Monday, August 27, 2007

Earning from reviews

Today the net invites all kind of earning opportunities. If you can write a review of services, products, ads etc of around 60 words or more then you get starting earning money for your opinion. As a consumer reviewer you can earn money online writing reviews and opinions on such a wide variety of subjects it would be futile to even try to list them. Some sources pay per submission, others pay per hit your review receives or revenue generated, others have sweepstake rewards for regular writers. You need not be the skilled writer.

Below is a run down on sites that you could try:


If you know something about a subject - any subject - then you can create a page (or 10 or 500) at Squidoo and earn money from your knowledge. Squidoo is an online knowledge sharing community where you can earn money for yourself or your charity whenever your 'lens' makes money from the advertising placed on it. What's a Lens? A lens is basically a page you create on whatever subject you choose. You become its LensMaster and its yours to do with as you please. For example, check out this Sudoku lens. Every time someone buys through the Amazon or Ebay ads or clicks on one of the Adsense ads the lensmaster makes money. You can create as many of these lenses as you like and all have the potential to earn money for you, the writer. Review products, create a shopping lens, a fan page, a top ten...whatever takes your fancy. Squidoo is free to join and use.


Get paid to blog! If you have a blog with at least 20 posts in the last 90 days then you can become a member of and earn money by blogging about all kinds of things. PayPerPost will put you in touch with companies who are looking for people to blog about them and what they are offering in terms of payment for these blog posts. An ideal way to make money from your writing talents.


Ciao! is the most active consumer reviews site in Europe. Membership of Ciao entitles you to earn money for your per opinions written on such varied subject as books, films, cars, websites...just about anything you can use or buy! Certain categories at Ciao! also work on a pay-per-read basis where you can earn cash for every member who reads your opinion. In addition, Ciao! has a paid market research section which, should you opt-in, will survey your opinion throughout the month on various issues.


Hotspot is the online website of Hawaiian Tropic, a leading name in suncare and beachwear products. Submit a holiday review to the site and you earn points which can be redeemed for free products from their catalogue! You get 200 points just for joining, 50 for accepting their monthy newsletter and 55 for each Hotspot review with rewards starting at less than that it pays to check it out.

Review Centre

Write reviews of your best and worst experiences of the various shops and services you have used at Review Centre.


Dooyoo pays you �0.03 every time another registered member reads your review and also awards bonus cash amounts to the best reviews received in a week. This site is Ciao's main European competitor but is currently undergoing a fair number of technical difficulties which appears to have lost them a large slice of their membership. The good thing is, you can use the opinions you wrote for Ciao on this site as well, just copy them over and get paid twice! You hold the copyright to them so there's no problem here. Minimum payout here is �50 (as opposed to �5 at Ciao) for cash or �20 if you want to redeem for shopping vouchers. If you're going to use Ciao then it's worth using this one as well.


Yes, probably the most widely known consumer name on the internet also rewards its product reviewers with cash prizes every month. If you write a review at any of the Amazon sites around the globe and are the first to do so in that category, then you'll be entered into a sweepstake to win a monthly cash prize.


Epinions is the granddaddy of all opinion sites. This American site is HUGE and has recently gone into partnership with Dealtime to offer even more features to its membership. Epinions rewards its members with what they call "income share" which basically means, if they make money as a direct result of your review, then you make money too. Umm, what this tends to mean is that, unless you write in the high profit areas such as new cars, new computer equipment etc. (and not the popular categories like books and movies) then you'll not make a dime for your time. Of course, if you are knowledgable in the high profit areas then you can earn nicely here BUT international members be warned, you need at least $100 to cash out and you need to fill out a bunch of forms which take months to process. US members can cash out at $10 without problems.

Consumer Reviews

Consumer Reviews is looking for your opinions on computer software, hardware and generally anything to do with computers. If you are something of a techie then you can write reviews here, of a minimum of 200 words, and earn 10p per submission and 5p every time it is read. You can also earn an additional 90p per review if it is voted as being a 'star review'. Minimum cash out is �20.


Write brief reviews of online shops and your online shopping shopping experiences and you can win Amazon gift vouchers if that shop decides to upgrade their listing at this UK shopping portal. Howasit4u awards �5 vouchers for every upgraded listing your reviews generate.