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BenDunne.com is Free, but full of spam


I’ve talked about BenDunne.com now on a number of occasions now, it’s nearly getting boring. That was of course until he announced last week that it would be free to post adverts on BenDunne.com until the 18th of December 2009. I refrained from posting on this blog about it to try stop the monotony of it all.

But today it’s clear that he is still being terribly advised by his “web team”. As soon as it was free to post ads on BenDunne.com, the madness started. Now it appears you can buy anything from a pet called Mogawi to a Raptor or even a certain golfer as a golfing coach. Clearly the site has been overrun with spammy listings since it went free to post. The guys at IQ Content, found a lot more examples of these spammy listings (click here to view).

This has to be one of the best examples of a badly planned web project I have ever seen. I really do hope Ben’s site succeeds, but so far it’s hard to have any faith in him achieving success. That is of course until he gets better advice.

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Ben Dunne drops price on BenDunne.com

The radio waves were filled with more adverts from Ben Dunne this morning. This time, with only a few days to go, Ben Dunne has decided to drop the asking price for placing an advert on BenDunne.com to €1.50. This is clearly a reaction to it’s biggest rival in this space, DoneDeal.ie

What worries me is that this rash decision was most likely in response to all the talk amoung many web professionals, who feel it’s a bad idea. No-one I have spoke to thinks that this site is going to grab much of the market share currently held by the likes of DoneDeal.ie, Gumtree.ie or even Adverts.ie – has Ben only realised now that there are many websites already occupying this space?

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BenDunne.com – will it work?


I’d love to know who is giving Ben Dunne advice on his web business strategy. It’s not to think that it’s nothing more than a young guy just out of college or else someone taking Ben for a ride. As we all know Ben is the master of taking a small idea and making big business from it.

If we were to use the “mock up” of his new website currently available at www.bendunne.com as a guide, it appears that this site will be another of what can only be described as a classified ads website.

The difference with this is that Ben Dunne is going to charge €3 per listing. The problem with that is that there are already much more popular websites providing the exact same service for free. Take your pick from Adverts.ie or even Gumtree.ie – both allow you to publish your items for free, plus they already both have a massive user base.

There’s no doubt that people will use this site – it’s already being advertised on local radio and it the site has yet to be launched. But for how long and will it be long enough for Ben to make money from it. I’ve discussed the issues with TenderMe.ie in another article and the general consensus from the comments in response to that article were that it was lacking transparency – hopefully Ben will have addressed this issue with BenDunne.com

If I was him, I’d reduce the listing fee – €3 is a little bit too steep in my opinion for people to make the move to this new site. If I was looking to sell something online, I’d be happy to pay him €1 to list the item and still list it on Adverts.ie. But €3 is a little steep and something I’d only do as a last resort.

Anyway – I wish Ben Dunne great success with his new website, I hope when the site goes live it is not as bad as I expect it to be.

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Ben Dunne’s TenderMe.ie – is it worthwhile?

If you had listened to NewsTalk 106 at all over the past couple of months, you will remember being bombarded by adverts for Ben Dunne‘s latest and greatest project – TenderMe.ie.

TenderMe is a system that allows anyone to go online, enter information on work you need done, whether it be office equipment or computer repairs and receive quotes to your email from a number of different suppliers who want your work.

Within days of the first advert being aired on the radio, people were buzzing about TenderMe.ie – nearly every person I met asked me about it or recommended that I try it.

Because of the exposure the site was getting I felt that I would be mad not to know about this site and how it functions. I didn’t believe the type of clientele my company works with would look or use this site, but I’m always open to being proven wrong! So off I went and signed up for an account to receive alerts on the types of job requests that I was interested in.

Within minutes of signing up – I was getting emails notifications (and quite regularly) of people looking for eCommerce websites, Content Managed Websites and even basic brochure type websites. I have to say, some of them (from their headline tag) looked like they could be nice projects for a company like ours. That was of course until you went to the website to read more detail. Only then would you realise, that there really was no description of these jobs at all. Well if you call “A company website selling products” a description of what is required, fair enough… but for the type of business we do, that’s just not enough to give anyone an accurate quote.

As it was only €3 to respond to a tender, I thought I’d do a few tests to see what kind of response I could get. My idea was to quote from two different types of suppliers – one a professional web design company and a few from a cheap and nasty type web design company. After spending €18 and quoting prices lower than any other possibly could, I didn’t once receive a response. I honestly didn’t expect a response to an average quote from a professional web design company at professional rates, but I did expect a response to the cheaper quotes. If people were looking for a good deal, they couldn’t have got any better as far as I was concerned.

It left me wondering whether these job postings were really legit or was it just Ben (or his staff) making up jobs tenders in order to fill the site with content or worse still… to line his pockets?

I do believe TenderMe.ie could be a useful service if there was a bit more transparency. Take for example Adverts.ie – they don’t let you make private offers, you must do everything in the open where everyone can see. This approach makes it very clear to everyone who is participating where they stand and whether or not they are getting a good deal. This approach would definitely reduce the money going into TenderMe.ie’s bank account initially – but the more people can trust the service, the more they will use it. This is something that Ben and his team have clearly missed.

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