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Pay Per Post: If I am going to sell out why not take it a step further?

By: Bobby Finstock on 07/5/07 @ 4:59 am

I have been lurking around various blogging forums on the internet to offer up advice or to learn some things in areas I don’t know a lot about. One of the things I have stumbled across is bloggers using a website called Pay Per Post. Basically pay per post pays you to write a review on various topics that are sponsored by companies, the thing is you can’t write anything negative about them.

pay per post

So it really isn’t a review really, it is more of a pimping of a product that you don’t have to have a whole hell of a lot of knowledge on. When I started looking into this I saw that they were offering some decent money for some of these posts, but I kind of got sick to my stomach thinking about doing anything with it. First of all I would totally lose any credibility that I had…

Wait do I even have credibility? That is another subject for another day.

When I looked at some of the blogs that were posting these reviews, a ton of them were total garbage. I mean I don’t think I am Billy Shakespeare by any stretch of the imagination, my writing isn’t all that great but compared to some of these posts I looked like a genius.

I decided to sign up for it and post reviews but totally go off on a tangent or destroy the product, hoping that the review would slip through and I would get paid. But of course my blog didn’t get approved because, well… I mean I just interviewed a porn star and I talked about a sweater knitted out of pubic hair.

This got me thinking though, why do I need a company to do this? Hell, why even stop at products when I could do even more? So I am now offering a service, for ten bucks I will write whatever you need, this includes:

-letters of recommendation for work or school
-love letters to make someone jealous
-your resume
-evaluations of you in bed
-prescriptions
-wedding vows
-any legal depositions that you may need

Sure, I might hardly know you and I am totally ill qualified to write any of these for you but what the hell? If it works for Pay Per Post it works for me…

In fact I recently had my first customer… Donkeysosa of Donkeysosa.com.

He was bucking for a new promotion at work, for those of you who don’t know he works in a nuclear power plant in a town called Springfield. For this promotion he needed to submit a few letters of recommendation, he realized that he was one short, so he tossed me ten bucks and I wrote this little ditty up for him.

To whom it may concern,

Yo, this dude Donk is good peoplezz (the extra z is for extra good). I know he wants to get a dope ass job with you and there is no reason why you can’t promote him.

I worked with him for many years and he never slept with my wife or came to work drunk, like that asshole Johnson that is also applying for the job.

In closing I would like to also tell you he told me that he would take a shot in the mouth in order to get a promotion.

Sincerely,

That Big Guy That Nobody Likes to Follow into the Bathroom at Work

That was the easiest ten dollars I ever made. Plus I didn’t do anything that would give it away that I don’t ACTUALLY work with him, I know it is brilliant.

So step forward, do you need me to take care of anything for you?

Does pay per post sound like the biggest crock of shit ever? Also would you pay me ten bucks to write anything for you?

About the author

Bobby Finstock

Finstock is founder of Pointlessbanter.net. He is known for his encyclopedia like knowledge on the life and times of Scott Baio. In the future he hopes to write again under his own name in order to impress the ladies and build his celebrity to the levels of other failed internet writers.

86 Responses to “Pay Per Post: If I am going to sell out why not take it a step further?”

  1. says:

    I have an article I need written for my other job. You want to write that for me? \par
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    Oh, and if that stupid white man’s picture comes up… Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do other than find him and shove a leftover roman candle up his ass.

  2. says:

    [quote comment="2809"]\par
    You think that “journalists” don’t get paid to give favourable coverage for products and services? Which world are you living in ‘cos it sure ain’t this one. PPP is just the latest extension of something that’s been happening in traditional print media for donkey’s years – companies paying to get their products featured editorially. It’s here, and it’s not just PPP doing it, so we’re all going to have to get used to it.\par
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    I notice a lot of advertising on this blog; fair enough, it’s all upfront and some PPP Posties don’t disclose like they should, but to me it has the same effect. You’ve monetized your blog, and that’s all the Postie’s are doing.[/quote]\par
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    Advertising on a blog and writing a favorable review for a product just because you want the cash are two totally different things. I am sure there are people in the media that have been bought off to review things a certain way, it has been an ongoing problem in radio. Just because they are morally corrupt and it happens doesn’t make it correct. \par
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    Pay Per Post is organized payola, period. It is deployed by people that have a questionable moral base and will do just about anything for money. If you sell your integrity and your voice all in order to make a quick buck, well… more power to you. Glad you can sleep at night because you made a quick $14 writing about something you really aren’t that familiar with.

  3. says:

    [quote comment="2810"]I have an article I need written for my other job. You want to write that for me?\par
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    Oh, and if that stupid white man’s picture comes up… Well, I don’t know what I’m going to do other than find him and shove a leftover roman candle up his ass.[/quote]\par
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    Sure… it is all based by the e-mail address you put in… hmmm…

  4. says:

    [quote comment="2802"]\par
    Plus, to date, I’ve never blogged for them about ANYTHING that I loved.\par
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    So they are lying about their tag line.\par
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    [/quote]\par
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    I blogged for them about Labia Reduction Surgery. I am a big fan of labia. I am neutral about the surgery.\par
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    I like your post.

  5. says:

    [quote comment="2813"]\par
    I blogged for them about Labia Reduction Surgery. I am a big fan of labia. I am neutral about the surgery.\par
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    Thanks for the kind words about my post… That might be the single greatest comment ever.

  6. says:

    I want you to tell that bitch that I work for that I deserve more money.

  7. says:

    You are funny peoplezz Kevin. Just when I thought I’d heard everything. Turns out I know nothing, except, the world is just pimps and whores.

  8. says:

    So Donk works with Homer, or is he really Homer?

  9. says:

    [quote post="600"]Pay Per Post is organized payola, period. It is deployed by people that have a questionable moral base and will do just about anything for money. If you sell your integrity and your voice all in order to make a quick buck, well\’e2\’80\’a6 more power to you. Glad you can sleep at night because you made a quick $14 writing about something you really aren\’e2\’80\’99t that familiar with.[/quote]\par
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    You’re making a lot of assumptions about people just on the basis that they write sponsored posts. I’m sure that there are some that “have a questionable moral base” and who “sell their integrity” but I’m also sure that there are many more who are just ordinary people trying to earn a bit of extra money. I’m also sure that questionable morals and lack of integrity are not limited to bloggers, so my original question about which world you live in probably still applies.\par
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    Anyway, differing opinions are what makes the world (whichever one it may be) go round.

  10. says:

    Great blog!

  11. says:

    Really interesting post. I loved it. However, you should clarify that you don’t always have to do a positive post about the product, website or whatever. Many of the “opportunities” are neutral and so you can saw whatever you want.\par
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    There are a ton of posts where all you are selling is a link on your blog with certain keywords. I’m surprised you didn’t hit on what google thinks about this type of stuff in your post. Link love is really the name of the game you should be talking about.\par
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    Either way, to have a blog that is fun to do, my wife can post about all sorts of things while making a little money and staying home with the kids. It’s worked well for me.

  12. says:

    Pay Per Post, eh? I guess that’s not bad for those who need a little extra change, but I’m sure that not many hardcore bloggers would actually waste their time on that \par
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    Why get paid for posting a blog with an assumed positive review of a product (even if it causes infant blindness), when you can get paid writing whatever the hell you want (which MAY cause infant blindness), PERIOD.

  13. says:

    your posts crack me up everyday! I even bought your book..LOL

  14. says:

    [quote comment="2818"]\par
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    You’re making a lot of assumptions about people just on the basis that they write sponsored posts. I’m sure that there are some that “have a questionable moral base” and who “sell their integrity” but I’m also sure that there are many more who are just ordinary people trying to earn a bit of extra money. I’m also sure that questionable morals and lack of integrity are not limited to bloggers, so my original question about which world you live in probably still applies.\par
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    Anyway, differing opinions are what makes the world (whichever one it may be) go round.[/quote]\par
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    Yes but you are trying to justify the actions of selling out your morals because other people do it. Just because my neighbor may go and use a date rape drug on a girl to get laid and gets away with it doesn’t make it something that I would do. You are sitting here saying, “well people in the media get bought off all the time this is just an extension of that.”\par
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    That is a horrible logic, it doesn’t make what they do right and it doesn’t make pay per post right. Having someone pay you off to write about a subject in your blog to provide advertising is payola, period. \par
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    Yes maybe I might too large of a step with the morals remark but there is other ways to earn money without destroying your credibility. I could make a couple bucks a month if I join and MLM or a period scheme but morally I have issues with it. Pay Per Post is on the same exact level as they are, in a morally grey area that I personally would be embarrassed to visit.

  15. says:

    Oh, for the record…I’m self employed…Now you really have to earn that $10.00

  16. says:

    Great post very entertaining :) \par
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    check out my blog http://www.rosshetherington.com

  17. says:

    Geez, it took me 5 minutes to get to the bottom of these comments (without even reading them no less!)\par
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    I just wanted to say that I love your sarcastic humor! Are you from Rhode Island? We Rhode Islanders love us some sarcasm, yet no one here in PA (where I live now) gets it at all. Literalists! Sheesh. :)

  18. says:

    Yeah so I need a love letter, and for you to exaluate me in bed, next time you come to Vegas ill let you evaluate me AND give you $10 lol

  19. says:

    lol… Hey.. great services you offer. I might take you up on that offer. :) I like your style. Good on ya mate.

  20. says:

    Interesting view. Of course it’s been said a million times already. Either way, I like the humorous tone to your posts.

  21. says:

    [quote comment="2836"]lol… Hey.. great services you offer. I might take you up on that offer. :) I like your style. Good on ya mate.[/quote]\par
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    You were British the other day and now you are Australian?

  22. says:

    hahahaa i just read what pay per post wrote about you!

  23. says:

    [quote comment="2771"][quote comment="2766"]I’ll take a prescription for morphine… and an evaluation of me in bed.[/quote]\par
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    Could we combine the two?[/quote]\par
    Of course… or contrast and compare? On and off morphine.

  24. says:

    [quote comment="2780"][quote comment="2779"]Isn’t all sales a form of prostitution?[/quote]\par
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    so am I a pimp or a hoe[/quote]\par
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    oh you are definitely a hoe my friend. definitely a hoe. and i repeated myself in a matter-of-fact-way. So it must be true.

  25. says:

    LOL…\par
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    Hey! I work in sales! Luckily, I only sell myself. :-)

  26. says:

    where’s the paypal account\par
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    i need a resume

  27. says:

    [quote comment="2802"]Plus, to date, I’ve never blogged for them about ANYTHING that I loved.\par
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    So they are lying about their tag line.[/quote]\par
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    It’s up to the bloggers to choose what they want to write about. It all really depends on the integrity of the blogger. If you don’t like it, don’t blog about it. Simple as that.\par
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    It’s the type of blogger you are, that people such as Kevin should be complaining about. Stop blaming PPP for your “lack of morals” as PPP critics say.\par
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    TO KEVIN AND OTHERS:\par
    Not all PPP opportunities require positive reviews, some require neutral which means you can go either positive or negative (yes, you can post negative reviews). Get your facts straight. If you can’t say anything positive about an opportunity that requires a positive review, then don’t write about it.\par
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    This whole thing is like blaming your debt on the credit card company who you CHOSE to apply to for a credit card.

  28. says:

    Wow. I was wondering if you or your other commenters could tell me exactly what these “other ways to earn money” are. I make around $100.00 a week with PayPerPost, I only take opportunities that I like, my morals are just fine, and my credibility is too. My husband and I were barely keeping our heads above water, although he works very hard, we never had anything left over. Now I make enough to buy our kids new clothes and shoes, we can rent a DVD once in a while, and I can even drink a froufrou coffee drink without worrying about whether the electric bill will get paid. Sure, I could put my three kids in daycare and get a job, but full time daycare is $100 a week per child. Am I going to find a job I enjoy that will pay me, after taxes, FICA, medical, dental, vision, and all those extras, more than $300 a week? Probably not. \par
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    AND, are you telling me that if Bob AverageGuy goes to work every day at the widget company, and does payroll or accounting or client management or tech support or project management, that at no time EVER is he doing ANYTHING that makes him feel like he has lost a bit of integrity? When he has to fire a single mother who missed too many days of work because her kid was sick, or when he has to write up someone for falling asleep at their desk because they were up all night with a newborn, are you telling me Bob doesn’t feel like he has gone against his own moral beliefs a little bit? Why is getting paid to tell my blog readers about XYZ website equal to being the spawn of Satan? Is it worse than being a LAWYER?? \par
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    I hope you understand that I am just trying to look at this subject from both sides here. I am going to write for PayPerPost and you are not, and that is just fine. You don’t like them, I do, and that is fine as well. I have readers who have come right out and told me that they skip posts that look like reviews, and that’s fine. I hope we can agree to disagree.

  29. says:

    To Wolfieb: Yes, I do use spell checker. I also use grammar checker and a lot of other nifty tools to polish the end product. Here I just type on the fly, if that isn’t good enough for you, feel free to pay me to make my posts prettier. That, or buy my books and slam me in a proper review. I could use the publicity.

  30. says:

    Hey, at the risk of sounding defensive, I post for Pay Per post, and I am not the kind of blogger you seem to think all Posties are. \par
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    I don’t review sites so much as mention them, sometimes in passing when writing about something completely unrelated. And i certainly don’t write about things I am not interested in. For example, if I know I don’t play paintball or book hotels online, I don’t take those opportunities. \par
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    I’ve also never read that all the reviews have to be positive. I can see how that would be worrisome, if it were true, but it’s not. So there you go.

  31. says:

    [quote comment="2878"]Wow. I was wondering if you or your other commenters could tell me exactly what these “other ways to earn money” are. [/quote]\par
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    Well you could hook or strip

  32. says:

    There was at least one PPP advertiser that asked for a negative post. I’m not going to link to mine, but if you Google the title “I Can Hear it Sucking”, it is on the first page. I had hoped for more negative ‘opps’ but I have yet to see another one.

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