When Blogrush first came out, I put it on pages on this blog to test it. It has now been out long enough to see the stats and the numbers coming in from it.
In my opinion it just isn’t worth the space and loading time it takes on this blog. On some posts it does generate a few visitors, but it has never been anything that great. And the clickthroughs on posts appear to be going down contrary to what we’ve heard from the managers of the system.
From my last 10 posts, I have a clickthrough rate of 0.001. Or less than 1 tenth of 1%. With only 1 clickthrough per 1,000 impressions, Blogrush just isn’t producing.
As with everything else in Internet business, it was a test…and this one turned out not to be worth the space. There was a lot of hype around the blogosphere about this, but it’s easy to see why. Since you earn credits from people you refer, bloggers wanted to be the fastest and quickest to recommend something with all their heart.
While that may get you the most referrals in the system (and the traffic that goes with those referrals), I’ve always found it much safer to take the time to test before throwing out blanket recommendations. You can see my original post about it here.
This same “Hype” occurs with almost everything in the Internet marketing field it seems. Something comes out and everybody wants to be the first to say how wonderful it is…and make bigger promises than the person before them to get the most money during the “launch process.” It’s why I’m so wary to recommend very many Internet business products. They almost always end up with promises much larger than real life.
I do like the concept behind Blogrush though. I want to be able to show you posts coming in from other blogs here, but I want more control over them. I’m very picky about what I represent and recommend to others naturally. And anything on this site becomes a recommendation to my visitors. That was the other element I didn’t like about Blogrush. There would be posts showing up that were full of hype that I definitely wouldn’t have recommended.
The “What Others Are Saying” plugin will be tested on the site sometime this week in place of Blogrush. Pat Doyle is running it on her blog, and I really like the looks of it. It allows you to choose the blogs and RSS feeds you’re displaying on your blog.
It hasn’t been tested directly by me yet though, so don’t consider that a recommendation either…
Update: I tried to install the “What Others Are Saying” plugin on this blog for a little over an hour. Unlike all the other plugins I’ve used it did not install correctly following the simple instructions…so I choose not to spend any more time on it. At a future time I may decide to hire someone more technical to do it, but for now it is not being added.Related Entries:
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