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Comment by Pualani on March 4, 2010 at 2:54am
Very interesting Ellen! I have noticed the same thing!
Comment by Janine on March 3, 2010 at 7:01pm
My Blog Spark - I love them! I don't get many things from them, but I love the projects that I do get invites for. The newest one I just got is fantastic! I'm unsure if I can post anything about it yet.

B2B - I haven't been able to get anything from them yet. I successfully filled out forms twice, but was never contacted.
Comment by Brittany McMullen on March 3, 2010 at 5:18pm
Sees candy giveaway at
Comment by Jennifer on March 3, 2010 at 11:54am
I find the B2B is mostly for the US or you have to have a few hundred views a day. I'm really not at that level!
Comment by Ellen C on March 3, 2010 at 11:34am
@Emmi - Thanks! Glad to help! Following you back!
Comment by Ellen C on March 3, 2010 at 10:41am
@Emmi - I do belong to a variety of networking sites and I cold contact as well. To be honest, I have plenty of stuff to review right now. This was more an experiment than anything. My only concern with a lot of the "mommy blogger" type sites is that many products are for babies, infants, toddlers, pregnant women, and little children. Not all women who blog are mommies and not all mommies that blog have babies & infants. My kids are 12 & 16 so that eliminates many of the opportunities posted to a lot of the mom blogger sites. It's not as easy finding products for older children. I just keep on doing my thing though and taking what opportunities I can find. I hope you hear back on the three you got into.
Comment by Ethel on March 3, 2010 at 10:32am
Ellen I see what you mean, I got the email thru my iphone. The second I got it all them were filled out except for the book. But since I was not interested on the book I did not fill it out.
Comment by Ellen C on March 3, 2010 at 10:27am
I'm thinking that the people who run the B2B site may be taking the opportunities they're interested in prior to making them available. So if they want 4 bloggers and there are three people who run B2B who are interested in that product, there may only be one actual real open spot. At least that's the only viable explanation I can figure out. That or there aren't really 10 or 20 spots open to begin with? I don't know. It just doesn't seem to make a lot of sense that in a matter of 2 minutes every single spot is full. In theory there should have been 58 open spots to fill in this particular issue. All gone in 2 minutes or less?
Comment by Ellen C on March 3, 2010 at 10:17am
OK since I'm home today, I decided to do a little unofficial experiment. I have a cable internet connection so my internet is fairly speedy. According to the B2B website, the next email was going out this morning at 10AM. As of 9:55AM I sat & clicked inbox repeatedly to see any new mail. At 10:02AM, the B2B email arrived in my Yahoo email inbox. It was timed 10:01AM. By 10:02AM, I was clicking the 5 enclosed links to sign up. Campaign 1 required 4 bloggers and was closed by the time I clicked on it. Campaign 2 required 20 bloggers & was closed by the time I clicked on it. Campaign 3 required 10 bloggers and was closed by the time I clicked on it. Campaign 4 required 20 bloggers and I was able to apply (a book). Campaign 5 required 4 bloggers and was closed by the time I clicked on it.

The thing that amazes me the most is that Campaign 3 requested 10 bloggers in the Denver Colorado area only. How likely do you think it is that there are 10 bloggers in the Denver Colorado area that managed in two minutes to get to this link before I did?

I think the only reason I got in on this one is that book giveaways are probably the least "grabbed" opportunity out there. It's a financial book for parents to teach kids so again this limits who would be interested based on the presence of kids old enough to participate.

So, I agree, B2B does have opportunities but they are extremely hard to get. If you're not preferred & not there at exactly the moment that email arrives in your email box & you don't have a super speedy connection, don't bother.
Comment by Ellen C on March 3, 2010 at 6:51am
There are days I am home all day & I see exactly when the mail arrives & click on all the links the second it arrives & they are all full. I think there are a few members that are grabbing all the opportunities at the same time. I know it's a free service & they really stress that but 95% of the mommy blogger programs that match up bloggers & companies are free so I don't see that as a real valuable excuse. I think they need to limit the # of opportunities a person can grab at the same time.

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