There are a lot of bloggers that I read on a regular basis. As someone interested in internet marketing, you should be an avid reader of people in the niche so you can keep up with tips and trends in the industry. The main areas I would follow are affiliate marketing, new media, seo & sem.
Now with Affiliate Bloggers, I’m used to seeing paid posts. This is normal, their aim is to make money online so why wouldn’t they do paid posts. I have no problem with this, most put up disclaimers when they do it. What I do have a problem with is when they plug bullshit especially when it’s a paid post.
Think about it? You spend months writing good content, build up your readership levels so you have some influence in your area and then you blow it by doing a plug for a dodgy product or service. Why would you do it?, let alone do it for just $250 bucks, well thats the question I ask Tyler Cruz.
I’ve never met Tyler or corresponded with him but I have been an avid reader of his blog. Why? The No. 1 reason is his honesty. He’s not afraid to disclose the affiliate sites he runs, he shows you his earnings, even his weight loss battle! So you can imagine my disappointment when I came across a paid post for Usocial.net?
Why am I dissapointed?
I’m not dissapointed that its a paid post but in the product he’s chosen to promote for $250. I mean the advertisers own hype isn’t even real. If you look on usocial’s own twitter services page they claim to have 18,000 followers on twitter, yet when you check twitter.com/usocialdotnet ,they only have 14,000 followers.
Secondly they are selling services which claim to get you up to 100,000 followers yet they only have 14,000. When you search for a review of their service, I could only find one valid review of their digg service ( http://www.pokeraffiliatelistings.com/forums/general-poker-affiliate-forum/514-usocial-net-review.html ) which wasn’t very promising. Basically the reviewer said that all their diggs had come from newly created accounts.
This is interesting when you consider their wording for their twitter services:
“we’ll bring you 2,500 brand new Twitter followers to your existing account”
The key here is “brand new”, what good is that for marketing purposes? There all bogus accounts! Any other reviews I could find were all created by Alexa Darver an Affiliate whoose identical review is everywhere. Even in a legitimate media article (http://www.mediabuzz.com.sg/asian-emarketing/march-april-2009/353-usocialnet-creating-a-buzz-in-the-social-media-scene), they state themselves that they are just creating accounts:
“instead of selling a software and leaving the users alone with the hassle of creating needed accounts and spending time submitting their links every day, they offer a compact and simple solution”
I enjoy Tylers blog and I will keep reading but in this case, I think it would have been worth Tyler spending 5 mins vetting the advertiser. Is it worth the potential damage it can do to your reputation for plugging an inferior service for $250? You decide!
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