Alot of people called me out on making too many paid review articles this month, and I had been pretty good at ignoring them. My reason was mainly because I went out to prove, at least to myself, that doing paid reviews is a good way to make money, probably more than ads which is a concern because people seem to be more engrossed with it. Anyway, here are the things I learned from my month long case study:
1. You probably would earn more from Ads if you have a huge site, but if your site has below 100 readers, you might want to stick with paid reviews instead.
2. Paid review sites have their own advantages – PayPerPost.com, ReviewMe.com, Smorty.com and SponsoredReviews.com. As far as their payment schemes, Smorty pays every week but they dont have alot of opportunities, SponsoredReviews.co pays twice a month, ReviewMe pays at the end of the month, and PayPerPost pays 30 days after you made the review.
3. Signing up for paid reviews is easy, the requirements only include a blog, an email address, blog URL, some personal information, and paypal account.
4. All paid review websites pay through Paypal. There is now Paypal in the Philippines, all you need to do is sign up and connect a credit card to it. If you don’t have a credit card, you should probably get one. You only need an ITR, valid ID’s, and pay slips for three months not lower than 10K. (All of this can be forged as well.. but you didn’t get that from me)
5. You will get more review opportunities if you have a dot com address rather than a free hosted blog (from blogger or myspace). The cheapest way for you to get your own address is to buy a domain from Blogger (or your choice of platform, so long as they allow you to redirect your blog to your URL).
6. The blog you submitted will first have to be approved for you to participate. I suggest you start blogging for at least a month if you want to make money off of this.
7.Approval of blogs will depend on several things – mainly so long as your blog isn’t about violence or any of those bad stuff, and if your blog is updated regularly, you should be approved. But if you want to make a career out of paid reviews, I suggest you take notice of your pagerank and alexa rank.
8. Pagerank and Alexa Rank are measures of your blogs success. The higher your PageRank is, the more opportunities will come your way. The lower your Alexa Rank is, the more opportunities will come your way. These ranks are relative to you visitors and links, so you might want to take notice of those first.
9. After you’ve been approved for participation the only thing you need is write. Yep! No fees are required.
10. Bloggers hate bloggers who write paid reviews.. they dont read them. If you’re here to make chummies, forget it! (it’s like choosing between readers or money. hehehe. And as readers are only hypothetical presences in your blog, I suggest you stick with money and then brag!)
11. There is nothing wrong with earning from paid reviews, but if you’re sad about not being able to maintain a readership, I suggest you be transparent about it and/or open another blog to absorb these feelings of remorse. (But you should be doing it for yourself and not for your readers).
12. Paid Reviews and Adsense dont hate each other. You can have ads on your site and do paid reviews.
13. You need to have a disclosure badge on your site, this is a requirement if you are to write paid reviews. You can get that badge here.
14. You can never just do paid reviews all the time. PayPerPost and other review sites require a ratio of at leat 2:1 with regular posts (also called Non-Sponsored Posts) against Sponsored Reviews. If you have joined several paid review sites, you can try arranging your posts so that the Review sites dont notice: Eg: You can write a sponsored review from PayPerPost, and the SponsoredReview, and then Smorty.. this works for you but I still suggest you try and write regular posts for your readers.
15. The reason why you should regularly write posts for your readers (as opposed to just sponsored reviews) is because your pagerank and alexa rank also changes. If you have a pagerank of 4 now, and left your blog to paid reviews which nobody read, you might just wake up with a pagerank of 2 next month and that means less opportunities. Bottomline, a good balance of paid posts and regular posts will do. (I certainly didn’t do that this month)
16. My paid review routine is to try and make 40 bucks per day for 20 days in the month (as I had a goal of $1200 by its end). The minimum amount per paid review is about 5.00 dollars, which had me make up about 8 articles per day at most.
17. No I didn’t achieve my goal of $1200 this month, but I did make more than 800 bucks. PayPerPost and SponsoredReviews each gave me about 300 bucks each, ReviewMe and Smorty gave about 100 a piece.
18. Remember to read the Terms of Service. You are not allowed to delete reviews after they’ve been approved. Posts need to be in the front page for at least 24 hours before moving to the archives. For those who use post pages, a minimum of 50 words needs to be in front along with the links.
19. Write your reviews well, advertisers are told to rate you after they’ve received your review. Overall, this allows other advertisers to see how you do.
20. That PayPerPost badge that says “Hire Me” is a misnomer. Google is now penalizing people who have that, neither is it a requirement of payperpost. And honestly, has anybody hired you to write a review for them. I took mine down for these reasons (keep the disclosure badge though)