More and more opportunities are becoming available for bloggers to earn money by writing for advertisers. These advertisers may request reviews, buzz, text links or mention of just about any kind. They key to maintaining a good balance between managing a decent blog (that readers will enjoy) and earning money from your blog is in choosing your opportunities wisely.
I have personally reviewed two of the more popular companies that offer these 'paid to blog' opportunities: PayPerPost and ReviewMe. I decided to look into other options, and thought I would give you a list of those that I have found along the way...
I havent found one yet that has the community and FUN FACTOR of PayPerPost, though I am still looking and reviewing. The true test is in how well you can blend the revenue sources into your blog (ie your content) and how much money you can earn.
I would love to see more [serious] competition in this arena. I believe that a good combination of the right revenue sources could mean a substantial income for practically anyone with a blog. Even newer blogs that are less than 6 months old.
It's been awhile since I've seen an opportunity that is relatively easy to get into, with such a potentially quick return. While Affiliate Marketing is one such option, it does come with more of a learning curve. Blogging is as easy as picking a topic you can write about, collect information on, etc. Almost everyone has something to say.
Not to mention you can set up free or cheap, using blogger (not my first pick) or setting up a hosting account for under $10/month that will install WordPress for you with one click (definitely the way to go).
And of course, once you set up a blog and get it established online, the door opens for many other money-making opportunities and income sources. Some examples include: affiliate marketing, selling text links, taking on sponsors or advertisers, using contextual advertising such as Google Adsense, etc.
Below is that list I promised. It is by no means extensive, but this is straight from my resource file where I have been collecting links to review...
- PayPerPost www.payperpost.com
The pay is generally $4-$20 per blog post and the guidelines vary from opp to opp. There are always plenty of opportunities though, and you can post up to 3 reviews/posts per day through their system. You can generally earn $15-$45 per day, or $500-$1,000 per month.
They do have a referral system in place, so if you join you can tell them I sent you by giving them my email address: Lynn@ClickNewz .com or simply click on the image below:
- ReviewMe www.reviewme.com
The payout structure and the lack of available reviews mean that you may not get many writing or review opportunities here. Time will tell of course - they are new to the scene, but have quite a database and reach, so it may pan out yet. At least get join and get your blog listed as advertisers may find you and contact you directly. No referral program in place yet.
My Review of ReviewMe and Another Look at ReviewMe
- CreamAid www.creamaid.com
This one looks a little complicated at first glance, but it appears there is definitely a money-making opportunity there for active bloggers. Their goal is to use social networking to create buzz around 'conversations' or spread things through word-of-mouth by offering incentives. They payout for both posts and referrals, and pay you via PayPal within 24 hours. I havent tested this one personally (yet) but here is a screen shot to give you an idea of how it works:
- Loud Launch www.loudlaunch.com
They havent yet launched their network, but you can sign up to be notified when they go live. I imagine they will offer a service similar to PayPerPost or ReviewMe.
- Blogitive www.Blogitive.com
Also similar to PayPerPost, as you get paid for actual blog posts or opinions - not by placing ads or direct advertising on your blog. The site seems to load a little slow, but that could be a temporary issue. They pay out weekly via PayPal. I just signed up so I'll keep you posted on how well it works and on the earning potential.
They also have a job board for bloggers that may be worth checking out.
- BloggingAds www.bloggingads.com/
Yet another that is very similar to PayPerPost. The site is very simple, and they dont let you know upfront what type of opportunities they have or what the payout structure is like, but the testimonials on the site make it sound much like PayPerPost. I've signed up for this one as well to get an inside look at the system.
- Blog to Profit www.blogtoprofit.com
They actually emailed me directly which is how I became aware of their website. Once you sign up they will send you an Excel file that contains links that are relevant to the category you choose. You have up to two days per link sent to post these links (so 30 days if they send you 15 links). You then update the file and email it back to them, and receive payment through PayPal. Each link must be within a relevant blog post, one link per post. The payout per link is determined once they review your blog.
- Blogsvertise www.blogsvertise.com
The description on their site reads: "You write up an entry in your blog about the advertiser however you want! You can review the site, compliment it, relate to it somehow in your daily life, or even complain about it, and link to the website at least 3 times in your blog/journal entry." I see some familiar faces in the 'featured bloggers' section - I signed up to check this one out further.
- In-Blog-Ads www.inblogads.com
You can sell text links OR get paid for individual blog posts with their system. Registration is simple: you can just select a username and password and log straight in. Once you log in, you can submit your blog for review. It must be indexed in Google and have at least 20 posts to qualify for paid posts/reviews. Payments are sent monthly via PayPal.
If you have any experience, comments or questions with any of these websites - I'd love to hear your thoughts! Use the 'Leave a Reply' box below, and of course feel free to let us know of similar 'paid to blog' opportunities that arent yet listed here!
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