After I saw that I wasn’t making much money in Affiliates or AdSense, I looked into other methods of making money online and found Pay Per Post. When I first saw people referring to this service, it was the ethical discussion that originally kept me away from signing up.
You see, on some level, you could equate Pay Per Post for spam. With the way that they are set up, they are paying you to post on a topic or a site that wants traffic, higher Google search rankings, etc. And in some cases they do not want you to tell your readers that you are being paid for a post.
On the other hand, some of these things you may have blogged about anyway, so why not get paid for it? Why not pass along something that you’ve found and get paid in the process? This is the tight rope that some “posties” walk.
Pay Per Post
How it works
Pay Per Post solicits advertisers who would like a post written about their site or product, and then lets the advertiser select the different levels the blog will have to meet in order to apply for the Opp. The higher the quality of the blog based on metrics the more you can get paid for the Opp. Also, video Opps seem to pay better than text Opps.
Each Opp will usually contain a link to a site that you will have to use– it will have specific keywords that you will have to copy into your blog. There may also be other links that they’ll want you to include, an invisible tracking image may be required, as may a badge to disclose that it’s a paid post.
The post will have to be of a certain length– but you’re allowed to go over it. Some of the more helpful Opps will tell you a little bit about what you’ll be reviewing, others may just leave you their website.
After you’ve completed writing the Opp, you submit a link to your published webpage along with the title, and select if you want the money to go to charity. You then will be reviewed to make sure you’ve done all the requirements (although after many successful Opps you may get auto-reviewed). After ten successful Opps, you may select to add other blogs to system.
How does it pay?
Depending on your blog, if you have a Google Page Rank (PR) of 0-1 you’ll probably be in the $5 range. At PR3 seems to be the next big jump– where you can now find Opps ranging from $10 to $25 a post. From there it’s only higher. I’ve seen some Opps for PR5 blogs be as high as $100 an Opp.
You’re paid via PayPal, and it’s for the exact amount you saw on the Opp screen. January was a really good month for me in that my 3 blogs were at 3 PR or better, and I did it with some dedication. This month I’ve only written one Opp, and I only have one blog at PR3 or above. So you’re at Google’s mercy as far as PR.
There are actually four:
- Sometimes it’s hard to find a decent Opp to write about. A lot of them are pay day loan sites and things that I would not be able to support on my blogs– though they pay well.
- You have to have a non-Opp post in between every Opp post, and you can only do three Opps a day per this writing.
- Google frowns on this type of advertising. Some Opps are clearly done to game the Google Search Engine, and so Google naturally doesn’t want you to do that. Plus it is another person who is not using AdWords to advertise.
- Integrity. If you’re not up front on the fact that you’re doing Opps, then you may erode some of your integrity with your readers. It could also harm your affiliate income if you’re recommending products only to get paid.
It’s not a bad system, and I like it as another content source, you just have to have some good principles in place and stick to them and not let the money get to you. It also helps if you have multiple blogs, some good time on your hands. The bad part is that you’re 30 days away from getting paid, and it’s a little more work than a standard post– to find the Opp, do the research, and post.