Jan

24

Okay, So I’ve Jumped on Another Band-Wagon…

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I’ve been asked to write a post about Blogsvertise. Yes, it’s one of those services that pays bloggers to write about products, services, and websites. I’ve long been looking for a way to monetize Where the Walls are Soft, partially because I once was heavy into online marketing, proving to myself that it is possible to make some money (assuming you’re willing to put in the 36-hour days to do it), and partially, because the last several years have been a merry-go-round of contract J.O.B.s, followed by unemployment, and I can use all the income streams I can get.

So, why Blogsvertise, and not one of the myriad of other “Blog This” sites? I guess, because it seems to be the closest to the way I’m already blogging for free.

I absolutely hate the idea of shoving product after product in the faces of my readers. I love sharing blogs and links and products I do like and use and read and buy with everybody, and my stats prove that a lot of my readers click those links. Some even actually buy stuff based on my weird little reviews, believe it or not… and so far, at least, knock wood (er… formica, in my case….), none of my regulars has complained to me that I’ve gone all Retail-with-a-Hard-Sell at y’all.

And, truthfully, the idea of three square meals a day again kind of appeals to me…

Also rather appealing to me, is the fact that I don’t necessarily have to endorse any product I blog about. The rules are fairly… hmmm… word..? “Fair” to the blogger, comes to mind. The main rules seem to be that my blog has to be established (they say 2 months – I’ve been around for nearly 3 years, despite the fact that I’ve “minused away” a year or so of this blog’s history, so I’m good there…), I must write at least 2-3 paragraphs (like I’m able to write less than 12-15 paragraphs?!), and that I’d have to link to the client at least three times in the post. I figure I’m creative enough to manage that without ticking you all off in the process.

Guess we’ll find out, huh? 😉

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PS – Ya gotta love this one…I clipped it from “My Big World of Crap”.

A would-be suicide bomber fell down a flight of stairs and blew himself up as he headed out for an attack in Afghanistan, police say.

I can see the merits in using the local village idiot as a suicide bomber. No point wasting more skilful and valuable resources on such missions. However, evidently there is an intelligence threshhold below which the idiocy endangers the mission’s objectives.

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Random Song for the Day: ”Can’t Stop” – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Posted in Finances, Little Bits of Stupid | 5 Comments

5 Responses to Okay, So I’ve Jumped on Another Band-Wagon…

  1. lankapo says:

    hi Les Becker,
    Blogvertise pay you after 30 days, no exactly more than that.
    Why not you try smorty.com. Easy and quick payment

    Les Says: Thanks, lankapo – I don’t know that I want to be jumping all over more of these – I’ll see what I think of this, and then see where I go from there. Welcome to Where the Walls are Soft – come back soon!

  2. cardiogirl says:

    I just signed up and was approved for Blogsvertise — I even posted an actual photo of myself and I have received zero assignments. Hmmm. Maybe my photo is to blame.

    p.s. LOVED the Clip o’ the Day!

    Les Says: Yeah, I doubt they’re gonna like the photo I submitted – see my sidebar above… 🙂

  3. H.A. Page says:

    Google’s ads? do they work and have you thought about this? Online advertising is supposed to grow in leaps and bounds. Regular adv. doesn’t work anymore. It will be interesting to see how you do on this. Let me know. I’m interested – not for me right now, but the media subject and the trend.

    Les Says: Google ads and my blog didn’t really get along… it kept picking up ad fodder from its own cache of my “no longer existing” posts and that really
    bugged me. When it did look at recent posts, it was trying to sell vacuum cleaners and pet odour products. I’m considering revamping my single page
    php to include adsense code above the comment box, maybe – then it wouldn’t bother me all. the. time.

    I’ll let you know how the blogsvertise thing goes.

  4. Nicole says:

    Cool – sounds pretty neat.
    Keep us posted how it works for you 🙂

    Les Says: Will do, Nicole… nice to see you again!

  5. clairec23 says:

    I hate blogsvertise, they’re really mean. They put my wee blog on probation and said I had to take $2 assignments until they decided if it was going to be approved or not. They approved my writing blog but they keep offering me things like vacuum companies and hokey language courses. I wouldn’t mind if the website for the english language course was written in good english but it soooo isn’t. Anyways, sponsored reviews and smorty pay the quickest. Payperpost has the most opportunities. It’s really hard to find relevant opportunities for book/writing blogs.

    Les Says: Ouch! Hopefully, they won’t stick me like that. I’m not going to sign up for any other “opp” places, simply because, as Mushy reminds me, my readers would much rather read about Ruby, anyway… 🙂

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