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Okay, Erik Bledsoe of Surf Your Name Paid Up

25 Jan
2009

Well, Erik Bledsoe of SurfYourName or Surf Your Name sent me an email on the 23rd with an email with the subject “LOL” and a message saying “You are so funny.” I responded and told him about this particular blog entry… and then realized how well ranked it is after just 6 hours.

Here’s his response:

Erik Bledsoe of SurfYourName Response

Erik Bledsoe of SurfYourName Response

  1. Our last conversation was on January 12th; so why wasn’t a check made out on the 15th?
  2. If a check was to be made out, why didn’t I know of it when I had requested the payment to be made via PayPal?
  3. If a check was to be sent out to me, how is he going to do that if he doesn’t have my address?
  4. If a check was to be written out to me, does he know what name to put on it?
  5. Alright, he owes me money, I write a review about my experience with him and his company… and he then tells me once I remove my blog THEN he’ll send me the money? Extortion anyone?

After I sent an email pointing out these things, I received a payment a minute later. Wow, accounting is fast this morning!

Anyway, we had shot a few more emails back and forth. He wanted my blog to come down, but unfortunately for him, my wife said that I don’t owe him anything and there’s nothing to take down. So if anything – at least he paid. And for the record – he wasn’t very apathetic about the whole situation until he realized I wasn’t going to take down the blog.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Lee Cosgrove (WaW) | January 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Well he’s nothing if not diplomatic 🙂

    Extortion’s probably the strongest word to describe his business “ethics” we’d get away with using, haha! He’s an outright con-artist 😮

    At least if paid up in the end, though I’ll personally be avoiding anything to do with him 😀

  2. Kevin Lam | January 28, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I know. He followed up and finally apologized ‘for the inconvenience it may have caused me and my family.’ It took him 5 emails to understand that if he was just apathetic in the beginning, I would have deleted my post. Instead, he laughed in my face with arrogance and then tried to lye about it after he realized what had happened. Oh well. Live and learn, right?

  3. Sheryl Loch | January 28, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I wonder if he now realizes that we no longer live back in the day where the most you could do was write your local news paper to tell you local area. Now complaints can travel world wide in a matter of seconds. It also takes a 100 ‘good job’ to discount 1 complaint.
    Glad you got it handled 🙂

  4. Kevin Lam | January 28, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I’m sure he does now. For his domain name with or without a .com, my blog entry is ranked #4. As for his name, I already moved up from #17 to #11 in just 4 days. It’s actually competing against some singer or musician, I dunno. Either way, just not going well for him. Thanks for the support.

  5. Ellen Savage | January 28, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    It made my day to read this blog….all of it. A family member (“Joe”) was approached by Mr. Bledsoe to make cold calls and try to build up business for his company, SurfYourName.com.

    When I learned that Joe was considering helping Mr. Bledsoe, I decided to take a look at SurfYourName.com. From first glance, I felt that the website looked a bit “sleazy” and quite unprofessional.

    To make a long story short, “Joe” sent Mr. Bledsoe several emails and left phone messages seeking further information about the job itself as well as making suggestions regarding the marketing of SurfYourName.com. As of this moment, Mr. Bledsoe has not yet bothered to respond to “Joe.”

    Take it from someone else who has encountered Erik Bledsoe on a professional (if you can call it that) basis: Steer clear of him.

  6. Kevin Lam | January 29, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Hi Ellen, thanks for the heads up and glad to have made your day.

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