ReviewMe To Pay Bloggers For Reviews

ReviewMeTechCrunch reports on a new site called ReviewMe that promises to pay bloggers for reviews. TechCrunch points out some differences between ReviewMe and PayPerPost. ReviewMe pays bloggers according to their traffic data from sites like Alexa and Technorati. ReviewMe also requires bloggers disclose that the review is a paid review.
ReviewMe has a somewhat different model that PayPerPost. Where advertisers on PayPerPost set a single fee that is paid to all bloggers regardless of their size, ReviewMe uses an algorithm based on Alexa, Technorati and other statistics to determine the importance of a blog and charges a different fee for each blog based on the calculation. Blogger payments range from $30 - $1,000 per post.

Also, Bloggers must disclose that the review is a paid advertisement. They can do this in anyway they choose, ie "The following is a paid review:" "Paid Advertisement:" etc. This is another improvement over PayPerPost, which is heavily criticized because it does not require disclosure.

Finally, advertisers can purchase posts, but they cannot require that a post is positive. The blogger can choose to write their honest opinion without fear of not being paid. The only requirement is that the review must be a minimum of 200 words.
ReviewMe is also running a promotion to launch the service which involves paying out $25,000 to bloggers for reviews of ReviewMe.
Here's how: every new blogger accepted into the ReviewMe network will immediately have the opportunity to earn cash by reviewing ReviewMe itself. This gives new reviewers a chance to see exactly how our system works, and helps spread the word about ReviewMe, too :-) (good or bad). This offer will be in effect until we have paid out $25,000 total for reviews.
Jarkocious registered and blogs that ReviewMe will pay him $50 for reviews.
Anyone can sign up for an account on ReviewMe. I just did, and completed the registration process with ease. Once you are finished with the sign in process you are offered the opportunity to add up to 6 blogs. Each blog is given a ranking based on an algorithm that takes in to account the sites Alexa and Technorati ranking as well as the number of subscribers to its RSS feed. The ranking then ultimately determines the price that advertisers will pay in order to have reviews placed on your site.

You, the blogger, will ultimately see 50% of the price that an advertiser pays in order to have you review their product. In my case, a review on jarkolicious will cost an advertiser $100, allowing me to pocket $50 for a few six-packs of beer, some pizza with a little pocket-change left to spare.
Some other bloggers listing what their payout rate for ReviewMe reviews will be include Paul Stamatiou ($125), Texturbation ($20), Werty.net ($30), Make You Go Hmm ($125), Roy Kim ($30), Am I Famous Now ($30), dittes.info ($30), AdMoolah ($30) and InfoHatter ($20). ReviewMe was launched by the same company behind Text Link Ads so they could be using their Blog Juice Calculator to determine what to pay a blog for a review.

Bettnet, Discerning Discipleship, Techgurls, Software by Rob, Cameron Onolthuis, SMS Guide, Super Justin, Another Blogger, Gadgetizer and Firewheel Design have blogged paid reviews of ReviewMe and disclosed that these were paid reviews but they didn't specify exactly what they were paid.

Deep Jive Interests was unfairly dissed by ReviewMe. Deep Jive writes, "Maybe they also take PageRank into account, because being pagerank purgatory, I'm still saddled with the scarlet 'zero'."

LiewCF is blogging about ReviewMe's giant RSS button. The big RSS button can be found on the right side of ReviewMe's blog. They claim it is the world's biggest RSS button. It looks like it is at least 250 x 250 pixels.

Posted on November 9, 2006

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