Over the blogosphere there has been a discussion about ReviewMe. Advertisers sign up to ReviewMe, and bloggers sign up as well. Advertisers find bloggers and request that the blogger review a product or website of theirs. If accepted, the blogger is to write the review, whether positive or negative. The blogger receives a 50% commission.
The advertisers pay the amount assigned to your blog, which is calculated by an algorithm based on your Alexa rank, Technorati rank, estimated subscribers to RSS, and the overall ranking. (I came in at $20 one-star, the lowest rank.) The blogger is given a certain amount of time to complete it, and the minimum number of words is 200. Also, the post needs to say that it is disclosed somehow.
You are allowed to use ReviewMe with 6 blogs, and have unlimited reviews to them. So how do you get reviews? You don’t. Advertisers come to you. The advertisers browse the Order Reviews page, where they can see the bloggers, their ranks, and how much it will be to review. Some bloggers can cash in over $125 by writing reviews.
There is an issue with ethics, though. Some people think that it would be untrustworthy for readers to read sponsored blog posts. Yet ReviewMe requires that the post have a disclosure to notify the users that the review is being paid for.
Overall, ReviewMe looks like a nice service that can help bloggers monetize their blogs, and mostly the better blogs, as ReviewMe requires that a blog “must meet a minimum number of citations, subscribers, and traffic.” So check out ReviewMe, a service for bloggers and advertisers to get their word out and also get paid for it.
As for myself, I will always write honest reviews on stuff, because I am not required to approve of the product nor will I receive more money if I do so.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored review.
Let me introduce you to imeem. Its tagline is “The Best of Social Media”. And let me tell you what I think is the importancy of this service. It’s better than Friendster. It’s better than MySpace. It’s better than Facebook. Look, this is absolutely amazing. So it is the Best of Social Media.
Video. Music. Playlists. Photos. Blogs. Tags. Meems. People. That’s their navigation bar.
I don’t know how they managed to finish the PHP or whatever, but this is most excellent. It blends the feature-richness of MySpace with the reliability and simplicity of Facebook. This is social networking perfection. This is true Social Networking web2.0.
It also has a nice client software for itself, as a software download. I have not tried it yet, but it is for Windows and Mac.
And of course, imeem also has privacy options. Excellent.
So check it out for yourself. Get an account and start mingling. It’s pretty amazing. Add me on the way
So, since last time I missed the Blogathon, I am again doing another ‘thon of the nature - a 12-hour, 25-post one, called the Blogarity Project. It is also at a different time, in February. You should visit the Forums and register, and participate if possible. I am blogging for Amnesty International, and I will add a notice when time comes. I will have a new design up at that time, so no annoying sidebar that breaks in IE. (Though IE sucks.)