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And The Award For Understatement Of The Year Goes To…

February 23rd, 2008 · 13 Comments

…John Reese in his email and blog post about the launch of

Some people were disappointed by the traffic results they received when testing BlogRush

I deleted all but one of my sites from BlogRash so I can’t give you a full breakdown of figures but the one remaining site has had ~150,000 impressions and..wait for it..9 clicks so that’s a click through rate of 0.006%.

I still see the widgets knocking around so is anyone having any success with it?

UPDATE: I’ve just read Andy’s excellent post about TrafficJam and I’m going to look into the plugin he references and maybe give BlogRush another whirl. As ever, Andy takes an interesting spin on the subject and has made me think that maybe I wasn’t being smart enough with the way I used BlogRush.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • ManuelV // Feb 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I’ve had a better experience with BlogRush (i.e., more than 100 clicks).

    The secret is–no, I won’t say catchy headlines or post titles–focus. :-)

  • Andy Beard // Feb 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I have a post coming 😉

    Just imagine what would happen for Adsense publishers if the whole blogosphere was blogging about how junk the sites advertising on Adsense were, and that it was filled with malware and spam sites.

    People stop clicking

    I have had great success with it for discovery, by actually clicking on the links once in a while. If other people did the same it in many ways is similar to Stumbleupon

  • Mike // Feb 23, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Manuel – That’s a pretty good hit rate. I’ve just had a read of your article as well and makes for interesting reading.

    I’d be interested to know how sticky the BR visitors were, though. When I was running it on here, I found that my stats suggested they spent a matter of seconds on the page before moving on which didn’t stack up against other visitors to the same page.

    Do your visitors hang around longer?

    Andy – Oooh! I look forward to reading that 😀

    Actually the one thing I miss about running BR on this site is discovering new blogs. I..ahem..stumbled across quite a few decent sites which weren’t previously on my radar.

    Congrats again on Timothy, by the way.

  • Blog Bloke // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Um… Mike you probably know that I removed BlogRush a long time ago. It was useless as far as I’m concerned,

    Mr. Beard promotes BlogRush with all the fervour of a Multi Level Marketing Evangelist. And why shouldn’t he? If everyone signs up underneath him he’s the one who rakes in most of the reward.

    I’ve never been a fan of gaming the system to get traffic and unfortunately BlogRush has been hacked by too many unscrupulous twits who ruined it for everybody.

    Either your posts stand up on their own merit or they don’t. That’s the way I see it.

  • Andy Beard // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Blog Bloke I don’t think that is a fair comment, maybe you didn’t read all my previous coverage.

    At the time of my first article, I was predicting less than a 1% CTR – in the first few weeks I was seeing up to 0.5%

    Currently my CTR can be as low as 0.1% – my titles obviously suck

    I currently gain very little benefit from referrals as the referral credits still seem not to be used, and when they are usable, I want to be able to direct their use to specific sites.

  • Blog Bloke // Feb 28, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Hi Andy.

    First let me say that my opinion is not a slight against you in any way. I realize that we have had words before and I don’t want to get into an online fist fight over this.

    Both of us have a right to our opinion and if we can’t come to a concensus then we should at least just agree to disagree.

    Having said that, one problem that I have with your affiliation with BlogRush is the last time that I checked the site had linked to you and was promoting your blog.

    Since you have something to gain from using the service that puts you in a conflict of interest. That automatically turns me off and I have to take your opinions with a grain of salt.

    Secondly, it is a fact that there are a plethora of hacks and plugins available to game BlogRush which unfortunately puts the honest users at an extreme disadvantage.

    For these reasons as wells others that I’ve already posted on I have decided to remove BlogRush from my site.

    Again, I reiterate that this nothing personal against you and is just my opinion.



  • Andy Beard // Feb 28, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Actually by my approximate calculations John still owes me around 99,000 visits, as I was the one who submitted his fishtank cleaning guy to Digg.

    John has linked to my blog a few times and I look on him as a valued reader.
    The traffic he has sent to me was certainly more targeted.

    I have written a few times about being strategic in blogging, though that doesn’t mean I would compromise my opinion.

  • Mike // Feb 28, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    The traffic he has sent me was certainly more targeted

    And I guess there’s the thing. It’s not all about just getting the traffic, it’s about getting traffic that actually converts to readers/subscribers/clicks/sales or whatever you’re hoping to achieve.

    BlogRush sent a trickle of traffic to me in the past but none of it converted, AFAIK, into readers or subscribers. I’m prepared to give it another go using the plugin Andy mentions if it drives more traffic and that traffic is more likely to subscribe or at least stay on the page for more than a nano second!

    Is it gaming the system? Yup, it probably is but since the hacks, tweaks and plugins are all public domain I don’t see a problem with that. If I can use them so can anyone else.

    The question still remains in my mind, though, as to whether it’s worth it.

  • Blog Bloke // Mar 2, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    That’s Ok Mike. I forgive you. 😉

  • Aaron // Jul 9, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    So not only does BlogRush not generate much traffic, but hardly any of it is relevant. Thankfully I haven’t bothered with BlogRush before. I don’t see why anybody would want to throw their widget up, but then again, thousands of bloggers (including myself) are using Entrecard.

  • Sagem // Nov 13, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Trafficjam still give backlinks I see, but the signing up process is down at the moment.

  • Mike // Nov 21, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I think that’s because BlogRush has been canned

  • Andrei // Dec 17, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    BlogRush never worked as well as it says, it never really generate much traffic for me either