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Want an Invitation to Qassia?

I’ve been running this Knol blog (though, ironically, Google’s project may actually be called Unipedia) with an occasional post, and paying attention to the space. Today I encountered Qassia (link goes to my profile page, as the site is in barely-private beta), which seems to be a startup in the Squidoo, Wikia and Mahalo vein. From their FAQ:

Qassia is a site to which you can add your websites. You can also add your knowledge, in the form of tidbits of information called “intel”. The more intel you add, the better your sites will rank, the more backlinks you get, and the more money you make.

Qassia is 100 percent free, and does not require reciprocal links. You can get unlimited quality backlinks to your websites from Qassia.

Before you get too excited, it’s not real money. It’s Qassia dollars. Which, according to the FAQ again, you’ll be able to spend on “front-page advertising, site-wide links, and other novel ways for you to burn through your hard-earned Qassia dollars”. Er, wahoo.

I built a page, just to check out the editing interface. Like the rest of the site, it’s pretty unremarkable. Clearly it’s just another attempt at the user-generated content plus SEO equals profit equation. None of these sites, as far as I can figure, is a threat to Wikipedia. Google Knol (or whatever), however, may be.

In any case, if you want to check out Qassia, there’s a sign up link on my profile page. In the interests of full disclosure, I get some magical Qassia bucks if you sign up. Maybe I’ll spend them on a puppy. Oh, uh, never mind.

9 Responses to “Want an Invitation to Qassia?”

  1. Duane Storey

    I’m going to go on a slight tangent here, but I’ve never liked the idea of people who don’t link to other people. I understand that reciprocal links might hurt page scores and what-not, but it just seems wrong to me, and sort of implies that that website’s piece of the internet pie is worth more than those linking it.

    When it comes to strange internet behaviors, I’ve always asked myself the question — if everyone on the internet did that, what would happen? Clearly if everyone removed outbound links things would get ugly. Another one that bothers me is people who are always on IM clients, but permanently set to invisible. If everyone did that, the IM client would become useless. It’s like people what the benefits without the implied cost of the service.

    Anyways, those are my thoughts. Would be interested to hear how you feel about recip. links. I’ll go see if I can throw some Qassia bucks your way.

  2. darren

    Duane: I totally agree. I’ve always tried to be as liberal as possible with linking. Why use this whole “hypertext” thing if you ignore the “hyper” part?

    On a related note, one of my current pet peeves is when people link to their own site, instead of linking to a more appropriate resource. TechCrunch does this all the time. If they mention Qassia, for example, they’ll link to their own profile about the company instead of Qassia.com.

    It’s like they’re just trying to drive ad clicks and reduce the bounce rate on their site.

  3. Thomas

    I wonder how much of a lifespan user generated content has. Of course the internet, itself, has made sure that it will exist for a long time but I think the type of user content phenomenon we’ve been seeing recently will peter out eventually.

    Most bloggers will loose interest. Social networking sites will become more utilitarian, at least when catering to adults. The available content on YouTube and other such sites will hit a critical mass, a glut beyond which it will be nearly impossible for new examples to gain a meaningful audience.

    The sites that exist now will probably continue doing well for a long time to come but, barring some major unforeseen innovation, I don’t see new entry into that field being terribly viable.

  4. Nick Oba

    Thank you for the post! Great to have you on board. You may be lukewarm about Qassia now, but I’m sure you’ll become a fanatical supporter, like all the other Qassia users, in no time.

    Anyway, I just wanted to clarify: Actually, it *is* real money, if you have an Adsense account. You get credit AND real money, via the kind and generous folks at Google. :)

  5. Mike Lambert

    Qassai support is rude and insulting. That alone turns me off from ever using their services. Add to that policies that are too strict and you’ve got a real turkey here.

  6. Web Hosting

    Qassia is 100 percent free, and does not require reciprocal links. You can get unlimited quality backlinks to your websites from Qassia.

    thanks :)

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