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Finding quality bloggers just got much easier!
We are pleased to announce our latest feature which allows advertisers to filter blogs based on the quality of their grammar. We have created a rating system where we rate completed posts using a 1 through 5 point scale. 1 being unreadable and 5 being editorial quality. We recommend setting your filter to 3 by default.
In order for the ratings to be consistent, we do not allow advertisers to rate posts, instead our in-house team does all of the ratings. As of today we have already rated over 15,000 posts.
We would also like to remind advertisers that we have a filter to exclude bloggers who have done adult/rx/gambling posts through our system. Most high quality bloggers will not do these sorts of posts so its a great way to easily filter out the lower quality blogs. Combining the new grammar filter with the adult/rx/gambling filter is an excellent way to find the best of the best.
This message is to notify you about important changes we have made at SponsoredReviews.com. Due to the newly released “Revised
Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” (.pdf) by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), we have updated our system to allow advertisers to require in-post disclosures on all of their paid posts. With this option selected, our system will automatically look for our in-post disclosure badges upon the blogger submitting a completed post.
Advertisers who are concerned about the revised guidelines should utilize the in-post disclosure system to insure compliance (If you are concerned about the search engines using the disclosure badges to track down your paid posts, please read below about how our badges our signature free). However it is important to note that in-post disclosure is not required by the FTC. Bloggers can also include a Site Wide disclosure that clearly states that they do paid posts. In addition the guidelines only refer to endorsements/testimonials, articles that do not make endorsements should not raise any flags, for that reason we now have new “Post Type” options for Advertisers. We highly recommend utilizing the “Article” or “Content Rewrite” options and asking bloggers to write an article about a subject related to your industry versus asking them to write a “review”.
New Disclosure Options
- No Preference
It is up to the blogger to decide how they disclose, the advertiser does not have a preference.
- In-Post Required
Blogger must use the disclosure badge/image selected by the advertiser in their post. Our system will check for the disclosure badge upon the blogger submitting the completed post.
- Site Wide Only
Advertiser does not want In-Post disclosure but having a site wide disclosure on the blogger’s site is acceptable. A Site wide disclosure is a written statement that the blogger accepts compensation to write reviews.
- No Disclosure Needed – Not a Review
If the post is not a review and will not endorse the advertiser than the advertiser can request non in post disclosure. As always the blogger’s still have the option to do Sitewide disclosures on their blogs.
New Post Types
For a long time we have had Advertisers requesting the ability to select what type of post they want the Blogger to write. Many advertisers do not want reviews they simply want an article about a particular topic (containing their links), or they want a blogger to simply repost content (Such as a Press Release) exactly as they have it written. The great thing about articles is that if they are not an endorsement of your company/service/website but are simply educational than there arent as many concerns about FTC rules and disclosures methods, although we would still suggest requiring in-post disclosure if you have any concerns about the new FTC regulations. Read below to learn about how our disclosure badges are “Signature Free” and will not allow search engines to automatically devalue your paid posts.
Here are a list of the new post types:
If you choose “article” as your post type you are asking the blogger to write an article about whatever subject you request. For example you could ask bloggers to write an article about a keyword/subject related to your business. Articles are a great option for those concerned about FTC regulations regarding endorsements in blog posts. Instead of writing a review about your company they are simply writing an article about a particular subject and including links to your site (without endorsing your company/website).
- Content Rewrite
A content rewrite is where you provide an article (or some other type of content) that you want the blogger to rewrite and post on their blog. The advantage of having a blogger rewrite a piece of content versus writing it from scratch is that you will get higher quality articles since the blogger is given better direction. It is much easier for a blogger to rewrite an article then it is to write one from scratch, especially for topics that they may not be familiar with.
- Content Repost
A content repost is where you provide an Article/Press Release/Advertisement (or some other type of content) that you want the blogger to repost on their blogs exactly as it was written (Make sure that the content contains your required links). This is especially good for distributing press releases or promotions where it is important that the content be worded correctly. It however is not recommended for SEO link building since duplicating content on every blog that re-posts your content will reduce the effectiveness of the links coming from those posts.
Questions and Answers
Q: Do I have to require In-Post Disclosure Badges on all of my paid posts.
A: No, You do not have to require In-Post Disclosures via our system. Bloggers can do site wide disclosures at their descretion. In addition, if you are selecting a post type such as “Article” and you are not asking the blogger to endorse your website there shouldnt be any issues with FTC rules.
Q: Wont the disclosure badges make it easy for the search engines and/or my competitors to track down my paid posts?
A: Our disclosure badges use a random source URL created by TinyURL. The src url of the image is different for every paid post it is used on, so there are no signatures left that can be used to track down your posts.
It’s never been easier to purchase posts on over 31,000 blogs with our newest release. Thousands of advertisers have purchased hundreds of thousands of posts from relevant blogs since our last major update.
This release (Version 2.5) includes the following major upgrades… and lots of small ones:
* Filter templates in â€œincoming bids:” and â€œfind bloggersâ€ screens.
o Allows you to save your filters for later use.
* Language Filtering
o All blogs have had their languages updated
o Allows advertisers to find blogs in specific languages
* Streamlined search interfaces for “find bloggers” and “incoming bid” screens
o Now its easier than ever to find blogs
* New pre-filtering for bids (in opportunities) by Pagerank (To reduce number of unneeded bids)
* In-Line Blog rejections via Ajax (Requested by many advertisers to make it easier to sort through and purchase reviews)
* Rotating Help Tips system (Gives Help tips on key pages)
There are lots of great features coming up in the next version, if there is a feature you need please contact us via our webform and put “Feature Request” in the subject.
We are happy to announce the launch of our newest feature LinkSets
LinkSets allow you to create an unlimited number of URL/Link Text combinations inside of your opportunities. The LinkSets system will then automatically handle assigning those links to bloggers as you purchase reviews.
LinkSets will allow you to do the following:
- Easily Build Links to Dozens/Hundreds of URL’s on your site
- Easily rotate though Link Text in order to focus on more keywords
- Build a specific number of Links to a given URL or Link Text automatically
Click here for additional instructions and FAQ’s
If you haven’t used our system in a while your missing out. We have been busy adding new features and tons of new bloggers.
- Over 23,000 Registered Bloggers ready to Link to your Sites!
- New Filters to Quickly find the Best Bloggers, including: Google Pagerank, Google Cache, Compete Estimated Traffic, Yahoo Backlinks, Country etc.. etc..
- New Favoriting and Tagging system Helps you find your favorite bloggers quickly.
- Over 10,000 user ratings to help you find the best blogs
First things first, what are widgets? According to Wikipedia:
Blog widgets, therefore, are nothing more than pieces of code (usually provided by third parties) that you can use on your blog in order to add some content or functionality. Widgets, if used correctly, can add some salt to your blog. Notice that we said â€œif used correctlyâ€ because using too many of them will just clutter your design and slow down your website.
Below you will find 6 popular widgets around the blogosphere. We tried to list the â€œprosâ€ and â€œconsâ€ for each one, so that you will be able to choose the ones that are suitable for your blog.
Feedburner Feed Count
What is it?: A small chicklet that displays the number of people subscribing to your Feedburner RSS feed. You can customize the color to match the style of your blog.
Pros: Most popular blogs on the Internet use this widget. A high subscriber count can both give credibility to your blog and encourage first time visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed.
Cons: Just as a high subscriber count can be positive, a low subscriber count might hurt your blog. Like it or not most people will get discouraged if they have the impressions that they are alone reading your blog. Just avoid using this widget if you blog is relatively new.
Where do I get it?: You will need to â€œburnâ€ your feed with Feedburner. Once you have done that, just log into your account and go to â€œPublicizeâ€ then â€œFeed Count.â€
What is it?: A widget that displays avatars of the readers on a certain blog. You can click on the widget to discover more about someone, and communities of readers are created for individual blogs.
Pros: The widget can increase the level of interaction on your blog through the MyBlogLog community. Additionally it can also help on the promotion side since other people will see your avatar when you browse around their blogs (and you can leverage your creativity here…).
Cons: Unfortunately the widget might increase the load time of your website (sometimes hugely, depending on the customization you apply to it).
Where do I get it?: After registering with MyBlogLog you just need to log into your account, add your blog and click on â€œGet This Widget!â€
What is it?: Alexa provides traffic estimations for websites based on the usage of its toolbar. This widget will display the Alexa information (you can customize it with numbers or graphs) of your blog.
Pros: Although Alexa has denied this, some people believe that you can improve your Alexa ranking by inserting the widget on your blog.
Cons: The widget might not offer any useful information for your readers (people concerned with those rankings usually use browser toolbars for that purpose), and it will inevitably use space on your sidebar.
Where to get it?: Just head to the Alexa website, scroll down to â€œDevelopers’ Cornerâ€ and click on â€œWidgets.â€
Swicki Community Search
What is it?: It is a search widget that learns from the behavior of your readers. Additionally it also displays a â€œHot Searchsâ€ buzz cloud. You can see it working on TechCrunch.
Pros: This widget tries to combine the flexibility of search engines with the intelligence of the crowd. It allows both you and your readers to customize and improve the searching mechanism on your website.
Cons: You will need to spend some time to set this up and make it functional. Secondly, not all readers might be interested in this level of sophistication while searching on your blog.
Where do I get it?: Go to the Eureckster website and click on â€œCreate your own swicki today.â€ Notice that you will also need to â€œtrainâ€ the search engine before using it..
Flickr Photo Stream
What is it?: This widget will rotate selected photos from your Flickr account. You can choose the format of the widget, the colors and the number of photos to be rotated.
Pros: The widget can add a personal touch to your blog, specially if you spend some time customizing the style. Chris Pearson has an article on this topic titled â€œAdd a Styled Flickr Photo Stream to Your Blog.â€
Cons: This widget is certainly not suitable for all blogs. If you have a personal blog where you share your experiences the photo stream can provide value for your readers. If you write a more professional or objective blog, on the other hand, you might want to think twice before displaying Flickr photos on the sidebar.
Where do I get it?: Log into your Flickr account, go to â€œYour Photosâ€ and look for a â€œFlickr Badgeâ€ link. After that just follow the instructions to create and customize the widget.
What is it?: Twitter is a communication platform that allows people to stay in touch through short messages that describe what they are doing. The messages can be updated via SMS. This widget is synchronized with your Twitter account so that your readers will always know â€œwhat you are doing.â€
Pros: Just like with the Flickr Photo Stream, this widget can represent a nice feature for a personal blog. Readers will be able to follow your activities, for instance.
Cons: Unless you have a personal blog or you are an online celebrity like Steve Rubel, it is very likely that the majority of your visitors will not care about what you are doing through out the day.
If you are looking for more widgets you should check the “Gallery” section of Widgetbox. There are over 1000 of them, divided into categories and tags.
Daniel is the owner of DailyBlogTips.com and a Guest Blogger on SponsoredReviews
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We do not have an affiliate program yet, but one is coming soon.
The time is finally here. Beta testing is finished and the doors are open.
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SponsoredReviews is the the first paid-blogging system to allow advertisers and bloggers to be both passive and proactive. Advertisers can post opportunities to attract bids from bloggers, or they can search through bloggers profiles and purchase reviews directly.
We have combined the best features of our two largest competitors, while at the same time lowering fees.
Our flat 35% fee (with no per-transaction fees) is the lowest on the market.
Besides, why would you use two different systems when you can get all the same features in one?
Here are some screenshots:
Advertisers Find Bloggers
Bloggers Find Advertisers
Heres a recap of some of the key features:
- Automated Rating System – Our rating system will make it easy to find high quality blogs.
- Bidding System – Advertisers and publishers can negotiate pricing
- Manual Pricing – Bloggers will be able to set their own prices. Our system will make recommendations based on our automated ratings system, but bloggers will be able to choose their own price.
- Full Disclosure Required – We take our responsibility very seriously.
- Tag Based Organization – Our interface is well organized and easy to use.
- Quality Standards – Our minimum standards for bloggers will insure that only quality blogs are allowed into our system.
- Large Base of Advertisers – 360 Enterprises, Inc. currently serves thousands of businesses, which will be hot to purchase reviews from our bloggers.
- Service Oriented Model – Our large staff will be actively working with advertisers and bloggers to maximize their exposure.
- Bi-Weekly Payouts – Get paid fast! Most of our competitors payout monthly.
If you have not already started using SponsoredReviews. Here are a few things worth mentioning.
As of 5/9/09 we have 25,000 bloggers using our system. We have the lowest transaction fees in the industry which go as low as 20% depending on volume.
We have added too many features to mention including advanced features for link Builders such as our LinkSets functionality which allows you to automate your URL and link Text rotations.
We have over a dozen stats such a Google Pagerank, “Cached in Google”, Yahoo BackLinks, Alexa, Compete Estimated Traffic…. etc.. etc… to help you easily sort through blogs.
We have Tagging, Favoriting, ratings, bannings, and a ton of other useful features.
Come Sign up Today and you’ll see why people like Loren baker from SearchEngineJournal.com are saying “SponsoredReviews is a great source for low cost contextual links and some real gems can be found when browsing through their system. I have seen the effectiveness of these sorts of links first hand.”