Hell hath no fury like a bunch of misguided MilwaukeeMoms

February 27th, 2008

My friend who posts at the mom-oriented blog Charliesaurus made the mistake of following my advice and trying to promote her blog by leaving comments on various sites around the Internet.

(Don’t pretend you haven’t done the same thing. If you haven’t, viagra sale and you probably don’t have much of a readership. ;))

One of the sites she choose was MilwaukeeMoms: a division of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Journal Communications.

By making posts that lead back to her site, discount viagra store she apparently ran afoul of a prohibition against promoting your business on MilwaukeeMoms‘ discussion groups.

Now, Charliesaurus.com is not a business. (She did have some affiliate links on her site, but she immediately removed them to try to be in compliance with MilwaukeeMom’s rules.) But that didn’t save her from a righteous tongue-lashing from sanctimonious moms pissed that she had the nerve to link to her blog from their sacred site.

What I find most amusing, is they did their ranting against her supposed self-promotion on pages filled with banner ads for J.C. Penny, Ford cars, and USA Baby.

I guess they’re too busy protecting their little community from the evils of self-promoting bloggers to notice that the only ones making money off them are the people who own the site they’re trying to protect.

Entry Filed under: Blogs,Milwaukee

11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter  |  February 27th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Looks like she ran afoul of the Blog Nazi. “No link for you!”

  • 2. capper  |  February 27th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I would never promote the sites that I blog for.

  • 3. capper  |  February 27th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Nope, not even once.

    That would open me up to people saying, “Whallah! There is a folkbum.”

    And we wouldn’t want that would we? ;)

  • 4. elliot  |  February 28th, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Trying to steal my traffic, eh? You’re banned for life! I have to do it, otherwise I’ll lose all the revenue from my lucrative advertising…oh, wait. Nevermind.

  • 5. charliesaurus  |  February 28th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Thank you for making me laugh about this, guys. I take things too personally and they really got to me. It’s nice to know that the rest of the online world has a bit more perspective. ;0)

  • 6. Perry de Havilland  |  February 28th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Charliesaurus altered the site because of someone else’s *linking* policy? Sorry but that is so far beyond the call of duty it is actually perverse.

    Looking at Charliesaurus.com, it seems to just be a special interest site, not a commercial operation by any reasonable definition, in function no different to a zillion niche review sites run by niche product enthusiasts. And leaving an on-topic linked comment does NOT a spammer make (I run a blog that gets a LOT of traffic and I abominate spammers with a passion, so I am a tough audience to please when it comes to spam).

    The correct response to MilwaukeeMoms indignation is to simply ignore them (if you are pathologically polite) or if you are like me, just extend your middle finger and invite them to go rotate.

  • 7. capper  |  February 28th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Banned for life?!?! I thought this was “From Where I Sit”, not “Real Debate Wisconsin.”

  • 8. elliot  |  February 29th, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Didn’t you see the “nevermind” at the end. That rescinds the banishment. ;)

  • 9. jeznnib  |  March 7th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    *sigh* This is very one sided. The post that she was “tongue-lashed” for was against the rules because it contained referral information for a third website in which she could obtain some form of compensation – not because it was a link to her blog. How do I know? I am the moderator who removed the referral info. Is Milwaukeemoms perfect? No. Did some people overreact? Yes, on both sides.

    I have no issue with charliesaurus or her blog. I actually read it because it’s interesting. I’m glad that she was tough enough to stick it out on MM – it truly shows she has character.

    As a side note, I hate the ads on Milwaukeemoms also. We never had ads before the Journal bought it. Many of us argued about having ads but the Journal took the standard approach of “be happy that we’re not charging you as a user”.

  • 10. elliot  |  March 7th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Hi, Jeznnib!

    You make some great points.

    Looking back at this post, I took a harsher tone than I normally would have.

    I’m glad you got the opportunity to clarify what happened.

    Feel free to come back anytime. We like new voices. ;)

  • 11. charliesaurus  |  March 7th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Jaznnib is right… As I admitted on the MM site, I didn’t read the rules before including a link to my site in my signature. I broke the rules, and took down all offending posts. I was not blame-free.

    But, I think the reason that Elliot posted this was the same reason my husband posted on MM – some people were pretty mean. But, what I didn’t know at the time was that I really got caught in the wake of some very bad spamming and almost fraudulent activity… and, thus, I was an easy target for people to vent frustration.

    I took it personally – especially since I didn’t know the back story. Anyway… I thanked the site for taking down the whole nasty thread. And, I was happy to put it behind me… live and learn.

    I’m glad you like the site Jez! :0)

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