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Monday, May 26, 2008
Entering the world of sponsored posts - How I signed up for PPP!
It's been almost two years when I first started blogging. Had been reading other people's blog for quite some time and then decided to take the plunge myself. Before I started blogging, I didn't realize the full extent of work that's required to maintain the blog site. Writing posts, maintaining blog site etc takes a lot of time. With two kids and other stuff in my life, my schedule is often jam packed, so often times I thought of quitting, especially since blog sites like mine aren't exactly the most traffic or revenue-generating sites; it more of a labor of love. There were times when I posted nothing for quite a few days. And then of course, I would always pick myself up and get going.

These days, every once in a while, I write sponsored posts. The amount for posts isn't much and has varied from $5 to $20. Of course, this amount is further reduced by the commission charged by the Website that provided the opportunity for writing the post, as well as the taxes. However, getting the payment, even if small, is a good motivator and keeps me going on the days when I don't want to even think about blogging. While there are many sites that offer opportunities to write sponsored posts, one site I like is payperpost.

I had found out about PayPerPost (aka IZEA) over the internet through some blog site. Signing up to become a publisher was easy and straight forward process. I, however, thought that I won't be getting any posting opps as I was a newbie and my site ranking is low. But surprisingly, I can see writing opportunities when ever I have logged in.

In my case, I don't get time to sign up for new opportunities because of my schedule but the site's provides a good listing of available opportunities. What I like about PayPerPost is the fact that it clearly lays out all the opportunities and color codes them on the basis of which ones are available for my blog, which ones are available but have already been reserved, which ones aren't available and so forth.

The process for reserving a post is fairly simple: you just need to reserve the post opportunity that's available to you, and then create the necessary write up and post it on your blog site. Once posted, you need to go back to PayPerPost site to provide the URL for the blog post. Within a day or so, you can find out whether your post was approved or not, and if it's approved, you can expect to receive the payment in your PayPal account within few days. In my case, most of the money I receive, I spend it on books but the good thing about the PayPerPost site is that it also gives you the opportunity to donate your payment to a charity (such as American Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity) in case you don't want it.

When you log in to your account, the site also provides a blogger dashboard which provides a good summary of important stats such as the number of posting opportunities you accepted, how many of them were approved or rejected, how much has been paid to you so far and how much is pending. These are some of the stats I like but somehow, you have go through so many hoops at many other sites to find out that kind of information; fortunately, PayPerPost provides such information easily on the blogger dashboard.

Another good thing about the blogger dashboard is that it lists the top bloggers and their earnings which gives a good snapshot of how other bloggers are doing. Blog of the day is another feature I like about the dashboard as it gives you a chance to learn more about another blogsite which you would not have probably found out otherwise. It also gives you an opportunity to get in touch with other bloggers and possibly make some friends; that's how I got to know and learn about a fellow blogger.

Apart from the blogger dashboard, PayPerPost also offers many other useful features, including the option to get paid for referrals as well as for reviewing blog posts. With all these useful features and opportunities, PayPerPost ranks up high on my list of sites to visit frequently, when ever I get a chance. In addition, sites like PayPerPost has helped me continue on with blogging - an activity that has helped me learn a lot about personal finance, HTML and other useful stuff.

posted by Ruby @ 8:28 AM  
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