Reviewing ReviewMe

ReviewMe is a PayPerPost like service that pays bloggers to write about an advertiser’s product or service. The company is own by Text Links Ads, which was recently acquired by MediaWhiz. ReviewMe is different from PayPerPost in many ways. The biggest different is ReviewMe requires bloggers to disclose that the post is a paid post. This can be done in any number of ways, ie “Sponsored Post” “The following is a paid review” “Advertisement” etc. The lack of disclosure was a major gripe I had with PayPerPost. Another major improvement is ReviewMe does not require a review to be positive. You are free to state your mind on the product or service without fear of not being paid.

Creating a ReviewMe account is straightforward – just sign up here. Once you’re logged in, you are asked to submit your blog for consideration. You may have up to 6 active blogs in the ReviewMe network. Once accepted, the blogs may publish an unlimited number of reviews. With the information about your blog, ReviewMe will give your blog a ranking and price.

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The above screenshot is what ReviewMe has about my blog. The ranking is based on scores from Alexa, Technoranti and number of RSS subscribers. Price is how much a review on my blog cost. The Price is based on several factors including theme, estimated traffic, link popularity, and estimated RSS subscribers. Both Ranking and Price are recalculated monthly. The Payout is the amount I would get for writing a review.

After entering my blog information, I was instantly given an offer to review ReviewMe. I thought that was hilarious because I was going to write about them anyway. Now I can get $50 for doing it. However, by accepting the review, this post has become a paid post. Every new blogger accepted into the ReviewMe network will have the opportunity to review ReviewMe. This gives new reviewers a chance to see exactly how their system works, and helps spread the word about the network. ReviewMe has set aside $25,000 to promote their new service. Make that $24,950 since I just took $50 of it.

While ReviewMe does not require reviews to be positive, they do require a review to be at least 200 words long. In addition, a review has to be done within 48 after accepting the assignment. After the review is finished, you need to enter the URL to the review in the ReviewMe control panel.

ReviewMe seems to be quite selective in the blogs they accept. I have told a few fellow bloggers about the service and four of them reported back that they were rejected because they didn’t meet the minimum requirements. Yet, these bloggers would have no problems being accepted to PayPerPost. A look at some of the sites in the ReviewMe network reveals some very well known blogs.

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Another huge different between ReviewMe and PayPerPost is pricing. ReviewMe is charging a lot more for a review and that is attracting the bigger and better known blogs into their network. However, I think the biggest factors for higher-ranking blogs joining is the disclosure requirement and the freedom to give your honest opinion on a review.

Assuming your blog meets the requirements, I see ReviewMe as a viable income source for bloggers. If you get accepted by ReviewMe, I would be interested in knowing how much a review on your blog is worth. Please post it in the comments.