UPDATE May13, 2010: Things pertaining to LeapFish.com, their founders and management, along with related startups are no longer of interest to me, therefore no further comments are allowed on this post. There are also more reliable sources out there (such as Better Business Bureau) to help you make an informed decision about LeapFish.
***You may also want to know that the Law Firm of Daniel Bakondi, in San Francisco, CA, is investigating a possible Class Action Law Suit Against LeapFish.
Many internet startups find it privileged to be reviewed by TechCrunch. But even if TechCrunch’s verdict for you is a deadpool, although the author did not tagged that post with “deadpool“, it is still an opportunity for dialog. LeapFish’s employees screwed up so badly that opportunity that TechChrunch team had to ban their IPs from posting comments. Here are the snapshots of some parts of that exchange:
Please note that Robin Wauters is the author of the original article on TechCrunch.
Here is another warning by Robin which LeapFish employees completely ignore:
Finally TechCrunch blocks the IPs from where the shill comments appear to originate:
Later the CEO of LeapFish showed up and “apologized” for his employees- you can read the entire exchange on TechCrunch.
Back in May, United Kingdom legislators have made it illegal for businesses to engage in the above described deceptive marketing.
It may not be such a bad idea to prohibit and criminalize such behavior here in the US as well. Don’t you think?
Update: Bellow are the links to more LeapFish reviews.
LeapFish Review by Better Business Bureau. Note that BBB.org rates LeapFish at C- on a A+ to F scale.
A Brief Tale Of Sleaze- LeapFish should take Rob Shore’s advise and never lie to their potential clients.
Three Scams and Rip-Offs to Report – Kit Eliot describes his “encounter” with LeapFish.
Leapfish: Google Competitor or Flash In The Pan?- i think it is rather funny, or insane, to think that LeapFish can actually be viewed as Google’s competitor. But it sure makes a good headline. Well put article, a must read.
LeapFish Affiliate Program. Can Giveaways Keep It Afloat?- a post by yours truly. I thought it was a mistake to link their affiliate program to the basic function of their website- the search function. Their widgets also contain SEO friendly links back to their website- my conclusion their affiliate program is really a linking scheme to gain rankings in search engines.
Leapfish is a scam…maybe?- Patrick Sullivan Jr is offering his opinion about leapfish. The blog have attracted number of comments- well worth reading.
LeapFish Sucks- a take on LeapFish by Cole Pannell- a web designer and a SEO professional.
LeapFish.com advertisers beware – yet another account of dealing with LeapFish sale people.
Leapfish Review – Is LeapFish.com an opportunity, scam, or just another meta search site?- short but to the point rundown about advertising on LeapFish- needless to say the author passes on the opportunity to advertise or invest in LeapFIsh.