If you have ever tried to make money in the sponsored posts market then you will have heard of Smorty. At the beginning of the year they did a disappearing act and didn’t let on to anybody what was going on, leaving a lot of their members high and dry.
Closing up shop, and doing a runner in the middle of the night without alerting their clients, is nothing new on the internet, it’s been happening since the early 90s, but I think Smorty was one that really took people by surprise for some reason.
In fact when they were gone for a month people were still regularly checking to see if the site had made a return.
Although four months on there is still no announcement from the people who run the network; I think it is time for everyone to realise that Smorty are dead and gone and are not coming back anytime soon.
Thankfully I stopped using them back in 2009 when they stopped offering me tasks, but unfortunately I am one of the few lucky ones as apparently when Smorty disappeared it did so without paying its members for quite a few months.
This is just another example of why you should never put all your eggs into one basket, if you check out my Make Money page (just under Sponsored Posts) then you will find a lot of networks to use so you can spread your bets.