ReviewMe, the pay for review service initially stated that they were going to be updating site information on a monthly basis. As many people might have noticed they didn’t quite manage that, in fact it has been over 2 months since my first, and only review for them, of Aaron’s Search Engine Glossary. (I still have to make an affiliate site from his content).
When the service launched, this blog was less than one month old, so whilst I had already gained a reasonable number of subscribers, and for a new blog, reasonable traffic, I didn’t benefit from the attention the service was receiving.
This is how my ReviewMe profile looked up until possibly just a few days ago:-
I didn’t receive an update email, but I did notice something in my referral stats that someone was “checking me out”, so I popped onto ReviewMe to see what was happening.
My stats have now been finally updated:-
It certainly looks like a much more credible site to perform a product review, which might be why someone was checking me out. Combined with the 50% discount ReviewMe are currently offering (coupon code: trial) then it might be an offer too good to refuse.
I am actually quite happy to review stuff for free, or if someone wants me to run my eye over their blog and offer some kind of critique, I am more than happy to do it. I am not a professional SEO. If I can drop in an affiliate links for something, even better :)
I certainly won’t review or link to risky products, and if I am asked to review something, it is going to be published whether positive or negative irrespective of whether I will get paid for it.
I Hate Snapshot Ratings
Don’t you hate stats that are an inaccurate snapshot. They don’t portray the potential growth or decline of a site.
Since the snapshot was taken I am mow close to 13k in Technorati and my 1 week Alexa was 20k.
RSS subscribers is hard to measure now. This site tends to attract newer users to RSS and blogging, and thus Google Reader and Email are the primary method of subscribing. We might even see bloglines subscriptions declining in the near future – it seems their site traffic has fallen more than 20% in the last 6 weeks.
Set Your Own Price – Massive Shock
I just popped by the ReviewMe blog to grab a graphic, and I noticed a new announcement.
You can now set your own price for reviews. This is a very good feature, because that allows you to take into consideration blog growth. I must have been very close to the $150 bracket as it was, and honestly expect to be below 10K Technorati and solidify my below 20k Alexa in the next week. I also should hit 550-600 subscibers in that time.
It gets even better, you can even manually tell ReviewMe to update your ranking
The fun thing about Technorati is that the data is based on 6 month stats, and this blog only went live 17th October.
Of course that heavily depends on how many people are going to go dropping their subscriptions because they didn’t read my widely promoted disclosure policy.
I feel I am an honest guy, I tell things straight, and if people want to pay me for reviews I would most likely do for free because it is on topic, and they just asked, I am not going to throw the money away.
However I strongly believe my reviews and time are actually worth more than ReviewMe currently are willing to pay me by default.
I don’t intend to use text-link-ads on this site, I much prefer links in the body of the content, in exactly the same way I much prefer people to link to me from a post occasionally than add me to their blogroll. There is also another reason, they have an “exclusivity clause” for text based advertising. It doesn’t affect ReviewMe, but it would affect other text links – possibly they don’t enforce it, but this is the year of freedom – Google have relaxed on what is allowed, maybe Andy will relax the terms for TLA as well.
Well anyway here is the TLA link value calculator – just see what links in my content should be worth… per month, not lifetime, and that is without any work in reviewing.
I should also state that at least 6 splogs also pick up most of my content, with all the links live. No they are not mine, and I am not going to hunt them down, as they are actually giving me better than full attribution. I doubt my paid reviews will end up on WebProNews, they would have to make an editorial decision as to whether they added value to their site.
With the various archive pages and tag pages here, any review ends up being links from 10 pages, of semi duplicate content, much of it LSI linked.
At the beginning of March I will be raising the price to $150, of which I will receive $75, and I will probably raise it again at the beginning of April.
Currently you can get a review, after the 50% discount for $50 – or free if you have something highly relevant, are a regular reader / commenter, or just if you ask nicely and are a worthy cause, or an embarrassing victim.