BlogRush is preparing for another purge of blogs according to their latest communication.
We’ll soon be adding “widget performance monitoring” to our network. Any users that have low-performing widgets will be automatically notified that they need to improve the positioning for the widget on their blogs. Failure to improve their widget performance (which can be done by giving the widget higher placement) will remove that user from the network.
This means that if you don’t give BlogRush top billing in a high traffic blog, you’re out. You don’t meet quality standards. Oh, and you can’t “wait and see” either. If you don’t display their ugly, crappy, spam spewing, low traffic providing widget, hoping for a more attractive option with more relevant results, you also will get the boot.
And any members that have an inactive widget for an extended period of time (30+ days) may be terminated from the network and have their accounts permanently closed.
Their arrogance is amazing. Even Google won’t close you out of Adsense permanently if you don’t display ads for a period of time.
Still In Denial
They’re still in denial about purging many quality blogs from their ranks and they continue to refer to them as low quality (ie we think your blog sucks):
then we had an issue with low-quality blogs in the network… and we worked very hard to manually review ALL blogs, we had to make some tough decisions to remove over 10,000 from the network,
No apologies for booting good blogs and keeping obvious ”made for affiliate marketing” blogs either. They also continue to state that they used a manual review when there is no way that a manual review of a blog could be done in the 2 second or so visit made by them. It is obvious they they auto-rejected a lot of blogs simply because they had ‘free’ or some other word from their ban list in their URL.
Drop Them Now
If you run a small to medium sized blog I highly recommend you drop their widget now, reject them before they reject you. Instead, switch to using better, more friendly, alternatives.
Any thoughts on this? Please leave me a comment if you do. Unlike BlogRush, I welcome opposing viewpoints.