I came across a paid blogging site called PayU2Blog. Since I’m always looking for new ways to make money I thought I’d check them out.
I submitted my Green Living (BLULOW) blog to them sometime in mid May and my blog was declined. They sent me an e-mail listing the requirements that must be met in order for my blog to be accepted by PayU2Blog. They did not specify which particular requirement my blog failed to satisfy.
Here’s the e-mail I received:
“Thank you for submitting your blog at PayU2Blog.com. Unfortunately, at this time your blog does
not qualify. Below are the standard requirements that your blog must meet for consideration into the PayU2Blog network. Simply meeting this criteria will not guarantee acceptance into the network. However, if you make the necessary improvements over the next 4-6 weeks please resubmit at that time for further review.
_Standard Requirements: _
*Minimum 90 days of Consistent Postings*
Quick Load Speed
*Own Domain Name (Not .wordpress, .blogspot., .blogsome, .bravejournal, .livejournal, .Blogger, etc.)*
Minimum Grammatical Errors
*All Posts Must Be In English*
Some Ads OK – But Not Too Many
Easy Navigation of Categories
*Must Be 18 Or Older*
Please continue to improve these areas of your blog: quality of the content, categories for archiving content, posting consistently, quick load speed, hosted on own domain, get rid of unnecessary ad’s, professional design/template/etc.
Thanks again for taking the time to submit your blog URL – we look forward to reviewing it again in the near future!”
Looking back on it, it might have been my blogging frequency. Who knows? The rejection came at a busy time in my freelance writing time so I let it go, promising to address the e-mail at a later date.
Just the other day, the PayU2Blog rejection letter came to mind. However, rather than re-submitting my Blulow blog, I decided to submit the No Job For Mom blog. After all, I had just converted it from the web site format to a blogging format and my blog was chock full of posts. I figured, why not give it a try.
Lo and behold, they accepted this blog. Not feeling totally excited nor victorious, after all they did reject my Blulow Blog, I read through their terms of acceptance. Apparently, I don’t get to pick and choose assignments. They assign topics to you and you must write about them. The pay is $5 per post, some higher.
Here’s a snippet of their terms and conditions:
1) Each Assignment (unless otherwise noted) contains a minimum of 60 words, 1 link per post (1 additional link can be included but not from other assigned keywords or similar words), and NO Negative Posting (Positive or Neutral only)
2) Each Assignment that you receive will contain an assigned Keyword and a Keyword URL. For each assignment that you receive means that you complete a new post URL for that assignment.
3) Each Assignment completed equals $5, unless otherwise indicated in the assignment details (PayPal transfers only, Bi-Weekly Payments deposited)
4) NO TAGGING, LABELING, TITLING OR MENTIONING PAYU2BLOG IN POSTS THAT YOU ARE COMPLETING AS ASSIGNMENTS FROM US!!!!!!!!!!
*As a PayU2Blog Blogger you agree to the following!
1) To be a RELIABLE and DEPENDABLE blogger that will COMPLETE assignments on time!
2) You agree to complete ALL assignments (There is NO picking and choosing Assignments)….What you are Assigned….you COMPLETE!!
3) Each Assignmnet # that you receive in your profile means that you create a Brand New minimum 60 word post in your Blog!
4) You CANNOT post multiple assignments together in a single post. Each Assignment will have its Unique URL that you submit for Approval!
5) Failing to abide by the 4 Most Important Rules above will result in removal from PayU2Blog network!”
(I don’t know about you but I take offense when I receive an e-mail with ALL CAPS AND MANY EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!!)
Thinking that I misunderstood their confirmation e-mail I did a quick internet search and found that I was not mistaken. They assign your topics and you must write about them. If you don’t you will be removed from the PayU2Blog network.
In view of the above information, I decided not to add them to my arsenal of revenue generating streams. I take my blogs seriously and I don’t feel it’s worth selling out for $5 posts.
In my book paid blogging is fine as long as you endorse and agree with the products you’re blogging about.
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.