I'm sure I'll be put through the shredder for the hard stance I advocate. but my honesty should not be a suprise to any of my regular visitors.
I am totally against Paid Posts Blogs being in Entrecard; as well as Clickfarmers - who only live to hit the magic 300 on each of their many accounts daily, without any regard for the bouncerate or content of the bloggers they rob daily. Please take a moment and read grahams post by clicking the link below inorder to get clarity on my response below. I know it may suprise many of you that I am taking this tone,
But I Am a Blogger and I Love BLOGS.
(Written on June 30th, 2009 by Graham)
Graham: just a few thoughts after giving this a few days to digest more fully:
IMHO, the real problem is that EC's are being treated like Money; and they're NOT.
if people could learn that; we'd have Less "300 click a day" Clickfarmers; and a whole lot less splogs in the categories. Quite Simply, paying people to cash out in cash; instead of recycling the ec's back into the system is what really feeds the problem..
The Remedy is Simple
1. Return To a Non Cash for ec buyout ; and stop selling EC's.
2. reduce the maximum amount of clicks per day to a more managable maximum for the system; closer to 50 per account.
3. hire some behind the scenes techs to clean up the splogs and eradicate the dead blogs in the categories -
get it back to what it should be if you really want to count your Active population, Accurately.
4. Remove any duplicate or paid post blogs immediately, since they are not blogs inessence; and are the biggest pay-out items.
This is especially a conflict of interest with bloggers who blog for the love of writing; and they see the problem clearly, since these splogs are ADS, and that is a direct violation of the existent tos.
A Paid Post IS An ADThen Graham, you can put entrecard on the auction block as a clean and lean social networking machine. that's what makes a sale, not consistent policy changes that do nothing to stabilize the economy or political structure of the unit itself.Remember to Listen to the People; As They Support Themselves. To Put the Spark back in - Make it once again about the members, instead of CASH OUTS.
there is no way around it
End the payouts and you will be making the first step toward strengthening the whole.
then stop approving multiple blogs which are clearly splogs, that dilute the pool of quality blogs. those splogs drop the value as quickly as the clickfarmers.
IMHO, then - entrecard can recover and rebound as a member driven and fed unit.