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Anyone Else Having Trouble with Blingo's Search?

By March 31, 2008

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I've been using Blingo, a search and win site, for years. It was a great place to win, because they offered the same great search as Google, but with the additional bonus of being able to win fantastic prizes while I went about my everyday behavior of searching for information on the internet.

Recently, however, I've noticed an unpleasant change. The top of the page says that it is now searching Yahoo, MSN, and Ask (note that Google is nowhere to be seen) and the results are showing one sponsored link after another, with no clear delineation between links that advertisers are paying to have and natural search results. Instead, you have to look carefully to see the faint "Sponsored By..." text near the links. I like to use sponsored links sometimes, but I always want to be able to easily make the distinction. Google separates the sponsored links, but Blingo is now showing them peppered through the regular results.

I like the idea of aggregating results from several different search sources, but so far, the results have been that it's more difficult to find the information I'm looking for, instead of returning more useful results. I've started going to Google more often, instead of relying on Blingo for the lion's share of my searches. Have any of you found the new Blingo search to be more difficult to use? Click on comments below to tell me your opinion.

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March 31, 2008 at 9:52 am
(1) amyc says:

Yes. The only reason I started using Blingo was A) it used Google as it’s search B)chance I might get a small kick-back from all the searching I do. I’m going back to my old Google search engine and forgetting about any $5 gift card, free movie tickets, ect. That is how much I value Google and it’s methods.

April 7, 2008 at 2:04 am
(2) Jesse says:

I just recently heard about Blingo (maybe a month ago), and really enjoyed using it. This change, however, made it almost impossible to use. It seems like the first page is filled with repeat results, and that just makes everything very inefficient.

I emailed their support with no luck. I am thinking the only way they are going to change back to google is if a very large number of their users leave.

Quite sad if you ask me.

May 19, 2008 at 12:45 pm
(3) Ben says:

Yup. The day of the change I dispatched a letter to their contact address telling them how displeased I was with the change, and I promptly changed my home page back to Google. They really did a disservice to their subscribers. I wonder how much money they’re saving by going this route. This was too good to be true for too long. Adios Blingo.

October 31, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(4) Rene Miller says:

Do I need a URL? I am new at this. I was using Blingo all of the time because I added it to my toolbar. I won 50.00 a couple of weeks ago but have not received it yet. Does anyone have any idea on how long they take to pay out or get your prize to you? I was pretty disappointed that Google is nowhere to be seen up there anymore as well. Somehow I ended up with “MyPoints” and “Mapquest”? No Clue either.

November 1, 2008 at 11:56 am
(5) Jason says:

I use PCH Search and Win, which I think is the same as Blingo. And yes I find it annoying that the sponosored results aren’t seperated from the regular results

February 11, 2009 at 1:38 am
(6) Ann Brown says:

I have tried and tried and tried many many sweepstakes, have given away much much money. I’ve learned my lesson in just giving away thousands of dollars on nothing to go on but promises. It is heartbreaking and discouraging, though I keep trying hoping that some day, there will be some truth to all of this.

February 11, 2009 at 4:58 am
(7) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Ann, you shouldn’t have to pay any money to win sweepstakes. If you haven’t already, you might want to familiarize yourself with the Top Warning Signs of Sweepstakes Scams.

After that, try entering the sweepstakes that I’ve hand-picked for my readers. For example, the numbered sweepstakes on the cash sweepstakes list.

May 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(8) Soe says:

Up until now it has been great dealing with them. Now I am not so sure!!One of my fneird told me that she has requested for redeem using points on early last month. Usualy it only took 3 days the money would credit on the account.This time more than one month past but nothing happened. She wrote them also Lauren several times but no one responced. She even called them and left voice message but still not responce. I am not sure if this company was bankruptcy. However interestly we still receive the survey invitation from them from time to time. Thus they trick us to take survey for free and they will get money! Can you help us to find out what’s going on with this company and Lauren?Thank you!

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