Exclusive – Pay Per Post Direct Changes The Paid Review Landscape

Pay Per Post had first mover advantage within the paid review arena, and initially concentrated on providing a framework for the purchase of mass market buzz marketing.
Competing services such as ReviewMe and Sponsored Reviews were launched, and these concentrated on one-to-one requests for professional reviews.

Dan from the Venture Capital Florida Blog, who is a managing partner of Inflexion Partners hinted to me in a quick email exchange that Pay Per Post had some very significant changes coming in the very near future, and he was certainly right.

Halfway through writing this review of PayPerPost Direct I hit a problem, and I really needed to check my facts straight from the horse’s mouth. After being passed from the PayPerPost PR agency to the PayPerPost switchboard, I discovered that Ted Murphy is truly protected by a wall of iron, and direct contact at short notice might be difficult.

I opted for plan B, went searching into the depths of my Gmail account, and I was fortunate enough to find a direct phone number to Ted in some old email correspondence.

Thus part of this review is direct from the PayPerPost Hotline

PayPerPost Announce Pay Per Post Direct

With Pay Per Post Direct you can reach out to advertisers, even those not currently in the PPP network, and advertise your own blogs and content. We’ve found in the past that advertisers often want to directly hire good bloggers to write about their products or services and with PayPerPost Direct that’s now possible.

Whilst I have written reviews with both ReviewMe and Sponsored Reviews in the past, and I have supported Pay Per Post because I appreciate their business model, I have never written a review for their service.
I wasn’t interested in many of their opportunities for a number of reasons.

  1. Many of the topics were not suitable – my blog is a business blog, and many of the opportunities were more “niche” or suitable for a blog about “stuff”
  2. I didn’t qualify for the higher paying opportunities that might have been suitable content for my audience, and the lower paid opportunities for the same subjects were often snapped up by active Pay Per Post users extremely fast
  3. The time allowed to post a paid review with PayPerPost before it is no longer reserved limits the amount you can really write about each service.
  4. I wasn’t prepared to log into the service multiple times per day trying to find something to write about to make money

Up until now, ReviewMe and Sponsored Reviews provided the best marketplace for what I would look on as being “professional reviews”, and I mean no disrespect with that term.
If you want to be able to spend 10 hours writing a review for a service over a couple of days, it was previous impossible with PayPerPost, and the higher priced reviews were more about the huge traffic potential from a popular blog than the possible benefits of a review as a consultant.

How To Qualify For Pay Per Post Direct

First of all you have to sign up for Pay Per Post as a “postie” – it sometimes can take a couple of days to be accepted depending on demand, and I am sure with this new service there will be a huge amount of new demand, so be patient.

Whilst you are waiting for acceptance, you can install the code, and make sure your blog has very clear disclosure – clear disclosure is a requirement with Pay Per Post.

Update: I have been notified that there is no waiting time or qualifications for Pay Per Post Direct, you can sign up and display the badges the same day.
There is still a waiting time for acceptance into the marketplace

Once you are fully qualified, your interface within the PayPerPost system should look a bit like this under “My Blogs”

Pay Per Post Installed OK

Buy Cheaper Reviews With PayPerPost

One of the things made clear by Dan Rua in the comments of my review of Sponsored Reviews, is that Pay Per Post actually have the lowest markup of the big 3 paid reviews services.

At RM, that $150 delivers $75 to the blogger and $75 to RM as a 50% “cut” (75/150) or a 100% “markup” (75/75).
At SR, that $150 delivers $98 to the blogger and $52 to SR as a 35% “cut” (52/150) or a 53% “markup” (52/98). (see “You Get” in first screenshot)
At PPP, that $150 delivers $111 to the blogger and $39 to PPP as a 26% “cut” (39/150) or a 35% “markup” (39/111). Assuming a sponsor wanted 50 such posts, you should also include PPP’s $5 opp fee which would equate to $.10/post across those 50 posts — a rounding error in these calcs.

Lets put that into perspective on what I am currently charging

I currently aim to earn around $130 for each review I write, but also remember I donate 50% of those earnings to the Best WordPress Plugins Developers, voted for by my readers which gives lots of longevity to the reviews I write.

Review Service Price To Advertiser Money Received Markup Percentage to Reviewer
ReviewMe $260 $130 100% 50%
Sponsored Reviews $200 $130 53% 65%
PayPerPost $175.5 $130 35% 74%
PayPerPost Direct $143 $130 10% 91%

Bloggers can set their review prices cheaper and earn the same amount of money, or set their review prices slightly higher and earn more, and still offer competitive pricing.

The amount possible with the normal PayPerPost marketplace is effectively hypothetical because so far I haven’t managed to reach the higher ranking necessary for their “big green” reviews, typically PR6 or PR7 with an Alexa rating below 10,000.

I try to aim for a quality influential readership, thus my traffic does grow a little slower than many blogs, and I do tend to take a fairly controversial stance on some issues, so I might not get as many links as “populist” bloggers.

PayPerPost Direct Only Charge 10%

Only 10%I have set the price I want to be paid at $130 as listed above, and advertisers will pay $143. PayPerPost get $13, and from that they have to cover the cost of credit card and Paypal processing fees.

In addition they are holding the money as a form of Escrow service, and paying me immediately upon completion. There are also some advantages when it comes to tax time for those in the US.

You will see in this screenshot below that you can set your own price. I was going to base my pricing upon the 35% markup PayPerPost normally charge (which is still cheap)

Ted set me straight on that. 10% is 10%, and anyone who wants a review will only be paying $143 of which I receive $130 (and give half of it away)

PayPerPost Set Price

This Isn’t A Market Place For Paid Reviews

I questioned Ted quite extensively about this.

As far as Pay Per Post are concerned, if the advertiser is coming from our blog to purchase a review, they have no right to be charging a 50% or more service fee. (some competitors have a 100% markup as you can see above)

Once Pay Per Post have a few thousand of their 15000+ 25000+ bloggers setup for Pay Per Post Direct, they will also be providing a marketplace on the PayPerPost site, where Advertisers will be able to search for bloggers to write reviews and approach specific bloggers.

In that situation, because PayPerPost would be enabling the transaction, there would be a higher service fee. I would expect it would be the familiar 35% though I couldn’t pin Ted down to an exact figure – understandable, because this is a new service.

This is different to their current marketplace, which is based upon fairly broad category and traffic details.

Negotiation Interface

This just keeps on getting better. If you click on the button on my sidebar, a popup will appear to order a review. You are not taken away to a marketplace to explore other blogs who might offer on the face of it better value, but in my own mind would give an advertiser less value.

Popup Negotiation Interface

Within the main Pay Per Post interface, it is possible for the blogger and advertiser to send messages backwards and forwards and actually “haggle” over the review price.

As I mentioned in my review of Sponsored Reviews, this is something I wanted included in their service. Currently they offer a method of negotiating prices that doesn’t have a message interface. They don’t object to emailing an advertiser directly, but it is slightly inconvenient.

Giving Away Your Customers?

With that popup window, the transaction starts whilst someone is on my website. They are my customer and it is me selling them the opportunity for a review or consultation, which is how I look on many of my reviews – they are not for search engine links (I give those editorially, they are partially for buzz and qualified customers from my audience, and above all they are looking for expert feedback.

You might think that review marketplaces are really bringing me lots of review customers and I would miss their traffic.

My last review with ReviewMe was at the beginning of March. Take a look at these referral stats.

ReviewMe referral stats

I have sent ReviewMe 400 potential customers since the beginning of March, and none of those potential customers have converted.

They may have converted into ReviewMe bloggers, but I don’t earn anything for that. They didn’t convert into advertisers, I would have been paid $25 for those.

That conversion rate is affected by 2 major factors

  • I set a premium rate for my reviews so that I receive $130, but advertisers see a $260 charge
  • Other blogs look more competitive because of a bug in the ReviewMe rating system in how they count Bloglines subscribers.

ReviewMe Bugs

Sponsored Reviews aren’t without their problems either. They don’t seem to use Bloglines as a criteria, but they do use link popularity, which these days usually means Yahoo.
Yahoo currently reports more than 27,000 links to my blog. During the last month they have reported as high as 40,000, and as low as 9,000.
Not long ago on Sponsored Reviews my blog was rated a 4 and now the average is a 3. I know a lot of blogs with lower pagerank, worse Alexa and Technorati stats, and a lot less links that currently rate a 4 overall.

Sponsored Reviews

Sending traffic to a site which isn’t rating your site as highly as it should isn’t good business.

Thus it is hard to judge how much money I have lost but let us suppose of those 400 who clicked through to ReviewMe, a percentage were genuinely interested in buying a review from me. If I converted just 4% of those enquiries into some form of paid content, I could well have earned an additional $2000 in paid reviews over the last 3 months.

I assure you that is a lot more traffic that I have sent ReviewMe than ReviewMe has sent to me.

Buttons

PayPerPost have made a lot of buttons available, which you can customise, and you are even able to use a text link, or create your own buttons.

PayPerPost Buttons

Couldn’t You Do This With A WordPress Plugin

Yes you could. I actually own a copy of the WordPress Bankroll Plugin, which cost me $100 when first released for an unlimited use license. I gave them a lot of feedback, and many of the features in version 2 were based upon my suggestions.

I would still use PayPerPost Direct

  • They have a brand – it may be a little tarnished (wrongly), but at the end of the day someone would trust them to hold their money until I had a review written meeting the agreed upon requirements. That is an escrow type service, and is highly worthwhile.
  • PayPerPost promote their bloggers extensively – I have even appeared on their blog in the past even though I haven’t written any reviews for them in the past.
  • Their future marketplace I predict is going to be much larger than the other services. They have had major brands such as Hewlett Packard using their services in the past.
  • I have a feeling many of the “big green” promotions, many of which were for writing about PayPerPost services will in some way also be channelled through the PayPerPost Direct service
  • This is a service that I think will be highly acceptable for mainstream bloggers, and as more come onboard, more opportunities for reviews will become available. Advertisers rarely just buy one review with a service if they are looking for buzz or even for quality feedback.

That doesn’t mean I won’t use the WordPress Bankroll, it just means I will use the WordPress Bankroll plugin creatively for a purpose it is ideally suited for, but for which it was not intended.

PayPerPost – Other New Announcements

  • Rating system changed – they no longer use Technorati because it isn’t very relevant (and I suppose is easily gamed)
  • Time for Reviews Increased – for conventional market place reviews, there is now 6 hours to complete an accepted opportunity
  • Rating System – the internal ratings system for posties has “benches” added in addition to “tack” – I don’t know too much about this but hopefully it will lead to more reliable reporting of good or bad reviewers.

How Much Did I Get Paid To Write This Glowing Review?

Not one cent!

In fact this is the kind of service I would actually be willing to Pay PayPerPost $100 for, because I know it is going to make me a lot more money.

This review contains no affiliate links, but you can find those now on the sidebar of my blog if you wish to sign up.

I have spent quite a long time writing this review, and there is now a lot more information available on the Pay Per Post blog including a cool video explaining the whole Pay Per Post Direct system, and an overview of the benefits.

The funny thing is, I doubt this new service will get a lot of coverage, because it is so good, even Michael Arrington at Techcrunch. or Jason Calacanis won’t be able to find much wrong with it.

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Update 2:

  • I have adjusted the number of bloggers signed up with Pay Per Post, which is currently over 25000, a lot more than the 15000 I was previously aware of.
  • I have added a clarification regarding the approval process. There is no waiting time or approval required for Pay Per Post Direct, you can sign up and use it the same day.
  • Yesterday I modified the time required for a marketplace post to be completed from 4 hours to the as published 6 hours, which is even enough time for me to write most reviews.
  • I have been reading a fair amount of questions and answers on the Pay Per Post forums (they are very active and full of help for Bloggers) – with Pay Per Post Direct there is no official time set for writing a review, but apparently an advertiser can cancel if you are taking too long to complete. I suggest you give yourself a nice large window and spend some time to write really high quality reviews that you can be proud of, and show to other advertisers.

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Comments

  1. says

    Good grief Andy, this review is incredible!

    You put rookie bloggers like me to shame. You raised the bar, the amount of work you put into this shows. Bravo!

    I guess there is only one thing left to do…get rolling on payperpost. If PPP were smart they’d showcase your blog entry in a little video clip on their site…

    Thanks for all you do!

    David

  2. says

    I found this site since the PayPerPost blog linked to it. This is an excellent review in depth and covered all bases. Great job.

  3. says

    Very exhaustive review. I wondered how it all worked between the three competitors. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds in the long run. I wonder how much a blog like mine should fetch on this new system. I am still a little undecided about whether or not I will participate, but this information will definitely help me make a final decision about the whole thing. Thanks for posting this.

  4. says

    Very informative article! I’ve been trolling the PPP forums all day for information and here it all is in one neat package.

    One thing to mention – the time for reviews has been increased to 6 hours which is even better than 4 (for some of the slower bloggers such as myself, hehe).

    Thanks again for a great article. :)

    -Anna

  5. says

    Excellent review Andy. They should pay you for it. :) They have at least given you some love on the Payperpost blog.

    One correction – for regular PPP opportunities bloggers now have 6 hours to reserve and write up a post, not four as you stated above.

    I haven’t heard yet how long we’ll have to write a PPP direct review. I do know that the advertiser has four days to approve the review and if they don’t approve it in that time it will automatically be reviewed. If they find something that they’d like changed in the review once it’s done they supposedly can use the exchange dialog box to talk with the blogger and hash out the details or changes needed. Once a post is officially approved the blogger will be paid immediately. No waiting two weeks or 30 days. Immediate payment!

  6. says

    Looks like Pay Per Post Direct is really going to give ReviewMe a run for its money with this new service. I’m still waiting for PayPerPost to approve me and several of my blogs–so far they have refused because I don’t have links to the archives by date.

    • says

      Just use one of the many sitemap plugins or construct something with customisable post listings and exec-php plugin, or use a custom template – Pearsonified published a sitemap template a while ago, can’t remember if there were date archives.

      One of the things about PayPerPost is that they have fairly strict rules for visible clues to the legitimacy of a blog. That might be looked on as a bad thing, but it does keep running costs to a minimum.

      Ted Murphy isn’t going to be the one turning up on your blog to approve your review posts, so things have to be fairly easy to spot.

  7. says

    Apologies for the 4 / 6 hrs mistake, that has now been corrected.

    This review did take me more than 4 hours, and honestly, if Ted had offered me money to write this review I wouldn’t have accepted it.
    I meant what I said in the review that I would have been willing to pay Ted for providing this service, in fact many services charge a lot more than 10%.

    As an example, if I was to provide some kind of telephone or VOIP consultancy service, the service provider would certainly keep more than 10% for processing, as do many affiliate programs with various processing charges.

  8. says

    Great review. I’m looking forward to seeing how this works out and how it changes the flow of advertisers. Will they also see the value in moving their business this way. I appreciate the time put into this.

  9. says

    Andy, thanks for taking the time to write this review. I have been incredibly busy to get to it but did get a chance to read the announcement today. In my opinion, Internet was about disintermediation and in this case PayPerPost is doing exactly that. We are all business people and we understand that running a business costs money but in a transparent economy only companies like PPP can survive. I love the PayPerPost business model.

    • says

      Jim, you old-time bloggers can sit in your rocking chair and you will still make money from all the 100s of web properties you have a piece in. ;)

      Us youngsters have to keep proving ourselves every day to scratch a living.

  10. says

    Excellent review. I am quite a new blogger, but I take everything I read seriously. I hope to one day be able to write such an excellent review. Good Job!

  11. says

    Very nice article and it shows how much time you spend on it. Wow 4hours! That’s dedication. I also spend many hours on non paid reviews. Like you, I care about what I write on.

    Good work!

  12. says

    Awesome write up! I learned some things, and I’ve been postie for quite awhile, and have read all the blog entries they posted on this. The way you compared the cost to advertisers of teh different services was really eye opening. It was something I “knew”, but had never really thought much about.

    • says

      Cass I wouldn’t realised the number worked that way at first glance until Dan mentioned them in the comments of my review of Sponsored Reviews.

      I am still displaying links for Sponsored Reviews because I believe their pricing is in the same ballpark as PayPerPost, I just wish they would fix their ratings.

      I have removed ReviewMe, they were just taking traffic and not converting.
      I have actually done the same to the RMP unit from PayPerPost a month or so back because that wasn’t converting for me. Maybe in the new upgrade the landing page has been improved.

      I am sure you know a lot more about knitting than I do, so every now and then I get to share a little of my marketing knowledge.

    • says

      Kumiko how much traffic have you sent to ReviewMe from your sidebar widget, and how many reviews has it brought you?

      ReviewMe doesn’t provide any way for 2-way conversation with someone requesting a review, and even Sponsored Reviews only has a price negotiation based on sending numbers backwards and forwards.

      Realistically, PPP are making somewhere between 0% and 5% from the advertiser, which for the facilities provided is an insanely good offer.

      I have read everything that was written in your review, and in the comments, and you seem to be locked into a John Chow mindset, which isn’t necessarily healthy.

      PayPerPost will have a marketplace very shortly, I checked my facts extremely carefully before publishing this review, and spent a long time checking my statistics.

      I am going to leave the link there, because I believe the comments on your blog post add something to the conversation, but I get the feeling you might not have read what I have written too carefully.

  13. says

    Have you read John Chow’s review of PPP Direct? It doesn’t matter what service others use, he still feels he is the oh mighty one. For goodness sakes he’s asking people to buy him a beer now- and the idiots who worship him will do it! I’m all for PPP Direct. I’m starting low and I’ll see how it goes.

  14. says

    Really fantastic review, Andy. I was pretty excited to see this today on the PPP site. As one of the little guys of blogging I don’t even qualify to do reviews for ReviewMe, so this gives me an opportunity to do what I couldn’t do with them. Of course I don’t know if advertisers will be beating down my virtual door, but hey at least it’s an outlet which I couldn’t have before :)

    I think if I were an advertiser I’d be looking hard at this new service. It just makes sense.

  15. says

    I’ve sent ReviewMe 596 clicks from my sidebar and I’ve been offered 5 reviews through them. I’ve received 4 offers for reviews directly that haven’t required any middle-man at all.

    I don’t see PPP Direct offering anything that I can’t do myself. Most big paying advertisers will not find my site through visiting it directly, but through a publisher marketplace. Any reviews that I’m offered directly from my site will generally be from my readers who it’s easy to negotiate with directly.

    PPP may have a publisher marketplace shortly, but they don’t have one now and that’s why I’m not using them. When they get a marketplace, I’ll reconsider but until that time I’m just looking at what’s available NOW!

    I did read your review thoroughly and I’m offended that you’d assume otherwise. The most valid point you made was that they’re providing an escrow service – however my advice to you would be that if you’re not sure that the blogger will meet your requirements then you shouldn’t order the review in the first place.

    • says

      So the traffic you are sending to ReviewMe is converting at less than 1%, why not use a totally different logo linking through to a contact form for ordering reviews?

      Your blog is currently being rated based on the fact you have 6 bloglines subscribers based upon the data ReviewMe use.

      Based upon your total subscribers, I would think that number is rather low, and you should compare it with your actual Bloglines subscribers listed in Feedburner.

      You have 3 different feeds for your blog, and those you need to merge within the Bloglines interface. The bug with ReviewMe and TLA is that they don’t count merged feeds correctly.

      Feedburner does pick up merged feeds correctly, thus you might have more subscribers than you think.

      Effectively what you are doing is sending traffic to a very poorly converting squeeze page.

      PPP Direct doesn’t remove the option for negotiating a review directly, and handling payments directly.

      There is one negative, because if you opt to set PPP Direct at a lower price, then if you are negotiating you are starting at a lower price point.

      Nothing is forcing you to charge less for a PPP Direct review.

      Looking at your ReviewMe profile, you are suffering from exactly the same “bad squeeze page” effect as I am – I would guess you should be 3 stars for RSS with about 40 to 50 Bloglines subscribers. You might also still have some subscribers that were subscribed to your blogspot domain at kumikosuzuki.blogspot.com.

      My blog has been listed as being 52 Bloglines subscribers since I joined ReviewMe, and it is currently over 100.

      Every single one of those 500+ clicks was a potential sale and 99% of them might have gone to another blogger, or resulted in a blogger signing up as a reviewer.

      If you did read my full review, then I appologise, but maybe you didn’t grasp a lot of the details.

  16. says

    What a killer review! I do think that many of the advertisers still look for links rather than feedback.

  17. says

    I Dugg your post. I’m excited about this new direction for PPP! I’ve been with ReviewMe for a few months now, and I’ve had exactly ONE offer, and it was for FIVE dollars. They should be ashamed of themselves for taking that kind of markup.

    The problem I have is in deciding how much to sell ads for. I have a PR4 blog that gets okay page views and unique visits, and I have NO IDEA how to figure out what to charge so that I am attractive to advertisers. How did you come up with your figure?

  18. says

    Thanks for the informative post, Andy.

    I’ve been checking out these paid posting services and it looks like they all want established sites with lots of traffic and PR. The highest I’ve had is a PR3 blog, but it doesn’t have many subscribers :(

    In general, how long should one wait until applying for PayPerPost?

  19. says

    Aw geez…there I was getting all fired up and you went and twisted it to review my site and now I feel like I should be thanking you!! Haha!! :)

    You’re right that PPP Direct doesn’t remove the option of negotiating direct reviews, but doesn’t that defeat the point of having PPP Direct?

    I’m well aware that ReviewMe is lacking in many areas…I think there’s a real need for a quality publisher marketplace and I’m quite excited to see if PPP can provide this.

    You’ve called a 1% conversion low, but I actually think that for a reviewme button the conversion is quite reasonable. I’d be interested to know what your conversions will be for PPP Direct.

    • says

      Based upon what I saw on your blog, your first reaction after reading should have been something like “Jeez, is that why my subscriber numbers are so low”

      I have been telling ReviewMe about the problem for well over a month. It was painful when one day I hit refresh on my stats to update my Alexa and Technorati stats to have my subscriber numbers drop from 4 to 2

      1% wouldn’t be bad for cold traffic, but in theory most of the people clicking through are a warmer audience. I would say 1% in that situation is bad, and mine is much worse, but then in many ways my landing page is worse due to the reasons discussed in the article.

      The information on Sponsored Reviews is also not something new to them.

      At the end of the day competition in this space is a good thing, and I seriously hope for improvements in conversion so I can give away more money.

  20. says

    I see 46 diggs so far. Did it make the front page yet?
    As I was looking through Technorati today, it is so clear how unreliable their statistics are. I thought in the past that Alexa had a problem, but now I would take Alexa’s statistics over Technorati’s in a blink of an eye.

    I just don’t understand what ReviewMe and others even factor in Technorati statistics to help you calculate the prices for you reviews?

  21. says

    Great post Andy. Wow 25k bloggers is a pretty substantial chunk of internet estate, especially when you consider that quite a few of those bloggers have 3 or 4 blogs !

  22. says

    Fantastically written review and agreed upon! Pay per post has given “small guy” bloggers like me a chance to make a few dollars and PPP direct is yet another avenue to explore! Thanks for the great review and information Andy. Love your blog.

  23. says

    Andy, your $130 charge is a bargain. I think you could charge more, but that is your decision.

    PPP is changing the paid advertising landscape. I, too, can’t post most of their stuff on my main blog, but that could change especially if I go ahead and post their widget.

    • says

      There are good and bad things about it.

      I am quite particular about links as I will be showing in a followup article (at least I hope) – I want to give links editorially if possible. I am SEO savy and I wouldn’t object to someone suggesting which pages of their site they would like me to focus my review on, just like if Google purchased a review from me about Adsense, I wouldn’t talk about all their missing features in Blogger.

      Actually the hourly rate is very similar to what Google are currently paying bloggers to be able to look over their shoulders and be told what is wrong with Blogger. I think that is $75 per hour – I normally spend a few hours on a review.

      Plus I give half the money away anyway – for me the business value is in challenging the boundaries, and price ensures quality and a little respect.

  24. says

    Andy

    Good writing is only one of your capabilities which people pay for, now, how about creating a multiple on the earnings by providing real-time advice using a BitWine Widget (Chat, Audio & video).

    Whenever you write about a topic apparently, you become knowledgeable about it – an expert. This is what people are looking for when they search and stumble upon your post. You are now in a position to solve someone’s problem, shorten that someone’s learning time and improve your returns on the investment already made to gain the knowledge and write the original post.

    As a Blogger, if I want to learn more about the PPP-Direct I can read what you just wrote (which I did) and what PPP wrote and so on, or I can just call you for $150/H (you set your own price) and get a 10 minutes summary from Andy “The Expert” about PPP-Direct, about PPP-Direct Widget integration and so on. I saved time you made money.

    By combining in any of your posts, a URL to your BitWine profile you create a well oiled marketing machine to provide a longer tail multiples on the returns from the one post you already got paid for. This post is now being propagated or syndicated and read by many, who now have the access to you directly and can pay you for your Advice and time.

    Check it out on http://www.BitWine.Com

    AC

  25. says

    My first time to your blog and I am blown away! I never wanted to make a ton of money blogging but to make the most money I can with the time I have available. Your blog is a bench mark and definitely gives me lots to think about in how to improve my blogging.

    You did a great job of explaining PPP Direct and why it rocks!

  26. Monika M. says

    Nice review. I just got approved for ppp but have trouble putting the code on my blog. I have a self hosted WP blog and can’t seem to find any body tags anywhere in the files.
    Any suggestions? I don’t use widgets at present as I create my own sidebar boxes.
    Monika

    • says

      Look for footer.php

      Place it just before the /body tag

      I also tend to place my Google Analytics and other tracking code there as well.

  27. says

    It’s not worth the 10% for an ugly popup and no marketplace. If you need a 3rd party to hold $130, that’s paranoia. Besides, advertisers using Paypal can dispute payments anyway, right? I prefer to negotiate by email.

    • says

      There is nothing forcing you to use it exclusively, you can use a text link saying “if your would prefer to use an escrow service we can negotiate and you can place your order with PayPerPost Direct” and “Or just send me an email to discuss your product and service”

      If you are receiving sufficient orders that you can’t cope with any more via other services then that is great, the same is true for direct sales.

      People ordering reviews might want someone holding the money rather than paying me upfront.
      I certainly wouldn’t write a review without guaranteed payment no matter what I write, though I doubt I would review any service with which I couldn’t see any merit.

  28. says

    Its great article, you must spend a lot of time create this article. But its useful for me to get started. I’ll sign up for that. Maybe it will change my luck in paid for review program. I just use SR for paid for review. I think they charge us quite a lot 35% .. until i found your article.

    Thank u so much. :)

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  1. [...] Unfortunately, as per our terms of service, blogs must be live for at least 90 days in order to be eligible for our services. Blog age is counted from the blog’s first post. Please re-submit your blog for review when this requirement has been met. New Pay Per Post Program, “Pay Per Post Direct”, reviewed today by Andy Beard [...]

  2. [...] If you need to know more about this, check the announcement by PayPerPost here – Part One Of the Birdo Release. You could also watch the video preview of PPP Direct here – PPP Direct Video Preview. The deals is so good that many has become excited about it. Check what Andy Beard of Niche Marketing has to say about this new PPP Direct here – Exclusive – Pay Per Post Direct Changes The Paid Review Landscape. [...]

  3. [...] out, as Maki also did, that Andy Beard has written an unbelievably in-depth review: ”PayPerPost Direct Changes The Paid Review Landscape“. This is definitely worth a read if you’re interested in getting paid to do [...]

  4. FVB >> PPP Direct Makes it a TC Baker’s Dozen…

    In honor of TC’s lucky 13th post about PayPerPost, most with some Mike Arrington swipe at PPP or Ted Murphy, I’ve created the “Be Like Mike” game below. Although TechCrunch and PPP compete for the same social media advertising dollars, Ted and Mike…