I've Finally Had Enough –
Are Hauntworld.com and HauntedHouse.com really about helping the Industry or is the management of each site really only concerned about their own pocketbooks? Iíve been silent about this for long enough, but now I must speak out. I just want to let everyone know that I have been personally blackballed from obtaining paid advertising on both sites.
Larry K. said on behalf of HauntedHouseOnline.com (a site owned by Hauntworld.com): ďI will not sell you a featured banner. Its nothing personal but I have a directory and I don't want to send people to another directory. Hopefully you understand. If you want to buy a featured banner then you'll need to trade banners with scarefest.(a haunt outside of Illinois, thus outside of the scope of HauntedIllinois.comís directory) Ē. Sorry Larry, I wonít be blackmailed in such a way. My website promotes Illinois Haunts. Move your Haunt across the state line and weíll talk!
In a telephone conversation with one of the owners of HauntedHouse.com, I was told that I would no longer be able to retain my paid ad in the Illinois section of their directory because I am considered ďcompetitionĒ by the ownership of the website.
Since when did I become a threat?!? I promote Haunted Houses, for Christís sake!!!! How is that a bad thing?!?!
If youíll excuse my anger and general negative attitude, this is total bull crap. Every season I bust my butt to help the industry. Over the past seven years, I have spent countless hours creating the most comprehensive online directory of Illinois Haunted Attractions that exists ANYWHERE. And it isnít just a directory that just lets the event listings roll over every year, so it appears to be bigger than everyone elses. I also drive thousands of miles every season to review Haunts in Illinois, at my own expense, just so the general public is more informed.
I usually donít throw stones, but Iíve finally had enough. Why have I been banned from advertising on these sites? Who is here to help the Industry and who is here to line their own pockets or pat their own egos?
I know what side I am on. I love going to Haunted Houses and I will continue to promote Illinois Haunts, regardless of who blackballs me from their sites, feeling that I may steal valuable traffic from their website. Iím all about promoting Haunts and will always be. Screw profits. I donít have any. I donít have an expense account. I go to Haunt conventions and drive to review Haunts out of my own pocket. I do what I do for the love of Haunts and no other reason! I just think itís really unfair that I am not allowed to advertise on these ďbig-timeĒ sites because the management seems to look at me as a threat for some odd reason. Go figure!