5.3.08

Will SnapBomb Be A Snap For Bloggers?


There's a new kid on the block. We are referring to this paid-to-blog set-up with a snappy name - SnapBomb. If you are one of those die hard posties who writes paid reviews of products and services, you'll probably be shaking with excitement because this is another paid-to-blog platform for you to earn some moolah.

As with other previous paid-to-blog programs, this San Francisco-based company are addressing advertisers and bloggers to sign up with them and get the ball rolling. Buzz marketing or blog marketing is what they want.

By now, most of you who have gone down this path before would be fully aware of the terms and conditions that go with participation in this type of paid opportunity.

Since Google's PageRank slapfest last October, many blogs that suffered the punishment for getting involved with paid links and writing paid posts have gone "clean."

But still there's quite a significant number of blogs who are brushing aside Goog's dogma about such practices. This is where companies like SnapBomb and a few others are seeing that there's still business to be done in this arena.

SnapBomb's take on their program is not that much different from the other established paid-to-blog opportunities. They require a minimum of 150 words for a paid write-up and they have their own system of evaluating a blog based on its popularity, expertise, quality, traffic and feedback from the blog's posts.

Some of you may jump at this new offering but others may hesitate because SnapBomb "recommend that all bloggers clearly disclose that they are writing a sponsored post."

While other paid-to-blog companies are recommending that there should be no indication of "sponsored post" to avoid the wrath of Goog and other search engines, SnapBomb's recommendation may deter some bloggers from signing up. We are not sure whether this is an absolute requirement or not as SnapBomb only used the word "recommend."

In our perception, paid posts have declined since the PageRank slapfest because the right opportunities are few and far between right now. For those bloggers who have experienced higher pagerank but now with lower ranking or none at all, it's no longer appetising to write paid posts because of the poor payment. For those outside the USA, it's even worse as there's virtually no more opportunities worth talking about.

How SnapBomb perform in a lacklustre marketplace (in our view) remains to be seen. If they have something unique up their sleeves that could revitalize the interest in writing posts for money and not rub Goog up the wrong way, that would be great.
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43 comments:

Children's toys said...

I'd be very careful about openly admitting that a blog post is paid... Like the sites that have the words "Sponsored Links" above all their paid links, you'd be setting yourself up to be first in the firing line when the Google spam patrol rolls by.

Gary Ooi said...

I'm very cautious about openly stamping my post with a sponsored links or so which will get Google's attention. I guess the major turn off will be having to disclose that it's a sponsored post. By the way, this is my first time here. Keep it up, buddy!

Markk said...

> Children's Toys & Gary Ooi: Yes, you have to be very careful about it if you wanna stay out of trouble. If you value your blog's ranking then it's best not to get involved. Just write good content and your blogs will rise. Well, at least that's how it should be. Thanks for coming by.

storage alexandria said...

I would ve cautious as well, you may be penalized PR.

Jakob Dupont Knudsen said...

I really feel like there are way to many of these companies at the moment. It seems like there is a new one every day..

art said...

Sounds good for bloggers. But caution, maybe its true, we have to really careful about this. A paid to blog, seems like nice offer but i think there's always a catch

Ignoramus said...

Like other commenters, I'm hesitant. I used to take part in PayPerPost, but was a recipient of Google's PR downgrade wrath.

The must-disclose policy is also a turn-off.

Ceremonial Shovel said...

I got burned on a blog for using Text-Link-Ads. I'm not about to try this.

Pride Shirts said...

thanks, i hadnt heard of this product yet, im gonna do some more research.

Home Business Blog said...

I think SnapBomb is the latest pay per post site that offers the similar opportunities like ReviewMe.

I personally have never try writing any paid review yet. But these opportunities keep on showing up that making me want to start testing pay per post for my home business blog.

David Williams said...

Wow, its simply great that a blog is being paid. The sponsored post should be open to all the major sites. And finally the contents must be good.

Anne said...

I am actually thinking of joining a pay-per-blog opportunity. But with the info you have here, I think I should be more careful about such stuff. Thanks for the heads up.

Wily said...

I'm very cautious about openly stamping my post with a sponsored links or so which will get Google's atten really feel like there are way to many of these companies at the moment.tion.

arlington said...

Yeah dude you might get a PR penalty

Scoop said...

As I read the comments, many of the comments have concern about being penalized by Google for publishing paid posts.

Should advertisers also be concerned with using the services of SnapBomb, ReviewMe and Perperpost?

Chic-Street said...

I think as long as a post is clearly marked as being sponsored it's non of Google's business! Of course, Google doesn't see it that way.

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Santa Claus said...

AHHHHHHH yes getting paid should be a good thing and not a bad one

Verne said...

I would be so careful
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Dominic said...

Thank you alot I have been looking for something new.

Justin said...

I haven't seen this one yet - I definitely have seen a decrease in the number of my pages that are indexed since starting on the 'pay per post' scene. I feel that stating that it is a paid post is ethically important...so I've been doing it regardless of Google's stance.

Markk said...

> Justin: Some of the paid-to-blog sites are asking posties not to indicate "paid post" or "sponsored post" but I guess it's a personal thing to decide whether to do it or not. Nothing wrong with that but it may cause you to lose PR if Goog wanted to take action. Once you go down to PR0 for your site, paid post opps will no longer come easy. It's a Catch-22 situation.

Chauncy said...

I'm thinking you'd get more money out of selling paid links on your site instead of writing ads for another service.

Akhmad Guntar said...

SnapBomb gives freedom to their publishers to write their own opinions about the product they review as long as it pertains to the the advertiser’s topic and campaign description. SnapBomb recommends but does not require their publishers to disclose that they are writing a sponsored post. This is favorable to publishers who are “Page Rank” conscious and who would want to keep themselve away from Google’s radar.

Fiona Digicam Erna said...

To show an accurate measurement of the value of your blog to advertisers, SnapBomb keeps their database updated on a daily basis. This is nice!

Jesse Breathing Andrews said...

They provide full list of advertisers looking to generate buzz, increasing visibility, promoting their products and services as well as getting their products/services reviewed.

Dan said...

what these pay-for-posting companies need to do is find a new way to evaluate the blogs. The problem is that if you over do it you lose PR, which means you're going to get paid less. But in the end, I guess its up to the blogger to decide how much they want to do it and suffer the consequences.

uti in dogs said...

Guys, do you really believe Google can determine if a post is a paid post if you don't put the "Paid Posting" tag?
Come on..let's get real...that will only make their job easier but I am pretty sure they can figure that out, with or without that tag.
Just my opinion...

erp said...

Good article..but it provide full list of advertisers looking to generate buzz, increasing visibility, promoting their products and services as well as getting their products/services reviewed.

meachel said...

This sounds very interesting.Money comming quick and fast is always nice but dont know how much of this is true , have to check with this.

Make Money Online said...

SnapBomb seems like more easier to get in as I don't see they have the same rules like other pay per post sites stating the blog must be 3 months old to apply.

It can be a good site for beginners wanting to make money online with sponsor posts.

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Sara said...

The web is swamped with this stuff. But what concerns me even more than pay-per-post is how much shill-a-blog is happening that isn't disclosed. :\

Michael Aulia said...

I'll skip.. don't want mr Google to get angry..it's not worth it

Health Faculty Jobs said...

I think paid blog posts should be a legit part of the business. Its too difficult to make enough money just blogging with adsense. What one of these companies needs to do it try implementing a blog in it. Something like, click here to start your blog. Once you create a blog through them, you'll get paid for posting.

Markk said...

> health faculty jobs: quite an interesting idea you got there.

Anonymous said...

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Seb said...

I have to agree with most of the comments. Paid blog posts will soon be considered by Google like paid for links = BAD!

The Gizmole! said...

I use pay-per post already and earn quite well, I'll head over to Snapbomb now, thanks for this, you've just boosted my wage packet!!!

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TheDoozie said...

Google already sees paid blogging as paid links. I am not sure about the future of companies and projects like this one.

Levon said...

I've been using it and its great.