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Oct 30, 2008

BlogRush Is Shutting Down

After careful consideration, we have decided to shutdown the BlogRush service. If you have the widget code on your blog you will need to remove it.

When BlogRush launched in late-2007 it spread like wildfire all over the Web. Thousands of bloggers were talking about it and the service exploded to become one of the fastest growing free services in the history of the Web. During the first year of the service it successfully served 3.4 Billion blog post headlines and the BlogRush widget could be found on blogs all over the world; even up until the moment we closed down the service.

BlogRush didn't grow without its fair share of problems -- from security issues to abusive users trying to 'game' the system to much lower click-rates than expected. We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go. All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service's full potential.

Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs. This was our primary focus. Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else. BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue. We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later. Unfortunately, the service didn't work out like we had hoped. (It happens.)

I want to say "Thank You" to all of the great bloggers that at least gave BlogRush a test to see if it would work for them. We sincerely appreciate you giving the service a try.

We have received several offers & inquiries about acquiring BlogRush, but we are choosing not to go that route. While many might think this is crazy, we truly feel it's the 'right' thing to do for our users. Believe it or not, it's not always about the money. In fact, BlogRush will have lost a small fortune when it's all said and done, and it was by choice. There were many things we could have done to monetize the service but we wanted to make sure it was going to benefit our users first.

Last but not least I want to say that I hope the failure of this service doesn't in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from "going for it" to just try and see if something will work. Without trying there can be no success. And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action. The Web wouldn't be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.

On behalf of the entire BlogRush team, we wish the best of luck to everyone with their own blogs, ideas, and crazy ventures.

Sincerely,

John Reese
http://twitter.com/johnreese

Oct 29, 2008

BlogRush, another way for Viral Marketing

BlogRush is a new syndication network that drives targeted readers to your blog.
The blog rush widget works in a very simple way.

Add the widget to your blog and have your posts automatically promoted on related blogs across the Internet.

How Does it Work?

Understanding how BlogRush works isn’t difficult, although it can be a little confusing initially. Blogrush utilizes a viral concept which operates via a pyramid-style, multi level structure.
This simply means that you get more traffic when you refer more people (who in turn refer others) to sign up and use Blogrush.

1. Sign up for a free account and register your blog by submitting your blog feed and picking a category. Place the widget on your blog and 5 links to other relevant blogs will show up within the widget.
2. Earn one credit whenever a page on your blog loads: this means that your latest post will be shown 1 time on other blogs with the widget. For example if your blog has 100 page views, your latest post will be displayed 100 times within the widgets on other blogs.
3. Refer others to sign up and install the widget. The number of page views your referee gets will be added to the number of times your blog titles will be shown within other blog widgets. For example, Tom signs up under your referral link and his blog has 500 page views.
This means that your blog title will be shown 500 times on blogs within your category, in addition to the number of views you are already getting for displaying the widget on your own site. This goes on for 10 referral levels.

BlogRush is open to blogs of various niches, ranging from categories such as entertainment, technology, health or sports. Do however note that BlogRush is only available for English-language blogs with non-adult content.
Try BlogRush & Register Now.

Try to watch blogRush video it will explain how it works.

Oct 21, 2008

Oct 10, 2008

17 Useful SEO-Related FireFox Quick Searches from the awesome Ann Smarty


Just Google her name "Ann Smarty" she is a specialist in SEO consults services & writes regular articles on searchenginejournal Every word she says worth Money.

Ann Samrty wrotes :

Last time I posted a tutorial on creating quick search (”smart keyword”) bookmarks in FireFox enabling you to quickly search any site or search engine right from the address bar. This time I am sharing my list of 17 quick searches that (if you are like me) you will find useful.

17 SEO related quick searches you might find helpful - with this list you don’t need to create a quick search bookmarks yourself. All you need is:

  • Right-click the link;
  • Choose “Save Link As…” and save;
  • Go: Bookmarks =>Manage Bookmarks => Import;
  • Choose the saved page… and you are done!

Alternatively, you can go to YubNub, install their search plugin and instantly access all the below quick searches (I created all the bookmarks there also).

Here is what you will find in the list:

  1. Search Engine Journal: find latest search engine news and SEO tips at SEJ;
  2. SearchEngineLand Quick Search to search Search Engine Land;
  3. Mashable.com Smart Keyword Search;
  4. Flickr Tag Quick Search;
  5. Twitter Quick Search to look through discussions at Twitter;
  6. Search through Archive.org to look up any site previous records;
  7. WebmasterWorld.com Quicksearch to browse SEO-related discussions at WW forums;
  8. Google and Yahoo Search to search both Google and Yahoo;
  9. Search Google Insights to perform keyword research with Google Insights;
  10. Google Trends for Websites to check Google Gtrends for any website;
  11. Search Google Trends to research any term trends;
  12. Domain Tools WhoIs lookup to access Whois information for any domain name;
  13. TheFreeDictionary Quick Search to find related words and definitions;
  14. Urban Dictionary Quick Search to look up a slang expression in Urban Dictionary;
  15. Delicious Tag Search to search through tags and submissions at Delicious.com;
  16. Google Webmaster Help Group to search through Google-related discussions and troubleshooting;
  17. Seroundtable Smart Search to find recent SEM news at Seroundtable.com.

You can also check the list of FireFox quick searches shared by LifeHacker.