I'm just chipping in on the irrelevant post problem again - I have a current post in the gallery that is only related to home cleaning. The only blogs I am interested in publishing on are blogs in the home improvement niche, and I specifically only chose relevant keywords in order to be matched with these blogs. 4 out of the 5 blogs that bid are mummy blogs that accept any old post. Four were reported as irrelevant yesterday yet I am still waiting for you to accept this. Why not just get rid of having to pay to repost an article - your site is not efficient enough for you to charge for this at the present time.
I emailed them the other day because quite frankly I think it is completely unfair to charge marketers for credits when useless blogs bid on our articles. My email and Post Joint's reply is below:
I have tried to leave a comment on the forum but I am currently unable to post. I just wanted to make you aware of the following. This is what I tried to post:
Having to pay to repost articles is absolutely ridiculous! I have made a point of placing posts on here and only giving them 'keywords' that are extremely relevant, yet I am constantly flooded with poor quality offers, which is then leading to me needing to repost my article time and time again. If you can't find a way to make sure only relevant blogs are bidding on the posts, we should not have to pay to repost the article.
Just as an example – I currently have a post on here relating to birth control pills. My keywords are ‘health’, ‘sexual health’ and ‘birth control’ because I am only interested in placing this article on a health blog. Instead I have mummy blogs (I hardly ever post on these as they’re too general), fashion blogs and a blog relating to cupcakes on my offer list. If the blogs that are bidding on the post are not suitable (through no fault of my own) why should I have to pay to repost it?
Thanks for your insightful feedback. We are thinking about how to improve relevance and considering options like allowing irrelevant offers to be replaced with new offers (opening new spaces up). Ultimately we want you to get quicker results and not have to constantly re-post. Unfortunately we cannot remove the reposting charge due to abuse of this. However the first repost is always free.
I don't mean to be rude, I really don't. But in order for me to be able to use the service it needs to be effective. I have reposted the article that I mentioned before and I have since had lots more useless bids that I am never going to accept. Take a look at my other active articles - you will see I am having similar problems.
I have tried placing comments to bidders for example saying I am only looking to post on PR1+ health blogs but others still bid. I've even had people knowingly read what I write and still bid saying "please accept I really need this". Right now it is costing A LOT for me to publish an article. I have the initial writing fee, the PostJoint fee for posting and accepting a blog via PostJoint (and then the fee for however many reposts needed) and then the webmaster fee and somewhere in the middle of this I need to actually take some money myself for the effort it takes. I'm actually working at a loss through your new system and it's through no fault of my own. I have no option to be able to streamline the process because irrelevant blogs are constantly bidding on articles that they are not suitable for, so I am having to repost time and time again.
Thanks again for your feedback. We have taken this on board and are working out how best to improve relevance and reduce the need reposting.
You'd think that they would suspend the fee for reposting UNTIL they had sorted out the relevance issue. A start might be to stop blogs using unrelated keywords to describe their website. It's beyond a joke from my point of view.
(and before JJ Coop appears telling us all we have poor business models - we are willing to pay for the service, but with the numerous reposts it is currently not worth it. It would be more feasible to pay 2 credits when we send a post to a blogger rather than the 4+ it is currently taking.)
I agree with Chris. As much as I wanted to pay to use PostJoint, the fees are making it hard for me to make a profit from guest blogging any more and as such I am having to reduce the amount of work I am doing for small companies.
Like I said before, I pay good money for high quality content, then I pay a blogger for their service, and then I'm having to pay PostJoint. I can't afford to buy hundreds of credits at once so am ending up with the higher tariff of credits. With unrelevant blogs bidding on my articles, I need to repost more than once and by the time I've found somewhere to send a blog to, I'm at a loss.
I'm going to finish using the remainder of my credits and then put a hold on all guest blogging work for a while. With three lots of costs, it's not worth the effort it takes.
Thanks for making it possible to repost once for free. Another thing that would be useful would be if we could block blogs from bidding if we have already sent posts to them from one campaign. Some of the clients I have want links on different blogs so I am unable to publish more than one post for them on one site. This is often the main reason for me needing to repost. Without having this I often need to repost 4-5 times.
I'm confused about the credits. I could have sworn PostJoint said they weren't going to charge if we reposted an article but yet I have just done that and lost a credit. I'm totally fine with paying for the service but I'm not okay with paying to get five bids from irrelevant blogs that are dropped domains, unrelated to my article or poor quality. I thought we only paid when we initially posted an article in the gallery and when we accepted a post?
What if you can naturally include the anchor into the bio though? Those of us who run small SEO companies have to do what our clients ask and if we're not able to fulfil their needs we are having to use other sites. Quite often many of the blogs that are on here take our posts away from the site with anchor text in the bios - I'm struggling to see why you can't leave it up to the blogger.
Guest posting is always going to be something that is on the edge of what Google is happy with, I don't think banning anchor text bios is going to protect it in the long run.
Yeah I totally understand the need to place links naturally in the text too but a number of the companies that I work for disagree. At the end of the day, it's them who pay me so I'm going to do whatever they want me to. I'm guessing there are a number of SEO companies on here with a similar problem.
MBG started enforcing rules like this a few months back and the SEO companies turned around and said they would leave. Whilst I don't want to do that (I love PJ on the whole), I won't have any option but to go elsewhere for some of my clients if this rule stays in place. And, like you say Shaun, I will probably still place them on the same blogs that use this website, I'll just be bypassing PJ.
Surely it is up to the webmaster of the blog to decide which posts they allow and which they don't.
We do plan to offer invoices and other downloadable data for our advertisers.
This feature is currently under development.
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.
Why is this immoral? $25 is the lowest amount to select when we add a post and it's a price a lot of us can't afford. Unless he is accepting an offer of $25 and then saying he'll only pay $5 once the post is published I'm not sure what the problem is. I can only afford $10 but I also have to say that I'll accept offers under $25 when I place my post as to say otherwise is against Post Joint's terms of service.