The idea of PostJoint appealed to me at first, great for any blogger – you list your site, people offer you great blog posts, you tell them what will it cost them to post it on your site and they either accept or not.
Great opportunity to make some extra cash, right.
However, the site is far from ready to be used by a mass of bloggers.
The only thing I actually like about it is the idea behind it. However, the execution is far from perfect.
You can not remove your site once you add it. Sucks, because you may want to take your site off so you don’t get crazy and unrelated offers!
Like the ones I received for my fitness blog, one about growing weed and one about enlargement of man parts!
When I asked the support how to remove my site, they said there is no possibility and “you should just ignore the offers”. I would, but I could not find where I could turn off receiving email notifications about new offers!
No fee offers
I received a bunch of offers that had “no fee” in the title. Which means the author will not pay you to get his post published. He wrote it and is offering the post for free.
I actually ran into a discussion on their site about this, where people were upset about being charged to post a blog post. Uuum, wasn’t that the whole idea of the site?
Someone said “Why would I offer great content AND have to pay for it“? Because the content is not great, it is really just your average or below average blog post and you are on a site that was supposed to connect people with paid offers.
Bottom line, if there isn’t any money involved, why would you use anything else than a great guest blogging resource like My Blog Guest. You can’t go wrong with this one!
I once received a post, asked for a certain price and the offer was accepted. Then I received a message saying hey, I think the price should be this, with a lower number. I asked support about this too and they said that accepting my offer was the only way to get the author to communicate with me and re-negotiate the price.
Why the heck would you have it set up like that? Why not just have a messaging system. Or a negotiating system. Or just something that makes more sense?
While at this issue, you really can not see anyone’s “profile” or feedback. You can not contact anyone. It is either take it or leave it, I guess :)
No idea about the post
Some of the posts I received had a bio with links, some had a bio with no links. You can see the excerpt of the post. And that is all.
You can not see the rest of the post (which is OK and common practice), but you also can not see if the post has links in the content, where are those links going and so on. Sure, you can always refuse the post after the deal is confirmed but isn’t that a waste of time…
On My Blog Guest, for example, you either see the link in the bio, or there is a note attached telling you there is an in-content link going to a certain page. Much better, IMO.
The same way there is no way to remove your site, you can not remove your account. So you have to contact support to get them to remove it manually.
Which in my case, took two tries…
The main idea behind this site is what I liked (the only reason it didn’t get only 1 star). However, it seems to be taking a turn to a no-fee posting which makes it no different than guest blogging sites that have been around for awhile and which I don’t want to leave for a developing one.
I hope they manage to fix the things that are not available, like site editing/removal and messaging system. Overall, I would say Nah, wait for awhile to use it since for now, I don’t think it will bring you much money.
Note: I’ve been told they addressed these issues since this review so they may have fixed the things I didn’t like.