Wow, getting up this morning was really not a good idea. In my inbox was an email with the following content:
“We understand that you are unhappy blogging with Today.com. As such we will be closing out your account for you. Your blog earnings to date will be sent to you in the next pay cycle. We want to thank you for trying out Today.com and are sorry the program has not lived up to your expectations. We certainly wish you the best in your future endeavors. Sincerely, Today.com Support”
As I tried to sign in my dashboard > impossible, accessing the today.com blogger forum > impossible. They just kicked me completely out. Thinking of blogging for today.com? Think twice. My Prague Blog was comfortably in the Top100 and most of the time even in the Top50 of their blog statistics. I was active in the forums and was helping others with answering questions and mentoring other blogs. I was blogging daily, missing max 1 or 2 days per month. So what had happened? Two days earlier I had received another email from today.com stating:
“This email is to let you know that your blog has been reviewed by an editor and your payment rates have changed.
When reviewing blogs we look at quality, productivity, popularity, and potential. Taking those things into consideration we made a decision to change your rate this month. Your new program is $x.xx per 1,000 unique visitors. The new rate goes into effect 2009-04-17 ET. You will not be paid per post.” [Amount of dollar removed by me].
So despite of having a successful, active blog that was, by their own ranking list, in the top 5-10% of all the blogs on today.com, my blog didn’t made the cut anymore? To say that I was upset was putting it mildly. As I checked the private today.com blogger forum I saw that a thread had already started. And that a lot of other Top50/ Top100 blogs were down graded to be paid for traffic only and not anymore be paid by post. The answers from Today.com were pointing in the direction that only blogs that generated enough income would stay in the pay per post program, all others, not important their page rank, their position in the serp for their topic and the traffic/ back links they generated for the whole today.com domain would only be paid for the traffic they generated. I didn’t make much noise in the forum, very unusual for me 😉 , instead I wrote a blog post that has been meanwhile deleted. Text (I nearly always keep copies from everything I write) below:
“Taking a break from Today
I will take a break from blogging here for the moment. Hubby and I are going to Switzerland next week, I took on a new project (re-vamping a web site) and also started finally my personal blog at Hospitalera’s Blog. There are simply only so many hours in one day and I have to decide where to spent them best. And yes, that means also where I have the best earnings or at least the best earnings potential. After my return from Switzerland I will decide from where to run the second World Blog Surf Day, but most likely it will be from my own blog. In all cases I will contact the bloggers that have already agreed to participate when I know more. See you soon, and if you miss me you can always find me at Hospitalera’s Blog.”
Notice the words “I will take a break from blogging here for the moment.” ? That apparently triggered the email I got today. So, what will I do now? One thing that today.com hasn’t considered is that there is more to blogging than only writing content and posting it! There are friendships to be made and maintained, link exchange, mutual help in promoting each others blogs etc. Today.com also took my entrecard widget down, leaving seven other bloggers that were already in queue ‘hanging in the air’. The also took my widget from along for the ride down , doing the same damage to the bloggers in that ring surf. Now it is for me to clean up the mess today.com has caused! As I am not anymore able to maintain my Prague expat blog, I will inform everybody on my blogroll that I am not anymore maintaining the blog and leave it to them to remove the link or not. I will inform entrecard and apologize to the bloggers that were waiting to advertise for free on my blog via entrecard. I will remove it from all listings I had put it in. Even if today.com would now come back to me and offer me Golden Prague back, I wouldn’t take it. I have completely lost confidence in this company. Do you want to write for today.com? Better think twice! SY
PS The link to the blog in question is rel=”nofollow”, don’t worry 😉
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