Well it’s the morning after and I have to decide if I can still live with myself.
Yesterday, of course, I dipped my toes in the (murky?) waters of paid reviews with Review: Search Engine Marketing Glossary. Today I see that my review has been accepted and I’ll be paid $30.
A buck a minute isn’t too bad – it sure beats Google AdWords – but how do I feel about writing a post for money?
Short answer: I’m not sure yet. It definitely feels different … frankly, it feels a little frightening. Am I OK with this? Is it right?
I don’t think paid reviews are unethical when there’s full disclosure. I think the ambivalence that I’m feeling rises from the fact that my blog, my space, my stake in the cyber-sand, which I have only used so far for personal and professional thinking out loud, now has a commercial feel to it – more than what you’d get from AdWords or banner ads.
I’ll have to think this one through a little more …
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Some other thoughts:
- Why I won’t use Pay-per-post
- Can someone tell me why?
- Hugh McLeod’s “pimped” wine (read the comments, that’s where the gems are)
- ReviewMe Launches (a paid review of the paid review service!)
- A Better PayPerPost (TechCrunch’s review)
- ReviewMe: Too Good for Deep Jive Interests (a good blog that inexplicably was rejected by ReviewMe)
- Get Paid to Review Product
- ReviewMe to pay bloggers (check the rates of various sites about midway through this article – interesting!)
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