Saturday, July 14, 2007

PayPerPost

Hey, some of you may have noticed the little This is a sponsored post note at the top of a few of my posts here, or the spiffy grey box you see at the bottom of this post, or that purple badge about half-way down on the right-hand side ... All of that comes from PayPerPost.

Here's how it works:

I signed up about a month ago - all you need is an active blog that's been alive for three months. You get to look through offers - "opportunities" - of events, products, web pages, etc to write about it. You get paid $5.00 and up, depending upon the offer.

Now, although I'm decidedly not allergic to money - hey, it buys good things in life - I value my name as a writer even more, and would never write about something I didn't want to write about or did not believe in. And that's the really cool thing about PayPerPost - you're not obligated to blog about anything you don't want to blog about.

In my case, for example, I was delighted to find an opportunity just a few weeks ago to write about The Police - they've always been one of my favorite bands, with their unique syncopation and melodies. Or, I took a PayPerPost opp to write about a new online news feed - thenewsroom.com - which I'm happy to actually be using on this site right now.

But that said, you should know that I would never do a PayPerPost for, say, a political candidate - even if I agreed with that candidate. My political posts here, in other words, are 100% sacrosanct. And the same is and will be true for anything I write about television series and motion pictures that I've seen. Those, like the political posts, are the very essence of Infinite Regress.

But if I see an opportunity to blog about a good new tomato plant - hey, why not, I love gardening and I'll be putting in some tomatoes in the next few days. And you'll always know when a post is sponsored, because you'll see an advisory.

So far, I've made over $100 from this great new kind of blog marketing from PayPerPost. Not enough to give up the professoring or the novels and my other books - which I'd never want to, anyway - but, hey, I was born with my foot not a silver spoon in my mouth, and every little bit helps. Better in my pocket than someone else's...

But I wouldn't mind if it was in yours. If you have a blog, I strongly recommend this!

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