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Shvoong: Get Paid to Write Reviews

Update: Shvoong is no longer in business.

With an odd sounding name, I had to check them out.  Shvoong is a website of reviews. They review books, movies, games, and more. Sign up is easy, free and automatic.

Google Page Rank: 6
Alexa Rank: 3,092
Age: Domain name was first registered in December of 2004

If you like reviewing things then Shvoong is the site for you. When I visited the site I thought, hmm, it’s light, airy and no strings attached. You sign up, provide your PayPal account info and start writing reviews. The one caveat is that reviews are limited to 900 words. So, if you tend to get long winded, cut it down to 900 words or less.

According to the Shvoong website, they pay 10% of their advertising revenues to writers via PayPal once their account exceeds $10. Because PayPal is not available in all countries, they will pay by check to writers who cannot use PayPal.

As with any online content site, the more high quality, search engine friendly reviews you write, the more your reviews will be seen and the more money you’ll make. Shvoong recommends the usual social bookmarking and social networking tools to improve your review’s visibility.

Shvoong’s Money Making Potential

You won’t get rich with Shvoong, but if you enjoy writing reviews and want to earn a few bucks each month, this looks like a nice place to start. I spent a little time looking at the highest earners’ stats. It seems that earning big money there is all about learning the ropes.

Check out these stats :

Top Earners Amount* # of Reviews Average Rate
1 $3,327 644 $5.16/Review
2 $1,105 408 $2.70/Review
3 $979 14 $69.92/Review
Not in top 3, but respectable $526 8 $65.75/Review

*Numbers as of April 12, 2010

These numbers tell me that folks can earn money at Shvoong, but as with any online writing site, you have to learn what works and what doesn’t. Oh, and a few of the top-earning reviews are not written in English, so language is not a problem with Shvoong.  This is truly an opportunity for international writers.


Shvoong does offer a referral program where you can earn up to $100 for each referral (depending on how active your referrals are). In order to get credit for a referral, you must manually invite your friends via email. They don’t offer a referral ID.

I signed up a couple of days ago and have yet to write a review. I received a friendly encouraging nudge from them in my inbox this morning. Guess I’ll give it a try before the week is out (sounds like you should too). 🙂

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Krista April 14, 2010, 9:23 am

    This is exciting – I am slowly stretching my wings and writing for some other sites (right now Suite101 and Hubpages are my favorites and top earners). Since Shvoong seems to be open to international writers I will be check it out.

    Felicia, I wonder – how are you doing with Xomba? I read your review previously and I have written some xomblurbs (bookmarks) that are very very slowly getting a few clicks. Just wondering if it is a potential earner or if it is simply a great place for backlinks?
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..How to get a Toddler to Stay in Bed! =-.

    • Felicia April 14, 2010, 9:49 am

      Krista, the money at Xomba comes trickling in from time to time. It’s not a great earner. I average about $5 or $6 a month with them.

      When I see them show up on my AdSense report, it’s my reminder to post a Xombyte or two.

  • Ignatius April 14, 2010, 11:38 am

    I looked through the data from several Xomba fans who gave out their stats. Putting that together with my own experience, I would guess that the typical Xomba post averages about 5 cents per month in revenue. The trick is that most posts make nothing and a few winners are responsible for most of the revenue. Xomba posts seem to get indexed pretty quickly so it is good for backlinks. I also actually enjoy putting up little bookmarks for articles I enjoyed reading even if I know that the links won’t make much in revenue for me. It’s nice to give interesting websites a boost.

  • Elvenrunelord April 14, 2010, 8:06 pm

    10% of advertising revenue? Yech!

    What happened to the days of 50/50 split that was reasonably fair?

    Not really interested in writing SEO articles for a company that is paying me about average what I would make at AC for any reasonably well written article.

    • Felicia April 15, 2010, 6:29 am

      Elvenrunelord, while a 50/50 split would be nice, I can understand not sharing the revenues equally. Shvoong has the responsibility if setting up the site, monitoring its writers, dealing with hackers, upgrading the software, patching security holes, checking the stats, dealing with disgruntled writers and so on and so on.

      When you look at the whole picture, Shvoong is doing quite a lot of the work. We get to drop a few words on a website and earn some money. But… the good thing is, there are so many opportunities on the internet that if this one isn’t your cup of tea, there are other cups to be had. 🙂

  • Krista April 14, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Thank you Felicia and Ignatius I appreciate the info. Google does seem to index my Xomba bookmarks quickly and I have had a few clicks – but then I only have about 8 bookmarks. I guess I am on the right track with Xomba and will keep on writing – I think there is a way to earn some cash because I have seen several people with over a thousand bookmarks and I know they must be earning something! 🙂
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..gDiapers Review – Eco Friendly Easy to Use Diaper =-.

  • Tashana April 15, 2010, 10:56 am

    Felicia I’m loving the new look. And of course I always appreciate your tenaciousness when it comes to keeping up with online opportunities. What I want to know is how do you do it? What motivates you to get on everyday, write these articles and do your research? I am so in a rut right now and I’m looking anywhere I can for some advice. I know I should take the Nike approach but for whatever reason that just isn’t cutting it. So, do you have any suggestions?

    • Felicia April 16, 2010, 6:55 am

      Tashana, my advice is…don’t force it. Although it seems like I write a lot, I only write when I’m inspired to do so. When I’m on a roll, I dictate, write and save my complete and incomplete work on my computer. When I’m in a rut, I publish one of my articles or posts that I wrote back when the words were flowing.

      My posts for this week here at NJFM were written very early on Sunday morning after my morning quiet time. I got inspired and wrote several posts and articles. None of them were edited or complete but there was enough there that only needed a little editing for publication.

      It’s now Friday and I haven’t written much since Sunday morning, but I really didn’t need to because that hour or so on Sunday produced so much that I was able to slide the rest of the week and work on other things (like yard work).

      I did write a few articles last night because a few ideas popped into my head while pulling weeds so I felt the need to write them.

      Learn to go with your own flow. If you don’t feel like writing…don’t. It will come back to you later, and when it does, get it down on paper (or on computer) before you forget. 🙂

  • Mokibobolink April 15, 2010, 6:40 pm

    Thanks for this! My blog is dedicated to writing reviews so this sounds perfect for me, since I enjoy doing that sort of thing already. I have never even heard of this site so thanks again for a great tip.

  • Tashana April 16, 2010, 10:05 am

    Great advice as always Felicia. I’ve been reading a lot lately about having organized work space so I’m taking the entire weekend to purge. My hopes are this will inspire me to go in my office sit and stay focused on the matters at hand. My challenge is that I always have ideas but when I grab the paper and tumble through my unorganized mess to find the pen, something else has happened and interupted everything.

    I will definitely keep your words at the forefront. There is so much that inspires me it’s shocking that I haven’t written a hundred novels by now. I tend to be the consummate realist and chalk it up to my inability to focus on my desires; instead I get sidetracked by reality tv and the muck and mire of the world’s activities rather than doing the one thing that truly satisfies me (besides teaching) Sad, but true. So, I’m hoping with your advice and the decluttering I’ll do this weekend I’ll be more inspired to sit down and get’er done :-).

    Thanks again Felicia.

  • Massy April 16, 2010, 2:26 pm

    lol… shvoong just sounds wrong… lol.. interesting concept though
    .-= Massy´s last blog ..The Mass Outsource Mastermind Special Fast Action Bonuses =-.

  • prerna April 21, 2010, 4:16 pm

    Hmm.. thanks for sharing this Felicia.. While I’m kinda swamped at the moment, which explains why i havent been visiting you lately, I might just give it a shot when I have some time on my hands:-) Do keep us posted on how it works out for you!
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Five Fun Free Toddler Activities for the Summer Season =-.

    • Felicia April 22, 2010, 8:28 am

      Hi Prerna,
      Good to hear from you. Being a wife and a mom is a full time job. Throwing freelance writing on top of it can really keep you busy. Hope all three are going well for you.

  • BD December 2, 2010, 5:51 pm

    I have to say, this Shvoong site has some of the most incomprehensible and funny sounding reviews I have ever read. This site accepts anything and everything.

    Here is one line about applying for Google Adsense:
    ” But before applying to Google Adsense, blog or website visitor traffic you must be high.” LOL!

    • Felicia December 3, 2010, 5:58 am

      BD, That’s too funny. I only wrote one review on Shvoong and so far it has earned 57 cents.

      I wrote it because the product I reviewed didn’t work and I was doing all I could to spread the word. Haven’t written anything since then.

  • nick June 24, 2011, 11:36 am

    Is this a legit site because I was on webanswers and found a page that said no.

    • Felicia June 25, 2011, 6:35 am

      Sometimes you’ve got to try things out for yourself to make your own decision.

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