I’ve been waiting for them to roll out the “version 2” features. Well, they finally have – so now I can drop the service. Here’s why –
From Sept. 16 to date (Oct 31st), the BlogRush widget has sent 156 people to Simplehelp. Those 156 people averaged 1.41 page views per visit (during the same time the site average was 2.00 page views per visit) and spent an average of 47 seconds on the site (vs. the site average of 1 min 52 seconds).
All of that info becomes more significant when I reveal the next set of numbers. I’ve “earned” 585,833 credits – 560,456 by displaying the widget on Simplehelp (my traffic) 25,377 by referrals (my network – which consists of 9 members who signed up via my referral link).
All of that amounts to this – a click-through rate of 0.026%. My “very best” (most successful) BlogRush post was viewed 32 times – after being displayed 82,424 times. And according to BlogRush – that click-through rate is “hot” (see screenshot below). You have GOT to be kidding me.
So I bid you a not entirely fond farewell BlogRush, your widget will grace my site no longer. Good luck in the future.
ps. I hope the folks @ BlogRush have learned, at the very least – don’t roll out something until it’s ready. I understand you weren’t expecting it to be so popular so fast, but that’s only valid for so long. Promising updates within a certain time frame and repeatedly not delivering does not make for good customer service.
related note: during the time I’ve been using BlogRush, the following sites have sent more traffic than BlogRush – images.google.co.uk, mail.google.com (from my email signature?), images.google.ca and even images.google.com.mx. And that’s not including the ‘real’ traffic referrals like lifehacker, howtogeek, ubuntuforums.org, webupon.com etc.