How Much Time Is Needed To Almost Make $5 With PayPerPost

brainstormingWho didn’t hear of PayPerPost, the service which offers bloggers opportunities to write paid posts? I heard about it some time ago, but it was not available to me because of their exclusive PayPal payment option, which was denied for Romania until a few weeks ago.

If you are a blogger and you use PayPerPost, you probably know what I’m going to tell you now. If you didn’t join them yet, you may find this story interesting, in terms of expectations and amount of time required for the money you are going to get.

Before going into details, I want to tell you a story about Perestroika, the Russian reform initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia’s former president.

In Gorbachev’s time, in Russia, there was this eagle, flying backwards, very relaxed, very satisfied with his new way of flying. The fox sees him and asks him why is he flying backwards.

“I’m doing Perestroika”, the eagle replied, “and it feels so good, that you definitely should give it a try, too!”

The fox thinks it’s a good idea and starts running backwards. Unfortunately, she gets stuck with her butt in a bear’s shelter. The bear was at home, and without too much thinking, he started f…ing the fox, until she fainted.

The next day, the fox meets the eagle again.

“Hey, foxy, did you try Perestroika, as I told you yesterday?” asks the eagle, smiling.

“Please go away! This Perestroika may be a good thing there, in your heights. Here on Earth, we still call it a f..k!”

Now, about the time required to make $5 with PayPerPost:

Step 1 (5 minutes): I signed up. The process was easy. I also submitted my blog.

Step 2 (2 minutes): I get an e-mail informing me that my blog was rejected, because it does not have an “Archives” page in cronological order, so they cannot determine how old it is.

Step 3 (20 minutes): Although I don’t wanna have an “Archives” page, I make it, I include it and mess up my menu bar items, then I resubmit my blog.

Step 4 (30 minutes): A couple of days later, my blog is accepted, and I choose an open opportunity to review, not because of the $5, but just because I was in the mood to review something that night. Besides, I really liked the products those people were selling on their site. With this occasion I discovered that with PayPerPost opportunities you cannot rely on the Timestamp feature too much, because you have only six hours from the moment you accept an opportunity, until submitting your entry.

Step 5 (2 minutes): Three days later, I get an email informing me that my post was rejected, because my blog’s homepage displays only an excerpt of it, and this is not OK.

Step 6 (5 minutes): Although I wanted my homepage to display only excerpts of my last 6 posts, I change it to display full posts, only for the sake of PayPerPost, and I resubmit my post.

Step 7 (2 minutes): The next day, I get another rejection e-mail, informing me that my post cannot be accepted because I have Google AdSense ads between the post title and the content.

Step 8 (2 minutes): Although I want that AdSense block to stay exactly in that position, because it is the result of 6 months of playing with placements, I remove AdSense from that post and resubmit it again.

Total time until this step: 1 hour +.

Total time frame: 2 weeks 😆

Did I make the 5 bucks? Not yet. It seems that you need some skills I lack, to be able to fly backwards, the PayPerPost style.

Why do I feel like the fox in my story?

Later update: I was just informed that my post has been approved. The most funny part of the message was something like “now tell your friends how quick and easy it was”.

9 Comments

  1. hahaha you are funny Simonne 🙂 I got paid $6.50 an hr just waiting tables and a nice tip at the end of the day 😉 I am definitely going to buy those garage storage solutions or heck the heater is a must 🙂

  2. This is a very good example of how hard it is in reality to make money while having our own opinions and life also [meaning not changing everything simply to earn $$], and how companies and many bloggers simply try to lure in customers, who are readers, into thinking that it can be easy to make money.

    Imagine the amount of time you spent, the free links and publicity the reviewer and PPP got, and in turn, you got nothing. For me that is not fair. You already did more than what you got: that is what more people need to realize. Thanks for pointing this out and explaining the details. I hope you can get paid, or that you get compensated in some manner, and that PP doesn’t waste any more of your time and money in the future.

  3. Simonne,
    Thank you for the insight. I have been considering pay per post myself. I will keep this in mind if I decide to give it a try.

  4. And many people think this is THE way to make money with a blog.

    I confess some months ago I was very, very interested in PPP and similar sites. Not that I’ve totally lost interest, but posts like yours made me open my eyes and see things in a more realistc (and skeptical) manner. Is it really worth someone’s time and effort to change a whole blog’s structure just to get paid a few bucks?

    Something tells me that offering review services in forums like Digital Point might be a better option.

  5. Hi Simmone,

    I am sorry, but this is the result of typical hurried blogger work 🙂 I guess you could have saved most of the wasted time by reading their requirements and guidelines. I admit I didn’t do it either, but heck, I was the one responsible.

    Also, if you want to keep short versions of posts, try SponsoredReviews.com. They allow them (with certain word number requirements).

    I seriously doubt the majority of bloggers wanting to make money are really paying attention to details: reading terms and conditions and other stuff.

    Yeah, PPP is slow in accepting posts and paying for them. So is Blogsvertise. SponsoredReviews pays every two weeks (but the change of actually writing a post is lower) and Smorty pays weekly (but they have low payments for about 150 words). Hope this helps 🙂

  6. Hi everybody and thank you for the comments.

    The idea is that the process is really fast and easy if your blog already looks like they want (with full posts on the homepage, with archives page and without interruptions in the sponsored post).

    I suppose I could have written them and come to an agreement to keep the blog structure as I wish.

    There are also better paid opportunities in ppp, however, I’m denied access (some of them require bigger PR, some others better Alexa rank…).

    Yes, there’s money to be made with paid reviews, but in reality, with an average blog (PR3-4, Alexa 100000-150000), all you can do is write articles for $5-$10.

    For me, the best deals were those in which advertisers contacted me directly, because they wanted a review specifically on this blog.

    I’m currently trying all the other paid reviews services, because I want to write this series about the money makers everybody talks about. I’ll keep you informed on the topic 🙂

  7. Hi Alina, thank you for the info. I’m going to check out the other programs as well.
    Regarding the guidlines: I’ve read them, but it seems I have misinterpreted some parts. Especially on the archive issue, they say somewhere that if the blogger sends them the url of the first post on the blog, it is accepted. I did so and it was not OK.

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