A while ago, I signed up with ReviewMe with the aim of turning the tables on the site; I wanted to see if ReviewMe itself stood up to review.
The premise behind ReviewMe is simple. The site pairs bloggers up with companies who want their wares to gain exposure on the ‘net. The blogger writes a review, and the company pays. ReviewMe takes 50% for their share in the deal. There’s a mere 200 word minimum required for the review (heck, I’ve written individual sentence with a higher wordcount!) and the review doesn’t need to be particularly favourable either; it just needs to be on-topic.
It’s all a very simple concept, but the real test comes into seeing whether it actually works.
In short, it does.
I received my first review request a few weeks after signing up. I accepted and knocked out a quick review, nudging just over the 200 word requirement. Finally, I submitted a link to the review to ReviewMe. The whole thing took under 30 minutes from receiving the request to posting the link – plus time to form an opinion of the product, of course
ReviewMe ingeniously uses an RSS feed to keep you notified of information about your account, so any review requests, payment notifications, etc come through there rather than the more usual email. That’s a great solution, and helps prevent their (short and to the point) messages being lost in a morass of spam. All good stuff.
When is comes to cash, ReviewMe claims to make all payments on the 1st of the month following the review date. Actually, that’s more than a claim – true to their word, my paypal account grew by a clean, crisp $20 yesterday, on the dot. That’s approximately….um….. $20 more than I’ve ever made from Google ads, ever.
So there you have it. ReviewMe works. I’ve nothing to criticise about it at all. Darn. What a boring review!
I’d take review requests from ReviewMe in the future without a moment’s hesitation. Unlike Google Ads-style schemes, you’re still in complete control of your blog content, and a single blogpost in the scheme of things isn’t a high price to pay in return for cold hard cash, which is more than you can expect to get from Ad revenue without selling your blog and soul.
Disclaimer: I wrote this for free, because I wanted to. I’m not getting paid for it, the link to ReviewMe just goes straight to their site and doesn’t give me a “referrer bonus” or anything like that.