May 28, 2007

Interview with Dewitts Media re. their contextual link program

I recently came across another service where webmasters can get some link love from blogs in return for a little money through this Indiana web design company. They were kind enough to answer a few questions about their service: What separates Dewitts' contextual link program from V7n contextual, Payperpost, reviewme, etc.?

Dewitts Media: Well from other pay per post services our links run at a consistent $20 dollars per link, and are permanent. We focus on high quality blog publishers, so therefore all blog publishers are required a pr3+ blog.

Therefore the blog is more established. Are bloggers required to maintin links permanently or are they free to remove links after a certain time?

Dewitts Media: Yes all blog publishers are required to keep link on there site. Take a moment to view this agreement. Are bloggers required to identify which blog entries are paid? Is any disclosure required?

Dewitts Media: Question answered above Why should webmasters advertise with Dewitts instead of another service?

Dewitts Media: Why because the links are permanent, all links are pr3+, our links are higher quality and better price. Plus all links are unique the same link will never be posted on the same blog, plus we keep the relevancy up. Are bloggers free to use several "get paid to blog" programs when they sign up for Dewiits?

Dewitts Media: Yes, why not?

That's that. My next thing is going to be to spend $200 with several different companies (200 each) to see if I can reach some conclusions about what each delivers for the money.

Posted by James Trotta at 9:29 AM | Comments (0)

May 20, 2007 sucks, particularly the crappy support

I complained about Payperpost sucking for bloggers not too long ago. Now I'm telling you that payperpost sucks even worse than I thought they did a week or so ago.

I don't want to brag but let me start off by saying that I've paid for lots of blog posts in my day. The ones I write are really good, much better than the ones I'm normally able to buy. But I still get a good number of posts rejected by payperpost reviewers, I think because they're stupid.

For example Jillian from payperpost sent me this email::

This is a notification to let you know that your post, Coupons for exercise related products, at url, has been rejected for the following reason(s):


Thanks for posting!
Unfortunately we cannot approve your post. Please refer back to the Opp and use the exact required link/anchor text as provided.
Once the changes are made please resubmit for approval.
Thanks again!

Please log into ( to either correct this issue and resubmit the post or to delete the post.
If this post is not corrected within 3 days, it will be deleted.

Thank you,

The PayPerPost Team

If you have any questions or comments regarding this message, please send us a note by clicking on 'Contact Support' at the bottom of any page within your PPP account. Thank you!!

150 N. Orange Ave.
Suite 304
Orlando, FL 32801

I sent them this:
Not to tell you how to do your job, but I followed the instructiuons in the op:

"We would appreciate you also adding an optional link to the main page listed below in the required link area. The more variation we get for the link text, the better"

I'm afraid that if I follow your instructions the advertiser will be less happy because there's an optional link which I included and they want as many different types of anchor text as possible - Are you sure you want me to do "" as the anchor text?
I waited a couple of days but got no response. That's typical - Payperpost support is terrible at answering support requests - I've sent them as both an advertiser and a blogger. One time they had several hundred bucks of mine but wouldn't credit it to my account. It took several weeks and over 10 emails just to get the money (they refunded it instead of putting it in my account for some reason).

Anyway, I log in to Payperpost and into "manage my posts". The post I made is gone! Like it never existed. In other words I wasted my time and sent a bunch of traffic to the advertiser for nothing. All I got was frustration because the idiots at Payperpost can't read what the advertiser wants and can't respond to support requests.

This is the second time they've deleted a post of mine from their control panel after they screwed up by not responding to a support request. That's pretty bad considering I've only done 7 posts for them.

I'm done with Payperpost. I'm deleting every payperpost thing from my blog and going to every webmaster forum to share how sucky they are with the web developer world.

Posted by James Trotta at 6:24 PM | Comments (0)

May 10, 2007

What can webmaster's learn from the "Life's short. Get a divorce" billboard ad?

I usually stick to online advertising, but this offline ad was so successful that maybe we webmasters can learn a little something from it:


According to the AP, since it went up last week, attorneys Corri Fetman and Kelly Garland said calls to their law firm have gone up dramatically.

What makes it even more successful is that it caused such a controversy (some people didn't like it) that it's now a national news item. How's that for publicity? It just goes to show you that you don't want to try appealing to everyone. Be willing to piss some people off.

Posted by James Trotta at 12:26 PM | Comments (0)

May 3, 2007

Good blogs find little to blog about in Payperpost

Several months ago I decided to try to make a little extra money using payperpost. I registered my health blog and here we are 6 months (or so) later. I'm $29 richer (minus PayPal fees) and have had to put up with a lot of crap from Payperpost.

I must say that heir support is abysmal. This is true for both publishers and advertisers by the way since i have one of each account with them. But this blog entry is for publishers; bloggers trying to make money should have better options.

Anyway, if you actually get a response from support it's usually fairly helpful. However, I only seem to get a response about half the time - that's pretty pathetic in any business.

Recently I did a post for a wopping $10 (and mine is a high traffic PR 4 blog). The post was rejected because they didn't see my disclosure (where I say that some blog entries are paid). I sent them the link to my about page which has the terms.

Not good enough. Disclosure has to be on its own page and part of main navigation. Whatever, it's my blog but I can follow their rules a little so I make a new page titled disclosure. I email them and ask for confirmation that I'm following their stupid rules.

No answer. A week later the opportunity vanishes from my payperpost dashboard. It doesn't show up as rejected or pending. It's as if I never blogged it all. Meanwhile the advertiser got a ton of free traffic and I'm a chump sending visitors off my site for free.

I sent a follow up to payperpost support to find out why the thing vanished without getting approved or rejected and to find out if I am in compliance with their disclosure requirements.

No response.

Now if you have a PR 0 blog that gets no traffic, Payperpost is for you. If you have better than PR 3 go to v7n contextual.

Posted by James Trotta at 2:34 PM | Comments (0)