In 2012,¬†GetSTDtested.com¬†released their list of the¬†Top 100 Sex&Love&Dating Blogs, and our little ol’ humble home site¬†EMandLO.com¬†not only made the top 10, we were ranked third! This year,¬†STDcheck.com¬†has done their own TOP 100 SEX, LUST & LOVE BLOGS and we made their top 10!¬†(Excuse us while we do The Running Man.) But this time we only got 6th place (we wererobbed!).¬†Like before, we know this is just a clever marketing technique by¬†STDcheck.com¬†to drum up some buzz and get some shout outs, but we don’t care — we’re suckers for flattery! We’re also suckers for safer sex, regular STD testing for the sexually active, and open communication about one’s health history.
So hell yes, we’ll happily give¬†STDcheck.com¬†a shout out. And yes, we’ll put their badge of honor on our site. And damn straight, we’ll shamelessly collect the 10 $50¬†
bribes gift card prizes to STDcheck.com they’re handing out to all the winners (to be dolled out to friends and readers in some TBD fashion).
But first, we had some quick questions, which¬†STDcheck.com¬†quickly answered:
Are you guys affiliated with GetSTDtested.com (they did almost the same thing two years ago)? And if not, how are you different?
We are not affiliated with¬†getSTDtested.com, but we are also a health services provider. We provide STD testing that can be purchased online, but our services are more affordable than our competitors, our testing is more comprehensive (we’re the only service offering Hepatitis A in our complete panel), and we are able to offer an RNA test for the early detection of HIV that can actually identify the virus itself (not just HIV antibodies) as soon as 9 days after exposure. We try to provide the absolute best testing available. We also focus a lot more on awareness. We have a non-profit program that gives free HIV tests to any college student in the country, we partner with activists and organizations that focus on prevention and education.
How does the gift thing work? Do we have to put up the button or will a post about the contest and your site work too? What are the gifts? How can you offer that to so many bloggers?
The gift cards are sent out once the badge is on your site. Part of our goal with the Top 100 list is to increase awareness about the importance of getting tested among a wider audience than what we currently have, so we do ask that the badge be displayed, although blog posts are awesome, too. We allocated funds to do this because we felt that the long term results were worth it — increased awareness of why it’s important to get tested, an open dialogue among an audience who is comfortable with sexuality, a way to let people know how convenient and private the STD testing process can be, and (hopefully) new customers who can benefit the services we offer.