"Whatever hatred saves the number."
This nonsense sentence has a meaning behind it. As many of you have probably guessed, I'm working on posting more content to my web site. Part of my reason for this, at heart, is an experiment with this hypothesis:
A reasonably-intelligent person can make enough money from blogging to support a somewhat-expensive hobby, and possibly much more.
My expensive hobby is radio-controlled aircraft. I totally have self-interest at stake here. Monetizing my blog combines two things I love: writing and getting paid!
One of the things I want to explore -- and long-time Barnsonians, I apologize in advance for how crass this is going to sound -- is paid reviews. Have someone send me a product, do a review of it, and get paid per word.
But see, what the advertisers don't know is that I don't gloss over JACK. I tell it like it is. I don't care if the product was free or not. If it sucks, I'll say so. If it's great, I may just fall in love with it and overlook its faults.
So here goes. I'm signing up on a bunch of review sites with a cost of $0.01 per word. We'll see if anything comes of this. The phrase quoted at the top of this entry was, in fact, a requirement to sign up at one of said review sites. Wonder what other hoops I'll have to jump through?
UPDATE: Wow. Fun.
So, OK, I spent a lot of time signing up at the various sites that do these kinds of campaigns. In most cases, they need to "personally review" your site to determine a few things:
1. Has your blog existed for more than just a few months? This seems to be really important. If it's a brand-new blog, you're probably automatically rejected.
2. Have you posted more than a handful of times? Based on the nearly 2,000 articles here posted over a seven-year period, I think I qualify, but you never know.
3. Is your blog your own and not some kind of community network? Now, here, I worry a little bit. There are a few higher-privilege members of barnson.org that are allowed to post here, too. I don't know if it will rule me out -- most haven't posted in a very long time -- but the possibility exists.
4. Do you have a high PageRank on Google? I don't know how high mine is. I really have never cared. I probably should pay closer attention; apparently, PageRank is important to marketers to determine if your blog is worth investing in.
5. Is most of your posting unpaid? Given that I've never been paid one thin dime for posting over 1800 blogs here, I think I qualify, but it's still another interesting requirement. You can't just post a bunch of reviews. You have to have a bunch of other original content, too.
Now, other than this, the ad networks seem to vary. Some want long product reviews, others want short blurbs as part of campaigns. Some want you to tag your posts as "sponsored", others want you to astroturf with aplomb. Interesting game. I feel slightly scummy for playing it!