Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Freebie-Whore Blogs

There is increasingly a number of blogs dedicated to promoting dreadful products by so-called 'Housewives' or 'Home-makers'. In exchange for a free sample, these freebie-whores inform their sycophantic audience how wonderful this product is. Usually in the 'review' (of which I have yet to see a vaguely negative one) there is an obviously fictitious anecdote concerning how this product somehow saved the day in the course of these 'stay-at-home mum's' uninteresting day.

Of course, if a company has to resort to bribing a blog writer in order to sell a product, it should give a clear indication on how good that product really is.

It should be made the law that these sorts of blogs are banned, as they clearly prey on the gullible and stupid - the normal audience for these thinly-veiled advertisement blogs.

26 comments:

  1. really? I didn't know about this sort of thing. where do I enlist? I wanna get reviewing now! Always wanted to be a freebie-whore xx

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  2. Sirrah, you have clearly failed to register my own review of a Miele vacuum-cleaner. The title of the post - 'This Sucks' - should give a clear enough idea of the tone of my piece. Call yourself a detective? Horsewhip the blaggard, Jenny!

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  3. You are pathetic. If you don't like my blog, don't read it.

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  4. Excuse me? The hungry little African children? Why on earth would you come to my blog only to critize my thankful list? Seriously?

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  5. I didn't want to be rude and tell you right away that your blog is crap. Rudeness is not what the CBD is about.

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  6. Whatever, you're pathetic. My blog is a journal of my life - if you don't like it, don't read it.

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  7. Have your facts straight before you criticize any blog that offers a freebie or a prize.

    First incorrect generalized assumption about "housewives" or "homemakers" blogs is that they get a free sample. In our case, we do NOT get free samples from the companies for US to use. Instead we have long ago PURCHASED this product, and we do happen to find it valuable. Hence why our (one time in the month) review is generally positive. If it was crap, we wouldn't use. If it was crap, we wouldn't tell people about it.

    Second incorrect generalized assumption about companies who do donate to these blogs is that the "company has to resort to bribing a blog writer" comment. In most cases, it is not the company that approaches the blogger... but the blogger who approaches the company and seeks the donation of the freebie or prize. And, here is a real shocker, sometimes we actually BUY the item and give it away.

    Aren't detectives supposed to INVESTIGATE? Shouldn't a detective have their facts straight?

    Some detective work.

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  8. I like this topic. You have some excellent points but also consider that someone can find new or improved products in blogs like this. The line is very think between a good or a bad blog in the area of product reviews.

    I do not mind them - they are far less annoying to me than the foreign language blogs or basic spam ad blogs.

    If you could come up with a widget to bypass blogs with certain traits or names that would be great cbd.

    Keep it up!

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  9. Why attack mom bloggers, What did we do to you and I have read some bad reviews. Stop attacking people that is not the way to grow your blog traffic.

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  10. This "man" posted a sick comment for a newly pregnant mom to use a coat hanger or a fall down the stairs as a way to end her pregnancy. He is a sick individual, with an obvious hatred of women and mothers. Sir-you need help.

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  11. Heya. thanx for the comment, though you were--of course--wrong & overly-obnoxious & abrasive. I also think your comment to BabyMakingMachine was out of line--saying terrible things to a new Mother-To-Be should be over the top--even for you.

    But I loved your post/list of things you hate, because I can appreciate sarcasm just as good as the next girl!
    lalalala...
    The art, by the way, wasn't for any internal issues, just cause I like bright colors & wasting time :-P

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  12. It's okay to be a "blog investigator" but you need to make your blog interesting.

    Right now it's an empty shell of a blog run by a man in some kind of middle age crisis who gets his rocks off by attacking other bloggers.

    See a psychiatrist or try to be creative 'cause right now your blog is pathetic.

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  13. wow this is the stupidest blog i've ever read. out of all the blogs that mock blogging, this one definitely takes the prize for the worst and most pathetic. congratulations! if you don't like blogs, don't read them. if all you have to do is stalk random blogs and point out what is "crap by default" (and seriously, who talks like that?) then i suggest you get a life. or at least a hobby. i say YOU are "crap by default."

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  14. Thank you for visiting my blog and displaying your ignorance. You recently responded to a simple post of mine where I mentioned that I allowed my cats to lick the turkey gravy bowl, suggesting that I was exposing the world to a cat flu pandemic.

    Apparently, you know nothing about either how I clean the bowl afterwards, about cat-to-human disease transmission, or about animal-to-human disease transmission in general.

    I do, and you are fool on all counts. First, you might want to read 'Guns, Germs, and Steel' by Jared Diamond. It discusses typical disease transmission vectors. You won't see cats mentioned there.

    Second, you might want to know that I clean all bowls that I share with the cats with both boiling water and an alcohol soak. That's over-kill, but I do it anyway. The cats get this enjoyment once a year on Thanksgiving Day, so it isn't that big an effort.

    Regarding cat-transmitted diseases directly to humans: Rabies, stool contact, scratches and bites (more from skin puncture introducing existing human skin problems. Mine are vaccinated against rabies, and are otherwise healthy as hogs.

    I know my cats; you don't.

    Now, about your "ignorant uneducated Asians" comment: I could discuss your obvious bigotry toward Asians. I'm not Asian, so it is not a personal issue, but such a statement is beyond contempt. You should be ashamed of saying something like that, because Asians are as intelligent as any other grouping of humans, no more and no less.

    So, congratulations. You thoroughly disgust me. Not so much by your apparent personal and unworthy biases (which are obvious) but mostly from your general ignorance of basic science. You think you have the qualifications to judge other blogs (the qualifications, not the legal right)?

    I don't think so.

    I dare you do leave this post up. I bet you won't!

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  15. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog. Oh and I do not eat gravy so no she does not eat out of it. Also thank you for your concern of my hygiene with having her sleep in my bed, I assure you that I am fine =)

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  16. This post demonstrate that you have the ability to properly hyphenate your text. So why does your blag title not have a hyphen? How are we to tell whether you're a crap blog-detective or a crap-blog detective?

    Connecting back to the subject: There are too many freebie-whore blogs and not nearly enough freebie whore-blogs.

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  17. Hey, thanks for noticing my how genuine my post was, that's what I was going for. What time is it in Holland anyway, shouldn't you be in bed?

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  18. You are pathetic. If you don't like my blog, don't read it.
    See a psychiatrist or try to be creative 'cause right now your blog is pathetic.
    if you need some help, my husband is a good doctor !

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  19. They are for SEO. I don't think anyone really believes these are advertisements. When a product is good it speaks for itself.
    BODA weight loss

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  20. Hey thanks for stopping by. Have a great day...

    even if you were a wee bit rude at my house, you are always welcome there..

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  21. here's a llama
    there's a llama
    and another little llama
    fuzzy llama
    funny llama
    llama llama
    duck

    llama llama
    cheesecake
    llama
    tablet
    brick
    potato
    llama
    llama llama
    mushroom
    llama
    llama llama
    duck

    i was once a treehouse
    i lived in a cake
    but i never saw the way
    the orange slayed the rake
    i was only three years dead
    but it told a tale
    and now listen, little child
    to the safety rail

    did you ever see a llama
    kiss a llama
    on the llama
    llama's llama
    tastes of llama
    llama llama
    duck

    half a llama
    twice the llama
    not a llama
    farmer
    llama
    llama in a car
    alarm a llama
    llama
    duck

    is THIS how it's told now?
    is it all so old?
    is it made of lemon juice?
    doorknob
    ankle
    cold
    now my song is getting thin
    i've run out of luck
    time for me to retire now
    and become a duck

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  22. I'm not here to criticize. I would just like to congratulate you for succeeding so well. Although what you are doing is ultimately mean, I find it so hilarious how well you are manipulating these people.

    You can't have a presence on the internet without a thick skin, and these people are not prepared for the internet.

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  23. "...these 'stay-at-home mum's' uninteresting day." You say?
    I don't blog, nor am I a stay at home mum. But I would assume, my dear Watkins, that one who does what you do, kind Sir, indeed has not only an "uninteresting day," but an uninteresting life.

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  24. I was going to do a post about crap blogs, but thought it would be less than original. So I did a quick search for crap blogs and your site came up. I was prompted to do my post because of exactly the kind of linkwhore you describe.

    I pressed "Next blog" 5 times. 3 of them were people selling acne treatments and medicare plans.

    Don't know about doing it for reward. I think it would be even sadder if they were doing it for no reward.

    Got a question for those people responding to this.

    Why don't you allow unmoderated comments?

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  25. To whom it may concern,

    What you are proposing is censorship. I believe there was a German chap with a little mustache who tried that a while ago.

    ~P.I.

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