Would You Pay $2500 to Get Your Blog Reviewed On Another Blog?

Posted on 27th March, 2007

JohnChow.com had seen his ReviewMe price went up to $500 when his blog broke into the Technorati Top 100.

However, as it turned out, Technorati recovered from his evil blog ping attack and his blog was removed from the Top 100 list. This has reduced his ReviewMe price tagged to $300.

I thought the $500 was way too expensive for a review, not until I saw it cost a jaw dropping $2500 to have your blog reviewed by Jeremy of ShoeMoney.com.

Now this makes JohnChow.com ReviewMe price a real bargain.

If you wonder if anybody was willing to part with their hard-earned dollars and pay the $2500 price tag, ShoeMoney has received 4 such review requests, out of which he accepted only one.

However as the advertiser explained in his blog he actually pay nowhere close the $2500 price tag. After Jeremy approved his review, he increased his price substantially.

Some people said the actual price calculated by ReviewMe for Showmoney.com was $250. I tend to think that it should be a bit higher when you consider the amount John Chow is earning from his blog as you can see from the graphic below.



Would You Pay $2500 to Get Your Blog Reviewed On Another Blog?

I would, if I know for sure that I’ll get the amount back plus some profit.

However, this kind of thing is hard to quantify objectively and sometimes you just have to look at it as a branding exercise and consider the potential benefits in the long run.

Here’s why the advertiser thinks he did the right thing for paying ShoeMoney.com to review his blog.

What do you think’s going to happen after a ShoeMoney reader sees that? He’s going to come over and checkout my blog, which A LOT of his readers did. Over 3 days that one review on ShoeMoney attracted about 1,500 visitors as well as dozens of newsletter and feed signups. It also enabled me to establish contact with Jeremy via email, so the next time I make a post that I think will interest Jeremy or his readers I can just shoot him off a quick email to let him know, and there’s a good chance he’ll show me some link love.

On top of that, a large percentage of the visitors he sent over have their own blogs, and when THEY see an interesting post on my blog a lot of them are likely to link back to it, which improves my page rank. Finally, I asked Jeremy to link back to my blog with the anchor text “increase your website traffic” because that’s a search phrase I’m going to get this blog to #1 for on Google. A link back from a PR6 blog will help immensely.

At the end of the day my blog is now associated with (and given the thumbs up) by one of the biggest blogs on the Internet, which is the outcome I am happy with. My daily traffic is now over 1,000 unique visitors a day within one month of starting my blog which is the target I’d set for myself from day one. Regardless of whether I paid for reviews or not, if I didn’t have interesting and useful content on my blog then no one would come back. That’s the one thing a lot of people who emailed me don’t seem to understand. Yes I could’ve used 100% free marketing techniques to grow my blog organically but I chose not to. I wanted to speed things up and that’s exactly what I’ve done (and will continue to do) with paid reviews.

The question one should ask is how much he/she can afford and what the potential benefits of such review would bring.

Paying $2500 for a review is beyond my budget at the moment – that’s like RM8750 per review! I can think of better ways to invest such amount where I could get a guaranteed ROI plus nice profit.

For the time being, I am considering paying $300 to have Sabahan.com reviewed on JohnChow.com.

If I do that, I’ll share my experience here and will keep you updated how it goes, so keep on reading my blog 🙂

PS: As you can see from the ReviewMe graphic on my left sidebar, it only cost $100 to have your blog/product reviewed here. That’s quite a bargain compare to the $2500 price tag ShoeMoney is charging 😀


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

  • mrbadak says:

    my reviews is worth $60 according to reviewme hehe.

  • Freeze says:

    Advertise your blog in pay per post…can get cheaper price…just give me $10, I’ll do it 🙂

  • toxicle says:

    Way overpriced!

  • papajoneh says:

    i would like gaman to review my new blog.. but i bet thats totally all negative for me. so better not. hehehe. but i do ask gaman behind door review. Hehehe 😉 And guys, his review is first class. When he says this not good that better and no no no to such post… believe it. You USD$100 is worth every penny. I guarantee it. :nod:

  • pablopabla says:

    I review for free. LOL!

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