The following is a paid review. I recently joined ReviewMe, a service which enables you to write sponsored reviews about products in return for a payment from advertisers.
Here’s my first sponsored review — of ReviewMe itself.
I have to admit that overall I am wary about the impact of these paid blogging services, as I’ve read that other competitors require you to write positive reviews.
However, ReviewMe specifically states that they do not allow advertisers to require a positive review. So, my ‘moral high ground’ somewhat satisfied, I signed up.
The site itself is straight forward and easy to use, with the typical Web 2.0 stylistic touches (which I happen to like).
You can have multiple blogs within an account, as long as each one meets certain (unknown) traffic and subscriber minimums.
Here’s how my site looks to advertisers. Fortunately for me, I’m on the first page (of 19) of the web development category, so if you want advertisers to see your site, you need to have reasonable traffic, at least.
I did feel that once I’d set up my site there was a distinct feeling of “so, what now?” It’s not clear how I will be informed about new reviews for me to look at — presumably they will be emailed to me.
I haven’t received any yet although I’ve only been a member for a few days. However, that does make me think that I better check my spam filter to make sure any emails haven’t been getting filtered out.
You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of ‘ReviewMe alerts’, but whether or not this includes new reviews, I don’t know. A little direction might not be a bad idea for new signups.
Once you do accept a review you have a certain amount of time to post the review on your site.
You then have to log back into your account and update a form with a link to your review in order to complete the review process.
It’s very simple. In this case I have 48 hours to complete my review and get paid.
And that seems to be it. If it takes off it could be a nice source of additional revenue. Of course, I will be sure to only do the occasional review so as not to alienate my readership.
It’s worth noting that ReviewMe will pay you to review their own service, so if you sign up before the $25,000 they allocated to this runs out, you’ll have at least one guaranteed review to do and get paid for.