blog rash cureOnce upon a time, there was a new service promising bloggers floods of traffic, in exchange for displaying a “not-so-small” widget on their blogs.

Big guys promoted this new thing, so many conscious bloggers, willing to succeed, grabbed the widget, displayed it, promoted the service in question, hoping to get a big bunch of referrals and even a bigger bunch of visitors. The thing got viral, blogs sidebars started to look alike more and more, like children suffering with Progeria, who rather ressemble each other than their parents. It was like a blog disease, an irritation, a real BlogRash, expanding all over the blogosphere, contaminating also the few bloggers who did not display the rash, making some of them expose their reasons why they wouldn’t agree with such a “service”.

More and more people who got this BlogRash, started to realize that they could get more traffic to their sites if they were sitting in front of the church on Monday, with a cardboard branded with their site URL. Some of them (like myself) got rid of the rash, leaving the sidebar space for other things.

Several weeks later (a.k.a. this morning), I found a message in my inbox, saying “Your … Account Is Now INACTIVE”:

We regret to inform you that your BlogRush Account has been made
INACTIVE because your blog did not pass our Quality Review criteria. You
will find instructions below for making your account active again.

You will notice that the widget no longer loads on your pages — please
remove the BlogRush code from your blog for now.

We recently reviewed your blog(s) located at:

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We determined that your blog did not meet our strict quality
guidelines. Please do not take this personally but realize that we must abide by
a very strict set of quality guidelines. (They are listed below.)

If you feel you have made the necessary changes to your blog(s) to meet
our guidelines, you can resubmit your blog(s) for review after this
date:
Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Ha, ha! MY BLOG did not pass their criteria???? It’s their criteria which did not pass the requirements to be displayed on my blog!!!

Taking a look at Sphinn, I found out that I’m not the only one whose blog is not worthy of this sidebar rash. Among other outstanding blogs which were not suitable to bear this thing on their sidebars are:

SeoPedia: please read this article, to find out more about the way BlogRush (the official name of this blog rash) recruited its reviewers πŸ˜†

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg, the author of the blog suspects that her account was suspended because she wrote a negative post about BlogRush some time ago.

134you: the message said there were not enough posts on the blog.

JohnCow: if the cow is not giving fresh, original, daily milk, I don’t know who does!

LocalSEOGuide: here you can read in the comments the excuses of John reese, who agrees that his team of reviewers does a monkey job.

CogSEO Blog: this blog was not rejected, despite the fact that the owner asked to be deleted from the system. Read the message he just got from John Reese: they are moving on to phase 2 (first you got the rash, now you’re getting the itch).

What do you think of BlogRash… eeerr… Rush… whatever?