Blogrush The Final Curtain?

By Mark / October 22, 2007

You’ll notice that I no longer have the blogrush plugin on the site. Did I voluntarily remove it ? No. Blogrush decided in their wisdom that this site was too commercial.

Yes, this site with No Adsense, No affiliate ads in the sidebar, and No Pay Me to Post rubbish is seemingly too commercial for blogrush.

This is a pity as I seem to one of their biggest supporters posting positive comments when it seemed like everyone was getting negative about it.

What really gets me about this is that a lot of the sites I see it on now seem to be quite spammy.

How can a site that charges $300 to do a positive post about a product or a site be classed as non commercial just because they are owned by a big time blogger but sites like this with 1 commercial link in the sidebar that goes to another part of this site be classed as spammy and commercial. It looks like another great Internet based idea being wrecked by poor management.

For example look at Shoemoneys Blog. The Blogrush plugin is located at the bottom of his page.. Not allowed by blogrush

He’s got contextual ads on there, commercial products and Affiliate ads all over it but the plugin is still running. It definitely looks like another case of one rule for the rich and one for the poor. I thought John Reese had a bit more style than that.

Oh yes you might have guessed that I am angry about this!!

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Becky

I was removed for not meeting their high standards of Quality–which is a little surprising (and would be annoying except I was pretty resigned to removing their widget anyway–all their proclamations about the big changes have the smell of snake oil and puffery) to me:

Those guidelines they sent 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.

~Becky

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Mark

Becky,

Interesting blog you have there, I can’t see why you would have been banned unless the reviewer was incredibly anal!

I’ve send the link to my wife in the hope that she reads the how to make daisy duke shorts article.

keep up the good work…mark

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James - DigitalKeyToInfo

Doesn’t make sense to me. Mine passed and your blog looks a lot better than mine at the moment.
I don’t think your missing much anyway. I am not sure if BlogRush will stay on my site too long. I have gotten a few readers from it but I do better with MyBlogLog.

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Sandra

Mark,

You aren’t the only one upset. There is a thread over at warriors that was locked. Apparently some other big timers were caught up in this as well and there are some very unhappy people over there. It’s beginning to look like a no-go.

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bigdadgib

It’s like wearing a patch on your shirt that says “blogrush” and then one day, they come along and tear the patch off your shirt and say “Your shirt is not good enough to have this patch on it.”

Who made them the judge and jury for what is a good blog and what is not-so-good.

This sucks… I’m thinking about pulling the widget myself!

ps. You have a great blog!
BDG

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Frank C

My research into this has lead me to believe that many sites were rejected by a ‘bot, not a human reviewer, based entirely on domain name. I’ve noticed that domains with words like “income”, “sales”, “free” and a few other words were kicked out. Of course, big sites got a free pass and there are still plenty of “made for affiliate offers” sites that passed this scrutiny.

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