10,000+ Blogs Removed From BlogRush

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Real Estate Agent with HER Realtors

 

I got an email 6 days ago (10/22/2007) that said....

Congratulations!
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You are receiving this update because your blog has passed our strict
Quality Guidelines and criteria -- we believe you have a high-quality
blog and we are happy you're a member of our network!

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10,000+ Blogs Removed From BlogRush
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Which blog?  

When I got above in my mailbox I was not sure which of the three blogs I put on BlogRush is considered a "a high-quality blog" it did not specify which blog it was addressing but all three blogs had a widget.  My dashboard showed all three blogs. I hoped all three were considered high-quality blogs.  I don't know why they would not be.

BlogRush?  - instructions on how to add BlogRush to your blog (BlogRush will not work on WordPress.com blogs.)  Look over in the sidebar, see the widget that says BlogRush? "From the Blogosphere" BlogRush is a feed of headlines from other blogs on your blog. You choose the category, such as real estate.

Do you want to add BlogRush to your site? Teri Lussier wants to earn her traffic the old fashioned way, "What's the Rush? Or, why I'll get my hits the old-fashioned way- I'll earn them. (Members Only)  A lot of bloggers (real estate and otherwise) warned BlogRush is a pyramid scheme.... BlogRush is not ideal for real estate blogs really.

WAIT 10/28 Wouldja looky here... I actually noticed the widget was missing on ColumbusBestBlog.com first.

This morning I noticed a big open space in the middle of my sidebar ..before going to look if BlogRush was down, or if I'd been rejected... I've been rejected. Both ColumbusBestBlog.com and Discover Columbus did not make the grade! I was going to take it off Discover Columbus anyway and the blog url / feed url for Discover Columbus is outdated.

Real Estate

Discover Columbus

Blog URL: http://maureen.Realtownblogs.com

Feed URL: http://maureen.Realtownblogs.com/rss

Review Decision: Blog Not Approved For Network

Real Estate

ColumbusBestBlog.com

Blog URL: http://columbusbestblog.com/

Feed URL: http://columbusbestblog.com/feed/

Review Decision: Blog Not Approved For Network

This blog (my ActiveRain blog )is still being reviewed according to the BlogRush dashboard. So if you are reading this and there is no widget in the sidebar, BlogRush did not approve this blog either.  
 

Real Estate

Columbus Ohio Real Estate - ActiveRain

Blog URL: http://activerain.com/blogs/columbusoh/

Feed URL: http://activerain.com/blogs/columbusoh/rss

Pending Review

The BlogRush blog makes it sound like the purges were completed by October 22, 2007, but I got the email on the 22nd saying something was accepted... one of the three, anyway.  Since, two of my blogs are now "Not Approved" and the third is "Pending Review" it does not match the time table on the BlogRush blog.

10,000+ Blogs Removed From BlogRush - October 19, 2007

BlogRush Quality Audit Complete  - October 21, 2007

They make it sound like the blogs that were not approved had lots of ads (were splogs) but they do have comments turned off and they say they made mistakes, suspended good blogs, to resubmit. Any ideas why my blogs were not approved? Not enough traffic? Not enough real estate? They are both place blogs, not strictly real estate blogs. Where the widget was on the blogs? There was lots of discussion about widget placement. I had the widget on Discover Columbus very low. It was midway up on CBB. The widget sits too high on my ActiveRain blog.

 

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Rainer
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Brandon Causey
Realtor, Coastal Palmetto Realty LLC
Coastal Palmetto Realty LLC
Not sure I understand all these things.  I think I should buy a book on blogging.
October 28, 2007 01:36 PM
Rainer
99,367
Ed Rybczynski

Maureen

It sounds like a patent example of "self-styed" censorship to me.  I've come to dismiss anyone who claims the "blogosphere" to be the great bastion of transparency.  It's not!  I say to hell with BlogRush.

Ed

October 28, 2007 01:55 PM
Rainer
28,230
Abe Do
I will have to look into blogrush and see what all the fuss is about.....thanks for sharing.
October 28, 2007 02:02 PM
Rainmaker
652,546
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC
Stuff like this is too confusing and take up so much time -- people blog, let them blog, this whole censorship thing is not understandable.
October 28, 2007 02:04 PM
Rainer
6,391
Omar Camejo
Florida List For Less Realty,Inc.
This sounds like a scam.I wonder if blog rush has a real purpose except to steal others work.
October 28, 2007 02:13 PM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors
Thanks for the comment. I want to say respectfully that I don't think it has much of anything to do with censorship or denying me free speech. They have a widget, I signed up and my blogs and content were rejected. My blogs are still open for business. They just did not make the grade for BlogRush. There are a lot of splogs on BlogRush. There were blogs that were thrown up with one entry and a lot of Google Ads. BlogRush to combat that, it's just like the games people play on ActiveRain. My blogs aren't splogs, Discover Columbus has been around since August 2005 has 900 +/ _ entries? CBB is newer but has a fair amount of content. If you read the entry I linked to about BlogRush being a pyramid scheme I give my stats there, what it says I was getting from being on others blogs. Not a lot. I was not getting a lot of traffic from BlogRush. Real estate is local, BlogRush for the real estate category really does not lend itself to trading feeds. Not for local blogs. It does for the bigger national blogs, real estate gurus etc. I use geographic keywords in most of my entries, not that many people give a darn about Columbus or Central Ohio. I would rather write headlines for Google and the search engines and get local traffic than BlogRush traffic so it is not really a loss. It was just funny to see they rejected me! BlogRush was a hot topic when it came out and they got slammed with sign ups. A lot of people signed up and then took the widget off but did not notify BlogRush so there were feeds to blogs that had no widget showing headlines of other blogs. I did it more as an experiment than anything else because real estate is local. I wanted to see how it would work. I just took the feeds off the two blogs so I don't have gaping holes in the side bars. Thanks again for the comments.
October 28, 2007 02:24 PM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Hey Omar... BlogRush is not stealing anyones content.  I signed up for BlogRush, I installed it on my three blogs.  They just rejected two of the three.  BlogRush is a good idea for some categories but not RE IMHO, more power to those who can successfully use this syndication to increase their blogs reach. 

A company named http://www.realtyfeedsearch.com/was using the RSS feed from one of my blogs a few weeks ago to distribute my content with a bunch of Google Ads but I got them to take it down. That was stealing to me.  Some would say it was syndication.   A blogger in my market copied one of my entries earlier this month but took it down when I told him to.  That's stealing.

BlogRush is syndication.

October 28, 2007 02:38 PM
Ambassador
895,064
Missy Caulk
Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Missy Caulk TEAM
Interesting, Maureeen. No I don't think they were violating free speech, but that is interesting since you brought so many people into it from here.
October 28, 2007 03:47 PM
Rainer
138,958
Jay McGillicuddy
Real Estate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty
Don't feel bad my blog was rejected also. I know I am not that great a blogger so it didn't bother me.
October 28, 2007 06:52 PM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

I wonder Missy if they don't approve the AR blog if I will lose all the credits for everyone I invited.  I have never understood how all of that works.  It's as clear as mud. 

Jay did you get something saying your blog was not approved or was there just a gaping hole in the middle of your sidebar?  Your blog is good.

October 28, 2007 07:20 PM
Rainer
138,958
Jay McGillicuddy
Real Estate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty

I received an email saying my blog was not worthy and did not meet their strict criteria. LOL The email was something close to that .

October 28, 2007 07:50 PM
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Anonymous

Maureen- I'm really confused now. remember that I removed my blog from blogrush, but they must have my email as active. Anyway, I received an email saying that my blog IS approved. Yep, the blog that gamed the system, accidently, but still, and doesn't have a blogrush widget on it, has been approved. 

They rushed their product to market before it was ready, now they look stoopid.

October 28, 2007 08:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Comment with a link deleted as comment spam:

I had blogrush removed from my site as well. I'm actually kind of glad it's gone now anyway. It really didn't provide a huge traffic benefit.

Link to website deleted

10/29/2007 by Phoenix az real estate Delete Report as Spam

 

October 29, 2007 11:27 AM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Teri: thanks for the comment.  BlogRush did not really work for real estate, I never thought it would but could not resist trying to see how the widget worked.  I did not get much traffic from it, I know I posted about that in the Pyramid ... post.  I never paid much attention to their numbers that they provided which while low were generous in comparison to what Google Analytics and my server stats showed.   Will I resubmit them?  Nah.

 Maybe someone else will try to build a better mouse trap and will do something that will work for local blogs, like real estate.

"Phoenix az real estate" who left the 13th comment here was not signed in but is an AR member???? Or someone sprinkling a personal  website in comments for a member?  The link was to a website, not a blog, nothing carrying on this conversation about BlogRush as far as I could tell.  Either way a link would be against AR Guideline against promoting yourself in the comments on another member's blog. 

Sign into comment and you get a link to your profile in the signature.  Then anyone reading the comment can go to YOUR proflile, get all YOUR contact info, read all about YOU and  visit YOUR website from the profile.  

I barely got any traffic from the BlogRush Widget, the link to the Warning it's a Pyramid Scheme in my entry here was about that. 

I hope as a blogger you aren't putting your website link in comments outside ActiveRain, but I can't figure out why you'd comment spam others on ActiveRain either. ????  

October 29, 2007 11:55 AM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

email from my buddy John Reese at BlogRush:

The massive BlogRush "Phase 2" is now active!

New Dashboard, new reports, new widget sizes, and a lot more!

Please start by watching this VIDEO that will explain how to use it all:
http://www.blogrush.com/vphase2

* It's very important that you watch the video FIRST
or you will miss out on some of the new additions.

After you watch the video login to your account at
http://www.blogrush.com

AND...

We're not done yet!

Lots of additional improvements and features in the works!

We're working very hard to help drive even more traffic
to your blog.

Stay Tuned.

Best Regards,

John Reese
Founder of BlogRush

I have not watched the video... but I do still have a widget in the side bar here....

October 31, 2007 01:12 PM
Rainer
83,563
Joanne Hanson
Summit County, Colorado Realtor
Coldwell Banker Colorado Rockies Real Estate
Maureen, as you know, my blog is a wordpress blog and I have the widget on it.  Why do you say it doesn't work with wordpress?  I had my webdesigner install it, so maybe she found a way?  My widget is pretty far down, depending which page of my website you are looking at.  It sounds like they are pretty inconsistent, as I cannot see why your blogs would not be considered suitable!
October 31, 2007 04:29 PM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

It does NOT work with WordPress.com blogs. It never has.  WordPress.com does not allow javascript, so those who signed up for BlogRush never displayed the Widget on their blogs but their blogs were shoing on blogs of others . 

Your blog is not WordPress.com blog neither is my WordPress blog they are WordPress.org so we can use jacascript and do all kinds of things that you can not do on a WP.com blog. 

My blogs are wonderful, superior blogs.  Blogburst accepted both. That's valuable syndication.

October 31, 2007 04:53 PM
Rainmaker
1,390,254
Maureen McCabe
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
HER Realtors

Hey have you looked at the new dashboard? 

Columbus Ohio Real Estate - ActiveRain: http://activerain.com/blogs/columbusoh/

YOUR LAST 12 BLOG POSTSSYNDICATEDREADERSBUZZ
The Buckeyes Vs. The Badgers..215-dashbord
What Realtown.com Did To Their Blogs Worked...1,6253dashbord
"Zillow To Buy Activerain"1,8837dashbord
Powell Property Participates In The National Open House Sunday 2,057-dashbord

You can drill down in categories on BlogRush now... residential real estate, commercial real estate, mortgages, etc. I still don't think it works for residential real estate unless you are blogging to the other residential real estate bloggers not to their readers (consumers, local people, not real estate business people.)

November 03, 2007 12:58 PM
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