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My PayPerPost Experience

A couple of weeks ago, Darren Rowse of problogger.net wrote an article about how PayPerPost is changing it’s name to Izea and it got me thinking about trying out PayPerPost.

I had thought about trying it out before, but with a PR 0, I knew I didn’t stand a chance. Now that I have a PR4, I thought I would look into it a little more and let you know what I have learned, what I like and don’t like, and how I think it will work for this site.

What I have learned so far

When I first signed up and submitted my blog, I was impressed with the interface of the PayPerPost site. It was relatively simple and easy on the eyes. The areas of importance were easily identifiable and you can quickly navigate around the site.

After being rejected on the first submission, I followed the directions that were sent in the email and resubmitted my blog for review again. I was accepted this time, so I would consider it a relatively minor bump in the road.

PayPerPost is looking for sites that have an appeal to their advertisers, have some traffic (the more the better) and have a good Page Rank and Alexa score. I would not recommend this for someone with a relatively new blog as it would probably be rejected. I would suggest that if you aren’t sure how your site would do with PayPerPost that you submit it anyways, the worse being that they would reject it and you can try again later.

What I like so far

payperpost site image

The interface, as I said earlier, is clean and simple to navigate around. The site loads quickly between pages and has simple and easy to understand layouts. Overall, a very nice and easy site to get around on.

There are three primary areas to the site when you log in.

You have the “Dashboard” which is your main page with summary information on it, the “Opportunities” tab which has posts that are available to you if you meet the qualifications, and then the “My Account Settings” tab which controls your blogs, submitted posts and other tools for your use.

What I haven’t liked so far

The one thing that annoyed me about PayPerPost so far is they use “tickets” to track your issues when you contact customer support. I didn’t know this, and after my blog was rejected the first time, I wasn’t aware of this fact.

So, after not hearing anything from them, I sent three messages through the contact form for customer service before I realized that they were responding to me and I just didn’t know it. I hope someone from PayPerPost reads this and can maybe make a site change to help make it easier to get to your tickets.

In conclusion

So, this is my first post for PayPerPost. I want each of you that read this to understand one simple thing from me. I will not sell out and write about things that I don’t believe in, that would violate my morals or integrity, or that I haven’t reviewed and feel it is worthy to write about.

I feel strongly about blogging with integrity and would not do anything to trash my reputation or to make you feel that I have cheated you. If I ever do, please let me know. I feel that good, honest reviews of products are worth the time, especially if it helps someone else.

With that said (steps down from soapbox), I’m not sure how active I will be with PayPerPost, but I figure I will try it out and see what happens. Why don’t you check it out if you are interested and get paid to blog on your site.

10 Responses to “My PayPerPost Experience”

  1. Wayne Liew says:

    If this is really your paid post, this post of yours will be rejected because no other links other than the advertiser’s can be seen in your post. πŸ˜‰

  2. elliott says:

    Wayne,

    Thanks for pointing that out! I’m still waiting for the final verdict on the article, so we’ll see how it goes!

  3. Saedel says:

    Hi Elliot, Just want to ask, how’s PP working for you? Did they require you to have a disclosure page?

    I’m already approved by them and did one review, and after reading couple of sites, I think it’s a big risk of losing a PR. I have dropped Adsense due to smart-pricing and will also drop Amazon, so my main source of income will be paid reviews.

    Just want to hear your insights about this.

    Thanks, man, and Happy New Year!

    Saedel’s last blog post..Choosing Webhosting Is a Lot Easier These Days

  4. elliott says:

    Saedel,

    Thanks for asking about that! I need to do an update, but here it is quickly. I have done three reviews, and have gotten paid for them. They were relatively easy to do, but I am also concerned about the PR slap from it. Once I had gotten paid from the reviews, I went and put a nofollow on the links that were required by PPP. If you aren’t worried about PR, then I guess you can go for it, but I know a lot of advertisers on PPP still look at PR.

    Good luck and let me know what happens!

    elliott’s last blog post..I Love the WordPress Database Plugin

  5. Saedel says:

    Thanks for the prompt reply. I did one review, it doesn’t show in the homepage and doesn’t go to subscribers until they approved it.

    Once approved, that’s the time I changed category so the post will appear in the readers (I decided not to show the post in the homepage).

    Also, I put a “nofollow” in the link, but it still got approved. πŸ˜‰ I believe there’s a 30-day period before one actually gets paid because the company has to make sure that the link still exists.

    Like you, I will go with PPP cautiously πŸ˜›

    Saedel’s last blog post..Choosing Webhosting Is a Lot Easier These Days

  6. Cactii says:

    Was just wondering if you could do a comparison on how much money you make off of a blog poset on your own site and one on Pay-Per-Post.

    Always looking to reap the benefits of someone else’s experiences. πŸ˜‰

    Cactiis last blog post..GPS Tracking Systems for Cars, Pets and People

  7. elliott says:

    Cactii, Pay per post is where you write a post for another company and get paid for it on your own blog. You can make anywhere from around $5 and up per post, depending on your page rank and other factors. You have to sign up at the Pay per post site and go from there. A lot depends on how much you write, but Google recently put the smack down on this type of service as it is considered “buying links” in their eyes.

  8. Jack Coins says:

    I stopped doing PPP. Wasn’t worth the effort – one guy threatened to sue me after reading my review if I didn’t take it down!

    but he still paid me. πŸ™‚

  9. This is really interesting. I’m relatively new to blogging and I’ve never heard of PPP before. I’m glad you decided to include this info “Google recently put the smack down on this type of service as it is considered β€œbuying links” in their eyes.” That changes the entire scenario. I’m not entirely certain whether or not I should do it.

    Any advice?

    Tim

  10. lottery says:

    Is it worth it? A lot of people report it damages PR, my main blog seems to struggle to get PR after it was hacked on a previous hosting I had.

    I wouldn’t want to do any to hinder it in future.

    I look forward to see the response to this.

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