Dec 112008

It’s not exactly news that I’ve been far from happy with Izea, PayPerPost and SocialSpark for some time now. I actually abandoned writing for them for about two months, but have returned as they’re still one of the most consistent money makers available to me on the web. Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse over at Izea.

The last time I wrote about PPP was back in August related to Izea’s love of PageRank and how they’ve further embraced it instead of abandoning it as they had promised when Google attacked the bulk of their bloggers.  It seems good old Ted Murphy has decided that PayPerPost’s original critics were right and it really is all about selling PageRank and text links and actually has nothing to do with quality bloggers writing thoughtful and detailed reviews about products and services.  Why would I say this?  Well, according to Carri Bright (Izea’s Communications Diva)

The good news, though is that as of tomorrow (12.11.08), Tack Rating is no longer going to be a segmentation factor for Opps in PPP. So, while you may still receive a ban (deserved or otherwise) this will no longer affect your ability to take Opps from OTHER advertisers or lower your Tack score.

If you’re unfamiliar with PPPs workings, a ‘tack’ is the rating system advertiser’s have to give feedback on how well the blogger performed their duty when taking the advertiser’s opp (opportunity / sponsored post). Up until now, advertiser’s have been able to require a minimum average tack rating before a blogger could take one of their opps. This system allowed better blogs to (theoretically) rise to the top as an advertiser could require a 4 or 5 tack rating, leaving out all of those who previous advertisers have rated one or two tacks for poor English skills, outright lies, or rule bending.

The system was far from perfect, but was at least based on advertiser input and not the conflicted interest of PPP’s “reviewers” who (according to this ongoing thread) don’t seem very interested in disqualifying low quality blogs or even outright frauds and cheats.  In the past advertisers could allow even the one tack rated sploggers take their opps of they so chose, but now every PPP advertiser is required to let anyone and everyone who manages to game the (seriously broken) PageRank and RealRank systems get paid for linking to their website despite the quality of their writing or ability to follow simple instructions.

Dec 052008

Izea, the company behind PayPerPost and SocialSpark like to tout their international status, but non-US bloggers have complained for some time about the dearth of opportunities available to them. Non-English writers have had the very same complaint. The vast majority of sponsored post opportunities require that the blog be written in English, and most target exclusively an American audience.

So, imagine my surprise when I logged in about an hour ago to see the opp pictured above:  ¡Zona Niños!

I’m not really sure what it means or what the opp is about since I don’t read Spanish, but it’s from MEGA Brands, so I’m assuming it’s got something to do with Christmas toys and games.  I’m just excited to see advertisers finally reaching out to non-English bloggers.  Hopefully they’ll get a good enough return on investment to encourage more advertisers to do the same.

Sep 032008

Join Associated Content

Despite my early excitement about earning opportunities at Associated Content, I hadn’t actually submitted anything to them since February until a a slight variant of my recent RideMax review.  That article was rejected because “[c]ontent submitted as Non-Exclusive must be published on AC before it is published elsewhere.”  I’m not sure when that rule went into effect, but it certainly wasn’t there in February.  My guess is that it is a result of the more stringent anti-plagiarism efforts created in the wake of the fiasco that occured last December.

While this doesn’t prevent the “double dipping” I proposed for monetizing blog posts last November it does make it somewhat more difficult.  Now, instead of simply submitting any post that you feel AC would be interested in, such posts must be submitted to AC prior to being published on your blog.  This isn’t a huge stumbling block, but can be a pain in the ass considering AC takes up to two weeks to approve/reject and finally publish submissions.

So, whenever I write an entertainment review I originally write it up for Associated Content.  Once it’s been accepted there I publish it on one of my blogs and then, finally, submit it to (when appropriate) as they still have no requirement that reviews be unpublished.  Of course, a wise blogger always changes things up a bit when publishing the same info at multiple sites.  Not only does each site have a different audience, but no one wants to be tagged by the Big G for hosting duplicate content either.

Sep 012008

As y’all know I frequently write sponsored posts for various advertisers that I believe in. This is one of the many ways that I earn money “off the grid”, keeping more of it for myself than I give to the tyrannical government by way of its sanctioned theft known as taxes.  One of the services I use to connect me with advertisers is called SocialSpark (about which I’ve also written extensively) and whenever I submit a post to SocialSpark for approval I need to enter a CAPTCHA image to prove that I am human.

Well, the CAPTCHA above was presented to me a couple of weeks back and had me literally laughing out loud, so I thought I’d share it with all of you.  If only freedom could be purchased for a mere $194!

Aug 282008

The question I am most often asked here at Philaahzophy is – “How do we make money blogging?”  Not only do I get this question from commenters, but also from other friends (of both the online and offline varieties).  In fact I’ve begun fielding it from my 12 year old daughter Z quite a bit as well.  So, when she went looking for pictures to add to her latest blog post about teen blogging she sent me the cartoon to the left.

It’s by Hugh MacLeod and was originally posted to his blog,