Update: It appears new facts have come forward. I was recently contacted by Scribol, whom I had listed as a clone of 2leep.
2leep’s sheepish nature on the subject may have had some light shed on it today, thanks to Chris from scribol.com. Chris told me that he knows Igor from back before 2leep, and that they acquired Pixdaus through Environmental Graffiti. Chris seems to be correct on several points, that both systems seem to have derived from Pixdaus in some fashion. But after their origination, things tend to get a little fuzzy from there. I’m going to call Chris and see what I can discover about their orgins behind this story.
Chris also wished for me to illustrate that quality is a focus on scribol.com and as part of their quality program popunders are not allowed in the network, and that they are working with the world’s leading statistician on the Scribol algorithms to increase the accuracy of the landing page’s widget, to further visitor returns.
I cannot verify this, as I don’t use the system myself, but from looking passively at domain age and Alexa rank, they have an older domain name than 2leep, but their rank didn’t start bumping up in Alexa until October, well after the establishment of 2leep. But giving that their rank is so high, they are a serious contender in the ring, have do appear to wield some mighty traffic as well.
The formula is flexible, and you can also “Buy Credits”. It’s very much like advertising, but your traffic is not targeted, so they are pretty much random visitors. Also each article contains just a title and single line of text along with a 220px thumbnail, used for display in the widget and landing pages. This all sounds new and exciting, but it’s actually not new. The porn industry had this figured out 10 years ago. It was only a matter of time before it made the transition over to blogs. Warez sites also had link exchange programs, and circle loops. While annoying, they were effective at getting traffic. 2leep has started this trend of annoyance as well by offering “Popunders” which show entire walls of the widgets, in a last ditch effort of the website to get a few extra clicks. Again, annoying but effective. VERY Effective!
Send in the Clone Army
Due to this popularity, “Clones” or duplicate websites have begun to surface which mimic the functionality of 2leep. There are two basic types of “clones”, original creations, (Idea Clones) and Direct Copies. The former type, Original Clones stand a much better survival rate than direct clones because they usually offer something different, or use slightly different algorithmic methods to determine popularity. Direct clones, on the other hand, offer little incentive to a webmaster, unless they can muster some significant traffic to bolster their popularity. An example of this can be seen in sites like http://www.2spots.com/ where they run widgets from other sites trying to build their own network. This, will unfortunately for them, never work. But the smartest one, was probably the first clone developer, http://2kurl.com They originated the original ”Clone” of 2leep, and run their own system. It is my belief that they realized that their own website was not growing like 2leep’s was, so the script creator sat out to sell his script on the Digital Point forums. He’s prolly came out the best out of all this because as I stated before, if you don’t have the traffic to begin with, it’s not going to help. 2leep had a couple of large website ad the widget right away. (Mainly because they are affiliated to the creators; example: englishrussia.com).
With 2kurl up for sale with a $200 price tag, the clones began attacking.
List of 2leep Clones (Direct Clones)
Wahoha.com was one of the first, and most heavily modified clones to appear. They offered some webmasters money during the inital phase of development and grew fairly quickly and have had success as the most popular direct clone of 2leep. In many ways, they’ve actually taken things a step further in the development of the platform, reportedly running on python for increased performance, and deviating away from 2leeps appearance and looking more polished on the back-end.
contog.com – New, and somehow affiliated with eatliver.com
2spots.com – New, and is quite desperate for traffic. Basically a dead site.
newsabler.com – New and affiliated with theblogismine.com (It’s the only site listed on there atm) This one may have some potential if they stick to being more news worthy and avoid reporting only odd and weird stories.
avalanchers.com – Heavily modified and looking strong. Uncertian of much more than that at this point.
2kurl.com – Orginal Clone Script creator’s website. *Note, you can’t buy ther script from here
www.tubesearch.net/blogwithblog/ *-A practially unknown clone floating out there, maybe a test site for the creator?
shufflur.com – *Yawn* Another Clone
scribol.com – Again, Another Clone * See update at the top*
random.us – Another clone, looks like it may go down soon and change to something else…
apesal.com – a Malaysian Clone – Good if you only speak Maylay (May have some success just for that reason)
kizaz.com – Ok, getting a bit silly now…
peemee.com – Good Lord!
2yuva.com – YA2C ( Yet Another 2leep Clone )
websha.com – YAA2C ( Yes, Another Another 2Leep CLone)
www.2incredible.com – amazing how fast these keep rolling out… *1/31/2010*
Ok, I’ll stop there, hopefully you get the idea, there are TOO MANY DIRECT CLONES!!
If you’re going to use any one of these, you might as well use 2leep or wahoha, as the rest are basically the same, but with less visitors.
Note, Wahoha is alot different than 2leep on policy. While 2leep in very rigid in number of submission of articles a day you can do (Usually just one article a day, and if they reject it, you have to wait another day to post somethings else, you lose your credit) Wahoha will let you submit over and over and over, post after post. Each still reviewed to ensure only quality content is on the site. Some of the others may appeal to you if your website is very small, or brand new, as they may offer more opportunity to grow, without flooding your site. 2leep also has a habit of changing your submitted photo to something more appealing, even if it’s unrelated. (I posted about a dog and they put an image of a cat for example.) Wahoha is really trying to usurp 2leep, but I don’t see it happening for quite a while. 2leep won simply because they were first. No other reason than that. HOWEVER….
These sites are NOT clones. They are wholly new platforms in their own right, and do some things very differently.
Awsmer.com – Is a new platform written from scratch, and not available anywhere else. It’s still evolving but has some really interesting features that set it apart from the other “Clones” out there. For example, you can exclude categories from your widget. Now, 2leep and all the clone you can choose not to include a category, but only, and I mean only, awsmer let’s you exclude a category. What that means is, if you have a widget, and you only have “Technology” category checked, then articles that may have both, Technology AND Funny, may be included. but you can opt to exclude Funny, and only the straight Technology articles would be shown in the widget. So far as my research, they are the only network offering this feature. You can also buy credits for traffic like on 2leep and Wahoha, but the purchasing system is limited to not interfere with the natural traffic of the websites. It’s also open for anyone, where as wahoha and 2leep many webmasters are unaware of this, and some links go to websites with no widgets on them. *Warning* There is a lot of NSFW posts on this website.
Raaze.com – Written is asp this one is very simplistic, and most links seem to go to some drunkenmoney.com I can say their widget will add traffic to your website, but the interface is a little buggy. You can also buy credits on this system as well.
Mgid.com – Market Grid. Wow, this network is so crazy, they make the widgets for you, the interface is barely there, and they add the posts for you, you have no choice in the matter. But somehow they wield massive amounts of traffic. If anyone can clear me up on this mystery please do. There are countless people on facebook who help you from mgid, who say they represent them, and then facebook deletes their accounts for spam, or something. WEIRD WEIRD WEIRD. Everything is difficult with them, which is odd considering they give you the most “Facetime” with humans. I don’t recommend because they are just a disorganized mess.
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I know there’s more out there, if you know of them, please comment below!