She forwarded me the following email (this was the second email from the blogger, first email discussed merchandise wanted in exchange):
"My process is that you can choose to be just reviewed or you can do a contest or giveaway, it doesn't cost any extra for contests. You would just let me know what you wanted to giveaway for the contest and the winner will contact you directly through etsy. I usually charge $30-$50 for the reviews.... but since these two items together are almost in that price range, I wouldn't charge you for the post. I will need you to send me the items above for the review, so I can review them.. and that's it. After item is received, I will write up a questionnaire and email it to you... once i get that back.. i will then give you your feature date. On that day, you will be able to be seen by 8,000+ people. that's it!"Is it just me, or does this sound a little fishy?
8,000 people, really? I don't think so. I investigated the blog and THERE IS NO WAY it gets 8,000 people in a day! I kinda doubt even in a month. Let's just say the blog's Alexa rank (low is good) is over 6,000,000 (6 Million) and GFC Followers, under 200.
This person is Promising something they can not deliver. As a blogger I'm appalled!! It gives us honest bloggers a bad name.
ALL posts on the blog are reviews and giveaways for Etsy shops and the giveaways have hardly any entries (comments), all less than 10 as far as I can see.
This person is taking advantage of Etsy sellers to get free products with the promise of massive exposure that's not being delivered...
UPDATE (answers to comment questions):
The Blog started in Fall 2009.
I did advise my friend not to do it, she did a giveaway with me instead.
If you want to know who this blogger is, email me and I'll tell you. I didn't feel it was right to post their blog name.
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