Yes it is GoGuides.org - and I should have titled the post that way. No need to be so delicate with someone who tries these stunts, scamming the customer.
I've already printed off some older info via waybackmachine. But I think I have the originals somewhere.
If they want to suddenly call these 'older sites' and try and place them under a new 'editable category' -- they are still legally bound by the original agreement. They are threatening to devalue what was paid for while the original term is spelled out as "lifetime listing". Any costs associated with updates are their own. Their responsibility.
"one time processing fee...no recurring charges...lifetime listing". Is pretty explicit. Will have to review the agreement again but this looks like maybe they should incur a penalty. Maybe they'll run when they find out they can't get away with it.
-Image now tarnished forever. Congratulations.
As of Dec 7, 2014:
"GoGuides Easy Submit Service Includes:
•One-time review fee no recurring charges.
•Submission is processed in 24 hours.
•Your website receives a lifetime listing in GoGuides.
•Money back guarantee if your website is declined.
•Permanently locked only staff can edit your listing.
•Using sitemaps GoGuides will notify Google YAHOO! and BING of your new listing.
•Request listing edit anytime using our free recycle service."
What GoGuides.org now posts today:
Go on, name them. It's Goguides you are talking about isn't it?
I also paid the one time fee. Only to be told yesterday I now need to pay annually.
Well, according to my web stats, Goguides has not sent any referrals in the past year - a big fat zero.
My guess is that hardly anybody uses their directory, they know SEOs used to rate it, few people are paying post-Penguin, so are now making a last ditch attempt to get some more cash before pulling the plug.
They can take their invoice and shove it where the sun does not shine.
- Submission is processed in 24 hours.
- Your website receives a lifetime listing in GoGuides.
- Money back guarantee if your website is declined.
- Permanently locked only staff can edit your listing.
- Your listing is included in GoGuides sitemaps.
- Request listing edit anytime using our free recycle service.
- Your website is exempt from a nofollow tag for one year.
- Monitoring of your website by GoGuides Spam Tracker."
So they are trying to hide this via the nofollow tag.
Attached: Today's 'add url' page - which makes no mention of renewal or its fees.
Also Attached: The renewal link mentioned below is not linked to from the main page as late as Apr 2015
note: both are attached for learning purposes
on the newer renewal page, at http://www.goguides.org/renewal.html -- wayback machine does not have it archived meaning it is relatively new. That page today says:
"Website renewal removes the downgraded status for aging links.
Older listings require a yearly review to retain trust in the GoGuides system. To provide a good user experience, GoGuides has to ensure that listings have the most current and accurate information available, which requires a yearly review at minimum. Websites that opt out of the yearly review will remain listed in GoGuides, but in a downgraded status. Downgraded websites can expect lower topic rankings, decreased exposure in the GoGuides search, and a nofollow tag attached to their topic link. The downgraded status applies to all listings aging over twelve months in GoGuides without a human review.
Once you renew your listing in GoGuides, your website will gain trust in our system. GoGuides staff members will review your listing to ensure proper topic placement and accurate information."
Edited by optisite, 25 June 2015 - 11:44 AM.