A couple days back I reported that Smorty was emailing me offers once again. Well, they emailed me two more offers today, despite my having quit and being told that I would be removed from the program for violating their (then unwritten) rules. In fact, there is still no requirement in their terms regarding the length of time a sponsored post must remain.
Don’t believe they tacked in this new rule after the fact? Check out the screenshot of their Blogger Rules page (right). It does (now) contain the following sentence-
6. All blog posts MUST BE PERMANENT. Bloggers who remove posts after being paid will automatically be declined and will no longer be accepted into the Smorty network.
Of course, this is in the section titled “Blog application rules” and not in the relevant section, which would be “Blog article rules”. And you can tell it’s tacked in because it’s listed as item ‘6’ despite there having previously been a rule number ‘6’-
6. Bloggers get paid on a weekly basis only for the approved blog posts.
Speaking of their terms and conditions, here’s the section dealing with termination-
b) Termination by blogger. You may cancel at any time by sending written notice of your desire to cancel your membership to Smorty (including email). All terminations by the blogger must be replied to by Smorty administration. Once the blogger has rightfully earned their payments according to these terms with Smorty, all payments will be paid within approximately thirty (30) days after the end of the calendar month in which the Agreement is terminated. This Agreement will be deemed terminated within fifteen (15) business days of Smorty’s receipt of your notice and only if replied to.
So, since Smorty has failed to reply to my request to removed from the program I’m apparently stuck with them forever. Hrm… I should have read that section of their ToS a little more closely. Oh well, maybe if I ridicule and mock them enough they’ll finally grant my freedom.
Okay, that was one hell of a tangent. I actually wanted to write about why Smorty is getting so desperate. Of course, I can’t know for sure, but I can include the text of the two offers that they’re repeatedly emailing to me-
- CSkills – PR0 – $6.00
We are looking to promote CSkills, a partner of the sector skills council for construction. The site provides
We are looking to promote CSkills, a partner of the sector skills council for construction. The site provides information for people employed in or around the construction industry on topics including how to become certified in your trade by 2010, the latest health and safety legislation, and career development within the industry. No blog article with nofollow in the opp link or in the robots meta tag will be accepted for this opportunity. No blogs that have PayPerPost articles existing on the blog and no PayPerPost advertising either please.
- RBS six nations – PR0 – $6.00
We are looking for some exposure for the RBS 6 nations website, the official website for Europe’s premier
We are looking for some exposure for the RBS 6 nations website, the official website for Europe’s premier international rugby tournament, the 6 nations championship. We provide a comprehensive list of tournament news, fixtures and results, as well as interactive games and podcasts section for six nations fans. No blog article with nofollow in the opp link or in the robots meta tag will be accepted for this opportunity. No blogs that have PayPerPost articles existing on the blog and no PayPerPost advertising either please.
Did you notice that last sentence in both opps? Here, I’ll repeat it for you: “No blogs that have PayPerPost articles existing on the blog and no PayPerPost advertising either please.” And people said I was overreacting when I complained about Smorty sniping at PayPerPost. My guess would be this opportunity is not being filled because Smorty doesn’t have enough non-PPP bloggers to fill their needs.
I started this post only intending to mock Smorty once again. But after that ranty little tangent I’m thinking I just may take one (or both) of the opportunities just to see what Smorty will do. Anyone got any advice on that?