Blog Engage is a Scam
If you’re a blogger then you may of heard of a service called Blog Engage. It’s similar to Digg but on much a smaller scale, where you pay a monthly premium to Blog Engage to add the contents of your blog to an RSS feed and post a link and a description on their site. They also encourage people to retweet your blog.
The owner, Brian (bbrian017) talks about how his service will help you rank higher on Google, and in principle it is better than doing nothing at all, but it’s very easy for you to add your own blog to an RSS feed, and there are many other services out there that can put you in direct contact with bloggers that write about similar things to you and arrange RSS and link exchanges - for free.
So then maybe there is some benefit to having your link placed on Blog Engage’s front page? For the vast majority of subscribers you won’t ever get to be displayed on the front page unless you’re paying a much higher subscription, and even then, for the money your spending you could afford a much better marketing campaign.
Blog Engage is parasitic in nature, as the only reason it has any ranking potental itself is because all of their subscribers link back to Blog Engage, and so Blog Engage actually benefit in two ways.
1) They get your monthly subscription
2) They receive backlinks from a vast array of different blogs
Some people have also complained about duplicate content issues, which can have a negative effect on your site.
Brian has gone on record to suggest that a young man named Jimmy was born with Down’s Syndrome because his cousin slept with his mother. Brian has also responded to any subscribers that complain about the ineffectiveness of his service, by saying that they should blog about something better instead, and continue paying (at least) $19.99 per month.
Clearly this man is not of an outstanding repute.
If you’re considering signing up for Blog Engage then think again. Blog Engage is a Scam