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The Internets Confuse Me Yet Again

Sometimes I just don't understand the series of tubes that make up the internets. Ever since our good friend Al Gore invented the internets, it's been a mystery to me. Sure I try and fake my way through html this and upload that, but for the most part, I'm clueless.

Let me offer an example of my confusion. A while back a mildly controrversial website, Review Me, opened its doors for business. I say mildly controversial because, like most things in life, some folks were down with it, while others said "talk to the hand."

For those that don't know, Review Me is a site that connects companies looking to promote their products/services with bloggers willing to write about those products/services. At the end of the day it is pretty simple. You agree to write a sponsored post about a product > The company pays Review Me for you doing so > Revew Me takes their cut > Review Me pays you the rest.

This post is not meant to delve into the issues and controversies of Review Me sponsored posts. That's been done by others and, like I noted above, each person will have an opinion and at the end of the day people can agree or agree to disagree.

What I'm confused about is my "price" at Review Me. When I first signed up, I was given a price ranking of $60 which meant, if I did a post, I would receive $30 and Review Me would receive $30. Since signing up for their services, I think I've done 3 "reviews." You can do the math to see that a few minutes of work has netted me a little bit of scratch.

After doing those 3 reviews, I declined one request, then haven't received another offer. I decided to go check out my account yesterday and see if anything was up. To my surprise, my price was at $250. And even more surprising to me was, after searching the site for "poker", only one blogger was higher on the list, at $400, while another blogger had an equal price of $250.

This is where I'm confused. I don't know what I've done anytime recently to go from $60 to $250.

At this point, let me make a couple of notes. First, I realize there are many stupendous poker bloggers out there who have chosen not to sign up with Review Me. I also know that if they were to sign up, they would immediately and deservedly rise to the top of the price ranking. Second, I know that the ranking is not really based on how craptastic or fantastic you are as a blogger, but how your traffic is ranked.

This is what I'm confused about. I don't think anything has changed so much in my traffic that I should go from $60 to $250. And I honestly don't think I should be at or near the likes of the above fellows. Maybe I'm beating myself down a beat, which I sometimes do, but I just don't get it.

That's just it though. I have no visions of grandeur when it comes to life, blogging, poker and other such shenanigans. Some peoples awesomeness knows no bounds. My awesomeness most definitely knows its bounds and, to that end, usually keeps me on a short leash. And I'm cool with that. So anytime I see something out of the ordinary, I immediately question it.

All the above duly noted, if anyone has more insight on how something like that might happen, then maybe you can shed a little light my way.

On a side note, I don't think it is any coincidence that I haven't received any review requests recently. I'f I were a company looking for reviews, I think I'd much rather have 5 sites do 5 reviews for $250 than for one site to do one review. Just my two cents. Anyone know if you can change or set your own price ranking there?

Okay, that will have to do for today. Sorry to put you all through me questioning my own stupid page rank at a random ass web site.

Until next time, may the felt be with you.

posted by TripJax @ 10:59 AM,


At 1:03 PM, Blogger ScurvyDog said...

They just opened up the system so that you can set your own price, so the pre-set pricing system they use is a bit of a moot point.

One thing that might make the pricing wonky is some of those systems use data from Alexa to determine what price a link or review on your site should cost, and Alexa data is pretty useless and all over the place sometimes. They also have no good way of tracking subscriptions to RSS feeds on your site, but some still ask you for it, and if you put in a huge number (whether it's accurate or not) they'll use your estimate to determine pricing, which can skew it wonkily.

At 3:42 PM, Blogger D said...

Um, hello...DNASTY13.

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous kipper said...

Blame it on Dnasty and writing to your blog. Thats what I would do!

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous dbirider said...

According to your reviewme alexa stats, your site is ranks #15 in the world just behind eBay. I think that might have something to do with your higher price...

At 4:02 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

Thanks Scurvy.

Damn Dnasty...that one had me laughing.

Kipper, I blame everything on D.

dbirider...I pwn baby!

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yOUTUBE. "You pay something for everything you do." ie "We intend on continuing the theater up there to ensure even frewer disfavoreds make it."
I think this, search engines and such are all for distraction purposes. Having endured such skewed searches I know personally the computer decides what hits I am allowed and which are prevented.
They say some trolls in chat rooms are the computer. Yes I suspect they have some ringers, likely some difsavoreds segmentted thinking they are earning, but ALL THIS INTERNET-BASED COMPUTER SHIT CAN ALL BE DONE BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
Everyone is gone. 2000 was a big deal. Yahoo, Google are all filled with brain-less clones, doing the bidding of the gods. Unlike Hollywood their roles as monsters will wait until the next level, Planet Corporate, aka Purgatory.

What perplexes me is why the gods would remain so soft on pure tools, allowing for open doors for them to achieve a brain, achieving legitimacy? it seems as if clones without brains are the ultimate in disposability, anything else defeats the purpose.
They're not human. They're nothign. If AI stopped thinking through them they'd fall in a heap of flesh.

Things like free MP3 dwonloads hurt people because you are stealing. Search engines, youtube is for distraciton purposes, the god's attempt to consume peopel's attention to ensure they don't find the path and ascend.
Poker/gambling web sites are all controlled by the computer. Other players in the room can be the computer, role playing virtually, stealing the disfavored's money in real time. Other times the players are disfavored, granting them good cards so fat bastard never has to get a job, ensuring he has no chance in this life and has to be reincarnated for he never achieves decency.
But they CAN and DO use the computer to do ALL of this. The challenge is to see how many disfavoreds can disceive and use to segment into preying upon each other.

Before you abandon the web for Las Vegas understand they have the power to shuffle a deck of cards in the desired order as the dealer holds it in her hands.

Gambling is degenerate. As time has prgressed the gods have hurt people by making society declare it an acceptable evil, and the same is true for casual sex, pornography:::::::
Life has deteriorated hard in the last 40 years, for they are paving the way for The End.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Steelie said...

Dang. And I thought I got weird comments on my blog!

I don't know how they do their ranking. They wouldn't even let me in the door when I tried a couple months back. If you figure it out, let me us in on the secret!

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I haven't a clue on how it works, but I don't really have a high traffic blog. Just a very regular reader base.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger TripJax said...

Don't me so modest pwn!

And steelie, if I figure it out more, I'll let you know.

I do now know you can set your own price, but I haven't made any changes as of yet...


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