As we have reported before, employees are paid based on the amount of click-through advertising the site receives. However, a new development in the on-going scam has suddenly surfaced, giving USAVOICE administrators yet another excuse for exploiting the people that provide their content and drive their traffic.
Deborah Smith has been a "special correspondent" and our inside source for the goings-on with USAVOICE for a couple of months now. When it looked like she wasn't going to get paid for the second time in a row, she resigned from her position as an editor and wrote an article here at the Morgue about it. The following is her follow up report she originally posted in the comment section of one of our articles:
The following quote is from Ed-in-Chief Rick's response to another USAVoice reporter on Oct. 23 about why no one received pay for September on Oct. 10:
"The company did not generate any Advertising Revenue for the month of September 2006. Though stories were read, and ads were clicked, no one participated in the advertisements deals, offers, etc, therefore resulting in a no - revenue month."My reporters and I never received an explanation directly from Rick, but the lack of response after Oct. 10 had led many to decide that they would finish up their articles and wait to start anything new. After Nov. 10 several Columbus reporters emailed official resignations to Rick but never received acknowledgement. Their Back Offices were eventually closed but their names, mailing addresses, email addresses and phone numbers remain in my Manage Reporters folder in my Back Office. As of Nov. 25 this office remains accessible even though I emailed an official resignation on Nov. 15. I am unable to delete the contact info although I was able to delete these reporters' stories, at their request.
One of my reporters just emailed me that she has been offered my position as editor but declined it. I do not know if anyone else on the team has been or will be approached, but since all are aware of the compensation concerns, I think any current team members contacted will be able to make a decision that best suits him or her. I noticed today that two new names have been added to the Hire Reporters folder in my Back Office. I emailed them that I had resigned because of lack of communication and pay but and that I would let the editor-in-chief know if they wanted to pursue a position as reporter. I also provided a link to the article I published here Nov. 15 "USAVoice Steals Dreams." In all, eight potential reporters' contact info appeared in my Back Office after concerns about pay surfaced, so USAVoice is pursuing new staffers while ignoring the requests for information from those they hired previously.
So the business continues to lure people in to provide content to the website, while the admins continue to dangle the carrot of money in front of their journalists heads.
Stay with us here at Media Morgue as we continue to uncover more about this company.
For a list of the various articles written about USAVOICE here at the Morgue, click here.