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    How Much You Should Charge For Paid Reviews?

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    Last time we talked about Paid reviews good bad or ugly, and many bloggers including me keep getting email for paid reviews. When I started blogging, I used to get lots of request for review software’s, Product, websites and ebooks. Initially I was not aware of the face that Should I do a paid review or not, because for me it was easy money. And I never bothered to figure out the amount I should charge for that review and I ended up doing my first review for 25$ only. Honestly, that is the minimum anyone could charge from a page rank 3 websites.

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    I have been asked from many blogger friends about how much they should charge for a product review and it’s impossible for me or for any one to give you exact amount, but I can give you few points which will help you to determine the charges for paid review.

    How to Calculate Paid review price for your Blog?

    Reason for Review

    There are many reasons advertisers ask for paid reviews. Many of them put conditions for anchor text backlinks, and I recommend you to avoid it. Since, Google consider it as paid link and you may be penalize any time, as we saw in Penguin update. You can always say no to advertiser, and educate them about benefits they will get with a normal review. Like brand awareness, product information and so on. Now, if advertiser is interested in just getting a mention about their product on your blog via blog post, you should consider few things as mentioned below:

    Kind of Product

    Again as I stated in my earlier post, you should review only quality product, but again you can categorize those quality product in terms of relativity to your niche blog. It has two sides, if the product is exact similar to your niche, you can charge more , since it’s going to give them more lead, sales and traffic. Else you can charge less, if you feel that reviewing that product wont help him much, better charge him less than the earlier case. In this case you also need to consider Point 1, i.e Reason for Product review.

    No. of Leads

    Suppose you reviewing any webhosting  company and if you drive a good number of traffic to them, that means any single sale will generate atleast 50$ for them. Now do a rough count, do consider long term in this case, since that post is going to be forever. More over that Webhosting review site is getting prominent linkback from a page rank website in similar niche. In that case you can start minimum from 300-400$ to any extent, depending on your website popularity and readership.

    Last but not the least, I won’t say this is the perfect system to determine the price of any review post, but I’m sure this will help those people who are new to Paid review system.

    Do let us know How do you decide the price of any paid review?

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    Debajyoti Das

    I have done 8 sponsored reviews on my blog… and all are related to computers or internet. I think its best not to quote a price. Because when they decide for the price … its always on the “more than I thought” side.
    I got 1 60$, 2 50$ and 6 20$ reviews….
    Generally Its best not to charge for the review …if the product or service is free.

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    Mad Geek

    I normally charge 24$ for reviews but I review products ocassionally and only one which are related to my niche but if I am getting some good money than I can consider other options too :D

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Mad geek you may consider other non related product but that will put your readers off. So Instead of short term money target long term :)

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    Suhasini

    This post is helpful for us as we have got few mails for paid reviews but just ignored it, never thuoght money can be made out of it. Thanks for this post Harsh.

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    Tanuj Lakhina

    Infolinks suggested me to write a 300 word review for a betting company at a measly price of $5. And my blog is PR3. Wondering whether I should do it or not because its the initial offer so maybe the charges would increase in the future. What do you guys suggest, should I do it?

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Tanuj 5$ is nothing for such review. Infolinks is no doubt good company but advocating any service for 5$ is more like giving it for free. Think the other way, how much business they are going to get . If I would have been at your place, I would have charged somewhere between 50-100$.

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    Tanuj Lakhina

    Exactly my point. Maybe I should try and discuss the charges. If that is possible.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    You are always free to quote your price and this way you will get best value for the review. :)

    Tushar

    i have got one request for paid review 6 months back when i started my blog with Blogspot….it was an online gaming website and they were offering me $5 which i rejected…sometimes i regret it but your post makes me feel better

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    Harsh Agrawal

    If its Gaming its good..but if its gambling.. always avoid it…!!

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    Simran

    I go for paid review only when I get good amount for that but I don’t like to do reviews out of my blog niche.

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    Vivek Krishnan

    There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account when deciding price for a product review.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Vivek will love to know your insight.. Which all points do you consider while deciding upon the charge for product review?

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    Vivek Krishnan

    I think you should consider: 1) alexa rank 2) rss subscribers 3) previous performance of a blog’s paid posts etc. Also the ROI for the advertiser you have mentioned is an important criteria while you set the price.

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    Rakesh Narang

    great, i had started blogging initially for money but now i want to make a difference, yes paid reviews might be a part but mostly i will write content oriented posts.

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    Harshit Singhal

    I recently did a paid review for $40 and didn’t even have to write a review actually. Getting many offers for $30 onwards but I’ll charge nothing less than $40 or $50.

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    Harsh Agrawal

    I believe it’s more of paid link sell.. Is int it??

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    Harshit Singhal

    Nopes. Seems I messed up with my comment. “I recently did a “free” review and got the offer for a paid review for $40 without even writing the article” . Don’t think I’ll do it though. Its better to concentrate on affiliate earnings by writing honest reviews of products you’ve yourself used.

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    Susan

    I have been asked to write a review about a company in business. I would be the third party and I am a professional writer. The review will require research and contact with the business to be reviewed. The review should be 500 words.

    My first proposal was $100.00 and the middle man says it is too much. What is your advice?

    Thanks very much,
    Susan

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    aimee

    Hi I’ve been blogging about health and beauty for a year now, I have received some free products too. When it comes to charging a paid reviews, I honestly don’t have any ideas on how to charge them. Just recently I receive an offer from a certain beauty company if I’m willing to do a review on their products. Do you think I still need to charge them if the product is free? Thanks and looking forward for you reply;)

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    Harsh Agrawal

    Hey Aimee
    Charges depend on many factors:
    Your Website Traffic, reputation, userbase and Page rank.
    Though, it’s hard to give specific suggestion, though you can always go for 2-5X of total price of that product as a review charge.
    Regarding charging for free products, it again depends upon company strategy. As many company offers freemium products, where product is free for trial/certain days and later on you need to pay or to use advance feature you need to upgrade to pro/premium version… This is what happens in my niche… In this case, if the webmaster is asking to review, you can charge a bit for the same..!!
    Though, if not, you can always join aff programs like cj.com and earn from affiliate sales.

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    Trixya

    I think writing paid reviews actually lower your credibility and people loose faith in your blog. Although I have a review blog but I don’t ask payment to write reviews. And I think I am right.

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    Deepak Garg

    who will give us review option…?
    what is procedure…etc…?

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    sangeetha menon

    Harsh,

    need your help pls ..I am new to blogging and monetisation. Recently I have been approached by companies for sponsered posts and ad banners ..Can you pls guide me the standard rate I can give them .. please require a precise reply …

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    Harsh Agrawal

    @Sangeetha
    I will keep it brief, and explain how I usually charge:

    1) If the product is relevant: First thing that matters is, if the product is worth featuring on my blog or not. Will it be helpful, is it relevant to topic and my reader base.
    2) What is the actual 1 year cost of product: Now, a simple price calculation which I follow is; How many leads my review post will give to the company. Even if I take the worse case scenario, and consider I will be giving atleast 2-3 leads in a year, I would multiple to the highest pricing plan with 3, and will charge the same to the client.
    3) Your traffic, authority also matters in price calculation. For example, when I feature any product on ShoutMeLoud, it also educates other blogger about new product, and they mention in on their blog. So, ripple marketing works for the client.

    Considering all these, you can quote price for paid review. Do let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Tanuj Lakhina

    Oh that’s cool then. Will quote the price at $50 then. Thanks Harsh.

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