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Blogging for Dollars: Smorty

Ever since my blog went from PR0 to PR2, I’ve been getting emails from Smorty (a service that I’d completely forgotten about). Apparently I’d signed up a few weeks ago after hearing about them from another young blogger (whose site has since been taken offline). Anyway, they’ve been sending me offers for paid review posts. For the kingly sum of $6 per post (which is apparently the going rate for a post from a PR2), I’m expected to write 150-200 words about a variety of useless services that I really don’t care about. I’ve actually been giving it some thought.

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So yeah, Smorty. You write a post, they give you money. The higher your pagerank, the more money you get. Does anybody else see a problem with this business model (at least for the writer)? Google has recently been reducing pageranks across the board for doing paid reviews. So basically, if I start doing paid reviews for these guys, my PR will never go higher than a 4, and could possibly drop back down to 0. Let’s just look at this rather cyclical process:

  1. Page rank goes up, so payment-per-review goes up
  2. Writer accepts payment for post
  3. Googleslap
  4. Pagerank goes down, reducing payment-per-post
  5. Time passes without paid reviews, go back to step 1

In addition to the inevitable pagerank death, Smorty’s giving me another reason to not want to go through with this: The services they’re asking me to review are boring. Cash advance services? Shopping cart software? I really don’t care about those subjects, and my posts about them would most likely be laden with sarcasm and scorn. Smorty’s site states that reviews don’t have to be positive, so I guess that’s not such a bad thing. I guess all they’re looking for are backlinks.

Should I even bother? I mean, I’m really not looking to monetize this blog just yet, but they’re practically throwing wads of $1 bills in my face (which isn’t much, but it would cover my monthly gasoline bills). I don’t want to scare off any readers, though, and I certainly don’t want to turn this blog into a big pile of paid reviews. If I do decide to do a few, it won’t be any more than ten times per month, and the paid posts won’t replace my daily posts. Let me know what you think.

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5 Responses to “Blogging for Dollars: Smorty”

  1. C-Squared Says:

    I dont know why, but I Lol’d hard at the word “kingly” in bold.

  2. Push Ups Says:

    Hey, do you know the going rate for a PR3 blog?

  3. Geoff Says:

    @Push Ups
    I’m afraid I don’t. You could always sign up and find out ;)

  4. Usman Says:

    They aren’t that good. I have earned a $48 or something from them.
    I have a pr4 which they pay the same price for.
    So I dunno do u think that should be the price for a pr2 and pr4?

    The rates are all the same just that you might not to accepted to get a campagin lol.
    So GEOFF are you going to use it? ;)

    There is another one which I did 20 min of work in one day and 10 in the next and earned $120 :D

  5. Ryan Says:

    I think it’s really cool that you wouldn’t be replacing your daily posts. Give it a shot? Unless you think it’ll turn out like your *other* article gig, OTR.

    *rolls eyes*

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