Bloggers have amazing pull and power with advertisers but you are about to read in this post that an abuse of that power will result in a public relations nightmare, pulled sponsorships, loss of advertisers and a perception of low integrity. Recently in an article posted on Adweek it stated that “Rogue writers for the site ( SheKnows.com) encouraged disingenuous ad clicking and cost it a key sponsor.” Take a minute to tweet this out to help your fellow bloggersEverything In One Mom Blog Post Coupons, Creepy Guy & Monetizing Oh My. Read more … » just click on Tweet This
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Let me say first that I like She Knows and in their defense they have addressed the problem and tried to correct it. But check this out.
Basically they had a huge sponsorship and by allowing a person or persons to inflate click rates they lost the account. This is a lesson to every bloggerAn Interview And Advice From Ladonna Dennis CEO Of Mom Blog Society. Read more … » and unfortunetly one that we live vicariously through SheKnows. But the reality is when an advertiser comes to your site they want the most value for their moneyWho Wants To Make Money Blogging. Read more … ». So be careful how you treat them and always make sure it’s with the highest integrity, the most value. and the greatest respect. This was the email they sent out and I’m sharing this because it should never be done-
“In an email sent to as many as 19 staff writers on June 7, Segall wrote that the site wanted to improve clickthrough rates for its ads. Later in the note, she said, “But we can help everyone out a bit if we get in the habit of clicking on any ads you see alongside your articles, on the site, in your section, ANYWHERE. Our advertisers are the reason we all have paychecks each month, so it’s important that they’re happy. Literally all you have to do is click on the ad—you don’t have to stay on their site for a certain amount of time and don’t have to buy a thing. Just click! Click 100 times if you want to!”
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Below you can read the response on Adweek and I’ve included the link to the post.
According to a letter issued by Kyle Cox, president of SheKnows, a division of AtomicOnline, Segall and French have been suspended while threatening “immediate termination” if any other employees engage in the disingenuous ad clicking suggested by the editors.
SheKnows.com spokesperson Whitney Ashley in an email yesterday characterized the situation as internal communications gone awry. “This was an isolated incident carried out by well-meaning, yet overzealous [editors who have] been disciplined appropriately,” she said. “Requesting that people click on advertisements is not only against our stated company policy, but it is contrary to how we operate our site and work with our advertisers.”
You can read the AdWeek article here.