(This post is a bit off-topic but I want to get the word out quickly on this.)
I've been watching as hosting carnivals has gotten to be more and more work for very little reward. There were thirty submissions to Jake's carnival this past week, and he included only four of them. He deemed the rest to be spam, off-topic, or astray of the rules that I had set up.
And I applaud him for holding a high standard like that. Carnivals have gotten out of hand with the volume of submissions, and if these things are to remain useful and viable, the rules have to change.
BlogCarnival.com has done a lot to make the blog carnival popular. There's a flip side to that popularity though: blog carnivals are easy one-way links for the submitter. Intentionally or otherwise, it's become too easy for people to submit to carnivals there. There is no limit to how many times a particular URL can be submitted at BlogCarnival.com. What's more, I know of services that will submit one link per week to between ten and fifteen carnivals through BlogCarnival.com, for only $25 per month! This is possible because there is standalone software that automates the submission process.
So, starting as of about 25 minutes ago, I've deactivated the submission form over at BlogCarnival. The only way to submit to the Carnival of Debt Reduction is now through this submission form on the carnival's website.
What I'm hoping this will do is reduce the number of submissions from search-engine optimization companies on behalf of paying clients. They'll still be able to do it if they really want to, but now they can't just click a button to submit a post to the Carnival of Debt Reduction. They have to come over to the form on the website and do it all themselves.
I'm hoping that's too much work for them. I'm also hoping that it's not too much work for people from whom I actually welcome submissions.
(If you already submitted your post for next week's Carnival over at BlogCarnival.com, don't worry, it got through.)
OK, back to regular content. 😉