Shopzilla Pays Bloggers $100 After 'PR' Issue

Nov 16, 2007 • 9:27 am | comments (2) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Shopzilla must've been hit hard by the PageRank massacre, or so one would suspect. A blogger was offered $100 to remove a PayPerPost review that he had written on Shopzilla.

But in the second mail they were offering me $100 for the removal of the link. I was really amazed to see the mail because they paid for putting the link and now they are offering for the removal of the link also.

Uh, what? Whatever works for them, I guess. I guess PageRank matters more to some people than to others.

Some folks are already prepared to make it tougher for ShopZilla:

I think I'm going to have to add a post about stopzilla on a blog under a PayPerPoast heading. Are they gong to pay me too?

Shopzilla, it really doesn't matter. Or rather, Google, stop making people run like a stampede to have bloggers remove their posts.

On the other hand, would PageRank really make people go this far? Is there something else we don't know? Maybe there is a Public Relations (PR) issue with some of their paid reviews that triggered Shopzilla to encourage bloggers monetarily to remove some paid reviews. We have seen cases before where paid reviews have hurt a company's reputation.

Still, the timing is just a little bit coincidental. I know a few people whose PageRanks were restored after they removed their paid links and requested reinclusion.

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11/20/2007 09:08 am

Perhaps its less about "Page Rank" and more about search result ranks. Some sites get millions of hits a day through google natural search results. Getting excluded from google's natural listings, even for a day, could cost a large company like that A LOT of money. I doubt it was about the "rank". Probably a lot more about the actual traffic on those actual days. You know?


06/08/2010 11:45 pm

We use shopzilla campaigns on our website and it always works perfectly. We post ads and if you configure it based on the keywords they show the correct products. Bloggers are always free to post their opinion.

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