Saturday, November 19, 2011

IZEA Corporation: Secretly a Clown Troop Masquerading as a Company? Fortunately, no.

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 Background: The IZEA corporation recently rejected my blog for the reason that "Your blog appears to exist solely for payment, or to post referral links." Here is my response.

Update: The customer service team from IZEA contacted me and approved my blog after I complained. So, I should take this post down. However, I am not going to, because it's a funny post (although slightly harsh in the last paragraph).

My blog has over 700 (!) entries. It is nearly three years old. I have over 50,000 followers on Twitter. I also have nearly 80,000 friends on Myspace, over 1,000 friends on Facebook, presence on Digg, etc. Further, I have all types of posts, from short posts about videos I enjoy to well thought out long blog commentaries.

The blog DOES NOT, and I repeat, DOES NOT "exist solely for payment, or to post referral links", as you claim in your rejection of my site.

During my lifetime, I have made perhaps a few hundred dollars from blogging. Considering the thousands of hours that I have put into creating my blog, building traffic to it, making friends with other bloggers, etc., this works out to a pay rate of a few cents (or less) per hour. I can assure you that, if I had wanted to do something for the sole purpose of making money, I would have been much better suited taking a part-time job. In fact, the only reason why I even post paid entries is because I am signed up for a related website (Blogvertise) and, after months of inactivity, I recently received an email with a personal appeal from one of the employees for that company that asked me to reactivate my account because companies that advertised through Blogvertise had specifically requested to advertise on my website.

In light of these facts (many of which would have been obvious to anyone with half a brain that actually LOOKED at my blog instead of having a computer auto-reject it), I am left to conclude that your company has a load of buffoons working for it. Therefore, I respectfully request that you delete my account and refrain from contacting me in the future with any offers to write sponsored entries. I no longer wish to do business with your company.



P.S. The full contents of this email are going to be posted on my "shill" blog for all the world to see, including my 50,000 twitter followers.
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