Below are a couple of recent posts from the Today.com forums from the Today.com admins, that they posted after a bunch of bloggers were kicked out of their program.
We know that it is the nature of the business for there to be controversy whenever rates are dropped. We’ve said before and wil say again, it is not something we take lightly and it is a business decision based on a blogs[sic] performance . We understand the disappointmnet and as many respect our decisions, we also respect anyone’s decision if they decide to leave Today.com.
However, we are trying to maintain a certain level of professionalism in the forum and find that repeated requests to users to contact support in regards to payment or personal matters go unheeded.
As such we will reiterate that any matter of a personal nature regarding your blogs pay structure or changes in pay should be communicated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posts of a nature that are negative and posted to inflame the Today.com blogging community out of spite will be removed and account priviledges will be revoked and the user will be out of the program forfeiting any earnings to date.
Disgruntled bloggers who wish to leave the program should do so by contacting email@example.com. We ask that you do not aggravate the situation by posting a negative post on your blog, or a redirect to another blog exclaiming that you are leaving Today.com. Such posts will be removed and will afect the close of your account. Deleting posts pending review will also affect your account balance and the close of your account.
Bloggers who’ve broken these rules to date will be contacted by Support after audits have been run on the blogs affected by rate changes.
We are sorry to have to go this route and apologize to all the member who participate in the forum, following the rule and engaging in positive communication with other bloggers and staff. We hope to minimize the disruption so that the forum is as much an enjoyable place to be as is blogging.
We that all for their consideration in this matter and will work with anybody who contacts support in an appropriate manner regarding any issues they are having blogging with Today.com
Note in the bolded text above that they say they will ban any bloggers who make negative posts about Today.com, or posts that redirect users to another blog. I did neither, yet got banned because they determined I was “unhappy”. I didn’t know that I was signing up for a psychological evaluation when I signed on with Today.com
I did ask a question about the pay threshold (which I think is why I was banned), which they address in this next forum post.
Moving forward with our plans to get the message out to potential advertisers and to work with current and new bloggers interested in revenue sharing with Today.com we wanted to address some of the most frequently asked questions we get when a blog’s pay is cut.
Due to our renewed goals for the network, here is what Today.com can and cannot do for any blogger not happy blogging with Today.com.
Today.com no longer offers transferring to free blog hosting. If you leave Today.com the URL and content remains online and Today.com reserves the right to reassign the blog with the content (Blogs do not become “inactive”, accounts do.)
Today.com will not change the Terms and Conditions in regards to content rights. Since the content is purchased under a work for hire agreement , content is the property of Today.com. Any blogger who wishes to purchase their content back can contact Today.com directly to purchase it at the value Today.com paid plus 10%.
Today.com will not lower the payout amount from $50. We feel that if it is not your goal for your blog to make more than $50 in a month or two than [sic] Today.com is not the network for you. We are looking for people whose goals are in line with ours, working beyond the minimum to get maximum returns.
To reiterate in our previous post, Forum & Blog Posting Guidelines Regarding Rate Changes and Performance, if you determine you are no longer a fit for the Today.com program than [sic] we of course wish you the best in your future endeavors however “Goodbye” posts announcing you are leaving or moving your blog to such and such link(s) will affect the close of your account.
For bloggers who remain in the program, we will get the programs and tools out there for you to make your blog profitable beyond what pay per post could do for you.
The Today.com Team
“We feel that if it is not your goal for your blog to make more than $50 in a month…”. Of course it was my goal for my blog to make more than $50 in a month! It just wasn’t possible with the pissant pay that Today.com was giving its bloggers. The programs put in place to “help” the bloggers make money were put in place to help Today.com make money, not the bloggers.
Short and simple, if you don’t make money for Today.com, they don’t want you.