve designed an entire site) to show them how it looks, asking for half of what they owe you and after receiving the money send them the actual site? If they’re happy with it they pay you the rest, if not they hold off until they are. Even if they don’t pay you the rest of the money they owe you, at least they’ve paid you something 😀

  5. Kevin Lam | January 28, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for the support, guys. I got it taken care of though.

    Lee <<< I never cared to really look what's in there, so I don't know if they're a bunch of con or not. I just know I'm glad it's not my site and I don't have a 'Designed By SurfYourName.com' on my site.

  6. Sheryl Loch | January 28, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Kevin,
    It is a shame that this happened to you. In a positive way – hopefully anyone else thinking of doing any work for this company (SurfYourName.com) will see your post and have a heads up.
    You may have just saved someone else from getting caught up in doing free work for him.

  7. Kevin Lam | January 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I hope so, Sheryl. I hope so, but I’m done with this. I need to find something else to blog about.

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