Web Site Review: SmartPros

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Where: http://accounting.smartpros.com/

Who: SmartPros Ltd., Hawthorne, NY

What: Accounting and finance web portal

Overview: SmartPros offers a news and information portal for accounting and finance professionals. You can find links to tax, finance and accounting sites, sign up for a weekly newsletter and submit content, including press releases.

Highlights

  • SmartPros brings multiple sources of accounting news and information together in one place. Site use is free.
  • The site loads quickly, has a simple, eye-pleasing layout, and is easy to navigate.
  • You can post your resume and search for a job.
  • The site is updated on a regular basis and offers current news.

Potential Drawbacks

  • The site contains many advertisements, and these ads put cookies on your computer.
  • You have to register to access some areas of the site and to sign up for newsletters.
  • Many internal site links appear to be broken, and the site is not as well-maintained as you might expect from a publicly traded company.
  • The search engine is sub-optimal, returning error messages or irrelevant content.

Opinion: SmartPros has useful commentary and features, though you’ll want to watch for sponsored articles.

Taxing Lessons Final Grade: C

Review Policy Disclosure: Taxing Lessons receives no compensation for web site reviews and has no affiliation with the reviewed sites.

Update 10/8/2010: The editor of SmartPros sent the following email (to which Taxing Lessons has replied) in response to this review.

Dear Taxing Lessons:

First let me thank you for featuring our Accounting homepage on your blog. We always appreciate press!

I would like to address your comment about broken links on our site. The site, and subsequent pages, has been in existence since 2001. It is our policy to continue to host “old” news content for archival and research purposes. University students regularly cite SmartPros’ news stories from the early 2000s when researching Enron or SOX, for example. Over 70,000 pages of content are managed by a very small editorial staff and we do make every effort to fix broken links as soon as they are brought to our attention. However, we are often unable to update broken links in archived news stories because a new link simply does not exist. This can happen when the organization that supplied the original content makes changes such as server upgrades, webpage redesigns, or simply removes old content.

If you or your readers find broken links anywhere on our site, please let us know. You can email me directly at editor @ smartpros.com or place a comment in the “rate this story” tool at the bottom of any article.

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Regards, Marli Larimer, Editor, SmartPros News & Information Portal

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