• With Fresh Funding And A Hollywood PR Firm, Will Ad.ly Define Twitter Advertising?

    I’m still not sure if the Twitter stream is the right place to be for advertising, but with the way the company set out to make it easy for developers to build upon their platform with open APIs, it’s no wonder so many ad networks have sprung up since it got started. Its massive growth and the fact that the San Francisco startup is a media and celebrity darling probably helped in… Read More

  • Facebook Admits Click Fraud Problem, Says Fix Coming Today

    An update to our post yesterday talking about a weeks-long issue with click fraud on Facebook: A spokesperson for the company admits there’s a problem and says a fix is coming today. Advertisers will also be credited for any fraudulent clicks. In a comment to the post, Brandon McCormick says: This is Brandon on the Facebook communications team. I wanted to chime in to make sure that… Read More

  • Brands Beware: You May Be Sucked Into Izea's Paid Shilling Without Your Knowledge

    Izea’s paid shilling scheme first launched in 2006 and has evolved from there. But the essence of it is the same: people get paid to shill products on their blogs (and now Twitter). It’s pollution. Disclosure of the conflict of interest became mandatory for people shilling products in late 2006. But that disclosure is often muddled. For example, people shilling on Twitter need only… Read More

  • News Flash: Paying for Coverage Is Still "Taboo"

    Here’s a tip: If your business is so polarizing that you have to change your name the mere passage of time doesn’t suddenly make it all mom-and-apple-pie. In the last few months I have gotten the same pitch from PayPerPost (now called Izea) all sent from different names. My favorite part is this: “…while compensating bloggers was considered taboo a few years ago, there… Read More

  • Google Japan Apologizes For Awkward PR Campaign, Gets Punished With PageRank Reduction

    On Monday, we covered an embarrassing pay-per-post campaign Google launched in Japan with the aim of boosting awareness of a new keyword hitlist box on the Google Japan top page. It now turns out the move, which was (to my knowledge) first brought to light by Japanese super bloggers Masato Kogure and Akky Akimoto, triggered a number of repercussions. The aftermath in a nutshell: The campaign… Read More

  • Pay Per Post: Google Uses Every Trick To Beat Yahoo In Japan

    Google is undoubtedly the dominant search engine globally, but in a few countries such as Korea (Naver), Russia (Yandex) or Japan, local competitors are winning. Especially Nippon, the country with the world’s third biggest Internet population (about 100 million people are online), still seems to be a tough nut to crack for Google. Nielsen Japan reports that in October 2008, Yahoo… Read More

  • Be-A-Magpie Is PayPerPost For Twitter

    Like much-criticized PayPerPost for blogs, German/UK startup Be-A-Mapgpie will pay you to insert advertisements into your Twitter stream. Advertisers pay on a cost-per-thousand-impression basis, and the ads are promised to be delivered to relevant audiences based on keywords. That means Be-A-Magpie will analyze the content of your Twitter messages to see if there is a match to particular… Read More

  • SocialSpark: Candy Colored Shilling

    IZEA (formerly PayPerPost) has soft launched their new social network for “posties” Social Spark. Social Spark brings the PayPerPost scheme into a candy colored social network. There’s little need to describe all the features as there’s nothing really innovative: think MySpace or Facebook but in bright colors. The key difference is the focus on shilling; center stage… Read More

  • PayPerPost Suspends Zookoda, Deadpool Looking Likely

    IZEA (PayPerPost) have suspended Zookoda, the blog to email service they acquired in April. According to CEO Ted Murphy, the service has been suspended due to “elevated levels of abuse on Zookoda.com” and goes on to explain that the service is being used by spammers. For those that think that PayPerPost pollutes the blogosphere with spam content, the following from Murphy is rich… Read More

  • PayPerPost Users Freaking Out Over Google PageRank Nuke

    It’s been less than two weeks since Google penalized PayPerPost bloggers in the most devastating way possible – by resetting all of their PageRanks to zero and effectively removing them from the Internet. PayPerpost, now called IZEA, is in the process of launching RealRank, an alternative way to rank blogs. But their advertisers are still looking for blogs with an actual PageRank… Read More

  • Should IZEA Advertisements Be Accepted On TechCrunch? (Updated)

    Update: Ok, the poll is now closed. It was close, but the “Nos” have it with 55% of the 3,437 votes cast. No IZEA ads on TechCrunch. In 2006 PayPerPost CEO Ted Murphy emailed to ask if we’d take their ads on TechCrunch. We said no and that was the end of it. Yesterday I heard from Ted again on the subject of advertising. His company, which has been renamed IZEA, wants to… Read More

  • PayPerPost Bloggers Get Slammed By Google

    If participating in PayPerPost wasn’t questionable enough morally before, today it’s now a poisoned chalice as Google has commenced punishing PayPerPost bloggers by completely removing their page rank. IZEA (the new holding company for PayPerPost) CEO Ted Murphy is not surprisingly calling foul on the move, claiming that it’s part of some sort of censorship conspiracy by Google. Read More

  • PayPerPost's Latest Gimmick – SocialSpark

    PayPerpost, which has renamed it’s parent company IZEA, says they’ll be launching a new social network in January 2008 called SocialSpark. Bloggers and advertisers (the company says they have over 85,000 bloggers and 11,000 advertisers) will create profiles. Users visiting the site will then “browse the public profiles of advertisers and bloggers along with their… Read More

  • PayPerPost Launches Random New Service. They're Up To Something, I'm Sure.

    We heard about a new service from PayPerPost today, and while it’s a little boring, there is nothing about it that I can take particular issue with at first blush (we often find things to criticize with PayPerPost – our past posts are here). Like the popular site TinyURL, URLbrief lets people exchange a long, difficult to communicate URL for a short one. They’ve added a… Read More

  • PayPerPost Abuses Declining Job Candidate

    Controversial startup PayPerPost makes another misstep this weekend – they became verbally abusive with an employee candidate who turned them down. A couple of weeks ago we wrote about how CEO Ted Murphy took all employees on an all-expenses-paid offside to Club Med, where they got drunk, inexplicably dressed up as Native Americans (complete with red face paint) and then posted video of… Read More

  • PayPerPost: Wasting Investor Money While Offending Native Americans

    Ah, PayPerPost. The controversial Florida-based startup that is leading the effort to tarnish the blogosphere makes another PR blunder. And this one’s a whopper. The company has been chronicling their startup days on a video blog called RockStartup. There have been some embarrassments before with the video blog – such as when a viewer noticed that the company had purchased $700… Read More

  • New Competition For PayPerPost (humor) (I think)

    New service BegForPost takes on the ethically questionable PayPerPost service that allows advertisers to pay bloggers to write about their products. BegForPost promises none of the ethical hassles of PayPerPost. There’s no payment, just begging for coverage: You’ve worked for months building a startup on a boostrap budget and the launch is near. How will you get an initial influx… Read More

  • Another PayPerPost Virus

    The blog payola virus is spreading yet again. In addition to PayPerPost, ReviewMe and CreamAid, a newcomer with the catchy name SponsoredReviews is preparing to launch. The Blog Herald got a good first look, and notes that it differs only in the details from the other services. Disclosure is required. Bloggers can choose to write a positive or negative review. And, in a business model change… Read More

  • Amateur Hour At PayPerPost

    It’s not often that a company announces the acquisition of another company and then subsequently walks away from the deal, but PayPerPost isn’t a typical kind of company. In a post on the PayPerPost blog today, the company said “We…dug into the Metrics platform and regretfully found that it wasn’t what we were looking for right now.” That came just a week… Read More

  • PayPerPost In The News Again

    PayPerPost, the controversial startup that pays bloggers to write about advertisers’ products, will be in the news again tomorrow. They will be announcing the acquisition of blogging tools and services company Performancing (see our earlier coverage of Performancing). The main purpose of the acquisition appears to be for PayPerPost to get access to the 28,000 Performancing users, most… Read More