PreambleI always thought ReviewMe set a high standard, admitting only those blogs that qualify to join their program. They are one of the early pay-per-post sponsors. To be accepted by ReviewMe, your blog must have achieved a certain traffic ranking from sites like Alexa, Google PageRank and Technorati.
In their promo, they write that bloggers are required to write in a way that makes sense for their unique niches and audience. Blogs must also have a minimum number of citations, traffic, and subscribers to RSS feeds.
After The NextPost had attained a PR4 status last month, it was accepted by ReviewMe. I'm always game to try something new, so I thought why not submit a one-time $10 review campaign with ReviewMe and see who picks up the offer and do a review of this blog.
Sure enough, somebody picked up the offer and ReviewMe informed me that this blog has been reviewed. That's fine. Now I just pop over to that blog and see what it's like...
SHOCKING! That's my reaction after seeing the review. The name of that site is called "Blog Corner." (Can't help it if I've to link to it so you can go over and have a look).
I don't want to describe how bad it is. It's just BAD...but the interesting questions are:
- How did that review get approved? By a human or a bot?
- Would any advertiser give a thumbs-up for such a review? Would they want to come and advertise again?
- Why wasn't the advertiser asked to approve the pending review before releasing it?
Almost every line was simply lifted from my profile and blog description. There's nothing original from the reviewer. This is a real rip-off! Take a look at two screenshots from "Blog Corner"...
Well, how do you like that? Cute teddy bears, eh?
Joshua Dorkin over at Time For Blogging also felt the same after discovering that his site was given a "bad review."
"What I've noticed, however, is that many people are cheating their reviewees out of a proper website or blog review," he said in his post.
Are there loopholes in their systems?
With this kind of experience nagging you, I'm wondering how these sponsoring sites are going to plug these "loopholes" in their systems.
Take for example, three blogs, which I came across, carrying sponsored reviews that were exact replicas of each other. Playing snoopy, I found that they were all under one same owner.
I had also written to ReviewMe about the "bad review." Will wait and see whether a reply is forthcoming. Is there anybody else with the same bad experience with a ReviewMe review?
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Update:ReviewMe has notified me that they have taken appropriate action regarding this issue.
Read "ReviewMe say "sorry"...