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Sunday, October 10, 2010

A buddy of mine saw a great list of "Top Marketing Blogs" and said, "Michael, why aren't you on the list?" In addition to being the top ranked marketing blog via Google, I hope that most of you (blog readers) find value in each and every post I've created over the last 4 years here on The Marketing Blog. All that being said I would think that I belong on a list of top marketing blogs.

Okay, maybe its ego talking, but good marketing advice is just that. Attacking different areas of marketing, internet marketing, ppc, SEO, direct marketing, etc. each week has to account for something! Just for fun, I applied to this so called list of top marketing blogs. After about a week I got their reply...

"Thank you for your submission but unfortunately you only scored 49 out of 50 points, not enough to acquire a listing as a top marketing blog. If you would still like to be included in our list of 'top marketing blogs' you can submit a request along with a $99 processing fee..." You gotta be friggin' kidding me! I instantly realized this as another online scam that I want nothing to do with. "Include with a processing fee" - come on. Keep you list of top marketing blogs!

It never ceases to amaze me that these types of marketing scams still exist. Sites feel they can charge whatever they want for others to list their websites, blogs, etc. while providing little if any value. To me it's all a little disheartening. Oh well, I guess as long as the Internet continues to be a source of information, you have to accept that much of it will be arbitrarily created based on someone's willingness to pay.

The only way I would consider such a listing was if it created direct value for my website or blog. Will it provide a link from a high authority website? Does the listing give me additional exposure I otherwise wouldn't have? It's getting harder and harder to take these things at face value but I guess that's marketing for you. The good, the bad, the ugly!

If you've ever had a similar experience online, let me know about it. Sharing your personal experience can help everyone avoid being taken advantage of in the Internet marketing niche.


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