BlogRush, the widget brings traffic to your blog?

BlogRush logoYou probably read about BlogRush on other sites, it is a free widget that claims to be the “fastest and easiest way to instantly drive a flood or targeted readers to your blog”. That’s very attractive but how truth it is?

What is BlogRush widget?

BlogRush widget
After sign up BlogRush, you will be asked to insert a widget code to your blog then a BlogRush widget will be shown on your blog with links to other blog posts of other BlogRush members in the same category of your blog.

The blog links will be opened in new window when clicked. They are re-direct links, therefore, no SEO benefit.

Like the BlogRush links you see, your blog post will be linked in BlogRush widget on other member’s blogs.

How to get traffic from BlogRush?

BlogRush is using a credit system, the more credits you have the higher chance your blog post be displayed on BlogRush widget on other member blogs.

How to earn credits? The higher traffic is your blog (with BlogRush widget) the more credits you will earned. The other way is your referral network. The more referrals, the more credits you will earn. You earn credits from your referrals’ blogs traffic on certain ratios.

Does BlogRush work?

No, I don’t think so. It helps to give exposure to your blog (through widget link) but not on incoming traffic. I joined BlogRush for 2 days and got 2 referrals. I had 3,127 impressions but only 1 click. That’s very very low CTR!

BlogRush widget only display your post title, a good title will increase the click-rate. Here are some tips recommended by BlogRush and I personally recommend copyblogger’s “How to write headlines that work” too.

The widget placement will greatly affect the click-rate too. The more critical placement, the higher click-rate. “Why should I promote for other blogs?” A blogger will probably put the BlogRush widget below the fold (bad placement) to leave space for other blog content, but the blogger still earning the same BlogRush credits.

For a blog reader, he/she comes to a blog to read its content and probably ignores the BlogRush widget links. Furthermore, the widget has been placed on below fold of a web page, which hardly get noticed.

Is BlogRush useless?

Not sure. I will give it a try for a couple days more and tell you the result. If you want to try BlogRush, please sign up via my referral link.

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  • Just installed it a few days back
    Impressions : 824
    Clicks : 1

    odd eh? We have the same # of clicks.

    the widget DOES have a chance to bring traffic, just have to make the post title more interesting. :)

    they also did mention the following

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Click- through rates are very low right now due to problems with some users cheating the system. We are a few days away from removing all abuse from the system and you will see your click-rates increase. We are also moving to a Manual Review Process for all member blogs which will also increase the traffic you receive. Thank you for your patience — we’re working hard to improve this beta version of our service.

  • Fahmishah

    I have just installed it and right now want to see some changes

  • chengsun

    maybe i shld try it out too……

  • Will try it, if after a couple of days, you give good review on it :D

  • Greats…CF. Finally you installed in you blog…

    Let’s try…If possible, let share your performance with us.

    Thanks in advance.

  • I guessed that it will be effective only on niched blogs such as those make money online blogs. For blogs with varied topics like personal blogs, it won’t be that effective…

    My opinion…

  • Well, I get a little traffic from there though :P

  • sharen

    U’ve made my life easier by clicking on your blog!
    Thanks ad hope to get more techie stuffs from there.

    Have a nice day!

  • wmr

    You are right. I have the same view on this issue, but I do not know how to write so beautifully. Subscribed to your blog.

    IMPRESSIONS : 1,185
    CLICKS : 2

    yay! 2 clicks! I hope to see more.

  • Fahmishah

    me? No click!

  • Me too! very disappointing!

  • Andrew

    Firstly, I think it’s a bit early to make any judgements. Every program has bugs in the early stages and these were openly acknowledged by John and the BlogRush team. I think one month is a fair amount of time for any test (especially a new program).

  • Rice Blogger

    I have negative syndicate credit…haha

    CTR is around 0.1%

  • Tim

    Me also just joined BlogRush few days ago, hope it help to some increase traffic into my blog. I think at least for a new blogger like me is useful than nothing ?

    –blog for dream–

  • Blog traffic is a great way to build traffic. But there might be a small problem if you have adsense ads.
    I’ve sent an email to google adsense support somewhere around July, about traffic exchange programs. The don’t recommend any traffic exchange programs especially if you have adsense ads on you blog.
    You can read the email the replied back to me at my blog:

  • LcF

    @Rammel Firdaus: yes, traffic exchange program against Adsense TOS. BlogRush is not a traffic exchange program.

  • It isn’t? Then I don’t need to bring down the adsense ads.
    I thought it was, because of the way it’s structured to bring traffic by exchanging links. I notice from my stats, traffic that is referred from Blogrush starts with “…”

  • LcF

    @Rammel Firdaus: blogrush is neighter a link exchange program, it does not give direct links. So, BlogRush is adsense safe :)

    CLICKS 1

    CLICKS 3

    It’s about 1 week since I installed it.

    :) How are the rest of you doing?

  • I think is useless too. I think I’m going to remove it soon.

  • I have just installed it and right now want to see some changes..

  • Michael R

    I find it useless too.. a lot of impressions, but only 1 click for almost 2 months..
    I’ll take it out soon :{

  • sounds good..

    thanks for sharing…

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