Most who read my blog know that when I first began this journey, I wasn’t making money blogging nor did I even realize I could.
But slowly, I found ways and resources to help me indeed make a living blogging.
By the way, I am truly humbled and grateful for all that my blog has afforded me in so far as generating income.
One of the many sources of income, I have utilized with my blog is to run paid advertisements and even sponsored written posts for companies.
Some are commissioned through other companies that I have relationships with. Still other have paid me directly through Paypal. While others have also found me directly through Passionfruit Ads.
What is Passionfruit Ads?
According to their website this is how they describe themselves:
“We’re a small company out to make advertising a little easier. Maybe a little more human. Maybe a little less like a late night on a used car lot. Maybe a little more like a nice dinner with that person you love. PF is built, designed and run by Jason Lynes.”
Seems totally legit. Even all the blogger testimonials on their front page would lead anyone to believe that this is a wonderful resource for bloggers, who are looking to run ads on their blogs, as well as help them do it is quite easily and simply.
Hell, I used Passionfruit for almost 3 years now and would have told you to definitely use them up until recently.
But all this changed in the past few months and should have seen the handwriting on the wall.
What happened to Passionfruit Ads?
For starters, payouts were always according to Passionfruit to be performed weekly on Fridays. Then, in recent months, I began to notice payments getting pushed back by a month or even more.
But I still did receive those payments.
However, that changed this past weekend. See, I was supposed to be paid out almost $200 for a written sponsored post purchased through Passionfruit Ads.
Friday came and went with no payment made to me from Passionfruit Ads.
Then, I checked on Monday morning and a payment was supposedly paid out to my Paypal account of $193.90.
Lo and behold though, there was no payment in my Paypal account. Upon further investigation, Paypal even told me that a payment was actually never even made.
What have I done to rectify this?
I reached out to Jason (the owner/operator) via email, Twitter and even called his mobile phone number he has listed on Passionfruit Ads site, which went directly to voice mail.
I have yet, days later, to have any of my inquiries answered. In my search, I found others on Twitter complaining of similar issues. These bloggers also have yet to be responded to by Jason or Passionfruit Ads.
I even filed a formal Better Business Bureau complaint, as well as reached out to my clients, who I am still pending payouts from with Passionfruit Ads. I directed them to file formal complaints with either Paypal or credit card companies that they paid Passionfruit Ads with.
This is truly reprehensible and unconscionable to me. But still, I vow that I will indeed get the money owed to me either from Passionfruit Ads or from my clients, who once again are currently working to dispute said charges.
Why share this about Passionfruit Ads?
Because I want to forewarn my fellow bloggers, who may still be using Passionfruit Ads to discontinue working with them.
Right now, it appears that Jason and/or Passionfruit Ads are MIA, keeping payments that belong to hardworking bloggers, such as myself and possibly you, too. Again, this isn’t right nor fair. And I certainly don’t want to see anyone else go through not being paid the money they might be rightfully owed. So, CANCEL your account if you have one. If you were thinking of using Passionfruit Ads, simply DON’T.
For companies, who are looking to advertise with me, please rest assured I am no longer running Passionfruit Ads on my blog. I am now receiving advertising and sponsored post requests myself with payments through Paypal directly or through Adproval. Have no fear though as this will not be an issue here on out for anyone else.
Therefore, please feel free to reach out for all advertising and sponsored post needs though my page directly HERE now.
The Bottom Line…
DON’T USE PASSIONFRUIT ADS!
As always though, many thanks to all who are loyal readers, business partners and more for your support.
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