Blogging Zoom and ScratchBack, the wave of the future?
After several weeks with BlogRush, I am going to let it go in a couple days.
BlogRush has actually done better for me than I thought it would. However, that is not good enough. It has been a net positive gain in visitors versus those leaving by the widget. I have not complaints. It has brought a few visitors.
I seem to be getting less traffic even though I am giving more pageviews to the widget.
BlogRush actually seemed to work better for me before the quality improvement a bit ago.
I wonder if it was because visitors on poor quality sites were looking for somewhere else to visit? Either way, visitors from BlogRush since have been even less. Very few visitors that I know of have left here through BlogRush.
Would I recommend BlogRush to others?
Maybe. It does add another method to getting visitors to your site. It does not require any effort on your part. It is free. You can even leverage your traffic when other blogs sign up under you. It is not a bad deal.
The reason I am removing it is I want to use the space for something else.
There are more productive uses of the space. Even a larger MyBlogLog widget seems would be more productive. I do get more traffic from MyBlogLog than BlogRush. I am contemplating another widget and I think it is getting a bit crowded. So, BlogRush goes because it has not proven to be a performer.
3 Readers with over 14,000 syndications?
If you really want traffic, spend a bit of time with Blogging Zoom.
Blogging Zoom takes more work, but sends infinitely more traffic. Don’t forget to Zoom this post if you find it useful. *Update-Blogging Zoom is no longer and the domain is used for something else.*
What About Text Link Ads?
I am going to be telling them I do not want new TLA ads after the currently paid ones have ended.
As opposed to BlogRush, Text Link Ads has been a performer.
I have made many times more money with Text Link Ads on this site than I have with AdSense. I really hate to say goodbye to them. I have nothing but good things to say about TLA as a source of income. It is every bit as good as it claims to be for the blogger.
Everyone knows the situation with Google and paid links.
I really feel the situation is unfair. Not only to TLA but to bloggers. I do not like the idea of being told what to do with my site. I sincerely hope TLA continues to create new services that bloggers can work with.
I am replacing Text Link Ads with ScratchBack.
The widget in the sidebar that says Top Links is the ScratchBack ad. This system uses nofollow so Google can’t complain. I also realize that a nofollow link is not as valuable as one that does not have nofollow tagged to it. In other words, I won’t make as much money because the links are not worth as much.
Right now, the cost of a ScratchBack ad on this blog is $1.00.
When the 10 link spots are filled, they begin to bump off the older links. Once the 10 spots are close to being filled, I will raising the price. Once filled, I will raise the price again. I will be doing this to give value to those who have already paid for a link. When (not if) the cost of a link gets close to the price that TLA charged for a link, I will switch from bump off to a monthly or bi-weekly pay for the links.
Why would you want to pay for a nofollow link?
Because I will be working hard to have good content that brings traffic to the site. That traffic should bring traffic to your link.
Why use Scratchback instead of doing it myself?
It would be easy to set up something like this just by doing the links myself. ScratchBack does take care of the maintenance end of it. They will also make you a custom widget if you want them to right now. I am using them mostly because it looks nice. They are working on a marketplace that should help get more buyers.
Note that ScratchBack considers it a tip and I retain editorial control.
If I reject your link, you still pay. If there is any question about if your link might be rejected, contact me before you pay. I will let you know if I would reject the link before you pay. But hey, it’s only a $1.00 anyways right now. You can get your own widget at the ScratchBack site.
I can honestly say PageRank is not the reason I am not going to be using Text Link Ads.
If it were just the PageRank from Google, I would probably stay with TLA. It is profitable.
The real reason I will stop having paid links on the site will be the subject of my next post.
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