In what seems to be an impartial report on the ePerks vs Vlad lawsuit, Mr Ron Cook, the lawyer representing Brabus Ventures, owners of ePerks, made the following highly controversial statements.
Clearly, his minions out there are rallying behind him [...] They are trying to live off the company and raise their blog ranking. It’s really disgusting.
Mr Cook, what is really disgusting is that a failed startup, ePerks, is now trying to somehow recover some or all of their initial investment by taking an innocent blogger to court.
The article also elaborates not only on the legal threat to Vlad, but also to Trace at Broker Science, who has already made his response.
He suggested that those taking part might be doing this for some alternative motive, purely for links.
Whilst I appreciate links, I could honestly have knocked out at least 5, possibly 10 solid pieces of “linkbait” or topical commentary in the 60+ hours I have already devoted to helping Vlad, most of which was in the last week, though it is hard to count time accurately when you have a 1 year old.
Next I am sure they will start suggesting that Vlad is in some way offering some form of monetary compensation for help. Nothing is further from the truth. I made a significant donation to Vlad’s legal fund.
Vlad is one of my most regular readers, and a good “online” friend – at no time has he ever asked me to write about his problems with ePerks. I am extremely loyal to friends.
I am also passionate about disclosure, and the type of shilling I have seen from what appears to be “minions of ePerks” have me reaching for napalm – the best cure for ridding the world of disease infested insects.
Special mention for ePerks Real Estate on Reddit – Mary’s blog isn’t ideal for Reddit, after all it has more than 2 colours and include graphic elements.
Then again, the only advertising like content on the blog is for products actually sold by Mary and her team. On Reddit any progression will be a running battle of those that read the post vs those that take 1 second hit back and then down vote. Every vote counts, at least for 30 seconds.
Social Media Tip
A great way of monitoring lots of discussion around a particular story is to monitor a search on Friendfeed.
You can either use a standard search for ePerks Real Estate on Friendfeed or you can use an advanced search using &public=1 to get content from the whole of Friendfeed.
An easy way to bookmark discussion threads for a later date is to then “like” them
I do expect Mr Cook to publish a retraction on the blog he doesn’t have – he has a website, but the designer still offers “doorway pages” as part of their service. I hope he hasn’t been asking his web designer for SEO advice regarding this case.
Mr Cooks website ranks 5th when searching for it with very specific search terms including full company name and location – I won’t bother linking to it.
Most of the links above are to promote a story on Mary’s website, not my own. Most of my readers will know Mary as REBlogGirl
Mary has written a really good overview of the ePerks story that anyone can digest
Mary and her company specialise in custom blogs for real estate with hosting and they are offering a semi-custom blog plus a year’s hosting to anyone who blogs about the ePerks scandal – this doesn’t include their custom lead generation system or domain registration.
It is a very generous offer, and I hope lots of bloggers take her up on it.
Place yourself in Vlad’s position – what would it do to your life? Yeah… exactly – Digg Stumble Propeller Mixx Zoom Tweet the hell out of Mary’s post – it is your freedom at risk