Who or what the fuck is “Media Discovery”?

Hi Francis,

I was wondering whether you’d be interested in selling advertising space on Ss-Burnout.com? The advertisement would be unobtrusive and we can pay you an annual upfront payment for the advertising space.

Uh-huh.  Unobtrusive ads?  Annual upfront payment?  Riiiiight.

We can also provide guest blog posts from industry experts in many cases.

I’m allergic to buzzwords.  There’s a few here already.

I am from Media Discovery, a new media agency headquartered in the UK. We plan out and acquire advertising space on major websites and portals, as well as smaller niche sites. I personally deal with our smaller publishers, increasing brand awareness and share of voice for the major brands that our group works with.

Crikey.  More buzzwords.  Major brands?  Like who?

We’d love to work with your site. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to email me directly.

Kind Regards,
Ronnie Vargas
ronnie.vargas@mediadiscovery.com

If you ask me, this whole thing sounds hokey and weird.  Any of our readers have any experience with this dude, or this company?

Edit 4/4/13 – It seems that I’m not the only one that’s been contacted by this company.  For those of you that found this page via google, I highly recommend looking at the comments below.  They’ve posted some good stuff.

Edit 9/2/13 – Wow.  You guys are still at it?  Well, for those of you that are new to this saga, scroll through the comments.  Now it’s a debate of keeping your blog’s integrity over selling out.

92 thoughts on “Who or what the fuck is “Media Discovery”?

  1. Well there’s a coincidence… Just got a similar mail myself and the power of google suggests I am not the only one. Quasi legit maybe but the ain’t “new” – they have been around a while and sending similar mails for a few years now. There must be a internet version of caveat emptor surely 🙂

    Nigel

    • Some of the stuff I’ve seen suggests that they pay websites to write up “editorials” or something to that effect that puts whatever products they sell in a positive light, and since it’s on a blog, it’s not advertising, so IT MUST BE TRUE!

      Well, I e-mailed that dude back and never got a response. Either he saw me run this piece, or any replies got sent to my junk mail.

      • I actually responded to it too as I got an email from someone called Hannah Manning – but guess what?!!! No response! Also I even tried ringing them on their media discovery website – but surprise the phone kept ringing and no one answered!

        Do you think this is some sort of junkmail thing where they wait for you to respond to their email and register you to some kind of junkmail?

  2. Yeah – found that too

    By way of further entertainment the IP address that was the source of the email and the sender’s IP address resolved to the Philippines – that sounds good for a UK company doesn’t it 🙂 Equally anyone interested should google the company domain on WOT (web of trust) website – cannot be called reassuring. We live and learn – cheers

  3. I’m thinking they have a spider that searches for sites that run WordPress or Blogger or similar types of blogging tools, then send out mass e-mails using the info from a whois query on the sites, and then, if they get a response on the e-mail, do an eye-ball check to see if the site can be used for their purposes, which I believe may include the authoring of blog posts by “guest writers” that has links that promote their clients. I just answered one of their letters, with a request to view one of the sites that have incorporated their ads, so I can have a look-see.

  4. We got buzzed by them too over at gamersaurs,com, and we wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. It’s listed as a dormant company at Company’s House and I also found this blog post http://janileinonen.com/en/2012/09/buy-this-blog/ from someone who actually heard back from them – they hadn’t looked at her blog at all and wanted to advertise online gambling. Stay well clear. Also, they emailed ‘info@gamersaurs.com’ which doesn’t exist but which was picked up by our email client’s catch all, so I think they are definitely using the kind of methods Ron describes above.

  5. This is the e-mail reply I got for a request for a sample page. The link on the sample page seems fairly innocuous, I don’t see any redirection to another site, and I couldn’t tell from a cursory glance if there was any malicious JavaScript running behind the scenes. Could be on the up-and-up, but it sounds like the topic of your blog has to fit one of their clients (i.e., an automobile-centered site for their JD Powers client), before they’ll take you. I’m surprised that they’d pay $125 per year for just one link on your site, though. I did a search on the sample site and could only find one instance of the J.D. Power advertising link. Still undecided if I should take them up on their offer. I feel better knowing that I could code the link myself instead of leaving it up to them, but I doubt my site (geefamily.net) would meet any of their clients’ requirements or have enough traffic for them. It’s just a place where I can display my pictures and what’s going on with my family.
    —————-
    Hi Ron,

    Thanks for getting back to me. I’m more than happy to provide a few more details.

    We can supply you with either a custom written piece of content that you can publish on a new page of your website. Or you can write a new page yourself and include our clients’ advert within this page.

    Take a look at our sample page: http://www.mycarreviews.co.uk/citroen-c4-review/ (The text advert here is “J.D. Power” located in the 3rd paragraph.)

    Working with a telecommunications, beauty, health, tourism or finance client would ensure you would get 125 USD per year.

    Working with an online gaming client (poker, casino, bingo etc) would ensure you would get 140 USD per year.

    Let me know which interests you so I can have your site assessed by our Technical team. Also note what client you’d prefer and if you would rather write the new page yourself, or have me send over a custom written article for your site created by our content team.

    Many Thanks,
    Ana

  6. I just got the same email. I’m extremely excited to finally be able to advertise gambling on my site, it will add that classy touch I could never quite get under my own steam. I’m going to spend my $125 on four cases of beer.

  7. LOL. I received the exact same e-mail today (ClosedTheCover.com) I was pretty certain it was pure crap just from reading through it. Anyone seeking a legitimate reply would have provided more specific information upfront. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. I am also approached. My site can never be of interest to them (‘a client in the gaming industry’) and it seems they are using different names constantly. I was approached by an Alison Graham. Just wondering what they are after? Will follow this discussion, hopefully this will lead to something.

    • I confess I couldn’t be arsed to reply even having read around places about them. Bit like most spam attempts I can’t really see what the expect to achieve but that doesn’t seem to stop the spammers so maybe I should start trying it…;)

  9. I got the same email and response as above in a second email but they didn’t answer all my questions in the second email. They didn’t answer how they found me and why they are interested in my site. They didn’t answer if payment would be through Paypal.
    I emailed them after their second response to ask if I would be able to pick the add and make sure it fits with my niche and it price was negotiable. I haven’t heard back. I also find it interesting that everyone seems to be offered a different pay for the same thing…
    I know one person who went with them and did get payed, she had to agree to have the post in her archives for a year but she said she doesn’t know what would come of it if she didn’t. I’m skeptical and will not compromise the integrity of my blog and it’s sensitive content.

      • I got another response today to my email. They are asking their advertiser about negotiating pay, and I have the final say as to what add I would allow. I’ll keep you updated on the conversations, they were also asking me if I knew of other blog. I did not give them that.

  10. Dutch newspaper NRC featured this and similar companies. The dilemma is the same for all commentators, in print or online: should you deceive your reader? Presumably you will lose your reputation once a reader finds out the link is an advert, as footballer Wayne Rooney found out when his tweet contained a link to a Nike advert without mentioning this. Nike was ticked off for it by the advertsing standards authority. There are numerous companies offering this service, some will insist on including “#ad” or “#paid”. In the end, serious bloggers like to remain independent and retain their dignity.

    • Truth. I know that if I had to advertise something, I’d do it so off-the-wall that nobody would take it seriously. Actually, maybe I should contact those Media Discovery guys….

  11. Thanks for the post, I also got the email and Google brought me here. Not sure if I should reply or not. I got a similar one a few years ago (don’t think it was from this crowd though) and ended up with a weird blog post with a link to a casino gambling website, but I did get paid for it. So you never know.

  12. Thanks so much for posting on this–I was also recently approached like many others for my blog (TheSpicyBee.com)–by ronnie.vargas@mediadiscovery.com. I thought it was phishy but my husband said it sounded better written than some of the other offers I’ve gotten in the past so I replied that I had to think about it further and then found this–thank you for leaving the comments open for us to add to. I’m saddened that companies think they can win over writers so easily. I’ll keep my blog to myself thanks.

  13. Hey blog-nerds, I got the exact same emails — including the same response that @crouchingbruin received. The only difference is that they offered me 150 USD.

    CHUH-CHING.

    Avoid this one. Too scammy for my tastes.

  14. Sounds like these people have been busy in the last couple of months. I received the same e-mail from Media Discovery and they offered us $180 for ads on our website and $200 for on-line gambling. I answered for more information and was very specific about what type of ads I might consider as we are a travel guide website and blog. I flatly turned down any gambling on-line sites – they are illegal for one thing in our state. This sounds like “If it sounds too good to be true- it probably is”. I spent too much time and money setting up my sites to mess them up for chunk change.

  15. Yep, sounds weird . Not only buzzwords but the language skills sound Nigerian.,like they would ask for access, then offer a service to improve yer site . Or pirate it and…
    Anyway , it is definitely a time waster. Your dollar earned per hour of playing with these guys in their sandbox is less than buying drinks for uer buddies..

  16. Someone called Alice Bell contacted me and they placed an ‘advert’ on my blog http://www.theoddballenglish.com (see under Reveiws and Media). The advert was actually an editorial on something called Foxybingo – it soon became lost in my blog postings. And they paid me $150 into my Paypal account. They didn’t ask for an invoice and my blog only gets less than 100 hits a week. They’ve now asked me for more website addresses and they will pay me and I can pay the webmasters of the recommended sites. All a bit odd, but I did get paid.

    • Hi, Anne, thanks for sharing your experience. I just got contacted by these guys too. When they didn’t respond to my questions, I started wondering and henced looked them up. Nice to know that you actually got paid and that they seem to be more or less legit. Did they ever ask to put more advertorials on your site? Have you given them addresses for other websites?

  17. They are definitely not running a spider or a bot focused on WordPress or similar websites with that kind of CMS back end. We run http://www.robfest.nl which serves information about a regional (Eersel, town in the south of Holland) open air alternative music festival. Self written CMS (I’m in ICT) which is only used on a couple of other websites. The email from address is ana.valdez@mediadiscovery.com. The domain traces to the UK, and their website seems legitimate. Next to that their English is (as far as I can tell, it’s not my native language) correct. Just send an email back, and I’m curious about their response. Will keep you guys posted.

  18. They are definitely not running a spider or a bot focused on WordPress or similar websites with that kind of CMS back end. At least, not in our case.

    We run http://www.robfest.nl which serves information about a regional (Eersel, town in the south of Holland) open air alternative music festival. Self written CMS (I’m in ICT) which is only used on a couple of other websites.

    The email is sent from ana.valdez@mediadiscovery.com. The domain traces to the UK, and their website seems legitimate. Next to that their English is (as far as I can tell, it’s not my native language) correct. Just send a response, and I’m curious whether they’ll email back. Will keep you guys posted!

  19. I was contacted about a year ago by Ana Alison for same thing and refused to link gambling to my site (stephenc.co.za). The same Ana has contacted me (Dear Stephen…) again in the last two weeks asking if I have changed my mind. I haven’t. I’d look further into their offer provided I was advertising something that added value to life.

    I am intrigued by all the Alison and Ana type names they use….Alison Graham, Ana Alison, Ana Valdez, Alice Bell….

    Cheers

    Stephen

    • I received a reply about two weeks ago, but totally forgot about it, and never send an email back. Now I received an email again a few hours ago, where they are offering even more money ($150,- instead of $100,-). Although it seems ok, and it looks to me like it’s rather easy to not place the ad if they don’t pay, I concluded that I won’t be replying to their latest offer.

  20. So interesting to read everyone’s experience. I got an email from Media Discovery today, hence my investigation into whether this company is kosher or not! The email is signed by Renee Malone (different name to everyone else’s!) but otherwise the text is the same. From reading people’s replies to your post, I’m not touching this company with a ten-foot pole. Nice to think about easy money, but in exchange for compromising my blogging integrity? I think not. I’ll work for my beer instead. And maintain my opposition to online gambling and other such things! Thanks for the post and for promoting this discussion Francis. It’s been really beneficial.

  21. Just got the exact same email but from Stacey. It seems all these advertising spammers are gambling related. Bunch of wanders if you ask me, and do any of us really need $150 per year! You can make that money at Maccas in a week as a 15 year old. I’m holding off until I get the real offers for monthly rent from big advertisers relevant to my website (ardunward.com) and readers. Lonely Planet c’mon baby!

  22. I just received the same email, different rep.-Randy. I asked myself if they really looked at my blog because, at the moment, just not getting that much traffic to warrant someone wanting to advertise there. I did the next step, which I always do, Googled them. That’s how I found you.

    So, hi there, nice to meet you. Seems like we’re all in the same scam pool. Rather than money from some fly-by-night company, I’d like to have more followers on my blog. And, like Ardun, I would like them to offer the amount of my mortgage–monthly–not once a year. I’m a writer, and honestly, I don’t think any of the gamblers out there will be interested in reading my stuff. Even if you do get money, think about what you might be advertising and is it something you want associated with your blog.

    Anywho, this has been fun.

    RG Calkins
    http://rgcalkins-author.com/

  23. I am in desperate need of money so I’ve agreed to write this post in exchange for $200 (they added $30 just for getting it done in 24 hours). I don’t like the fact it’s advertising online gambling but I’m in serious need of income. It can’t be that bad to just do one for that kind of money, surely? Considering I post once or twice a day and it would soon get lost among posts. I don’t want to compromise the integrity of my blog but I doubt anyone would really notice.

  24. My offer came from Martha Harper and wouldn’t you know she got the name of my blog wrong. I ignored the email and today she wrote to me AGAIN, still with the name of someone else’s blog in the email.

    *shakes head*

  25. Thanks for posting about this and providing a forum for us, the would-be victims, to talk in. We just got an email from ‘Tomas Lambert | tomas.lambert@mediadiscovery.com‘ — I assumed because, for the first time since I created the website two years ago, I finally posted our email on our site last Sunday (with spaces around the “@” to foil the address-collector robots, but I guess they’re on to that trick.)

    Our store’s site isn’t a blog or wordpress: it’s http://www.legendsofsuperheros.com – the site was created from scratch, old school, with free software. The point of the website is to serve our customers, who are completely local. We advertise what our store has to sell, we let the games players know when we’re hosting games, and we let our subscribers know what’s coming in every week on new comic book day — we do not blog or provide a place for comments from readers. It’s just jpegs with descriptive text and a little cold, hard informational info. Not sure why they thought our site would be of any interest to anyone outside of approximately15 – 20 miles around our store!

  26. I’ve been talking with them for a few days and they provided me a draft of the copy, which I would add to my site and add the links myself.

    I told them I would only consider it if I could include a disclaimer before and after the text stating that it was a paid advertisement and they agreed.

    So it doesn’t appear to be a scam as they aren’t getting access to my site AND I won’t be deceiving my readers.

    I’m still on the fence, but don’t see the downside for $150 at this point.

  27. Happy 3rd of July everyone! I got my boilerplate invite to the Media Discovery party today for my site http://myglasseye.net/news. It’s a tech and geek blog thing, and usually these sorts of emails are pretty obviously a dead loss but this one did read professionally so I googled them and came here.

    Yeah, nooooooo.

  28. It looks like they are also calling themselves Discover Media. My email was from John. Thanks for the post and the comments here. It saved me the hassle of emailing them back for more info! I will send an email to wordpress support to see what they have to say.

  29. “Business Overview

    New Web Ltd is an Active, non trading business incorporated in England & Wales on 3rd May 2005. Their business activity is recorded as Advertising Agencies. New Web Ltd is run by 1 current members. 1 shareholders own the total shares within the company. It is not part of a group.

    The latest Annual Accounts submitted to Companies House for the year up to 31/05/2012 reported ‘cash at bank’ of £0, ‘liabilities’ worth £0, ‘net worth’ of £0 and ‘assets’ worth £0. New Web Ltd’s risk score was amended on 03/08/2008.”

    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/05441217

    =====================================

    How the fuck are Media Discovery supposed to pay you when the parent company doesn’t appear to have any money??? o_O
    I’ll give them a miss, I think. 😀

  30. I just got this email from Media Discovery ………………. What a Joke. I have been working too hard to have this crap on my website.

    was wondering whether you’d be interested in selling advertising space on ____________.com? The advertisement would be unobtrusive and we can pay you an annual upfront payment for the advertising space.

    We can also provide guest blog posts from industry experts in many cases.

    I am from Media Discovery, a new media agency headquartered in the UK. We plan out and acquire advertising space on major websites and portals, as well as smaller niche sites. I personally deal with our smaller publishers, increasing brand awareness and share of voice for the major brands that our group works with.

    We’d love to work with your site. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to email me directly.

    Kind Regards,
    Carol Parsons
    carol.parsons@mediadiscovery.com

  31. Hello guys,

    i got few days ago 150 USD on my paypal from them, and now what to do? I am to late read all your comments, but actualy what they can do now? I am not sure, are they put me some spayware or something? Or what is this scam for? If they think they will get link on my site and then pay me, and after few days charge money back, i can remove link and its all.
    I don’t understand, they pay me, i can’t still withdraw my money, need to wait 30 days, but is there any way they can hack my e mail or something?
    I am so confused now…

  32. Hi all! Irene Tran from Media Discovery UK has contacted me twice in the last two months with theoretically interesting advertising proposals for my site, written in Spanish. I was taking seriously her second email, but after searching on Google and reading some comments here, I think I will bypass again the email, as I do not want blog off-topic related ads in my blog. Any contrary good experiencies with them? Thanks and regards!

  33. Thanks for this post… like many others, I googled mediadiscovery.com and glad I came here 🙂

    Email I received (via a web form on my site), and no, not replying to it….. :

    Hi, Hannah Manning here of Media Discovery. We are a new media agency headquartered in the UK.

    I was wondering whether you’d be interested in selling advertising space on _____.com?

    I would have ideally liked to contact you directly through your email address, but I couldn’t find it on your site. I hope it’s OK for me to reach you through here?

    Anyway, I would love to have the opportunity to discuss this further with you. If you are interested, I can provide you with more information about our company, clients, and advertising campaign.

    Kind Regards,
    Hannah

    hannah.manning@mediadiscovery.com
    Posted by IP: 116.50.181.253 (Eastern Telecoms Philippines, Inc)

  34. I was contacted by July Gordon with offer of 160$ for putting advert with 3 links. They wrote text, put links where they were need and sent it to me. After I posted this stuff on my blog, they somehow disappeared for a while. Than I wrote them message about abuse on them for scamming, and on next day July Gordon contacted me again. Though, I removed their advert and told them that I need money first, they sent me 173$, but told that would pay 180$ for some time delay.
    After I got money (paypal), I put advert back. As for now it was removed for some other reasons.
    This agency also offers to work with them to find websites for their adverts, but after I found some, July rejected all of them and disappeared again. A bit strange guys, but I got my money 🙂 And I don’t work with them again.

  35. Hello Guys,

    I’ve received mails from Discovery Media Three Times in 6 Months with the same content and everytime it was a different person. Firstly it was Sofie Curtis, then Morgan Lowe and then Thomas Lewis. Each time i replied to there mails with follow up questions and never got a reply.

    I Understood that it was a scam the second time i received the mail from a different person saying the same thing but i got curious as whther i’ll get a reply.

    Well looks like i never will, Thanks to the Power of the Internet.

  36. Wait, what part of this email is a scam exactly? I personally think the word ‘scam’ has become some new online craze, even when it doesn’t make any sense in context.

    If someone spells something wrong, it must be a scam. If a delivery comes 1 day late, it must be a scam etc etc. Now a advertising company is offering you money for a paid placement (something that is extremely common in monetising websites) and it must be a scam, even though there really isn’t anything they can scam off you.

    – There really isn’t anything a text link can do to your website i.e. being hacked etc, especially if you check the code or do it yourself. Most of you are webmasters, you should be able to know this.
    – If it is in regards to them reversing the payment, erm, how is that beneficial to them or how does that effect you. You could just remove the page/link and you’ll be the same as you were before i.e. no receiving their money, not putting their link on your site
    – If it’s a poor link that you think will not work with you site.. erm, you just say ‘No, It’s not for my site’. You’re not put at gun point
    – If you think they’ll add your email to some weird spammy newsletter, they really don’t need to send you an email first to do that. They probably got your email from online anyway.

    Yes, some things may sound too good to be true, but use your common sense. Most of the sites that get approached have high PR ranks or are classed as ‘popular’. This is why its approached.

    Scraping emails from online to advertise is generally something I wouldn’t do personally, but it’s a way of advertising and it’s not technically illegal if its to other businesses, as opposed to personal email addresses. But I’m sure everyone will use the new, highly contagious word ‘scammer’ behavior.

    Lastly, there may be a different, more established company behind their “created in one day looking” website. Reason I say this? I’d been approached about 2 years ago by a similar firm. I googled them and the company/website looked too fresh i.e. newly registered, created and didn’t have much history online. But once I responded and asked for more details, agreed to a reasonable ad at which I would be paid $200, I found the payment was made to me by a differently named, more established company. I then found out the initial website was for a mini site.

    Everyone is saying “Oh my God, thanks for this post, I was just about to reply” – as if the poster claimed they’d magically empty out your bank account and teleport all your belongings to their offices. What exactly did the poster say they’d SCAM off you?

    Just use your common sense. Take their money, make sure the link relates to your site and it isn’t poor, if you want to mark it as a paid advert as someone stated above, request so and stop this bullsh*t about “OH EM GEE” it’s illegal to post an advert without stating it is a paid-for advert etc etc. How many websites do this anyway to make them a quick buck – how many of you who are sole-traders post your full name on your website i.e. John Smith t/a Blog (that is a legal requirement too). How many people add their addresses to their website/blogs (that’s a legal requirement too) but I doubt you’d be running around telling everybody you’re a ‘scammer’ because you haven’t done the above.

    Stop being idiots and calling everything a scam, just use your common sense. What exactly can they ‘scam’ you of?

  37. DEBUNKED, IT’S REAL: Just wanted everybody to know that I just got paid from Media Discovery; it is not a scam! I thought it was a little suspicious at first too, but I had nothing to lose. So I posted a post that THEY wrote for me (I edited it, but it already related to our site/product which was really cool), and within 12 hours they paid me as promised. I just received the payment right now, actually, into my PayPayl account. Granted, this whole thing sounds weird, and you get weird vibes from it…But what they do is get other sites (like mine) to link to one of their customers’ sites, therefore boosting their customers’ SEO rank. Anyway, it’s real! Proven!! Here’s the article they had me post, which links to their customer’s site “pocket fruity” : http://simplythreemusic.com/blog/a-classical-take-on-modern-music/

    • Zack Clark has it down. This is exactly how the companies operate. They approach good sites and offer either already-written content or can ask you to write it yourself. A positive review of a product or service… Someone might click through and buy the product after reading it on your blog so it’s a good way to advertise. If they never reply it’s probably because you wrote this weird article. I have several friends who have multiple sites and written/accepted articles on behalf of a customer and been paid quite a lot £150~ per article (Usually for a 12 month placement, payment as soon as it is live)

      You’ve just lost yourself some easy cash. COPY. PASTE. ENTER. Money via PayPal. They probably have multiplce clients so you would get recurring deals, every couple months they ask for a new article to be published.

  38. I also recently got an invite for my photography site – (and it’s funny because we’re a pro-conservation, healthy lifestyles photo gig and actually completely anti-casino).

    If I may, I just looked at the post on Zack’s site and as a consumer of good music and taste, I would be totally turned off by way they produced. Sorry Zack – nothing personal, but I think it really degrades an authenic good site otherwise.
    Just my two cents. So everyone knows – mediadiscovery probably gets paid upwards of $1000 per “blog review” or ad (market value here in the Bay Area), so it’s worth negotiating if you actually decide to sell out.

  39. Wow im surprised to read all of this. I also have a porfolio blog called marcodegroen.com and got contacted by Irene Tran to put an ad post on my blog. When saw the text they wrote I told them I can’t post this kind of junk on my website. Then suddenly they raised the prize with 200 dollar! So I thought why not!? I posted it and I actually got paid 200 dollars on my paypal account!! I thought it would be nice to earn more money so I send her more website links. But I have never heard of them again. But I did get paid.

  40. Just received EXACTLY the same email:

    Hi,

    I was wondering whether you’d be interested in selling advertising space on Probertencyclopaedia.com? The advertisement would be unobtrusive and we can pay you an annual upfront payment for the advertising space.

    We can also provide guest blog posts from industry experts in many cases.

    I am from Media Discovery, a new media agency headquartered in the UK. We plan out and acquire advertising space on major websites and portals, as well as smaller niche sites. I personally deal with our smaller publishers, increasing brand awareness and share of voice for the major brands that our group works with.

    We’d love to work with your site. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to email me directly.

    Kind Regards,
    Tomas Lambert
    tomas.lambert@mediadiscovery.com

    Strange thing is, today is a Bank Holiday here in the UK, which alerted my spam radar! IOkay, so I’m working, but I’m a small family business. I don’t claim to be a large company with offices!

    Thanks to this blog, I think I’ll file this email under ‘W’ (waste-paper basket).

    Matt

  41. I’m in talks with media discovery and have been exchanging emails. They asked what I was comfortable with and that I could write it myself. I told them that as long as its not a blog post about viagara or advertising controversial corporations like BP or Monsanto, then I’m fine with it.

    I think, although they haven’t told me, part of the way they work is by boosting google juice for their clients. I’m sure all of you have gotten pointless comments on your blogs with a link to a site selling viagara. Well, those guys are trying to boost google points so their site apears at the top of the search list.

    If someone’s going to do that with my site, then I ought to get paid.

    The money will go to any expenses to maintaining my site.

    • Elan, I’m with you. I too exchanged emails with them, and as long as the content pertains to the niche that my audience cares about, I don’t see the harm. I would like to further populate my site and make a little $ for my cause as well. I guess it remains to be seen just how well they manage to provide content that works seamlessly into what I already do. I find it fascinating that they would reach out to us to get momentum somewhere. It just reinforces the power of the measly blog, if even its for data sake.

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  43. I got this ad a while ago from renee.malone@mediadiscovery.com and then after I told them no, they emailed me again a few months later. I don’t know about you but $200 per year is ridiculous. We charge others for ads and for the exposure Media Discovery is asking for, we charge others around $5,000 per year for that space.

    I’m not doubting that they pay, though I don’t know for sure, but they pay too little and don’t target their ads very well.

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