I am all one for trying new things and trying out Viral Content Buzz was another thing that was on my “to do list”.
I love the idea behind it. You share peoples content and they then share yours. You earn credits by sharing other peoples social media updates and then you spend the credits on other people sharing yours.
It then gives you a better chance to get more brand exposure on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Stumbleupon.
In principle it is a fantastic idea.
You can pay for an upgrade so that it adds all your blog posts for you automatically and then you could escape ever even logging onto the site if you didn’t want to!
So I paid for the upgrade which was just short of $50 a month. And set my RSS feeds up for my blog.
I was getting excited and looking forward to using it!
Then I went ahead and started with it and this is exactly why I ended up quitting the paid version of the service:
#1 – Pinterest didn’t work
Pinterest (especially for my recipes) is very important to the growth of my website and I liked the idea of getting my Pins shared. I do get a lot of natural shares anyway from the Pinterest community but more wouldn’t hurt would it?
So I set up my feed and was really disappointed to see that I was not getting approved for Pinterest because they didn’t like the images in my posts. Apparently they were not showing up and I needed to buy an RSS feed image generator. I did this and spent some money on it and it still didn’t work!
#2 – Stumbleupon Issues
I was later banned by them from sharing people’s content on my Stumbleupon account. They said I was just using Stumbleupon just to earn credits when my account is active with a range of things.
This was a real shame because I have a fantastic aged Stumbleupon account that I have had for years and years. It is so old its older than my website!
#3 – Many Spamming Members
There are many members on there that just use the place for earning credits. They are not interested in communicating with their followers, they just send tweet after tweet out!
For example one of the users that shared my content was:
If you look at their messages, you’ll see that out of five Twitter updates that they performed between 10.40am and 11.20am four of them were VCB updates. They were basically using the account to build up their credits. There was not much interaction on there and they would regularly choose to earn credits from my content.
This was the norm and we noticed this happening with a lot of accounts. Our Twitter account was very active and we keep up with our followers, but we felt that we were giving more than what we were getting back.
You’re not really given the opportunity to vet those that are Tweeting on your behalf so it feels like you are seeing a real lack of control over what is happening.
#4 – Possibly Paid Twitter Followers
Even though I can’t prove it, I did wonder if some of the accounts ran off fake accounts. Where someone uses the likes of Fiverr to pay $5.00 for 3000 fake followers and then uses these accounts to send out Tweets.
With how inactive the accounts are apart from the VCB tweets I do wonder if this is the case. But with no vetting it does feel like as a paid member you are not getting your monies worth.
So with this in mind I cancelled the recurring payment of my membership. This then meant I had another 10 days to run on my membership so I would keep it going until then, with the RSS feed automatically adding my posts.
Well all of a sudden I noticed that I wasn’t getting my daily email notifications to say that my content had been approved or had been shared and it felt like something was really wrong. So I logged in. And I just couldn’t believe it! They had downgraded my account even though I had 10 days left of my paid subscription.
They hadn’t even honoured my subscription!
So I contacted PayPal and eventually the people at Viral Content Buzz refunded me. So technically I never paid anything for testing it out. It is such a shame it wasn’t a better quality site. I may still use it on the free version via a virtual assistant from the Philippines but it is not worth the effort of a paid account considering the little reward you get for your trouble.
Really disappointed as I had high hopes for it!