“ PointBlog.co.uk is your new blog on the Web where you can share and discuss your thoughts and opinions with other bloggers. „
O.K. I fell for it.I shouldn't have done - I accepted an offer of a lady-shave and an oral b toothbrush for 1p.
I feel so stupid. I realised the next day,when I got an e-mail saying a memory stick(I had asked for an oral b toothbrush) and lady-shave were on the way.(Still on the way presumably) and cancelled my account. I have received nothing. Due to a glitch in my receiving bank statements-I have paid 3 months at £74.97 pr month. Now I have to cancel my card and try and get the bank to refund me. HSBC please do.As a pensioner this is money I can ill afford
PLEASE PLEASE IF YOU READ THIS DO NOT FALL FOR THIS OFFER OR ANY SIMILAR ONE. INDEED DO NOT SIGN UP FOR POINTBLOG IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. YOU RECEIVE NOTHING-OH!YOU MIGHT RECEIVE POINTS-POINTS I ASK YOU. I NOW INTEND TO GO TO WATCH DOG ON T.V. AND WARN OTHERS ABOUT THIS.
They have taken £45 from my account after I tried to buy a pair of headphones from the free points. They claim they haven't got them in stock, then took the money claiming I'd signed as a VIP member.So far I am waiting for them to reply to me. I don't want to have to go to my bank if I can help it.
I joined Pointblog.co.uk about 2 years ago. When I joined up there was an offer of a free dvd, although you had to pay p&p of 25p in order to receive it. I paid the 25p and sure enough the free DVD arrived.
I now realise it was just a con in order to obtain my card details. A year later I had a mysterious charge on my card from a company called Aalborg. I tracked this down to the danish company behind pointblog.co.uk. I contacted them and they just ignored and ignored me...I eventually had to get my bank to refund me. Then seven months later pointblog.co.uk charged my card again.
I was so angry and contacted pointblog again. They tried to claim I had agreed to their VIP subscription...I had done no such thing...they only knew my card details due to the P&P which I had paid on the "Free DVD". I demanded they pay the money back and I eventually got a refund from them.
I have deleted my pointblog account completely now so hopefully I will get no more random charges!
Down to the site itself....it's a totally waste of time...in the 2 years I was a member I earnt about 9000 points which is enough to claim 5 small party bags of Haribo!!! Worth it?.....I think not!
PointBlog.co.uk is a social web site where you can earn points for blogging and exchange them in the shop for gifts. If you want to save the points then you need to create an account and link it to a similar account created on PointShop.co.uk where you can trade your points in for gifts. If you link your PointShop and PointBlog accounts then you can accumulate points from both sites into one single account. I have written a separate review of the PointShop.co.uk site.
Registering and creating an account is very simple. You just need to provide a username, password and a valid e-mail address. It will make life easier if you use the same e-mail address on both the PointShop and PointBlog web sites.
Points are earned for writing blogs and being the first person to comment on other bloggers posts. You are allowed to write 10 point-scoring blog posts per day. You can write more than 10, but the extra ones won't score you any points. When you write a blog you will be presented with 4 options. The first is a blank template where you can write about whatever you want. These are worth up to 10 points. Secondly you can post with inspiration. PointBlog will give you a list of news headlines about which you can write your blog. These are worth up to 12 points. Thirdly there are themed blogs. Occasionally PointBlog will add a theme for its members to blog about. It may be an upcoming event like an election or the Olympics or it may be a celebration like Valentines or Saint Patrick's Day. Always keep your eyes open for these as they are worth up to 30 points each. Finally there is the member topics section. This is where members suggest there own topics for other members to blog about. In order for a members suggestion to become a fully fledged topic it has to be approved by at least 5 other members. If the topic doesn't receive 5 approvals or it generates 5 rejections then the topic is deleted. Blogging about a member topic is worth up to 10 points.
You may have noticed that I said you can 'up to' a certain number of points for each blog you write. Basically, the more you write, the more points you get. In order to get the maximum number of points you only need to write a few paragraphs.
You can decorate your posts with pictures and videos. Pictures can be uploaded from your machine or you can copy an image link directly from other web sites. Be aware of copyright issues if you do this. You can also add youtube videos to your posts which is a nice feature.
As you can see writing blogs is a good way to earn lots of points.
When writing blogs you do have to abide by the site rules. You cannot divide a blog and split it between several posts. They must all be in English and not contain strings of punctuation marks. You are not allowed to copy and paste from other sources. For obvious reasons you can't be racist or write obscene posts. Occasionally I have had blogs rejected for not conforming to the rules. Unfortunately when they reject a blog it seems impossible to get it overturned or get an full explanation. I have tried on several occasions to appeal against rejections but to no avail. They never even acknowledge or respond to my complaints.
You can read the posts from all other bloggers and add your own comments. If you are the first person to write a comment then you will be gifted with 1 point. For this reason you will often find that other members scramble to be the first to read and comment on posts. Posts that have already been commented on once will often not get read again.
The site does suffer a little bit from spam. Spammers will post blogs littered with dangerous links. The site administrators don't seem to remove these. It's a little problem but can easily be ignored.
Posts can be reported to the support team, but nothing ever seems to get done about it, so i've given up trying.
The look of the site at first glance is quite pleasing. It's easy to use and simple to navigate. However, on closer inspection it does have one major flaw. The founders of the site are Scandinavian and the .co.uk site is obviously translated into English. Many of the translations are very poor with many spelling mistakes and poor grammar.
While browsing the site you might be tempted to become a VIP member. Unfortunately this defeats the whole object of the exercise of getting free points to exchange for gifts. By paying you will be able to get up to 30 points for a standard post which means that will be able to achieve your goal quicker. However it does mean that you will end up paying more to get enough points for an item than it would for you to go out and buy it from the high street. I advise you to stay well clear of this.
The idea of this site is to earn points and then spend them in the PointShop shop. Unfortunately the items available in the shop have deteriorated rapidly in recent months. If you have just a few hundred points then you might be able to get some sweets. There are a few hidden gems like an Apple iPod shuffle and some fashionable fragrances but these cost between 15,000 and 20,000 points and are the exception rather than the rule. So you will need to be patient and resilient if want to get something like this. As the ultimate goal here is to get stuff from the shop then I suggest that you browse the shop before registering to see if anything takes your fancy.
Finally, I must mention the support you will get when using this site. To put it bluntly; you won't get any! If you start using this site, you will undoubtedly have times when you want to contact the support team or the site administrators. Maybe because of post rejections or spammers. There are links and forms to contact them but I have never had a response yet. You can create a case if you think that you have not been given points that you are entitled to. They have never resolved any of my problems or even made contact with me after filing a case.
Overall, if you are prepared to be patient and work hard, then you can get rewards. If you lose interest in things easily then this site isn't for you. You do have to be patient, but in the end you should succeed. It has taken me over 6 months to generate 20,000 points. This is a lot of work for 1 gift from the shop.
Generally this is a friendly site and you will soon be welcomed by the regulars.
I have been a number on here for a number of months now and I have not really managed to do much with my account until I had some time today I actually had a look around and started making some points with my writing.
Point blog is basically a website were you can blog about anything and you will earn 10 points, you can use inspiration which is some things that are in the news or something that is entered into Google many times, or use a theme based post and earn 30 points.
When I first registered a couple of the things I noticed was the fact that the staff never get back to you which is not too good, you need a lot of points to get something you want and the prizes are not even good ( see pointshop.co.uk ) and there are a lot of spelling mistakes that have been made by the staff which is disgusting to be honest.
This website is linked to pointshop.co.uk where different prizes can be exchanged for points. There is an erotic section which is very weird and the stuff on their is bizarre. Advantages of this website are that you can get points for writing about things in the news which I think is great and it is one of those websites when it takes quite a while to get the points but you do get bonuses for comments and other little bits like questionnaires and surveys.
You can also find out how many points you have and what stage they are going through. They can be rejected but only if you have wrote complete and utter rubbish. Overall, this is a good website but it is going to take a long time to get something that you actually want. I am saving for Dior show mascara!
Pointshop.co.uk is a site where you can earn points for taking surveys, making purchases, entering competitions and signing up to newsletters. Once you have earned enough points you can exchange them for items in the 'pointshop' ranging from sweets and small items of clothing to DVDs and shopping vouchers.
A linked site is Pointblog where any blog you submit earns you extra points in your Pointshop account. It is a brilliant online community and becomes very addictive. The site has a section named 'inspiration' that offers current affairs topics to blog about, this offers an extra two points on the regular 20 that a regular blog receives. These very often gain a lot of hits and comments - you get to see people's opinions within minutes as the most recent articles will go to the front page.
Another nice touch is that of the stars rating system - users can rate each others blogs where they deem necessary which gives bonus points.
Since being a part of Pointblog, I have made some brilliant internet-buddies. It has given me a chance to chat with like-minded people about subjects that really matter and also to discuss the mundane parts of your life too... whether you want advice on relationships, shopping, religion or what to cook for Sunday dinner, there will be a pool of bloggers you can tap into whose opinions are worth reading.
If you are unfortunate enough to receive abuse from a fellow blogger, there is a 'report' button with a user-friendly drop-down menu to follow - making reporting someone reassuringly easy. This offers a peace of mind that some of the larger networks do not.
If this website can gain more publicity, it could be a rival of Facebook without a doubt.
Pointblog which is part of Pointshop is a social blogging site where every blog you write is rewarded with points which you can then spend on things from the Pointshop catalogue. The points you can earn avry depending on what subject you write about. You can earn 20 points for writing about a subject of your own choice, 22 points for using a blog with inspiration which include news stories from the day, very good if your suffering from a block and cant think what to write about, and sometimes you can earn 30 points for writing a blog on a theme which are available from time to time. The points are added to your account usually within 24 hours after you have written your blog though often it's a lot quicker than that, and you do have a limit of 3 blog posts a day. Ive been a member of that blogging site for ages now and we really do have a nice little community on there and the people are very friendly. Yu can leave comments on other people's blogs to start a debate wether you agree or disagree with what they have wrote about.
I have been on Pointblog for nearly a year now and I would recommend it to anyone. It is not a get rich quick scheme, but the friends you make are amazing !
So, what is Pointblog ?
As the name states it is a site where you can blog and earn points.
Sounds easy ?
Yeah, it is.
Is it based in the UK ?
No, like many similar sites it is based over seas but don't let that put you off. Some of the wording loses a little something in the translation but it shouldn't give anyone any problems.
So, is it linked to another site ?
Yes, it is part of Pointshop. On pointshop you can fill in forms, watch adverts, recieve emails from advertisers, all to earn points.
It takes about one minute to join, all they want to know is basic information - name, email, etc - nothing personal.
Once you have joined you can log on at any time.
You are allowed to blog as many times as you wish but you only earn points for three blogs a day. The points that you earn can vary.
1. 20 points per blog on your own chosen subject - this can be anything from what you have eaten that day to your cats favourite colour !
2. 22 points when you write a blog about a subject they give you - you have a choice of about twenty subjects which are usually current news stories. These are available every day. They help if you suffer from 'bloggers block' and can't think of anything to write about.
3. 30 points if you write a blog on a theme, again, which they give you. these are either in connection with current news stories or simply a random idea. These aren't available every day so you do need to keep checking.
When people read your blogs they can write a comment which again earns 1 point if they are the first to do so. There is no limit as to the number of comments you can write so you can really bump up your points this way.
Pointshop also send you an email with an advert attched almost every day. you just need to read this to earn 1 point.
Can you see how quickly your points can mount up ? Good isn't it ?
So what can you do with these points ?
You need to go on the Pointshop site for this. The first time you wish to place an order they ask you for your mobile number, then they send you a confirmation number to type in on the site page. (This is really easy and you only have to do it once, and I have NEVER had any junk mail or texts from them). Then you need to type in your home address - fair enough if you order something, they have to know where to deliever it.
It really is that simple.
You then click on the 'shop' link and chose items to the value of your points.
The shop contains a wide variety of items from baby goods, clothing, vouchers, toys, jewellery, household goods. (A word here that there are also items of an 'adult' nature, which is why you have to be 18 to join.)
Just a note that being a foreign site some of the descriptions of the products may be hard to understand.
However, just recently they have added Amazon vouchers to their list. These are proving to be very popular.
You need 2400 points for £5 voucher.
That may sound like a lot but it isn't really if you blog often and make comments too.
Is there a downside ?
You do have to be careful when ordering DVD's as some of these are only suitable to be played in America so don't waste your points. You can email them to check if the one you want is suitable for your country, but to be honest you would be better off getting an Amazon voucher and getting them from there.
The plus side ?
This has got to be the friends that you make on the site.
You find that although there are new people joining every day there are loads of ' old faithfuls' who log in and blog every day. They write comments and give advice when needed. I love the friendship that I have found there. It's like having penpals all over the country.
**Personal details like address and phone number are not to be given out lightly for obvious reasons.
I would highly recommend Pointblog and I give it 10 out of 10.
Pointblog is a small blogging website, counterpart of pointshop.co.uk and allows people who blog on here to earn points for pointshop. The basis is simple, and like any other blogging website, but with many flaws.
The front page looks alright, slightly cluttered, with a bright orange banner and tabs for easy access. New blog posts, latest comments, most popular bloggers and so on are all displayed on the front page.
Blogging on here is also really easy. Give it a title and start writing! The more you write the more points you get up to 20 points. They count based on characters, not words, so one only needs to write a short paragraph or two to earn the 20 points. They have a limit of 5 paid blog posts per day, so you can earn up to 100 points.
Uploading images pictures are also easy, you can browse from your computer, or upload via link from an image on the internet. You can also link youtube videos for others to see. This i think is a great feature, making it easier to share things you've found on the internet.
The website also has a fantastic community, with many friendly bloggers who actually will read your blog and comment, and this atmosphere is great, one which i have not found on other blogging sites.
Now for the negatives. Because this is their UK counterpart, with the original .dk website based in... Europe, there is basically no admin and UK bloggers are neglected. Errors are not resolved, and the website is badly managed. An array of spelling errors can be found, with some inconsistancy between Pointshop and Pointblog aswell.
It is suspected that they rely on bots to scan blog posts and almost all the time, they accept copy and pasted blog posts, even though they state clearly in their policy that these will not be awarded with points.
This means that bloggers who actually spend time lose out to those who copy and paste, and this is extremely annoying. Reporting these blogs, we are left to be ignored and nothing is done...
More recently, just yesterday actually, new policy and changes came into effect where they are only paying for 3 blog posts a day which is ridiculous as they state the reason being that people are writing bad blogs. That is not our fault but theirs due to their lack of admin and checking.
Whilst my experience of this blogging site has been fantastic thus far, the lack of admins, policy consistancy and the array of bad changes make this one to avoid, unless you are desperate for their points, which are now even harder to achieve.
I would definitely recommend that you avoid this site, as the minimal points are really NOT worth it for this emotional trauma they inflict upon you.
The only thing keeping this site alive is the interesting, funny, caring and active community, of which i have gotten to known and made friends with. I will only continue using this for the friendly community, but once thats gone, I will be too.
Blogging is for everyone, but this site isn't.