25 April, 2009

Top 10 Sites That Pay You to Blog

1. Smorty is a blog advertising service that connects advertisers and bloggers. Advertisers create their campaign and set how much bid per post. In return, bloggers write reviews for the advertiser (either for a product or service) to include in their blog, submit their post for the advertiser’s approval, and get paid when their post gets approved.

You have to register first to be able to submit your blog. It’s free to sign-up and create an account. You can submit a maximum of 10 blogs under 1 account.

Some basic requirements (out of 25 criteria) for your blog before it gets approved and included by Smorty:

- It should be indexed by Google and Yahoo

- It should be more than 1-month old

- It should have no obscene, offensive content (violent, adult, racism contents etc.)

- It should contain a minimum of 2 new post each week.

- It should not have any duplicate post

Smorty considers the blogger’s ranking on Google. Its 5-star rating system is based on the number of (high and low) paid campaign offers the blogger will get. The higher your ranking, the more campaign offers you are likely to receive, including higher priced campaigns. Bloggers are offered paid campaigns starting from $6 up, with some offering $60 and even $100 per article.

Offered campaigns are sent via email along with additional instructions such as task and deadlines. Usually you have to submit your post/review within 24 hours upon receiving the assignment and you’ll be notified within 72 hours whether your post is approved or not.

Some guidelines regarding writing the review:

1. Your review must be unique/original and relevant for that specific campaign.

2. You have to include anchor text in your review that directs to the advertiser’s page.

3. You also need to include only 1 outbound link URL provided by the campaign owners.

4. Post length must between 150 - 400 words.

How do you get paid?

Bloggers get paid weekly through PayPal for their approved post. Commissions from pay-per-click & pay-per-view ads are paid monthly.

Another way to get paid by Smorty is by referring other bloggers to them. You can either put affiliate banners in your blog or “get this widget” link, and you get credit when bloggers click through your links and signup. You can place the Smorty affiliate banners in your blog’s side columns, included in your post, at the end of your post, and header and footer.

You get 5% commission from the total income earned by your referred blogger from Smorty. You only get paid when the post of your referred blogger gets approved. So while he’s being paid for his post, you also get your cut from that. Your commissions are added to your approved post payment weekly (monthly if you’re using Digxa mini store widget).

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2. PayPerPost (PPP) is another paid-to-blog service. In PPP, bloggers are called Posties and to date, PPP boasts of having the largest sponsored content marketplace in the world. 
Unlike other paid-blogging services that offer campaigns, in PPP you can choose which particular subject you want to write about. Upon registration, you can browse through the marketplace for “opportunities” posted by advertisers and choose the ones you like – preferably most relevant to your blog.

While pro-bloggers can charge advertisers their rate-per-post, other paid-blogging services usually get a large cut from that because they serve as middlemen between the advertisers and the blogger. If your blog is generating enough traffic, you can opt for PayPerPost Direct, a system which allows the blogger to deal directly with PPP advertisers.
You can put PayPerPost Direct’s widget in your blog.  If an advertiser would want to include a sponsored posting in your blog, they can just click on the widget to be directed to you. It would then handle the requirements for a complete transaction such as negotiation, payment processing and tax reporting for a 1-time 10% service fee. This feature is available for all PPP bloggers for TypePad and Blogger.

For PPP’s referral program, you can get paid when others sign up through your Referral Badge and SignUp Forms. Under the Referral Badge, you earn $15 when your referred blogger also gets payment for his approved post. For the SignUp Forms, when your referred blogger joined PPP through your SignUp form, you get paid when your referred blogger also get paid. The same thing if an advertiser sign up through this form, you get paid after the advertiser made the first deposit.

Payment is via PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

Besides bidding for reviews, in SR, bloggers can set their own price as to how much they could charge for their paid post. Starting from $5 up, you can consider some factors such as readership base and site traffic when pricing. Just don’t exceed charge from the suggested price (by SR). Overpricing and your blog can be rejected.  

Another great thing about SponsoredReviews is that you don’t necessarily have to write only positive reviews. Whether positive or negative, bloggers are paid for their honest,unbiased reviews. But take note, your account may be suspended for writing “rude, unconstructive comments about an advertiser”.    More than anything else, SR encourages constructive criticism.

SponsoredReviews also emphasizes to advertisers that buying a sponsored review is a worthwhile investment. It is a great advertising strategy to introduce a new product or service to your target market, facilitates effective link building campaign - increasing traffic to your site and page rank in search engines.  

SR transaction fees can go as low as 20%, meaning advertisers only pay that much for a review. Bloggers on the other hand, keep around 65% of their earnings compared to some paid-blogging services that charges 50%. With SR either advertisers directly search for bloggers or bloggers bid for available opportunities. To date, SR has around 23,000 bloggers and several features such as filters (that easily sort and find blogs), tagging and rating system, and tools for SEO linkbuilders. 

Bloggers receive payment 2 weeks after your review is approved. 

Payment is via PayPal on a bi-weekly basis. 

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4. ReviewMe’s website is pretty straight forward and simple. To summarize, you sign up for a free account and then submit your site. Your site of course will then be reviewed for approval. There are requirements to meetfor a blog to be accepted such as number of traffic, citations, and subscribers, Alexa ranking and number of RSS subscriber. 

If your blog is rejected you can always resubmit after a few months.  When your site/blog is approved, it will now be added to the ReviewMe publisher network and marketplace. Advertisers create campaigns for bloggers and ReviewMe allows them to choose who (blogs) they would like to do the review for their product/website. Bloggers can check the Advertiser Clearinghouse or View Campaign tab for available reviews for their blogs. That simply means blogs will have to wait for offers to come. 

Rates for each blog vary depending on ReviewMe’s calculation using a special program based on rankings from 3rd party systems. Though it’s a sponsored entry, bloggers are free to write an honest review and still get paid, if approved. The review should meet a minimum of 200 words, no “no-follow” links, and should indicate that it is a sponsored post, include the link provided at least once. Rates per review can go anywhere from $20 to $200 or more. The higher the blogger’s rating, the more campaign offers he is likely to receive. Overall rating is based on several third-party rating systems including Technorati, Google, Alexa, and RSS subscriptions.   

Payments are on a monthly basis via PayPal (no minimum payout), check (minimum $25), ReviewMe Prepaid MasterCard (minimum $20). If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

5. Blogsvertise 

How does this system work? 

Sign up for free to create your account and add your blog to Blogsvertise. Note though that blogs that are candidate for rejection are those less than 1 month old, contains just a few entries or has adult content. Once registered, BV  then assigns writing tasks and emails them for bloggers to work out. You write about it and submit for approval. In BV you don’t need to endorse your assignments (product, service, or website), you can write about it whichever way you want, minimum of 100 words, 2-3 paragraphs, and 3 links to the advertiser’s website. You can discuss about it, or just mention it in your blog. You have to complete your tasks and submit them back within 5 days upon receiving them. 

You get paid for each blog entry approved. Payout (for new accounts) is currently at $4-$25 per approved post. Payment is via PayPal for each blog entry approved (If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here). However, payout rates are not standard; it varies from one blogger to another, largely influenced by other factors such as blog traffic and quality etc. You receive your earnings 30 days after your tasks are approved.   Blogsvertise also has an affiliate program where you can refer new advertisers to join Blogsvertise and get 15-20% commission from all their transactions. Your referral tracking code is available in your account ready for copy and paste.

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6.Blogitive, one of the small players among paid to blog services. There’s not so much buzz about Blogitive but it is an opportunity that pays.  Sign up to create your account; submit your blog and wait for approval. 

Unlike other paid-blogging sites, Blogitive does not require huge rating for blogs to qualify. General rule is that it should be at least 90 days old. Once accepted and your account is active, you can now choose among the available opportunities and bid. Note that these assignments are at random and subjects could be totally unrelated to your blog’s niche. Choose which ones you like.    If you win the bidding, details you would get are the company name, guidelines, web release, and links you would include in your post. 

You base your writing from the web release provided. You are also free to endorse your assignments and indicate it as paid-post. However, the rule is that you cannot post 2 consecutive Blogitive entries; between each paid post you need to come up with 2 non-paid posts of at least 50 words each. That means Blogitive post then 2 non-paid posts then another Blogitive post and so on.  

Standard rate is $5 per post with a minimum of 100 words. They don’t have a referral program though but Payment is via PayPal on weekly basis. If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

7. Another money making opportunity for bloggers is BlogtoProfit

General qualifications for a blog are: that it should be indexed by major Search Engines, at least 3 months old, does not contain adult or offensive content, and are not solely paid ad blogs. Upon submission, you can be notified within 3 weeks time if it is accepted or not, otherwise you can email them again to follow up your blog’s status.   

How does this work?   

BlogtoProfit ads are text links that you need to include in the blog post. You don’t need to endorse it; you just have to mention it within the main body of the post. You have to use the text links exactly as it is given; you cannot edit them even if they are misspelled. Also, you can no longer edit the approved entry itself. 

The post with the links should remain active and stays in your blog for a minimum of 1 year.   The good thing is that you still get paid even if nobody reads the paid post or click the links. BP prefers that you don’t indicate that their entries are paid-posts. Meaning sites that have disclosure policies may not receive assignments. You can also choose which categories you would like to write about and include them in you preferences (you can edit your profile). That of course limits the offers you will receive; only those from your chosen categories. 

Rates per post start at $5 up. Assignments are received under the “Your Offers” page when you login to your account, which usually comes in batches.   Now BP is a bit flexible and considerate regarding due dates for assignment submission. As long as they are still on your account, you can still submit the task even if you missed the deadline. Usually they email to follow up on unreturned assignments. The links are just reassigned to others if you don’t respond within 2-5 days. You can even request for time extension (email them) if you need one for the assignments. Post submissions are then reviewed and within one week you will get feedback through email, either it is rejected or needs corrections and be submitted again. If it is rejected, you can also view your errors in the View Comments column, correct your post and submit again ASAP. If it is accepted, you will just receive the payment schedule in your account.   

Payments are via PayPal weekly. If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

8. Another player in the paid blogging arena is PayU2Blog. It has some special cards on its sleeves compare to other paid blogging services.But before we get into that, how does this system work?   Naturally, signup and register on the site and submit your blog. Upon submitting your blog, wait 2-3 days time for your to be notified if the blog is qualify or not. Assignments are received once weekly. 

The number of assignments you may receive depends of several factors such as time frame to complete them, your blog’s completion history, and number of blogs in your account.   You don’t need to endorse the assignments you receive, you just have to write about them but negative reviews are not allowed. So you can say it’s pretty much biased or just skip the assignment if you honestly don’t like it.   

Payouts are as low as $5 per post but bloggers find it a regular source of income as many opportunities are available every week. Assignments are received via email once a week, but generally you can also receive them in your account, including the deadline.   

So what makes it different from the others?   

PayU2Blog’s system readily approves assignment submissions in real time, quickly accepting task as complete provided it follows the guidelines. Otherwise, it will then be reviewed manually.  Moreover, PayU2Blog has its own bloggers’ forum where you can meet and chat with other bloggers in the network. It also offers incentives for bloggers through its online contests. For one, displaying the PayU2Blog banner in your site and you’re qualified for the weekly draw for the cash price. Second is their current contest “Blogging Makes Me Happy”.  

Payment is via PayPal every 2 weeks. If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

Well, this one is a bit new concept from the others. Creative Weblogging is a network of more than 135 blogs supporting 5 languages. It offers 2 things: paid to blog and blog for lease. You can earn in 2 simultaneous ways: Creative Weblogging leases/rents your blog (for a price of course) and you still get paid to blog on your own blog per post. Yes, blog for lease.   What does this mean?   Creative Weblogging leases your blog and your service. This means that Creative Weblogging leases your blog but you still get to post your entries. So naturally you don’t control your whole blog anymore. Creative Weblogging does that, especially with the ads. All your ads, Adsense and other ads, will be taken out.  

What’s in store for bloggers in Creative Weblogging?  

Creative Weblogging offers bloggers $84-140 monthly payment via PayPal or Moneybookers, $7 per blog entry (rate may vary from blog to blog), bonuses for growing traffic ($1 per 1k page views), Creative Weblogging bloggers’ discussion group, marketing & technology platform support. There would be no expenses in your part. Minimum lease term is 36 months. After that, you can lease it again, sell it or just own your blog back. Of course there would be qualifications for a blog to be accepted. You’re a likely candidate if you have a quality blog in English or German with more than 50k pageviews a month from US, Germany, and France. 

10. Bloggerwave is another paid blogging service worth checking out. It is said to be targeting Europe as its market, servicing currently in UK, Denmark, and Germany. And the network is growing ever since. The bigger the network (of advertisers and bloggers), the more opportunities available. Though it’s a Danish company, it supports multi-language sites, meaning it is available to English and non-English sites as well.  

How does this work?   

Bloggerwave’s interface is simple and compact, making it load faster than other similar sites. Upon sign up, there are several areas you could look at. “Profile” is where you can edit your profile details, “Blogs” list down the blogs you own, “Postings” is where you find available opportunities.  You can add a maximum of 5 blogs in your account. There would be 2-3 days waiting time to verify if your blog is accepted or rejected. After that, bloggers get their assignments and submit them back when completed. Bloggerwave then review them for approval. Once approved, it has to remain in the blog for at least 30 days and then you will be paid.  Bloggerwave values honesty and integrity for their bloggers. 

Though they do not control their bloggers’ decision as to which opportunities they should choose, Bloggerwave strongly suggest that bloggers pick out those that are most relevant to their blog’s content. If they find some posting that they (honestly) do not like to write anyway, its best to skip it and give other bloggers the chance. 

Unfortunately, it lacks a referral system. Payment is via PayPal 30 days after the post remains in the blog. If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you can sign up here.

10 April, 2009

Top 10 SEO Techniques

1. Title Tag

When someone searches for a particular subject on Google, the first item that the search engine will look at to know what the page is about it the title page, thus making it very important to get your site noticed. Consider putting a keyword or two in the title. But don’t overdo it…or your site will look like s spam.

2. Meta Tags

Meta Tags are what people read when your page comes out of Google search. It’s this first impression that makes people decide if they’re going to view your site or not. As with title tags, don’t overuse keywords. 

3. Proper Use of Heading Tags

Specifies what topics are covered on a particular page of your site by breaking down your copy and allows users and search engines to know the location of the major key points of your copy. Proper use of heading tags will help index your site properly making it easier for you to get your page noticed. 

4. Alt Attributes on Images

Using Alt Attributes on your images can give you higher search engine rankings if you provide significant text to your source code that search engines like Google can spot when indexing your site. In addition, Alt Attributes can help the visually impaired access websites by using a screen reader. They will not be able to see the image but because of the attribute, they will be able to determine what your image is.

5. Title Attributes on Links

When you hover the mouse over a link, it will display a little “tool tip”. These little tool tips or title attributes, if provided with proper descriptive texts for your link, will tell not only the users but the search engines as well, what the link is all about—providing more value and visibility. 

6. XML Sitemap

While sitemaps help web surfers navigate through your site, XML Sitemaps will help search engines properly find and index all the links in your site. XML Sitemaps include all pages, posts and what-have-you’s in your site as well as the modification date and the priority number of what you feel is the most important page on your site is to the least. 

7. Relevant Content

It is necessary that the content in your main page is relevant to the keywords, tags, image tags, etc that you put in your site. If you did a good work with tags and yet the content of your page is irrelevant, it’s a futile attempt to get in the first search page. Keywords should be distributed within the content following the proper ratio so that your copy will not sound look like spam.

8. Link Building

One factor to achieve a high page rank is to have a number of links pointing to your website. Try to avoid using link farms since there are a lot of trustworthy niche directory sites online that you can use to submit your website or blog. Or you might want to generate links with other websites and blogs, you will link their page, if they link yours. 

9. Social Media

Social Media involves networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others. Join these sites and build relationships. Create a network. Before you know it, people are submitting your posts and are voting you on social bookmarking sites. Obviously, the more votes you get, the more you get noticed, the more you go around, the more probability in additional link backs from other sites, blogs, etc.

10. A Few SEO Don’t – Flash and Splash

Although Flash Web sites are appealing (and diverting), it’s not very friendly with search engines for the simple reason that search engines cannot read Flash. So if your website is set inside s Flash Website, it’s good as invincible as far as search engines are concerned. 

Splash pages come in the same category. While it is beautiful as it provides an introduction, it can be very annoying to visitors. And since most splash pages contain Flash, search engines will be blocked and will not be able to continue in your site, unless you made us of XML, which then makes your site invincible.