One of our readers (Mitchell Blatt) emailed me with the breaking news: Blog Rush is raising the white flag. If you are currently using the widget, you will need to remove it cause it won’t work anymore. Here is a quote from the official announcement:
BlogRush didn’t grow without its fair share of problems — from security issues to abusive users trying to ‘game’ the system to much lower click-rates than expected. We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go. All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service’s full potential.
Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs. This was our primary focus. Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else. BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue. We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later. Unfortunately, the service didn’t work out like we had hoped. (It happens.)
Six months ago I had already written a post criticizing the structure of Blog Rush.
Anyway, that stuff happens. I am not happy for seeing it fail just because I predicted it, and I wish John Reese the best of luck on his next projects.