Andrei - as we have repeatedly told you dropped domains are not acceptable and that is why your site was declined. We don't require follow links - its down to the parties involved. If a marketer wants a follow link but gets nofollow - we do have a problem with that.
Andrei - Your site has been declined because we have received a number of complaints about it being dropped. You've also been offering on all sorts of opportunities even when there is no relevance. Our policy has stated we don't accept such sites from day one.
As for Google's policy, we are an independent intermediary that makes connections. What the parties do is their choice. We see that you have published a large number of paid follow posts with a total value of nearly $3000 so we understand why you would be upset. We reserve the right to only grant access to approved users (please refer to our terms). We also see that you have started PayPal disputes for credits that you have used and have made significant earnings on. We will deal with these and any other actions accordingly.
We don't have a problem with anyone adding nofollow tags. We are an independent intermediary and its down to the parties involved to decide this mutually. We don't think its our place to say what you can and can't do with your websites. The point is that the content within the original opportunity is what was agreed, and you should not change this without consulting the author first. Of course there may be good reasons to change the links, such as receiving an outbound links warning. In these cases, its in the interest of the marketer that the site complies due to the links pointing back to their sites / client sites.
We will also be adding options for bloggers to opt out of opportunities with follow links, and for marketers to state their preference upfront.
We have to show the outbound links in advance otherwise bloggers won't know what to expect and you're unlikely to receive offers, especially from the better sites.
We're thinking of banning anchor text links altogether in the short term, only allowing brand / company name or neutral links. This is being abused and many marketers still don't seem to understand the dangers of over optimisation.
As for sponsored traffic posts, most of our users are from the SEO camp. But thats not to say that couldn't change with better localisation and more demographic data.
We are in favour of flipping the system so that content is not created until a connection is made. But then with the payments and follow links we'd still be violating Google's terms.
With decent sites being scared of linking out, how do you get them on board? Especially when content is not always to a good standard.
Your comments come at the right time JJ. For the past few weeks we've been thinking about how to re-invent PJ and come up with a longer term strategy thats works for search engines, bloggers and marketers.
We're considering new types of opportunities where:
1) Marketers could create a brief and say what type of blogs they're interested in, receive offers, then work jointly with the bloggers to get a post published. Either party could write the content ensuring that it aligns with both objectives. Marketers could accept as many offers as they wish. This wouldn't be a guest post anymore however and we're not sure how to coin this yet.
2) More focus is given to driving real referral traffic via sponsored posts. Obviously the blogs would need to established with verified traffic stats and we'd try and provide traffic reports. No-follow and disclosure as standard.
We're keen to evolve and adapt. We want to do a better job of making connections which is what we see our primary focus as. Your suggestions are welcomed.
You can now prevent offers from sites you've already published on. Simply use the checkbox when adding a new post. We also new and improved blocking features (site and user level).
JJ - Thanks for your feedback. We are right in the middle of releasing a feature to "Prevent offers from sites I've already published on". It should be ready later this week.
Since we first started charging, we have reduced the cost of credits, and if you buy large quantities they are quite cost effective.
We're also working hard to improve the relevance based on your feedback and other system improvements. If you make irrelevant offer reports and we accept them, new spaces for offers will open up.
There are also new site and user level blocking features available.
We have added a report offer / site feature where if the we accept the report, it will open an extra space for a new offer to come in.
We have added features for you to report offers from low quality or irrelevant sites. If we accept the report, it automatically opens a space for another offer. We will be using the feedback to clear up the database of blogs too.
We've been working to clean up our database extensively over the past few months but there is still more work to be done. We've been in free beta for over a year and it has been challenging to attract more quality sites onto the system with our limited marketing and outreach budget. We will be investing a significant portion of the revenue into growing our database of quality sites. We're updating the system so that the first re-post is free and we have other improvements planned. Its cheaper to add a post than it is to accept so you'll be able to get 10 offers for a small fee. In the meantime we encourage you to use the report offer / site feature to help us clear things up further.
Thanks for your feedback. Editing is not an issue as long as the marketer / author is aware of the changes and in most cases improvements are welcomed. The confirmations are designed to prevent problems down the road and clarify that posts should be permanent. If a problem occurs down the road with dead links etc - of course its fine to address them. We'll see if we can clarify the wording.
We also think it helps to protect guest posting as a strategy on the whole. If you can't naturally weave your anchor into the main body, then it shouldn't be there at all.
Feedback can only be left after a publishing deal has been arranged. You cannot currently leave feedback at the offer stage. You can always make use of the block feature to avoid seeing opps from campaigns that you don’t like, and we are working on a new block entire user feature.
@Erik - The feature is actually ready to go but we are waiting to release a number of other new features at the same time. Shouldn't be too long now.
An optional way to verify domain ownership would be a great way for bloggers to add more credibility to their PostJoint profile.
Thanks Andrei. If it was optional a verified icon would show on the owner's profile. And you are right in saying that if a site already exists in the system, ownership would have be transferred when verification takes place.
We have released a major update to improve relevance so you won’t be wasting time dealing with unrelated offers anymore. Advertisers can block entire blogs or users to filter out the ones who offer excessively, and we have placed limits on the number of offers bloggers can make based on their accept rate.
The number of offers bloggers can make will be limited per month / site, this will give everyone a better chance and force bloggers to think more carefully when making offers.
We also have the ability to blogs block and entire users to help streamline your offers.
The problem with opening up to more offers is that the offer acceptance rate for bloggers would get lower and lower.
We do have procedures in place to give everyone a chance (PR based headstarts, more visibility for blogs that have not interacted with that advertiser before, email randomisation and other things) but what was missing is a "block user" feature for advertisers so they can prevent the bloggers who refresh all day and offer excessively from seeing their opps. This is going to be released soon and should help to filter them out - and give everyone else a better chance.
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Thanks for your comments Justin. We'll take this on board and see what others have to say. We could always remove the mandatory requirements on the comments to make it easier.
Thanks for submitting this. We know that we need to work out processes for invoices and VAT information. We plan to do this when we come out of Beta.
David. So you're saying we should allow to browse through the sites in our database and see previews of them before you've added any content?
Thanks for your comment David. Bloggers already have the ability to see an excerpt of the actual post and other info - so I am not sure what you mean?
Thanks for the suggestion Tatsiana. This is on our development roadmap.
Thanks for your suggestion Dewald. We'd love to release an API for third part integrations and widgets but this is likely to be further down the development roadmap. Did you have something specific in mind?
Thanks for your comments. We are working on an improved feedback and ratings system.
Thanks for submitting this idea, we appreciate it.
We are planning to allow bloggers to specify the date / time scale for publishing a post when they make an offer.
We're thinking that bloggers should be able to specify how quickly they can publish the post once its accepted for e.g. 48 hours.
This has been added to our roadmap!
Thanks for submitting this idea. You can currently sign up for both with different emails but are considering adding that to our roadmap so you can use both types with one email.
Thanks for submitting this idea. We'ce changed the status of it to 'planned'.
It seems this would be useful to help advertisers fo focus on topics that bloggers are interested in. We are thinking about how best to integrate this into the system.
Thanks for submitting this idea. We think this could be really useful and will be discussing it further.