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.

 

~Ann Harrison

Ann Again... and again Reviews

 

 

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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.

 

Natasha

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Thank you for such wonderful information Natasha.

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!

 

Melissa

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AND I forgot to link it (smacks forehead!)

http://loraleeslooneytunes.com/2011/07/13/making-money-blogging-whe...

 

:-)

Thank you so much Melissa!

 

I'm on my first cup of coffee so the slip of "no link" didn't quite catch my attention - until you sent it

 

 ;-> .

 

I appreciate your input on this topic. 

 

~Ann

Ann Again... and again

Ann Again... and again Reviews

This is a really interesting discussion for me because I'm on both sides of this topic. I have started blogging but am also an author and benefit from reviews from other bloggers. Maybe for companies it would be comfortable to pay a review fee but I would feel funny paying someone to review my book. I'll be really interested to see what others have to say on the subject.

If your book is good, people will talk about it. But that's not enough these days to make your book visible. I don't want to sound heartless, but... There is little space for idealism in our society, so you should be more pragmatic. 

Natasha

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I have a no-income generating blog, and have been blogging for almost a year now.  I do reviews in exchange for product (or not) ... my reviews are honest and I include links and disclosure.  I've had companies contact me to do reviews for product and sponsoring giveaways .... again, I include links and disclosure.  I'd like to make money through my blog; however, I'm not sure what all the pros and cons are.  I do not pay for my blog; therefore, I can't make money right now .... I'd have to switch my blog to a blog that I pay for first!  My question is:  is it really a huge "money maker" to begin with?  Is it different for Canadians?  (yes, I'm Canadian)

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