RSSXPlosion.com uses 45n5s valuation of RSS subscribers to claim that the, “Current RSS Subscriber Market Value is $27.78 to $35.16”. They use this to justify the selling of RSS subscribers. Not only that, but they emailed John Cow while pretending to be John Chow and sent a number of other deceitful emails.
Apparently the guy behind it all is “Scot” and he has used the names of several bloggers including 45n5, John Chow and myself without permission to help boost the credibility of the failing service.
Why This Guy Is a Fool
I highly doubt this guy’s real name is Scot. If it is he is even stupider than I thought and he has just jeopardized ever running a successful blog in this niche by throwing away relationships with some of the top bloggers here. He is a liar in every single way. In the comments on JohnCow.com he argues that blogs have no credibility, but the description of RSSXPlosion contains the phrase, “Your blog is your credibility!”.
Even More Reasons To Not Use The “Service”
- I’m no lawyer but surely falsely increasing RSS subscriber numbers and then selling advertising using those figures is false advertising and illegal.
- Anyone who uses the service runs a good risk of getting kicked out of Feedburner and may never be able to have a real subscriber count. Feedburner is now owned by the mighty Google and so even if at the moment they have not managed to crack down on fake subscribers, they will.
- If you have just started a blog and find it hard to get RSS subscribers while displaying a low subscriber count, the obvious solution is don’t display it till you have more.
- Call me pompous but I’d imagine most of the people who would consider buying RSS subscribers are struggling to write readable content, in which case having terrible content with a high subscriber count screams; “I can’t write and I’m willing to prove it buy buying an obviously fake number of RSS subscribers!”
The future looks bleak for RSSXPlosion.
I’m sensing a a rift forming among blogs in the “make money online” niche between those that are “evil and entertaining”, and those that are (or at least try to be) credible and trustworthy. I hope the “evil” bloggers chose the right side on this one.
P.S. Scot. You can keep the 10 fake RSS subscribers you offer for writing about your scam.