Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Clarification

I was putting this in the comments of my last post and realized it would be a touch lengthy.

I want to be clear that I'm not bashing the bloggers for posting the ads, I'm bitching at the marketers. It's your blog, and you can put whatever you want in it. I can easily not read these posts. I'm hardly one to tell someone to NOT do something for the money. If you need/want the cash, it's your perogative. As was said in the comments - get yours while you can.

But I'll be honest. Since I happen to like Kat, Tragedy, and Peaker, and have been reading their blogs for a while, these posts aren't going to chase me off. But if I was to find them at a blog I'm new to, or found a blog that put these up regularly (as was the case last year when ReviewMe started up), that could stop me from visiting regularly.

Anyway, I'm getting off point again. What annoys me is the obvious, uninspired boilerplate that is peddled as original content. It doesn't sound like you. It's not your voice. These ads are unoriginal in presentation and content, and completely disingenuous.

Come up with something appealing. Solicit honest opinions for the bloggers you recruit. Why not, "Here's $20 free money at our site for you. Try it out. If you like it, post a review and we'll pay you for the ad. If you don't, enjoy the free $20 and we'd appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the experience." Then let the blogger write what they will.

I'm not against advertising on blogs, but I am against my intelligence being so blatently insulted by the companies behind it.

7 comments:

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

I will post a review of Fulltilt if they would give me bonus that I have to clear by playing. Hell, I'll do it if they offer me 50 medals... or 200 fulltilt points... or if they reset Bayne's ironman status... Hell, if they will reset Bayne's ironman status, I will pretty much do anything... Anything besides taking something up my one way street or sucking on things I have never and hopefully never will...

pokerpeaker said...

No worries, Astin, I agree with your post even more after the clarification. But the money is significant - even with my relatively low numbers, I'll probably at least $4,000 this year on them alone, and I know a lot of bloggers make more than that. And on my journalist's salary and with my kids, I can't turn that down.
But I also feel a little cheap and a bit whorish after doing it, too. Then again, three of them are just links to poker Web sites, and if I can't endorse that, I probably better stop blogging about poker.

Good discussion, Astin, good discussion.

Bayne_S said...

When FullTilt introduces the 24 Month IronMan bonus Recess will change is tune.

medal tilt would allow violation of any orifice to get better medal status.

Alan aka RecessRampage said...

if after intro to 24month iron man promo, Bayne's status is reset to zero before he gets to partake in any promo, Bayne is probably correct...

meanhappyguy said...

Amen, brother!

OhCaptain said...

Welcome to OhCaptain Poker. Cheesy sponsored post free now for 11 months! Fully funded by the fact that blogger is free. Oh wait...I made about $5 last year on Google Ads.

But no one is offering either.

I noticed the schloch dripping posts lately too. Thankfully, Google Reader allows me scan really fast and ignore them.

jjok said...

Dude, buy a bean burrito from taco bell man. Just do it......

3 days to go!