PayPerPost Suspends Zookoda, Deadpool Looking Likely

IZEA (PayPerPost) have suspended Zookoda, the blog to email service they acquired in April. According to CEO Ted Murphy, the service has been suspended due to “elevated levels of abuse on Zookod

PayPerPost Users Freaking Out Over Google PageRank Nuke

It’s been less than two weeks since Google penalized PayPerPost bloggers in the most devastating way possible – by resetting all of their PageRanks to zero and effectively removing them fr

Should IZEA Advertisements Be Accepted On TechCrunch? (Updated)

Update: Ok, the poll is now closed. It was close, but the “Nos” have it with 55% of the 3,437 votes cast. No IZEA ads on TechCrunch. In 2006 PayPerPost CEO Ted Murphy emailed to ask if we&

PayPerPost Raises $7 million More

Controversial pay-per-post startup PayPerPost has raised $7 million in a second round of financing, bringing their total raised capital to just over $10 million. Like their previous round from last Oc

How Much Is Your Soul Worth? PayPerPost Now Lets Bloggers Set The Price

PayPerPost, the controversial blogging service that lets advertisers purchase commentary on blogs, has released a new product called PayPerPost Direct. The new product is a widget that bloggers can ad

Pay-Per-Play Media: I Was Wrong. TC Competitors Should All Sign Up

I wrote last night about an advertising service from Pay-Per-Play Media that sees 5 second audio ads automatically playing when visiting websites. Annoying would be the nicer way of describing screech

Go To Google Groups. Get Tricked Into Downloading Malware. Do Not Pass Go

Above is a shot of one of many spam blog comments I’ve received lately with multiple links to pages on Google Groups. Spammers have always targeted Google products, and services such as Blogger

The Year in DeadPool (2007 Edition)

Sadly, 2007 wasn’t the best of years for many startups. Below you’ll find a list of the companies that took a swim in the TechCrunch DeadPool. Also see our Year in Deals, Year in TechCrunc

PayPerPost Chronicles Their Amorality

Florida based PayPerPost just launched a new site called RockStartup, which chronicles the birth (and I hope, ultimate failure) of their ethically-challenged startup. RockStartup seems to be heavily i

ReviewMe Launches: A Better PayPerPost

ReviewMe, which is a PayPerPost-like service that pays bloggers to write about advertisers’ products, just launched moments ago. The company is backed by TechCrunch-sponsor Text-Link-Ads, which

PayPerPost Is Now Officially Absurd

Many commenters in previous TechCrunch posts on PayPerPost compared their business model to payola in the music industry. At PayPerPost, bloggers are offered cash to write about products. Disclosure i

The PayPerPost Virus Spreads

Two new services that are similar to the controversial PayPerPost have announced their launch in the last few days: ReviewMe and CreamAid. PayPerPost, a marketplace for advertisers to pay bloggers to

Controversial PayPerPost Raises $3 million

We first covered PayPerPost when it launched three months ago. The service is a marketplace for advertisers to pay bloggers to write about products for a fee. Commenters to our original post were pola

The Secret Strategies Behind Many "Viral" Videos

Update: Dan has a follow up to this post, here. This guest post was written by Dan Ackerman Greenberg, co-founder of viral video marketing company The Comotion Group and lead TA for the Stanford Faceb

Shilling for Cash

This isn’t quite a tech post, but it’s an interesting bit of reporting by our older, yet still cool, uncles, over at TechCrunch. PayPerPost connects bloggers with advertisers, meaning that

Performancing launches ad network for bloggers

Performancing, home of the “jobs for bloggers” board and the much loved Firefox blogging plug-in, has added an ad network to its family of services. Performancing Partners is accepting blo

Spike the Vote: Another Cancer Aimed at Digg

A link on the front page of Digg means tens of thousands of visitors to your site, so it’s no surprise that people are setting up systems to game it. The newest attempt is called Spike the Vote.

Helium: click to compare other peoples' topical writing

Massachusetts based Helium launched its user generated article database yesterday and combines original writing with user rankings and profit sharing. It’s an interesting model that’s more
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