We're behind on updating the blogsbywomen.org directory and a funny thing happened over those few days... PayPerPost submissions are stuffed into almost every blog we've reviewed so far (there's another 40+ to go so maybe it'll get better).
Here's the reaction I personally had when reviewing those particular sites... ick!
As an example, here are the titles from the first blog that really had me saying WTF? From the About Us , the site is "by three girls" who are about breast cancer walks and such.
golf course living
ask an eye doctor
at it again
find a therapist
cottage cheese thighs
See if you can figure out which ones of those are sponsored, as none of them are categorized or marked in any way as being promos.
Give up? The ones with stars are paid:
golf course living *
fertility facts *
ask an eye doctor *
at it again
find a therapist *
cottage cheese thighs *
So 60% of the first page is paid posts. None of the posts are about cancer walks, or the "girls" posting to the blog, or about womens issues, but at least the blog poster is a woman.
We don't have a problem with people making a living through blogging but this just feels like the spammy end of the business pool to us.
As the old ad says, "Where's the Beef?".
Maybe we're just seeing the poorly executed (although the only poster on this example blog, Collen, is one of the top earners on PayPerPost), or maybe payperpost is just kinda icky as a way to make money online.
We may have to implement a policy on this so dive in and give us your opinions.