postSaturday, 27 October 2007

The Problem with Blog Rush

A crashed FerrariBlog Rush has some major snags in its service and its policy that leave it looking rather questionable.Biker GirlBlog Rush is a great tool for getting traffic to your blog. We were using it and found it very effective. The first problem with Blog Rush is that they do not seem answer their emails. We have sent in a number of emails to them some recently and some when they first started and have not received a response to any of them.

The second problem is with the so-called ‘Quality’ review. This blog failed the review yet as far as we can tell it passes every single one of the standards. Since failing the review we have sent a number of email to ask why and nothing. How are the corrections meant to be made if the mistakes are not pointed out?

Blog Rush do not inform you in the email that they send why they have failed a blog. If the quality reviewer cannot take the time to simply write a small phrase or check a box that mentions why the blog failed can we even call it a review. The lack of feedback means that some blogs that meet all the criteria can be band for no reason at all. It also means that without this disclosure the system is ripe for foul play.

Let’s quickly look at the quality guidelines and how they apply to this blog:

  • 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. CHECK
  • All our content is completely unique. We have a few links to other stories but the majority of them are written by our writers and even when we link we provide our own commentary. CHECK
  • 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. CHECK
  • The blog should already contain at least 10-12 quality posts. New blogs with very little content will not be accepted. CHECK
  • The blog's primary contain must be in English. BlogRush is currently not available for non-English blogs. CHECK
  • 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. CHECK
  • 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. CHECK
  • 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. CHECK

Thus, it seems we meet all the criteria. I suggest people digg this post to spread the word then maybe Blog Rush will do something about the situation, especially since they are not answering their email.


BlogoMania said...

I have tried to use BlogRush before and have had some very similar problems with them. Especially them not answering customer support questions.

I am not sure but maybe the pic of the girl holding the helmet is what got makes your site unacceptable. I don't see anything wrong, but my friend had a similar pic on his blog and it wasn't accepted either.

But when he tried to ask why, no reply...

Just my 2 cents.

The End said...

Thanks for the comment. I thought it might be something to do with pictures like that at first as well. But honestly you can't ban a site for having a picture of a woman with a helmet - especially since there aren't many of these types of pictures on the site.

As it turns out after our ban was us we went to reapply but there is no facility to do so. So we just resubmitted the blog and it has been reaccepted - with no changes made.

Their strict code of quality is really a mystery. I still stand by this post they need to say why the hell a blog is not accepted or why it was kicked off - otherwise it's just a big mess.

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