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I Stand By My Blog

If you’re reading this post, it might be because you were led to my blog via a site “exposing” the “scandalous” “wrong-doings” of a particular search giant.

Chances are you may have also had to close out pop-ups, automatically ignore sidebar ads (ironically published by the very search giant the site is looking to expose), wade through a ton of site self-promotion, and maybe even scroll past an in-post banner to actually get through the post to get to the link that leads to my blog.

And my site is being called spammy? Ahem.

Suspicions were published across the web earlier this week that a particular search giant may have violated its own rules by paying bloggers to post paid links.

Once those suspicions were quickly refuted by both the search giant and the advertising company contracted to carry out the campaign, and it became clear that if any follow-ready links were indeed included in the paid posts, it was completely due to individual blogger-error, websites carrying the “breaking news” decided to take a different tact: the sponsored posts were still violating the search giant’s rules for sponsored posts because…well…they were garbage.

Not just garbage.

“Low-grade,” “second rate,” “lame,” “thin,” “low-quality filler,” and ultimately “embarrassing” to the sponsor in question.

The posts – and by extension, blogs (and no, you didn’t have to say so, it was generously implied) offered no use, no value to users.

Why do I care?

Because I am one of the bloggers these sites are cavalierly calling garbage. And useless. And embarrassing.

Truth: Do I think the sponsored post I wrote was my best post ever? No. Do I think it would win any journalistic awards? No.

So why did I write it?

Because it’s part of my business model to generate revenue, when I can, writing about products and services that I genuinely appreciate.

The post was written with good faith to share my thoughts on a product I use every day, and yes, I got paid for it.

That these sites deem what I wrote as garbage, that they deem ALL 400 POSTS written for this campaign as garbage, is not unbiased or newsworthy. It’s petty, inflammatory, and just plain rude.

When there was no story to their story, they got personal. And, frankly, I think it says more about what kind of garbage they are willing to post on their site than I am on mine.

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  • http://twitter.com/MainlineMom Sarah Hubbell

    Seconded. Definitely says a lot more about them then about you. 

  • Anonymous

    As I like to say at the end of any well-punctuated speech: CHA-CHA-CHA.

    I’ve got a different take on it that I plan to write about on Thursday.

  • Allison

    Amen.

  • Anonymous

    I think you rock and your content is worth way more to me than they will ever be. Keep being you!

  • Jessica Morgan

    Well said. Luckily your readers value the information and posts that you provide, regardless of the opinions of the loud and obnoxious few.

  • Poodles

    Actually, the quality of the post you wrote says everything we need to know about you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mylitter Tiffany Ivanovsky

    Go baby go! 

  • Sherry

    I have no clue what happened, but just wanted to say that I enjoy your site very much and the value of it will be obvious to anyone who stumbles upon it.  I’m glad that we met in Cali and that it lead me here!  :)  Keep your chin up. 

  • Jennelsonlane

    Very well-said, my friend.  Also, your blog is pretty much the farthest thing I can think of from garbage.  Write on!

  • http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com Stacie Haight Connerty

    Lots of people stand by your blog Stacey. Sorry that douchery like that happened to you. 

  • http://wfaulk.beaglebros.com/ Bitt Faulk

    You posted a paid advertisement as a blog entry, didn’t you?  It might have been an excellent blog entry, but you were still acting as a shill.  The point is not a comment on your blog in particular, but, rather, trying to improve search results.  You might have put a lot of effort into the post, but I doubt most people who were paid for it did.  However, since you seem to have deleted the post, there’s no way for me to determine how good the post was.  However, I think deleting it says more about how much you stand by your blog than this post claiming you do.

    • http://treerootandtwig.com Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig

      I published a sponsored post – on my blog – with full disclosure as to the nature of the post. As a commonly accepted definition of “shill” is one who promotes a commercial entity with no disclosure of the relationship, and whose content is likely to be disingenuous, I do not believe the term applies to how I behaved or what I wrote.

      As for what I wrote, true – it is no longer available on my blog. There are cases in which standing by a professional relationship is the appropriate course of action, and this was one of them.However, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the original post. Several savvy internet users have managed to do just that since yesterday.

    • http://treerootandtwig.com Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig

      Cutting and pasting from Tiffany’s comment, in the event that you don’t get back to my site to see it:
      Hi Bitt,She was asked to remove it by the PR firm.And, at no point did the post link back to google.  The article that caused all this was in regards to a TWO posts that linked back to google. {On their own} This campaign was about the video. NOT about improving search results.  It was about how the internet can help small businesses grow.  Believe it or not, lots of us moms who read Stacey’s blog own viable businesses…. 

  • Tiffany

    Hi Bitt,

    She was asked to remove it by the PR firm.

    And, at no point did the post link back to google.  The article that caused all this was in regards to a TWO posts that linked back to google. {On their own} This campaign was about the video. NOT about improving search results.  It was about how the internet can help small businesses grow.  Believe it or not, lots of us moms who read Stacey’s blog own viable businesses….

  • Jdaniel4smom

    This is so well said!

  • Kkaytheod

    Hope your blood pressure has stabilized by now.

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