At some point in time, the majority of bloggers start looking for a way to get paid to blog. Sure, you started out with a passion project. It wasn’t about the money. It was only about this beautiful space you created to talk about your passions, fears or daily life. Then, people started counting on you to keep posting. You feel obligated. It is possibly taking more time and energy than it did in the past. You feel the need for some compensation. This is hard work! If you have tried ads or affiliate marketing without success, you still have a little option called Pay Per Post. (There’s always the possibility you got into blogging for the money, too. You have this option also, so keep reading.)
The premise of a pay per post system is that advertisers and website owners are looking to get their name in front of the largest number of potential consumers as possible. Statistics have shown that the most effective ads are those found intext, or within the text of web content, as opposed to banners and buttons. They can wait around for people to review and talk about their products and sites, or they can speed up the process by soliciting reviews from publishers. Bloggers are perfect for this type of system.
Several companies now act as the middle man. They connect publishers with advertisers. The advertiser tells the middle man company the type of sites they are looking for, what they are willing to pay and any campaign specifics. The middle man company then sends these offers to applicable bloggers to accept or deny. The blogger writes the post and submits it for the company’s approval. If everything is acceptable, the blogger gets paid.
Reviewme pays once per month via check, PayPal or Prepaid MasterCard. There is no minimum for PayPal payments, check and MasterCard payments have a $25 minimum. Posts must be at least 200 words in length and contain two links to the advertiser. Your blog’s rating will determine how many paid posts you can complete per month. Your blog must meet their minimum requirements to be accepted. If you are initially declined, they encourage you to reapply in a few months.
PayPerPost is an Izea company. One main difference in this program is that you choose the minimum amount of money your posts are worth. They will offer up a suggestion, but it is up to you to set your price. There is also no blog approval process. As soon as your blog has been submitted, you will start receiving relevant offers as they become available. Payments are released after 30 days. Once your account reaches $50, you can request payment via PayPal. Any request for funds lower than $50 is subject to a charge.
Sponsored Reviews also allows you to set your own price. Your blog does need to be at least 3 months old. Payments are made bi-weekly via PayPal.
SocialSpark is another Izea company. Your blog does need to go through an approval process. Once approved they will send you leads. These leads will inform you of the advertiser, the specs for the requested post and payment. You can then let them know you are interested, negotiate or decline the lead. Payments are made in points which are then converted into cash. At this time, one point is worth approximately one cent. As with PayPerPost, points are released after 30 days and you can then request payment via PayPal. Their offers are very reasonable in price. Advertisers range from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups.
Blogvertise – I have completed pay per post opportunities for this company. They seem to go in spurts with available opps. They pay via PayPal 30 days after your post is approved.
Business2Blogger – This is a blog network that connects businesses looking for product reviews with bloggers. Some of these gigs are paid, others will only supply a free product for review.
Many of these companies do require approval of your paid post before publishing. However, that does not mean you are forced to give a “glowing review.” They are looking for honest opinions. You are also required to disclose to your readers when you are receiving payment for post. Whether or not you choose to get paid to blog with pay per post opportunities is up to you. As bloggers, we tend to have several blogs lying around in which we have lost interest. This is an option to get them moving again.
For even more income opportunities, check out How to Get Paid from Blogging.
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