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.