Blogrush is a scam

 
October 22nd, 2007 - Filed under Internet Marketing & SEO by Cristian Mezei
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Just received an e-mail from BlogRush letting me know that I collaborated and worked to increase my account, for two months now, for nothing, and that Seopedia is not good enough for this crap network.

The mail souns like :

We regret to inform you that your BlogRush Account Is Currently INACTIVE.

Your blog(s) did not pass our Quality Review criteria. You will find instructions below for making your account active again.

You will notice that the widget no longer loads on your pages — please remove the BlogRush code from your blog for now.

We recently reviewed your blog(s) located at:

http://www.seopedia.org

We determined that your blog did not meet our strict quality guidelines. Please do not take this personally, but realize that we must abide by a very strict set of quality guidelines. (They are listed below.)

If you feel you have made the necessary changes to your blog(s) to meet our guidelines, you can resubmit your blog(s) for review after this date:
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The quality guidelines are :

BlogRush Quality Guidelines:

- The blog contains unique, quality content that provides opinions, insights, and/or recommended resources that provide value to readers of the blog. Articles, videos, public domain works, press releases, and content written by others are okay to be used on the blog, but the ratio of unique content should far outweigh content from other sources.

- The blog should be updated on a regular basis (at least several times a month) and should not just go a few months between posts.

- The blog should already contain at least 10-12 quality posts. New blogs with very little content will not be accepted.

- The blog’s primary contain must be in English. BlogRush is currently not available for non-English blogs.

- The blog should not contain an excessive amount of advertising and links and very little actual content. The focus of the blog should be quality content.

- The primary content of the blog should not be “scraped” content from other sources and/or script-generated pages for the sole purpose of search engine rank manipulation. The focus of the blog should be quality content.

- The blog’s content (or advertising) should not contain any of the following types of content: hate, anti-racial, terrorism, drug-related, hacking, phishing, fraud, pornographic, nudity, warez, gambling, copyright infringement, obscene or disgusting material of any kind, or anything considered illegal.

So if Seopedia is not within these guidelines, which blog is ?

I had more then 30 referrals, more then 50.000 credits.

John Reese, you have developed a crappy product with a crappy team. Nevermind waiting 30 days for a product that’s not finished right ?

Important PS: An anomymous tipper just sent me this e-mail that John Reese has sent to a LOT of guys. So the people that edit the quality guidelines of BLogrush are “a bunch of people that would like to earn some extra cash”. Way to go Reese:

Just got an email from good ole john reese he wants to pay you 12 bucks an hour to wipe blogrushes arse hahahahahahahah

I’m looking to hire several people that want to make some quick cash. (Read on for all the details.)

As you probably know by now, Income.com launched it’s first major ‘network’ piece two weeks ago…

BlogRush.

In only its first two weeks, BlogRush has been extremely successful. But it has also been quite challenging.
We experienced a few problems that we are working to solve as quickly as possible.

One of these problems was having users add spammy or low quality blogs to our network — and we also had many users ignore our “English blogs only”
warning and submit foreign blogs as well.

We are moving to a 100% Manual Review Process for all the current blogs in our network and any new blogs from here on out.

We are very serious about protecting the INTEGRITY and QUALITY of our network.

Because of this… WE NEED HELP! :-)

We’re looking to hire a bunch of people that would like to earn some extra cash. If you or someone you know might be interested, please forward this message to them. This would be perfect for a stay-at-home mom, college student, or anyone else looking to make some extra money.

All that’s required is sitting in front of their computer and doing the following…

Login to our Review System with an account we will setup for them. There will be a top “frame” control strip that has a few buttons:

“Approve” “Reject” and “Not Sure.”

The bottom frame will automatically load a blog that needs to be reviewed. After reviewing the blog, just press the appropriate button. That’s it.

* We have created a little training video to teach reviewers what to look for and how to decide what gets approved or rejected. It’s very simple.

After pushing one of the buttons the next blog to be reviewed automatically loads in that bottom frame. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s The Deal…

We’re paying USD $12.00/hour for this review work. It’s not a fortune, but it’s a pretty simple task. Heck, just put on some music and sit back and review some blogs. Pretty easy work. :-)

* All reviewers will be paid DAILY via PayPal for that day’s work. All reviewers will also be independent contractors and responsible for their own taxes, etc. PayPal payments will be made via the “Mass Pay” function so reviewers will not have any fees taken out of their earnings – we will pay for all transaction fees.

We will have several hours of work for
each new reviewer initially. Those that
do a good job will be given the opportunity for ongoing work — as we will be reviewing new blogs everyday.

* The best reviewers will probably also
receive some of our products as an
additional bonus for a job well done.

** Special Note: We are looking to
hire some of our own customers
or email subscribers, ideally. We
are not interested in outsourcing
this work to some low wage workers
in a foreign country. This work
is to be done by applicants
only — NOT by those brokering
the work to others.

Here Are The Requirements:

1. Must have a broadband (fast)
Internet connection. i.e. cable modem,
DSL, etc.

2. Must already know what a blog
is and what a typical blog looks like.

3. Must know the difference in a
quality blog and one that was solely
created to try and game the search
engines and/or just run a bunch of
ads — and/or what a “scraper”
blog is that contains no original
content and simply uses content
taken from other sites with some
sort of software program.

* Our training video gives guidelines
and tips for determining what is a
quality blog and what should be
rejected from our network — including
examples of “good” and “bad” blogs.

4. Must be able to start IMMEDIATELY.
(As in TODAY, if possible.) And be
able to put in at least 2-3 hours a day.

5. Must have an active PayPal account.

If you or someone you know meets
all of these requirements and is interested here’s what to do next:

Send An Email To:
kevincolon@gmail.com
Use Subject Line: “Ready To Start Reviewing!”
and include the following:

- Full Name
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Location (City, State, Country, etc.)
- Estimate Of Work Availability
(i.e. how many hours a day you can work.)
- Brief Description Of Why You Would
Make A Good Blog Reviewer
- Blog URL (if you have a blog.)

That’s it!

If we accept your email application we
will be immediately emailing you the
full instructions so you can get started ASAP.

* Due to the heavy volume of requests
we expect to receive, we may not be able to respond to every application. If you do not receive an email reply within
24 hours then we have probably decided
not to use you at this time. We will keep your application on file and may reconsider you at another time.
(Thanks for your understanding.)

More News Coming Soon!

Yours For Online Profits,

John Reese

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62 Comments so far

Brajeshwar said:
October 22nd, 2007

I got a similar email and I was laughing at their stupidity.

October 22nd, 2007

Who the heck edits those quality guidelines ?

Andy Macht said:
October 22nd, 2007

I never implemented the Widget to any of my Blogs, good descision.

But poor and stupid from Blogrush anyway…

Grupa 1408 said:
October 22nd, 2007

Dap si eu am primit, la al meu mai zic sa nu corespunda, dar daca nici al tau nu e bun, atunci care o fi?

Bogdan Aron said:
October 22nd, 2007

It seems there are a lot of people in the same situation as yours (like johncow.com). Anyway Blogrush it is a bankrupt system.

October 22nd, 2007

I guess they did not like your blogroll or misunderstood your RSS subscription buttons as advertising. Anyhow. Blogrush is the equivalent to a banner exchange network. Remember those? Be glad that you got it over with already and not when it is more painful.

sandossu said:
October 22nd, 2007

They’ve hired people to vote websites with “good”,”not good”,”don’t know” or something like that and i think all they do is vote random. 2 of my blogs got accepted, but anyway i’m not going to put that widget on them anymore.

Brad Shorr said:
October 22nd, 2007

Yeah, I got the same e-mail today. Mine said my blog was rejected because it lacked original content. Ridiculous. I’m not saying my blog is brilliant or anything, but it’s about as close to 100% original content as you can get.

Dojo said:
October 22nd, 2007

This is outrageous. I read this blog for some time and it’s anything but not quality. I hear others are not pleased with the system either, so I’ll just keep off …

David said:
October 23rd, 2007

I also got the your Blogrush is INACTIVE message, reason: obscene or disgusting content.

Give me a break it is a news site!!! WTF!

Blogrush are a bunch of communists, it didn’t bring in much traffic anyway, good riddance.

Cindy said:
October 23rd, 2007

Don’t feel too bad…you are in great company! LOL
I couldn’t help but send BR a little note…

“Don’t take it personally??? Making my BlogRush account INACTIVE for unspecified reasons of your own sounds so “GOOGLE LIKE”…yet another internet god is born! Not a great way to make friends and influence people!”

Oh well…upward and onward!

October 23rd, 2007

I received an email from blogrush yesterday that my blog passed quality control and will continue to be active. Never mind that i removed the blogrush widget from my site weeks ago.

rubeina said:
October 23rd, 2007

Seems like everyone in their network got it, received the stupid mail yesterday too

October 23rd, 2007

I think they hired people who only understand the word “reject”.

October 24th, 2007

Here’s the biggest reason why BR is a complete and utter joke. As anyone who ever clicked on a few links in a BR widget can probably attest, at least 75% of the sites I was sent to had no widget displayed on them. To me, this means that BR either
A) scraped headlines off RSS Feeds and sent traffic to non-member sites (kind of confirmed by people I know who were sent traffic but never signed up) If this is the case, it is patently dishonest. I am going to by watching in the weeks ahead to see if this is still the case.

B) Has such crappy quality control mechanisms in place that they can’t even do a simple task like detect the presence of the widget on page before reading their feed. To me even worse, and this is a relatively easy thing to do.

Low quality network, run by intellectually dishonest people, implemented in a bad way. Seriously, does anyone really click on widgets?

Westcoast said:
October 24th, 2007

Hi,
When I read that “improvements” were going to be made to BlogRush I posted this:

John,

“I appreciate everthing you have done with BlogRush.
When you or whomever reviews websites, please keep in mind
that there is an experience factor and some blogs will have been
created by those new to the blogging world.
Some new blogs may still be in some simple stage and growing.
Those bloggers will be looking to grow their blog influence in quanity
and quality of content. Please set some parameters in place that
won’t throw the “baby out with the bath water”.
Thank you for your consideration and BlogRush.”

—–Steve

Well, the end result is they ignore mine and a lot of other peoples legitmate suggestions.

So, you can check out my response at my website
linked to this post.

idontrecommend.com

Thanks for posting that email sent out to hire reviewers.

Westcoast said:
October 24th, 2007

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that my blogs were
dumped by “BlogRush” (reviewers?) too.

Steve

October 25th, 2007

Add me to the long infuriated ex-BlogRush customers list! They rejected my “low quality” – for them – (but #1 in BlogCatalog site ).
I am going to remove all links/references to them and do not bother to deal with them again!
All for publishing a slightly negative review of their system! (BlogRush … failure)
Hopefully everyone will recognize how low quality service they offer after all that initial hype subside!
Best Regards,
Nick

LPF said:
October 26th, 2007

@Infonistacrat. Just visited John Reese’s blog, Income.com. In his own Blogrush widget, he had Problogger Darren Rowse’s latest headline. Clicked through to Problogger. There’s no widget there. That does look like BR is scraping headlines, doesn’t it?

Their TOS also says that they own your material for as long as you allow BR to promote your blog.

BR sucked from even BEFORE the very beginning. Dump it already!

Well, at least ONE good thing came out of it…I now know what a fool John Reese really is.

October 26th, 2007

Well, to me it worked:

Congratulations!
————————————————————-

You are receiving this update because your blog has passed our strict
Quality Guidelines and criteria — we believe you have a high-quality
blog and we are happy you’re a member of our network!

=================================================

However, since I don’t own my domain, that blog worth calculator will always show 0, so BlogRush is a bit useless.

October 26th, 2007

Quality review criteria? LOL

What happened to your credits BTW?

October 26th, 2007

I don’t know…what’s the stuff with are the credits about? Kind of a “blog worth” ?

October 26th, 2007

What happened to your credits BTW?

Dissapeared off course. My whole account is not existent anymore.

Keen said:
October 26th, 2007

That’s awful, How come they just deleted your account? They suck big time!

bernie said:
October 27th, 2007

Just FYI, I linked to your article from Blogrush is run by Idiots

October 28th, 2007

Interesting development. I just decided that BlogRush was the way to go and booted the MyBlogLog widget off of my site. Now I wonder if your post is a prelude of BlogRush’s demise. That and the perpetual “bear with us” status of the site.

The e-mail I received indicated my site met the standards, but I figured it was just some simple automated process that gave my site the thumbs up.

October 28th, 2007

I personally believe that their strategy does not work well. They started it big and then started to remove blogs out of their collection. I think that if you really want to be there and fight them back, you may win your position back, but only if you really want to :-) because for me, the added value of being there…was close to zero.

October 28th, 2007

And this is exactly the point. They added zero value to me. I had that widget taking up space for 2 weeks. Then I took it down, and 2 days later, was given the boot. When I look at my traffic charts, there was no spike from BR, nor was there a drop off in traffic when I removed it. Honestly, I don’t care if they live or die. But I will never click on one of their widgets, ever.

October 30th, 2007

I got the “your blog is crap” email too. I even tried to get in touch with them and say “there must be some mistake.” No reply, so bye bye.

October 31st, 2007

Hey there, everyone… I am a pretty new blogger, just in it for fun, politics and hanging out, and I have just discovered that BlogRush is using my last 12 COMMENTS as my last 12 posts. I think this is due to my removal of the NO FOLLOW feature, would that be correct?

Really awful error, I think. As I wrote on my blog today, I can’t be the only “DO FOLLOW” blog in their network?

Sitemeter says I’ve never gotten a single click from them, in any way, shape or form, and it just seems strange to me. I get more clicks from my friends’ new baby blogs!

Any advice, comments or ideas for me on this? THANK YOU!

mhrmz said:
November 3rd, 2007

DaisyDeadhead,

You should consider to remove those widget. It take much space. Better place it with other. My blog too was rejected from their network and surprisingly,
they use other people rather than their staff to review other blog. No wonder JohnCow blog rejected in first place.

My conclusion:

BlogRush run by Idiot

bjc said:
November 6th, 2007

But, isn’t BlogRush by the same guy that made $1M by selling 1000 copies @ $1000 of a DVD on how to make $1M by selling 1000 copies of a DVD @ $1000?

Hah!

BlogRush is just another MLM where the rich get richer (with traffic), and everyone else gets nothing.

Whatever. I had it on 3-4 blogs, and got maybe a few hits. Gone now, so I don’t care. Maybe someone will build a useful widget…

dan said:
November 10th, 2007

I received that bullshit too.
I turned on their stupid widget 2 days before I got that letter.
My blog , I have PR4 and those guys telling me craps about quality content.
HEY – YOU HAVE GOT A VERY NICE BLOG, KEEP ON THE GOOD WORK, NO BLOGRUSH
yours
DAN

Ryan said:
November 10th, 2007

Blog Rush was created with the sole purpose of adding John Reese’s affiliate links to millions of blogs over night.

Netvestor said:
November 12th, 2007

Blugrush was full of controversies form the beginning. I am not surprised at all by this kind of behavior from their side.

November 17th, 2007

What a joke… I bet half the people they hired don’t even maintain “quality” blogs of their own. Thanks for steering me away from ever considering using that scam system.

c_n_m said:
November 19th, 2007

Who knows, maybe your blog was reviewed by a stay-at-home mom…

boris said:
November 22nd, 2007

Oh, so nice to see that I am not alone! My blog is #1 ranked several times over for green house cleaning tips and related searches on Google and the other major SEs. I’m happy to make Goggle happy… I can live without BlogRush… They would indicate I had traffic from them but my logs said otherwise…

Omi said:
November 24th, 2007

I was going to look into blogrush. Thanks for the heads up.

Tori said:
November 26th, 2007

I had my account banned for my site being “Pornographic” after I had over 150 REFERRALS! Look at my site!!! It’s a PR3 work from home site! There’s nothing pronographic on it.

I’m linking to your article on my newest Blog Rush sucks article.

Great work!

November 29th, 2007

Well well. I should have found this earlier. I did apply for blogrush and got approved… should I take it off or keep it on testing?

Tori said:
November 29th, 2007

Binh – Read this article: http://paidopps.blogspot.com/2007/11/blogrush-scam-site-closes-accounts.html

Hundreds of people say its a total scam!!!

Take it off!

Tori

markowe said:
November 29th, 2007

I am afraid that whatever the truth, Blogrush has totally failed to live up to its promise (and it DID sound like a good idea) – there is just NO traffic coming through. I will be taking the widget off several blogs the next time I have time for some template work. 5 click-throughs in a month, with thousands of impressions just isn’t really much of a return on all that sidebar space I am afraid…

Lazar said:
November 30th, 2007

The best thing we can do, and that will annoy them the most, is to not mention their name again, and not talk/write/search about that company/widget/nonsense.

Enough said, and let this thread stop here!
Cheers.

December 7th, 2007

Well it was obvious from beginning that Blogrush was scam ( my account was blocked in 15 days without any reason ), and it is obvious that WidgetBucks.com is a scam too . Though many people still registering .

C said:
December 10th, 2007

. . . I kinda tried BR late in the game but got the same message today, but not before I went to their site and it logged me into someone else’s account. . . Yikes kinda scary with that type of Security breach.

I logged off and back on and found out they didn’t approve of my content either, oh well. . .2 days of wasted space on the blog. . .
C

December 16th, 2007

I got rid of Blogrush too after it sent me 4 hits in one month. But seriously, Entrecard is the best widget out there for blogs. It’s sent me like 800 unique hits in the last three weeks

January 5th, 2008

Blogrush? Looks to me like the bloggers are rushing to the “OUTDOOR” JAMES

Bogdan Irimia said:
January 6th, 2008

I have a crappy blog ……because I didn’t had time to work on it …….but it worked……not yet disabled……. received visitors…guess is just luck …… :) . Sorry for this but I think it needs testing with this but a lot of users are quite unhappy with blogrush…….

January 13th, 2008

They write you a lot. You are important for Blogrush. And I don’t believe this quality review criteria bulshit…
You have a good job here. Keep it up!

Paul said:
January 15th, 2008

You may want to try a similar content linking service thats based on relevance vs popularity. Its called Arkayne. I found it to have better CTR because the links are more relevant to what users are reading.

http://www.arkayne.com

Liviu said:
February 4th, 2008

I don’t think Blogrush is a spam website but…they have a bad structure

ADY said:
February 6th, 2008

I prefer using cbox instead of blogrash.
Those guys gave me headache last time i had been using their widget.

February 29th, 2008

I have to say, that widget was worthless. They didn’t do much for me anyhow. Arkayne is good though.
Tommy.

April 3rd, 2008

I am asking the same thing about the value of BlogRush. My blog was approved and I have been using it for a while. Is BlogRush doing anything for my site? I have a small time blog and my posts get about 100-500 impression to the widget. But I only ever about 1 click if I am lucky from those impressions. Here is my post about it and I would appreciate any feedback about others experience.

http://www.husar.us/blog/archives/1461

dingexx said:
April 8th, 2008

I didn’t receive that kind of email but thnx for the info…

Toni said:
May 4th, 2008

i had blog rush widget up since they came out.

worthless, i saw little traffic.

last month, i had 5 hits from the blog rush widget,

so much for ‘massive’ traffic…

my blog looks a lot nicer w/out that crappy widget now too

May 15th, 2008

Brilliant page you got here,

Our site wasnt approved and it looks better than half the sites that are, so thanks for giving us an insight into how it works!

cloudsters said:
May 29th, 2008

Though there’s been nary a click yet after a few hundred BlogRush impressions, we like it that they gives bonus credits to small, starter blogs (like ours!); we’ve received many more bonus credits than we’ve earned through traffic. One thought: Everyone’s probably just leaving the widget on their sidebars and not bothering to glance at the headlines showing up – yet hoping that somehow other folks are behaving otherwise. Big surprise that the results haven’t been good so far (personal confession: have clicked on all of one BlogRush headlines so far, so… Guilty as everyone else).

David said:
June 7th, 2008

Thanks for pointing this out.
There are two things I’m unhappy about blog rush widget for two things.
It occupies too much of my blog space. Secondly, the blog author is very passive about the content syndication process. I happened to have a post comparing blogrush and Entrecard , maybe some revision is in ordezar now.

Great work!

Mount Juliet Golf Course said:
July 23rd, 2008

We have just registered on BlogRush and have seen on our webstats that they have reviewed our blog. Our blog complies with their guidelines, is all original and is constantly updated.
If we don’t get listed I will be surprised.
I will keep you posted.

Sean

August 13th, 2008

Blogrush is a bad service: I like traffic toolbars like instantbuzz instead

My account was terminated because my controversial websites were considered “hateful” content by the reviewers.

Ugh.

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