best guarantee ever

Sun Nov-27th-2005 // Filed under: I Rant!

I very rarely write about blogging, mostly because I don’t tend to have a whole lot to say about it. After all, blogs are like assholes; we all got one, and they all stink — it’s just that some assholes are so nice and pretty that you don’t mind the stink so much. However, I’m going to touch on the topic now — kinda, anyway — since I just spotted an ad on IMDB that said “Write, be read and get paid.” That in itself wouldn’t make me click on anything, because first of all, I already write, am read and get paid (though, as always, not enough, but anyway) and secondly, I’m not quite stupid enough to believe what banner ads tell me.

However, the URL being advertised was www.blogit.com, which got my attention simply because any scheme where random people on the net are promised money for blogging is a fucking scam, and I wanted to see what the scam was.

Turns out that it’s a fairly simple one. You sign up with blogit.com, and then you start writing. Whenever someone reads what you write, you get paid — the more people read you, the more you make. According to the site, “popular writers have already earned more than $1,000 at Blogit”. Well, a thousand clams is pretty good money, but how long did it take them to earn that? A week? A month? How many members are there in total? How many of them are actually turning a profit?

Oh yeah, profit. That’s actually a pretty important concept here, because from the first word you write, you’re already in the red, and you’re going to have to work hard just to break even. You can’t write for free. In fact, you can’t even read the blogs on the site unless you shell out some money — so you don’t actually get paid whenever someone reads what you write, you get paid whenever a member reads what you write. Which is a whole different ball game.

And how much does this cost? You can get Blogit Basic for $9.95 a month… if you pay for the entire year at once. If you want to pay by the month, you get to cough up $12.95 a month. If you actually want to use pictures or publish several blogs or have some control over what your blog looks like, it can go up to $15.95 per month if you subscribe for a year, or $19.95 for a monthly subscription. Twenty fucking bucks!

The guy running the place makes a guarantee, though: “if you find that you aren’t being read at Blogit, simply cancel your subscription and you will not be billed again.” That’s the guarantee! If you cancel your subscription, they will stop billing you! That’s like walking past a McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald himself running out of the joint and screaming after you that he’s not going to make you pay for that Big Mac you didn’t order and then expecting you to hug him for being so goddamn nice about the whole thing.

Anyway, what with the abundance of free and very, very easy-to-use blogging sites out there (not to mention free and dependable blogging software that is ridiculously easy to install even with fairly minimal computer skills), this is a terribly, terribly bad deal. It is being offered by people who want to take the money of those who’re desperate to call themselves writers, and the rhetoric on the site makes it clear that they’re very much aware of their target audience’s weakness on that front. Some people are willing to do all sorts of stupid shit if it gets their name somewhere, and the less often their name has been somewhere, the more eager they tend to be see it in print — or even on the screen — for the first time.

It’s exactly that desperation that makes this a pretty sweet deal for Shaycom Corporation, the company behind the service. Apparently, they get half of your fee and use it for further evil. The rest of it is divided between the people you read on any given month — so if you read four blogs, your money’s divided four ways and sent to the authors of those blogs. But chances are you’re going to be reading a lot more people than that, so a lot of micropayments are going around, and since everyone who gets paid is already paying for the privilege of getting payments, the only ones with a guaranteed income are the guys running the show. Even those writers who do make money off the scheme aren’t likely to be making a whole lot, and they certainly aren’t getting their voices heard particularly well, since only members can read them.

Admittedly, some writers just might be good and/or lucky enough to become very popular and make out like bandits, but just the same, most people are going to lose money — which is kind of adding insult to injury, because if you’re losing money, that’s hard proof that no one wants to read your shit… and if you’re paying just so that you can finally be read, but aren’t even guaranteed the exposure you’re paying for, that’s not a very attractive business model.

Except for the guys running the show, of course — the ones who make money out of wannabe writers who are desperate or dumb or optimistic enough to pay for a crappy version of what they could get for free.

I dislike them not for making money, but for the misleading, ugly and dishonest “I love reading online writers, but it’s hard for them to find readers, let alone earn any money. Wouldn’t it be great if I could find a way to help?” crap they spout on their site. As if they really gave a shit. Rabbit punches to the kidneys are in order for these douchebags.

Edit (February 7, 2013): As this post has turned out to be a spam magnet of spectacular proportions, comments are now closed. Sorry.


37 Comments

  1. I just have to comment for the heck of it, because this was the best blog entry I have read for a long…long time

    Comment by moro — December 8, 2005 @ 1134012598

  2. YES, thank you. i had seen the ad a few times, and finally clicked it for the same reason. it seemed simple enough — plug in an email, create an account, get paid. what’s this? billing? why would i, as a writer, be billed, pray tell? OH, because you are scum sucking, miserable mis-leading ass monkeys? i see…

    thanks for writing this entry!

    Comment by alex — December 20, 2005 @ 1135059992

  3. Thanks for reading it.

    For most people who’re serious about writing but aren’t yet published — whether they’re going to write novels or newspaper stories or articles for magazines or roleplaying game supplements or whatever — the urge to be published is pretty strong. Once you get published, you’re validated — boom, you’re a real writer, not just a wannabe. It’s proof that you can do it.

    And if you’re eager or desperate enough for that validation, you just might start looking for ways to get published somewhere, anywhere, even if it’s just on some shitty site on the net — particularly if that site purports to treat you right… as a writer.

    I suppose it’s just business as usual and many of the people who participate know perfectly well what they’re getting into, but just the same, I have a passionate hatred for the way these assholes mine others’ passions for gold and don’t give a damn thing in return.

    Comment by Mikki — December 20, 2005 @ 1135070778

  4. Hear Hear. Thanks for the blog. I also just clicked the ad and choked on my tea when I read that you pay them to have your work published online. What a scam. I too get paid to write (not enough). I can’t believe anyone could fall for this horseshit. Can’t google evict the thieving buggers??

    Comment by Cathy — December 21, 2005 @ 1135125740

  5. I don’t recall where I was when I saw the Blogit banner ad and clicked out of curiousity. My first thought was “scam”, of course, but they delivered it so sweetly.

    Did you know that if you click on the username of Blogit bloggers, you will see their “year to date earnings”? I clicked on several and found that it takes them about a year to earn $50 – $100 bucks, and these were the most popular bloggers on Blogit. Considering that they are paying a minimum of $119.40 per year…

    Yeah, you get the picture.

    Anyhow, I typed “Blogit”, and then “scam” into Google and ended up here. [grin] Thanks for your thoughts on the subject, much appreciated.

    Comment by ~ Stacy ~ — July 14, 2006 @ 1152864315

  6. I have pretty much the same comment as Stacey–I just so happened to see the ad for Blogit and went to Google and typed in “Blogit” and Scam” and ended up here. That was a very enlightening piece!

    As a freelance writer who’s been published online a lot (for payment, no strings attached!) I thought the concept of blogging and getting paid for it was too good to be true. One day it would be neat to be a columnist, but I have to be pretty darn good to get there. Oh well. Thanks for writing your thoughts on the subject–it seems everyone has benefited from it!

    Comment by Natasha — July 30, 2006 @ 1154235797

  7. Yeah, I’m a little surprised (but glad!) to see that Google picks up on this one so well. It’s nice that people find it useful, though it’s really nothing special — I mean, all I did was poke around on their site a little and wrote about it…

    Comment by Mikki — July 30, 2006 @ 1154237417

  8. Nice post. I too was sceptical when I clicked the ad via gmail. They make it sound so sincere too with the guy talking about him and his wife starting it out and everything. But there’s always a catch. I yahoo’ed ‘blogit and scam’ and fortunately found this. Well written.

    Comment by nice — October 6, 2006 @ 1160157332

  9. Mm. I freely admit that it gives me some pleasure that this entry is the first one that pops up when people do a Google search for “blogit and scam”…

    Anyway, let me beat the dead horse a little more, here. I took another look at Blogit just now, and found that they now have a page titled “The Vision”. It’s pretty much the same stuff they’ve had there before (and maybe they’ve had it there all along and I just didn’t notice it before). In their own words:

    And many people — including those who support themselves and their families through their writing — can’t even afford to start writing online.

    Can’t afford it? Okay, yeah, if you can’t afford a computer and an internet connection, you’re obviously not going to be able to write online very conveniently, but that’s irrelevant, since Blogit certainly isn’t going to solve that problem. What they’re doing here is — quite simply — misleading people in a serious way. They’re implying that their service is much cheaper than other services out there (and they then go on to explain how they pay writers which, as we’ve already established, is a crock of shit) when, in fact, they charge for their service — unlike other services out there. There’s LiveJournal, there’s Blogger, there’s Diaryland, just to name a few popular choices off the top of my head, and all of these are free to use. Sure, some of them you can pay, if you want access to extra features their basic free accounts don’t provide, but if all you want to do is write a blog, it’s not going to cost you anything beyond your standard internet access fees.

    This kind of blatant dishonesty really eats at me, because in contrast to these other services, Blogit charges people for writing and promises income that is very unlikely to ever actually materialize — and if it does, it only happens for a very, very small minority of users. Most people end up losing money and have a far, far smaller potential audience than those who choose to use one of the genuinely free services out there.

    These guys really piss me off. It’s okay to charge for a service, but blatant dishonesty like this — intentionally misleading people who don’t know any better — just makes me mad.

    Comment by Mikki — October 6, 2006 @ 1160171763

  10. First, I’d like to thank you for exposing these creeps. I think it’s great that this blog came up first when I searched for Blogit and scam. I knew when I saw their pitch that they had to be crooked but I wanted to know whether anyone had posted warnings about them. So thanks very much for this eloquent public service.

    Second, I thought you might be interested to know how I happened to find out about these evil scam artists. I decided to see if our writing collective called, “Hungry Writers” was listed in Google yet and what do I find? This “heartfelt” message from a guy saying he believed that hungry writers wanted to be read and responded to by readers and to be paid for their efforts. He said he wanted to make that possible for every writer. Sad, isn’t? He freely admits he’s taking advantage of “hungry writers”. How many bites do you suppose this creep gets a month? Anyway, just wanted to tell you much obliged.

    Comment by P.B. Adams — November 25, 2006 @ 1164450779

  11. How many bites? I don’t know, but their press release from April, 2005 claims that they have 25 000 blogs on the site — apparently, at that point they reached one million total blog posts on the site.

    Assuming that those are all paying customers, and going by the lowest price — $9.95 a month on an annual subscription — that’d mean that they take in almost $125 000 a month. That’s assuming they aren’t making the numbers up, but on the other hand, that’s also assuming that everybody’s going for the cheapest option.

    I don’t know how long they’ve had this feature — again, maybe I missed it the first time around — but now you can see how much money various members have earned. Wiley.Coyote, for example, has been a member since July 31, 2003, and he has earned $426.85 since then. That means he’s been a member for, uh, about 29 months, unless I’m counting this all wrong, which means that one average, he’s made 14 bucks a month. If he’s taking the cheapest option, he’s turning a profit. It’s less than he could make by hunting for empty beer bottles and turning them in for deposits, but what the hell.

    But — get this — he is also the most read person on Blogit in the last seven days! And since at Blogit how much you’re read equals how much you get, right now he’s essentially earning at a higher rate than anyone else there.

    On the other hand, number 2 on that list, blackcat30, has been a member since March, 2005, and she’s made $779.21 — that makes it, what, 21 months? That’s about 37 bucks a month in profit. Again, after expenses, that’s not exactly heavy spending money, but at least she’s clearly in the black here.

    On the other hand, at fourth place is lovelyladymonk, and it’s with her that we start to see how it works out for the majority of Blogit members. She’s the fourth most read person on the site in the past seven days. She’s been a member since December, 2004 — I make that about 23 months — and she’s made $99.88 in that time — about $4.3 a month. Meaning that even if she’s on the cheapest subscription and paying by the year, she’s still bleeding about five and a half bucks every month.

    I was also going to take a look at the bottom of the popularity barrel, go right to the bottom of the popularity list. I made a pit stop at the 20th place, though — here we have johnmacnab, another member since August, 2003. In about 28 months, he’s made $56.69 — two bucks a day. That’s the 20th most popular blog on the site, folks. Assuming that he’s been on the cheapest subscription available, he’s paid 278 bucks for a service that implies that it will get him readers, when he could’ve gotten at least the same amount of attention from a much wider audience for free.

    At the very bottom of the list we find a blog named Net Present Value. It’s numbered at position 1337 (a somewhat curious number in that there were supposed to be 25 000 blogs a mere year ago — do they just stop counting after that, or what?), and written by Mihail. Mihail has been a member since July, 2002 — a whopping 41 months, meaning that at the very least, he’s paid $407.95 for his subscriptions? His earnings? I quote the site: “…” I take that to mean that there aren’t any.

    It seems that the only people making money out of Blogit are the owners of Blogit. The others, even the ones who turn a profit, are making so little that it doesn’t make any real difference. I mean, if someone was to come over and hand me a twenty and some change once a month, sure, I wouldn’t spit in his face, but as far as actually being paid for writing goes, that’s a joke. I guess it’s possible that some people are making more money than that — perhaps they are some kind of super writers, champions of Blogit who only write in month-long bursts and cause such adoration that absolutely heaps of money just roll in for them — but according to Blogit’s own popularity list, that doesn’t seem to be the case right now. (And if that ever does happen, that only means that everyone else is making even less… except for the guys who run the service, of course.)

    So clearly, this “if we supported the writers we enjoy, we could help them keep writing” crap they love to spout is exactly that — bullshit. Really, this is nothing more than a variation of a classic pyramid scheme — to quote Wikipedia, “the essential idea behind [a pyramid scheme] is that the individual makes only one [in this case monthly] payment, but are promised to somehow receive exponential benefits from other people as a reward.” That applies perfectly here.

    Comment by Mikki — November 26, 2006 @ 1164526843

  12. […] Take a look at the previous entry and particularly the comments below it. It kinda turns my stomach, the way people are getting screwed over — I figure that any attention to what these guys are up to can only be a good thing. […]

    Pingback by Fun Pastimes for Stupid Children » scam-happy bastards revisited — November 26, 2006 @ 1164527561

  13. Assuming these guys are in business and paying for a million ads on Google in order to make serious cash then I’d have to assume that anything on their site that shows how their members are doing would be a best case scenario. They’d hardly want to show anything more like reality, right? So thanks to your efforts we now know that at best their members are getting hosed. And Google is helping them scam people in this way? I am going to check into whether or not I can report these creeps to Google. I know it’s a long shot but maybe someone at Google won’t be too thrilled about Google helping them bleed desperate people… Thanks for the info. It’s no different than I expected of course. I hope some of their potential victims happen across this info before they get taken.

    Comment by P.B. Adams — November 26, 2006 @ 1164539343

  14. Honestly, I doubt Google gives a damn, and really, I can’t blame them — they’re just selling ad space to them. For them, it’s probably going to be a “They’re scamming people? Well, call the cops” kind of a thing. The moral implications of what Blogit does are a separate thing from the business transaction they have with Google — that’s how Google is going to look at it, anyway.

    But of course what Blogit does isn’t that kind of a scam. They explain how the system works up front. They provide exactly the service they say they do. The problem is that they seriously misrepresent the earning potential and do this big “we want to help writers make money” song and dance, but just the same, no one can really say they’re not getting the service they’ve been sold. (That doesn’t mean they couldn’t be rightfully — and successfully, I’d imagine — sued over it, mind you, but it’s not the same thing as buying a lawnmower and never getting it.)

    The underlying problem is that people are, well, kind of stupid and gullible. They take what the internet says at face value and never really think about the mechanics of it, and that’s what Blogit is taking advantage of. That earnest “we just want to help writers be read and make money from their writing” line probably works pretty well on many people.

    Comment by Mikki — November 26, 2006 @ 1164561464

  15. I’m sure you’re right about Google. I can’t help feeling that someone should be looking out for the vulnerable sort of people the creeps are preying on though. So I take the attitude that it couldn’t hurt to try. If Google gets enough complaints about them then they probably would pull the advertising because it isn’t in Google’s interest to be seen as helping creeps prey on Google’s own customer base. So it doesn’t hurt to try. :)

    If you know of a serious writer who’d like some feedback on their work from other serious writers then please pass our site along to them. There is absolutely no cost involved. Blogger is free, god bless them, and I do the design and maintenance stuff for free. What I get out of it is a great community of fellow writers who are willing to share their candid and sincere reactions to my writing. We see very few comments like, “That’s nice. It’s very pretty!” LOL Anyway, if you know anyone who might like to join us, you can refer them to http://hungrywritersthedoor.blogspot.com

    They’ll find a way to apply there. Thanks again.

    Comment by P.B. Adams — November 26, 2006 @ 1164569868

  16. This person says it all. I love blogit. :)

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/98376/a_blog_site_for_writers.html

    Comment by Robert Delang — February 8, 2007 @ 1170929596

  17. Heh. I’m not buying that one, Robert. I mean, it’s not as if she’s lying per se, but she’s leaving out the essentials of their business model. Nowhere in the article does she make it clear how hard it is to break even.

    It’s a closed system; all the money in there comes from the users. Let’s say that there are a thousand Blogit users, all of whom bring in ten bucks. That’s ten thousand bucks right there. But half of that, five grand, goes to Shaycom. That only leaves the other five thousand to be divided among the thousand users. Now, if by some stroke of luck everyone were to break even, they’d get five dollars each.

    That doesn’t sound so bad until you put it in perspective and realize that they’re only being paid their own money back. Essentially, anyone who brings home more than five dollars is taking it from someone else in the system. And even then, nobody’s actually making a profit until they cross that ten buck threshold.

    It’s entirely possible that Patricia Williams has made five grand, but that only means that a lot of others haven’t made any kind of a profit at all. “You can make a little money. Although the money isn’t great, you actually do get paid when others read you. Each time a new click comes your way, you get a little money in your piggy bank,” she writes in the article. This simply isn’t true, or at least not the whole truth: fact is, you’re only getting back a little bit of the money you’ve already paid for the service. It’s not profit until the sum exceeds what you’ve invested in the service in the first place.

    My problem with Blogit is that this distinction is not made clear anywhere — in fact, the site goes out of its way to give the impression that all writers can make money. They can’t. Just like pyramid schemes, Blogit is built so that only a few people at the top can profit from it. Shaycom, on the other hand, is in a position where they get their money regardless, because their income isn’t dependent on how the system is balanced at any given time. To them, it doesn’t matter who within the system is making money; all they need is people to get in the system and stay in there. The company’s success is completely independent of the individual writers’ successes or failures. And that in itself isn’t a bad thing — but the way they misrepresent themselves is.

    Comment by Mikki — February 8, 2007 @ 1170931582

  18. Yeah, not to mention, BlogIt failed to mention about the payment before you start signing up.

    Comment by Constance — June 21, 2007 @ 1182412289

  19. Uh, no, they most certainly mention it. I mean, I’ve never started to sign up, and I’m perfectly aware of the payment. In fact, clicking on the “Writers” link on their front page gets you this right off the bat:

    Want to Write (and Earn Money) on Blogit? It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
    1. Sign up

    Create an account and subscribe to Blogit. You get unlimited access to real-time blog entries and comments on every topic. Your payment is divided between the writers you actually read.

    I don’t think they’re in any way hiding the fact that you need to pay for a subscription in order to use the service.

    Comment by Mikki — June 21, 2007 @ 1182412586

  20. You need to be so desperate about money to sign up in blogit blindly…
    But that is the first time I saw the add though..

    Comment by Angeline — August 16, 2007 @ 1187285768

  21. A while ago the rates went up. At the beginning there was a flat rate of 5.95 for everyone. Now there are three memberships. Those who subscribed before the rate change are still paying only 5.95.

    Comment by Blogit member — September 3, 2007 @ 1188849810

  22. Right. But the amount of money individual members are paying doesn’t really make any difference on how that money is being distributed — Blogit still gets half of it, and the rest is distributed between members.

    Comment by Mikki — September 3, 2007 @ 1188850163

  23. I saw the banner for Blogit on MYSPACE…I think it should be removed. It’s obviously a scam and I feel bad for the people who lack the common sense to realize this…Thanks for the post.

    Comment by Newfette — October 8, 2007 @ 1191820106

  24. Although I haven’t had time to read through all the comments, I assume it would be overkill to mention the brilliance of your analytical candor about those bloodsuckers at Blogit. Regardless, I would like to point out the subtle “fuck you” that you send with your entry and the response it has generated. Most of the comments appear to be from writers, at least the ones I’ve read so far, and those writers are just as pissed as you are about this scam, myself included. One of Blogit’s promises to members is to have a venue for their voices to be read and appreciated, with the bonus of connecting with other writers and engaging in conversations about important topics, such as, say…internet scams. In a way, you are proving that all this is possible for one low cost: $0.00/as long as the traditionally free internet access provided by public libraries isn’t disturbed by another amendment to the Patriot Act that currently and unjustly forces librarians to provide card holder records.

    Adding fuel to this new liturgy of rebellious fire, your blog has ignited a collective “Fuck you, Blogit Bastards,” response to injustice that lives and breathes as I type, and none of us had to pay a penny to have our words read, our voices heard, or to connect with other concerned and talented writers. And who knows? Perhaps a romance between two emerging writers, unappreciated and underpaid for their work, will rise from this insurgence against the oppressive forces who fear our sagacious use of big words. In the spirit (and altered words) of the great Lenny Bruce, I say, “If you can’t say ‘fuck,’ you can’t say, ‘fuck the corporate goons who govern us and undermine our inalienable right to free fucking speech.’ ” It’s just words, after all, right?

    That being said, I would like to make one observation about Blogit’s repugnant use of suasive rhetoric, or the use of a common ground to convince people of Blogit’s advantages before they hit their target audience with “Oh yeah, you have to pay for this amazing service.”, like that bullshit line about “wouldn’t it be grand if all writers could…” I taught this technique in Freshman composition as a beginner’s device for exploring and inventing writing material. Because novices are not likely to pull this off, you know the blogiteers are not entry-level schlubs who are oblivious to the meaning of craft. Desperate writers hocking their wares at the expense of other desperate writers is more like it; it saddens me more than angers or annoys me, really. Unpublished writers barely have a chance to think about the shadiness of Blogit’s empty vows before clicking on “subscribe to a free trial.” Luckily, this unpublished writer had a few experiences with fixed poetry contests (Jorie Graham style) under my belt. I had the fortunate misfortune of nepotism as a prompt for googling, “Blogit scam.” Still, this tyrannical bullshit, “favored by the malevaolent powers that be,” shouldn’t exist in the first place.

    As you can see from my fawning praise, it is evident that I have overshot my attempt at modest recognition. Still, I must say that it is nice to see someone who can balance honesty and sarcasm to return the voice of reason and common sense to the cyberstage. As someone who has yet to accomplish this, I salute you.

    Kudos on your cunning use of the tools that abuse us, as evidenced by defeating the billions of contenders for google’s #1 spot in the queue: “Mm. I freely admit that it gives me some pleasure that this entry is the first one that pops up when people do a Google search for ‘blogit and scam’…”

    Thanks again for starting this much needed conversation and for reminding readers of free blogs available to everyone. -aw
    http://defibrillatinganewgenre.blogspot.com/

    Comment by ashley — October 31, 2007 @ 1193874367

  25. Sir:

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people there are on this Plant who seem to think they are smarter than the rest of us! Who asked you to critique Blogit and pass judgement on those of us who of our own free will write there?

    Have you tried writing your Congressman? The president? A Senator? A governor? Well they don’t read or care what I write and it is costing me a lot more!

    You do your thing and I will continue to do mine! And lets call it a draw!

    Otisgb@aol.com
    Glennb on Blogit

    Comment by Otis G. Barlow — March 5, 2008 @ 1204686208

  26. My congressman? Uh, yeah, I’ll be sure to do that as soon as I find myself living in a country that has a Congress. You’d think that the .fi might be a bit of a giveaway, but I guess not.

    Anyway, as for who asked me — nobody. Nobody asked. And I did it anyway, just like nobody asked you to comment on this, and here you are just the same! Man, you’d think that people were free to speak their mind or something.

    But, seriously — if you’re happy with Blogit, hey, more power to you. I’m not saying you can’t have a good time over there. And maybe there’s an absolutely wonderful community that provides intelligent and meaningful feedback on what you do and really helps you grow as a writer. What do I know? I’m not a Blogit user. But I do know that the strong implication that everyone can earn money as a Blogit writer isn’t true, not unless there’s some kind of magic money in the system that comes out of nowhere. It’s elementary math.

    If you’d rather not know or think about or be aware of that fact, hey, it’s not skin off my nose, but what the hell are you getting pissed off at me for? It’s not like I’m misrepresenting myself to you and charging you for it, I’m being a dick for free.

    Comment by Mikki — March 5, 2008 @ 1204690334

  27. Thanks for this blog! I was just about to sign up with blogit, but my skeptical sense made me google for “blogit scam” which was how I found this blog. I had a feeling like yours and now this confirms it. Thanks for helping me to make the sound decision of forgetting about blogit.com and others like them forever… ;-)

    Nick
    Critical Critique

    Comment by Critical Critique — March 18, 2008 @ 1205824549

  28. Ugh.. to think that I almost fell for it. Fortunately, my brain turned up in the nick of time and told me to check this blogit thingy out (‘blogit scam?’ were the exact words I googled). Thanks for this post, it saved me from a world of hurt

    Comment by peter — March 22, 2008 @ 1206174952

  29. Thank you so much for writing about this blogit scam.

    Comment by Redj — March 27, 2008 @ 1206635814

  30. Mikki,

    Again you missed the point. You make a serious allegations that stupidity flows from the people who write on Blogit! That we are idiots throwing fists full of money at empty suits! I think it is their business model to present themselves as a pay for writers market place. No deception and if you are looking for riches it is not for you.

    Try getting published! I am not sure you are grinding ax with the right injustice. Try George Bush and war crimes, crimes against Iraqi humanity? The “dick” part is your word.

    Otis G. Barlow
    East Orange, NJ

    Comment by Otis G. Barlow — July 19, 2008 @ 1216501647

  31. Well, Otis,

    You realize, of course, that the only reason I’m still talking about this thing — which I originally posted about two and a half years ago — is that people like you keep commenting on this. I’m not sure that qualifies as grinding an ax (and in any case, I have certainly complained quite a bit about George Bush and war crimes elsewhere in Fun Pastimes; it’s not as I’m making a hard choice between caring about Blogit and caring about the rest of the world here).

    I can’t help but notice that you’re not challenging my basic assertion here about the money and how it gets divided, though, so I’m going to just assume that you accept that I’m right about that. If you really want to pay for what you could get for free — that is to say, if you think the community or the service is worth the expense and if you’re really happy with Blogit, again, more power to you.

    If you honestly believe that there’s absolutely no deception in the way they present themselves and their service, I don’t think you’re taking a particularly objective look at it, but hey, that’s your business. I’m not going to pretend that I think it’s a smart choice, but what’s that to you? I’m just some guy on the internet. It’s not as if I’m somehow destroying the company with my mighty opinions.

    Comment by Mikki — July 19, 2008 @ 1216504292

  32. You have a toilet for a mouth, did you know that? I wouldn’t read you if someone paid me. You are responsible for your words, and God will not hold you guiltless. What will you do in that day? But thanks for the warning any way.. I’m not going there to that site. I figured it a rip off.

    Comment by Ambriance — February 25, 2009 @ 1235553544

  33. Oh, I’m absolutely responsible for my words, but not to God. Or Santa Claus and Easter Bunny, for that matter.

    Comment by Mikki — February 25, 2009 @ 1235555728

  34. Well?

    Here we are back at the same point we started. I am still writing on Blogit and your complaint is still up? I have not changed my subscription or the terms and if these “people” are raking in the dough because of my ignorance I think the $12.95 is a bargain. And who in this great nation “of ideas” would not take $12.95 for their idea?

    Regards,

    Otis G. Barlow

    Comment by Otis G. Barlow — November 16, 2009 @ 1258336061

  35. Well, Otis, my writing can be seen by anyone with an internet connection, your writing can be seen by Blogit subscribers. I’m writing for free, you’re paying for the privilege. I still think you’re getting a pretty shitty deal, and I still think the way they advertise the service is deceptive.

    Clearly, since you’re coming back to a blog entry that’s now about four years old, you feel strongly about this, but what do you want me to say? I haven’t changed my opinion, and you have presented no argument other than “well, I’m happy!”. I believe that you’re happy, but I also believe you have better options. Perhaps you’re getting something out of the deal beyond the obvious; if you’re cool with the setup, if you feel you’re getting something for your money, if you think the community, or the user interface, or the site’s design, or whatever you like about Blogit is worth your monthly payment, good for you.

    Comment by Mikki — November 16, 2009 @ 1258366392

  36. Yea,I checked it out, saw how “I” could pay “them” monthly and mumbled “assholes” as I closed it out.

    Comment by Trisha — April 3, 2010 @ 1270293637

  37. Oh look, somebody fed the trolls!

    This still comes out top when googling ‘Blogit’ and ‘scam’ together, which is how I found it. This is fine by me because the Blogit maths still indicates that signing up there is not a direct way to make money from writing.

    It is a sad indication of the naive conviction of a significant proportion of the Internet-enabled part of the human race, that- despite all evidence to the contrary- people want to give them money out of the goodness of their hearts. Or, for those less cynical, that a percentage of the aforementioned Internet-using human race thinks this is a the case and is flooding the Internet with adverts trying to take advantage of that.

    Comment by Kirstin Darke — December 1, 2010 @ 1291225763

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