Truth in blogging for advertising
Publishedin helps Businesses and Publishers connect and benefit each other. Our patent-pending technology makes it simple for businesses to increase quality traffic from online publishers, and publishers to earn cash rewards from their online content.I commented: It seems to me that this is still getting paid for click through ads, only the ads are more subtle. What gives me pause about this model is that it seems to turn bloggers into advertorial writers who are promoting businesses while pretending to just go about their own business. Not that I am so naive not to think that they already do it, but I lose a lot of respect for bloggers like that.
How does it work?
Publishers continue write and link to products and services as they normally do. When visitors click a link, Publishedin reports a referral to businesses. Businesses reward publishers through Publishedin Reward-Per-Click program.
The poster responded as follows:
I understand your concern, but I believe that we offer a better web experience to users, and I'll try to explain: 1. As you said, today it's almost impossible to know the motives of bloggers and publishers (paid posts and affiliate links are common). 2. Bloggers who do want to monetize their blog and use ads like google adsense don't have any choice but to manipulate their readers to click on ads, see my posthttp://blog.publishedin.com/post/1453644943/make-money-without-manipulating-your-readers-to-click 3. Moreover, bloggers stop to link outside at all, in order to increase the chances that readers will click on an ad (or watch more ads). We suggest bloggers the opposite, to concentrate on great content that will be valuable to readers. To Link and refer readers to the products/services/businesses they are writing about, and to be transparent about rewards they might get. And that's what users want, great content, great links, and less ads. At the end, the user will be the judge.
Any fellow bloggers or blog readers care to weigh in on this model? Even if the blogger discloses that s/he is paid for the link clicks, s/he is still then presenting what amounts to ads as unbiased opinion. Of course, the sophisticated reader knows that there is no such thing as no bias, but still there is a difference between an honest review, like the one I posted at http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/review-of-queens-museums-review and one that is designed to get people to click through the embedded link and make a purchase. As I said, I do lose respect for bloggers who do that. The latest trend seems to be to announces "deals" as if one is letting the readers in on access to a bargain, when the ones who really gain are those who make the commission on the sale. I understand the need to make a buck as a writer, but there is also a concept of honesty.
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