Last month, I wrote a piece saying that BlogRush was a waste of time and that nobody should invest in the service. I signed up (to see what it was all about) and never bothered installing the widget given that I’ve had experience with “traffic generating widgets” before, and they’ve been anything but positive.
Today, much to my surprise, I received an email from the BlogRush team stating that “We regret to inform you that your BlogRush Account has been made INACTIVE because your blog did not pass our Quality Review criteria.” Their “strict quality guidelines” are outlined below:
– 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.
Can someone tell me where I’ve gone wrong here? I assume that BlogRush does not want to be affiliated with sites that speak negatively of the program, which of course, I did. (What else is new? ๐ ) I’d be interested to see if others have suffered the same fate. Honestly, it’s not a loss to me, but I suppose you all should steer clear of offending the BlogRush review squad because you, too, may get deactivated from their program.
I’ve gone one step further to apply a wildcard filter for widget.blogrush.com* using AdBlock on Firefox (even though I don’t really see BlogRush widgets anyway).
On that note, for those of you who are using BlogRush, are you getting traffic? Andy didn’t like it and it looks like Darren removed the widget from his site after his CTR report as well. So, bloggers, was it worth the hype?
Update: I don’t know why I didn’t think of it (maybe because I wrote this post at 1:15AM), but I just linked to Facebook Flyer advertising the BlogRush program that I found on Facebook yesterday.