I received an email from the PR department of a new start-up called Ukritic. I thought I’d pass it along to you 3 or 4 readers. And of course I will have something to say about the enterprise…
Just wanted to connect about something your Lost Ball in High Weeds readers might find interesting…
It’s a startup called Ukritic.com. Essentially it’s a bit like Squidoo, except specifically for product reviews – and it’s purpose built for affiliate marketing.
For beginner affiliates it’s a good way to get their feet wet, reviewing a number of products and testing the waters in different markets before investing their time/energy into building a site of their own. And as you know, it often doesn’t take much traffic to see some results when they’re publishing quality reviews.
I spent some time going through the offering and frankly it looks pretty solid. Sites like this are ripe for spammy delight but it seems like they are firewalling against the blackhat forces of greed. Doesn’t seem like much opportunity for SEO shenanigans so it may actually serve a useful purpose. The “Rules” for playing are seemingly strict so if you aren’t up to the task of delivering quality then you probably shouldn’t waste your time.
Personally I am swamped with shit. I am trying to create product sites via Squidoo, building a couple of “curated” sites, figuring out Pinterest for monetary gain while it remains possible, working on Keyword Academy-type authority sites, as well as juggling a few funnels. I need another project like I need a Google slap.
But here’s the thing. Squidoo is perfect for what you can do with it: Create product mini sites. Google continues to tolerate Squidoo. You can’t do the same thing with Hubpages, Tumblr, Blogger, etc. Well, you sort of can, but it doesn’t perform as well. It doesn’t look right. You can build a self hosted mini site using WordPress but I try to avoid that hassle. It’s why I Squidoo.
But Ukritic might be a way to double your product review efforts. They aren’t keen on unoriginal shit but you could re-write your Squidoo lens and post the shit on Ukritic. I think if I am taking time to create good and useful content on Squidoo then there is no reason I couldn’t utilize the effort on another platform. Double the fun.
Anyway, have a look at Ukritic. It’s free. I suppose they make money by splashing Google ads on your site. Maybe one day they will rev share like Squidoo. Whatever. I’m more interested in being able to put more eyeballs on some piece of crap I am promoting. Ukritic might be worthwhile.