Make Money by Writing Paid Reviews

Make money with your blog by signing up with a paid review site. There are several to choose from, so I’ll take one at random and tell you a bit about them. Let’s look at BlogsVertise.

UPDATE 2008: Only do this if you don’t care about your blog’s Page Rank. You will lose it if and when Google catches you.

BlogsVertise are what has become known in the business as a “paid to review” site. They operate by bringing advertisers together with bloggers who act as a very powerful publishing medium and can boost the effectiveness any advertising campaign.

From a blogger’s side of things, you first need to own a qualifying blog before you can get started. To qualify, your blog must be a minimum of three months old with a good deal of regularly posted content relevant to the theme of the blog. That in itself will prove sufficient to qualify, although it would help your cause if you had a decent alexa rank together with a good page rank from Google.

Once your blog is accepted, you will be offered reviews that you can make money from. The amount you can earn and the frequency of which you will be offered reviews will vary according to the popularity and theme of your blog.

Once you have been offered an assignment, you should accept or decline it as soon as possible, because BlogsVertise will penalise bloogers who leave assignments pending for too long and you will be assigned fewer reviews, so it’s in your best interest to acknowledge your assignments as soon as you can.

Once you accept an assignment, you should write your review according to the guidelines stated in the assignment itself, as each one will differ slightly in what the advertiser wants to see in reviews. You then submit your review with the permanent link of your blog post. Then it goes for review by BlogsVertise and if accepted, you will then be paid in 30 days time via PayPal. Nice and simple?

So there’s a great way to make money with your blog – even more reason to work hard at it in it’s early stages to build your reputation and popularity.

Conversely, if you are an advertiser and are looking at ways to increase your exposure by using the very powerful medium of blogs, BlogsVertise could be very good for your campaigns. They have many professional bloggers on their files who regularly write excellent reviews of websites and online business opportunities and can really give your advertising campaign a boost by directing it a high volume of tightly targeted traffic. They can be contacted directly via the link below:

UPDATE 2008:

Writing paid reviews will cost you your page rank – Google will slap you for doing it and don’t think you can escape. It will happen – this blog got slapped and lost its PR3 because of it. That’s another of the things those scamming bastard A-listers sort of omitted to tell you.

Another Paid Review Site to Make Money From!

One of my favourite Paid Review sites has to be PayPerPost. They are well established and seem to come up with the most opportunities for my qualifying blog, The Honest Way. They also have a referral program, which is another way to make money with these guys.

I’m going to blatantly put up a sign-up box right here in this post, just in case any of you are thinking about signing your blog up with them – this is the easiest way to do it!

Ok, I deleted it again – if you want to sign up with PayPerPost, please click on the banner in my sidebar!

There are the usual qualifying criteria that your blog has to meet. That being it has to be over three months old, have a reasonable alexa rank and fair amount of regular traffic. They’ll accept a PR0 blog, but you’ll be restricted as to which opportunities you can apply for.

But don’t worry about that to begin with, it’s important to get your blog accepted first so that you can start with a few paid reviews just to get you into the swing of things.

The more opportunities you take the better you will get at it. Better to make your mistakes early while your blog is still relatively new and seemingly inexperienced than to be making a hash of things when your blog is high ranking and supposed to be professional!

As your blog grows in popularity, as it surely will over time you’ll get more chances to make money with PayPerPost, so don’t be shy – sign up now!

So can I advertise directly on this blog?

Advertisers are more than welcome to sponsor me to write a review on their business or marketing website on this blog as long as its theme is reasonably close to this. By that I mean a money or marketing oriented site would be fine, whereas it would look silly if I were to review a website selling women’s shoes. I think you get the idea!

If you think this could be a lucrative form of advertising, I can be contacted directly to blog about your business or website by simply leaving me a comment on this post. I’ll reply the same day.

More Paid Reviews

There are more than one site out there that will sign your blog up after it reached a certain age and as long as it receives a reasonable amount of traffic.

This one is called ReviewMe.

This site acts in a similar fashion to BlogsVertise in that they offer your blog assignments from time to time that they will pay you to write. Again, as with other sites like this, the amount of money you can make varies with the assumed importance of your blog. A higher PR blog can command a higher “wage” per post than a lower one. Not only that, but a higher PR blog will also be offered more assignments.

If you are the owner of a high PR blog and want to make money in decent amounts from this type of assignment, you can really pick and choose which ones you want to do and which ones you can decline. The higher your page rank, the more choice you’ll have as advertisers will fall over themselves to have their sites reviewed on high ranking blogs – they see them as having the highest readership.

You know as well as I do that is not always the way of things. A highly patronised blog need not have a high page rank. It may provide lots of useful and interesting reading material and be very popular because of what it is, not because Google says it’s popular.

Conversely, a blog with a high page rank may be a load of codswallop, but just because the owner has been busy gathering backlinks from here, there and everywhere, Google has been fooled into thinking that blog must be more important and therefore more widely read than the much better one with fewer backlinks.

Who said the world was fair?

The moral of this story? If your blog is good and has lots of readers, get busy and post in lots of other blogs, write articles and submit them to high PR ezines and get busy in social networking and bookmarking sites to spread the word. Eventually you’ll get there by honesty and hard work. Much more satisfying than having bought your way to the top.

If you are a blogger, or an advertiser for that matter and are interested in what ReviewMe< have to offer, click this link. Update 2008: These paid review sites are noting more than brokers for webmasters who want to buy links. That means if you write a so-called review and include followed links in the post, you are selling links. Google does not like this at all and will take your Page Rank from you if you sell links. You may also find your site dropped in the serps or even de-indexed if you really piss them off.

So safest rule of thumb is DO NOT SELL TEXT LINKS if you want to keep your PR and status with Google.

You have been warned!

Drive Traffic to Your Blog

In terms of creating a blog with a view to make money online, you need as many readers as you can get.

Update 2008:

Essentially you also need as much organic search traffic as you can attract. By attracting organic search traffic by the intelligent use of SEO, you’ll attract the kind of traffic that will click your ads.

By posting often and with good quality content that people will want to read and come back for more, you create the product.

With the promise of more posts of a similar quality and of frequent periodicity, you create the desire.

With excellent informative and educational posts you create the need.

So now what you have to do is create the path. The path to the door of your blog.

The only way of bringing visitors to your blog is by you getting out there and telling them about it! Ok, that’s a very simplistic statement but in its simplest terms, that’s exactly what you have to do in order to entice the curious to poke their head around the corner and notice your place.

The most popular ways of spreading the word about your blog are through the social networking sites like MyBlogLog and social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us, digg, stumbleupon etc. Other equally effective ways include writing articles and publishing them on ezines and article directories, posting comments on other blogs that fall into the same category as your own and also posting meaningful pieces in forums and message boards, using your signature to display the link back to your blog.

The success of your blog and its ultimate ability to make money for you depends very much on people. In fact it depends entirely on people, because without them you have no readers, no visitors, no traffic and no reason for advertisers to want to place their ads on your blog and you won’t make money.

So get out there and make friends with your fellow bloggers, forum members and anyone that you come across while online. You never know, the next person you bump into could be the owner of a high ranking blog who might just be willing to review your blog.

Closely followed by a mob of advertisers waving money in your face…

Update 2008: Can all that shit… that was written in a time when everybody believed that getting social traffic to your blog would make money for you. we now know that is horseshit put about by so called a-listers.

It was a lie.

The only way to make money from visitrs to your blog is to attract organic search engine traffic. Social traffic don’t click you ads. Why? ecause they’re Internet Marketers like you and they know what PPC ads are and they know what affiliate ads are.

They don’t click them because if they wanted to buy an affiliate product, they’d use their own affiliate id and get the commission themselves.

True organic search traffic, on the other hand are generally not Internet Marketers, and therefore don’t know what PPC and affiliate ads are. If they’re curious, they’ll click. You make money online from organic search traffic and very little else. Unless of course you are an A-lister and you’ve already sold all your new affiliate stuff to the readers who saw it first in your blog.

To get to A-lister status can take years, if ever, so if you want to go down that path, you can, but don’t expect to make money for those years…

Later posts in this blog will confirm this fact.