Product Reviews...Do you do them?

@Jellen (1852)
United States
February 18, 2009 1:23pm CST
Do you do product reviews for articles on Associated Content? I did one, and I was amazed how much they were willing to pay for a food product review. It was very easy to write, and it makes me wonder if writing reviews is something others of you do for a quick article. Do you write product reviews, do you include a picture, and do you follow the same layout every time?
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@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I have done one product review, but it was only recently and as of yet I'm still waiting for an offer on it. I have reviewed restaurants before and got decent pay for those articles, but nothing out of the norm for my other articles as well. I tend to do more research articles regarding things I am curious about, but lately it seems as though they are looking for more unique content such as prose/short stories and such. I have had a number of articles rejected lately for upfront pay because: "Content on this topic is too common and widely available online." I've also noticed lately they have been changing my titles, which I don't mind at all. They say it's to maximize search engine ranking, and I am 100% fine with that, because it potentially means more page views for me!
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Thanks for responding. I tried to find you at AC, but I'm not having any luck. I'm not sure of the way in. Anyway, you are what clout? And I am noticing that reviews get a general 4 bucks, but not so with some of the human interest articles that I like to write.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I have never done a product review, I never thought they would be paid for upfront pricing! I have started to only do all of my articles as Display Only...I like the ability to be able to edit them just in case they are not performing as well as I liked!
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
20 Feb 09
Yes, I wish I could go and undo an error or two, but you can't on either exclusive or nonexclusive. But you can never go from display to them either. Once displayed, it sticks, unless you delete it.
• United States
24 Feb 09
I try to write one product review a day, and it brings in a nice income for me. I have found my niche, and do I don't often put a photo in. Susie.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Thanks for your comment. Do you do food or non-food products? Do you buy everything you review? Do you follow a certain format every time?
• United States
24 Feb 09
I think my first 200 reviews were on everything. I then got very disheartened when they refused upfront payments for 10 out of 12 reviews. I then didn't write for a few months. For the past 6 months or so, I have been writing beauty reviews. I have every product that I write about. A lot of them are samples, when I buy from Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Lancome. Others are discounted products at Dollar Tree, CVS, and Walgreen's. I write about the product, how I use it, how it performed, what the manufacturer says about it, and my conclusion. They have paid me for everyone over the past few months. Hope this helps. Susie.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Thanks for sharing. I have only done one product review for a tuna dinner. Couldn't believe the over 4 buck payment for it. Do you check to be certain no one has done the review before you write it? My daughter is thinking of doing movie and book reviews. Do you think she has a good shot of payment?
@hcromer (2712)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I don't do many product reviews anymore because looking through my performance payment I have seen that they get less hits than other pieces that I have written. When I first started on AC, that was all that I wrote for them. It seems lately that none of my pictures are being accepted even though they come from the stock photo websites that AC says to use so I haven't been trying to include any because I've found that it isn't worth the time I spend trying to find one.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Now that's interesting. I've noticed my one product review got an over 4 buck payout, but has had very few hits since publishing earlier this month. It is doubtful that it will ever do much better for performance. Makes me wonder why AC pays that much for product reviews and so little for articles of more interest. Sometimes they really miss the boat on articles. I've had ones soar that they have refused and visa-versa. About photos, I have only used my own when I have one that fits an article. I use a 7.1 p. camera and the photos are usually published with the article. That brings me to a question. If you are doing an exclusive article, does that mean your photo is exclusive? Can you have used it elsewhere? Can you use it again or is it gone from your use after publishing it on the article?