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March 05, 2008
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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