Here’s an interesting way for some enterprising bloggers to make a few dollars to keep the lights on at their site. There is a new service called ReviewMe that pays you to write reviews. How much they pay depends upon the ranking of your particular site using such metrics as Technorati, Alexa, the estimated number of subscribers to your RSS feed, the number of other blogs that link to your site, and so on, but it will be between $20 and $200. You don’t have to review everything they ask you to review and you don’t have to give a positive review. They also require you to disclose that a review is paid.
In fact, this review right is being paid by ReviewMe, which is running a special promotion, giving away $25,000 over the next month for bloggers who start out with the site.
I know some people might have some ethical qualms about writing paid reviews, and I’ve resisted signing up for other services online because of that. Yet, I think ReviewMe has overcome many of those problems and I’m going to try it out for a couple of months. It may indeed turn out to be both lucrative for me and informative for you, depending of course on what they ask me to review. That’s the unknown factor: Is there going to be anything that I or my audience will find interesting? But if it doesn’t seem right or if I’m asked to compromise my principles in any way, I’ll drop it and let you know.
In any case, any paid review will be clearly disclosed and you can rest assured that I will give you my honest opinion on whatever I write. After all, over the past 5 years I’ve been nothing if not completely free with my opinions.
The entry above was a paid review.