I've read many blog posts about the value companies should place on bloggers reviews. That our time, our work, is monetarily valuable. I agree completely however, I have never charged any amount for my product reviews and I'm feeling like a goof.
I do receive product in exchange for my review and keep my reviews completely honest, free product or no free product. But now I'm feeling that I am allowing myself to be taken advantage of because I've "settled" for product when I should have been including a monetary compensation with my review agreement.
Have you received payment, along with free product, for your product reviews? Would I be hurting my review opportunities if I requested a $5 - $10 per review payment? Is that too low?
Your thoughts, comments are gladly accepted.
Hi, Ann :)
Well, it depends. You need to establish a name for yourself. If you don't have that, it's difficult to get a fair price for your articles. So first of all, write high-quality keyword-rich 500 - 1000 words reviews on your blog Ann Again... and again Reviews. Also, publishing guest posts on blogs with high Google page rank (click here to install Google page rank checker for Firefox Mozilla) will definitely help your blog to become more known. Next, apply for Google AdSense; you will earn money both through the sales of your reviews and and through AdSense.
p.s. Here is an interesting article: Freelance Writing Fees
If you have more questions I will be happy to help.
As a marketer and a blogger too, I'll tell ya that many PR firms feel that paying bloggers for reviews will make them biased and consider it unethical. HOWEVER, many are willing to pay for sponsored content. There was a KILLER post recently from Loralee's Looney Tunes that explains editorial (free) vs. sponsored (paid) work:
What is the difference between editorial and sponsored work? The Sway Group put up a post that had a really general (yet great) definition in it from Kristen Chase with the difference between sponsored and editorial content:
If [they]‘re saying, I’d love to send you product to try to see if this is something you might want to feature on your site = editorial.
If they’re saying “We want you to try this, mention this, tell your readers about this, and include link graphic etc” = sponsored post.
Here's the post if you want to read it!
AND I forgot to link it (smacks forehead!)