Smorty Sucks

I have stopped writing for Smorty because I do not take online casino posts as my grandma Google will smack sites that feature too many casino reviews. Anyway, it is not like Smorty has a lot of opps.

Then, a few days ago, I read from Cybercelt’s blog about Smorty unfair’s TOS. Please read what Cybercelt said.

When I joined Smorty, the terms of service said nothing about leaving sponsored posts on your blog forever. The only thing they stated was the blog should be permanent. My blog is permanent. I just moved it. Every post I ever wrote is still on the blog which is residing on its own domain. Evidently, you cannot move your blog. The URL of the blog changed. Not the name, not the links, not the posts, just the blog URL.

So, I have one blog where I changed the permalink structure whereby I took out the /index.php/. And guess what? Smorty couldn’t find my posts and they presented me with a bill for $207!

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That means, I must purge out those links or I will forever be in debt. This sucks. I didn’t delete those posts, just that the structure is changed. I have re-submitted the URLs. But I wonder how long is Smorty going to haunt me if let’s say I moved my blog to its own domain? Am I forever tied to Smorty to update the URLs till I am dead? What is permanent?

Therefore, I wonder….

For six bucks, do you think it is wise for Smorty to push us publishers like that? Publishers can get annoyed and publishers can just run to grandma G and tell tale. Then, who is the bigger loser?

“Hey, gramma, this company is buying links. Lotsa of ’em! See here, and here and here and here…..” And the advertiser is dead, so is Smorty.

But of course, I have more faith in bloggers than that. But Smorty is not very nice because they have openly posted that if our blog shows PayPerpost opps, they will not want to be there. I think it is wise for paid post companies to play nice with each other. Having those words in red font is just a bit too much, don’t you think so?

If you write for Smorty before, do you get the same kind of problem?

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Post Author: lilian

18 thoughts on “Smorty Sucks

    JACQ

    (February 20, 2008 - 11:12 pm)

    I also got those red warning, and you know what? I just don’t care about Smorty anymore. I just let it be muahaha..

    pablopabla

    (February 21, 2008 - 9:19 am)

    Ignore them. It costs them far more to engage an attorney to sue you in the States (or is it Australia?) for that paltry sum.

    Pink

    (February 21, 2008 - 6:19 pm)

    Do not do this man. Thats right.Ignore them

    Lorna

    (February 21, 2008 - 7:28 pm)

    I received the red warning also. I’ve been contemplating to quit Smorty because 1) I’m currently avoiding all programs that require me to have permanent sponsored posts, and 2) Smorty has too much casino offers (apparently they are backed up by a casino company, but I forgot the blog URL that said that).

    Your just convinced me to quit permanently.

    esvl

    (February 21, 2008 - 7:30 pm)

    Yes that really sucks. One feels kind of tied to your domain when you have registered and used so many places. I have done the same with one of my blogs and now I cant move it.

    Doing it for good… : ashotiwoth.info

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    Nika

    (February 23, 2008 - 12:29 am)

    yup, i don’t like smorty. they suck. they didn’t pay me the $12 they were supposed to and they keep telling me they did even if paypal support said there was never any payment with the date smorty stated that was sent to my account. sheesh. they suck big time.

    krol

    (February 23, 2008 - 1:38 am)

    They should be ignored!!!

    Design Your Own House

    (February 24, 2008 - 1:35 am)

    I gave up on Smorty long ago. Now after seeing this I am glad I did.

    Guy

    (March 3, 2008 - 9:20 pm)

    Shit your pants mate – why are you waiving a “I get paid – punish me” flag to us?

    ti3n

    (March 10, 2008 - 6:20 am)

    hmmm… i gotta be agreed with u that if u start to do ppp post, thhey wont give u anymore chance to write for them.

    i havent seen any oppurtunity since a month ago. when my pr was hit down to big fat egg.

    sad case.

    Leona

    (April 2, 2008 - 10:43 am)

    Yea I used to write for Smorty, I like that they pay immediately…but I didn’t know about such a prob if you change hosting or domain..gee.

    mark hunt

    (April 16, 2008 - 12:13 pm)

    hey man seem like theres plenty to be made what are the abc’ s of this stuff

    alex

    (May 1, 2008 - 11:19 am)

    so what they’re saying is that you’re anchored? they are in effect telling you what to do with YOUR blog? So if i move from blogger, say, to wordpress, I can get clipped even if I simply transfer all my posts over? It makes no sense that they would be against this.

    Carla

    (May 10, 2008 - 5:51 am)

    I am wondering if Smorty pays or not. It has been over a month and I have not gotten paid $24 for four posts and they have paid me in the past. And thanks for the information that Google does not like casino ads as I have taken a couple of those opportunities from smorty and there are very few opportunities from them for my blog.

    April

    (June 17, 2008 - 11:51 am)

    I’m having problems with Smorty. I keep getting the message in the dashboard that I have missing or deleted posts. It shows the URL beside them. When I click on this, it takes me directly to the posts. These posts haven’t been deleted or altered. It doesn’t make sense, but convienantly for Smorty it puts a hold on my money. I’ve emailed and hopefully it will be resolved soon.

    slowcatchupkuan

    (July 15, 2008 - 3:13 pm)

    I’m curious to know what happen to your smorty… u just ignored the warning? I’m planning to change my domain and hosting but afraid that i’ll have to refund the review money. How about PPP and SP?

    Bronson

    (April 30, 2009 - 3:34 pm)

    Those TOS are really ridiculous. So the only thing you can do really is keep the domain running but move everything to another one except the reviews (if you wish to stay compliant).

    Judging from those TOS it sounds like nobody there has actually started a blog and dealt with seo, where it’s required to tweak and change structures to win Google’s favour.

    Absolute B.S. if you ask me.

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