My ReviewME Nightmare

  • Comments: 18
  • Written on: May 17th, 2007

ReviewME was the biggest waste of marketing dollars I have EVER spent on an online promotion.

Sorry folks, this gonna be a long one… After Shoemoney posted his $50 ReviewME Marketplace experiment and extolled the performance of the online marketplace, I decided to give it a whirl.

I was sorely disappointed both as a blogger and as an advertiser with the ReviewME marketplace, the availability of support, and the soundness of its internal systems.

REVIEWME DIDN’T PAY ME FOR MY COMPLETED REVIEWS.

Before I spent money on ReviewME, I thought I would write a couple reviews first. I logged into the Marketplace and found that there were 6 potential reviews available ranging from $12.50 payouts to $5 payouts. I accepted all six, and started the review process.

First I wrote a review on Apogee . I finished the review, posted the URL to the marketplace, and was credited for my work with an official ReviewME email, as well as with an alert on their website.

But after completing my second paid review on SoloSEO I followed the same procedure but did not receive a confirmation email, nor credit in the alert log for completing the review.

In fact, the ReviewME databases seemed to be going nuts. My blog was listed twice in my account interface, and all of a sudden all of my reviews that I had accepted disappeared, preventing me from completing any more of them.

As you can see below, the ReviewME database was not working properly. The name of my blog and the name of the reviewed blog were missing from both the notification email and from the alert. I reported the problem to support, but never heard anything back.

Completed Review Credit

Since there is no place to view your to-date earnings on the ReviewME website, I will update my readers next month if I actually get paid for one review at least. Maybe the database will lose that information as well…

ReviewME Poorly Screens its Bloggers.

Despite the signs that something was amiss, I decided to jump in on the advertiser side. I dropped $150 on 15 $10 ReviewME reviews. While I knew I wasn’t going to get any high caliber blogs for $15, I did not expect 30% of my advertising investment to be wasted on crap splogs.

My mistake was assuming that since ReviewME initially rejected my blog and than later accepted me, that there was some sort of screening process in place. Of the fifteen reviews I paid for on the 9th of May, I am STILL waiting for one of them to be completed. Here are the base URL’s for the 14 blogs where my reviews appeared:

http://techreckoner.com/ (Computer Related – Valid blog with readership)
http://www.broadband-voip.net/ (MFA Splog with no readership)
http://www.bsnl-broadband.com/ (Clone of broadband-viop.net Splog)
http://techstuff.goboardz.com/forum.asp (Decent site, Good PR and Related to topic)
http://www.softwaredriverdownload.com/ (MFA download site, no readership)
http://dazeee.i.ph/ (Brand new site, not related and no apparent readership)
http://pinvader.blogspot.com/ (Decent Blog, good related content)
http://ishawn.net/ (Made for ReviewME – all paid posts, some in Chinese)
http://www.techtreak.com/ (Good related content – legitimate blog)
http://neverblog.net/ (legitimate blog, loosely related)
http://www.5zcool.com/ (Legitimate Blog, related and well written)
http://starsdigital.blogspot.com/ (Legitimate Blog, related content)
http://woip.blogspot.com/ (Legitimate blog, related content)
http://www.selaplana.com/ (Legitimate blog, related content)

As you can see, nearly 1/3 of my total reviews are from worthless websites that are either not related to the tag I selected, devoid of readership, or just a pure splog, plain and simple.

If you are an advertiser that is interested in generating any kind of buzz or bringing any real traffic to your website, forget about the ReviewME marketplace. It may work great for A-list blogs, but for anything under $200 a review, your money is better spent on toilet paper.

  1. SELaplana said on May 18th, 2007 at 5:02 am

    you don’t have to worry if most of the reviews made for your do not quite made a buzz. but atleast you earn the backlinks and a special feature from other blogs.

    one of these days you’ll feel the importance of those links from the $150 you’d spent

  2. narendra.s.v said on May 18th, 2007 at 6:23 am

    thanks for the add 🙂 and my blog is also rejected for long time nearly 5 to 6 month i contuniously submited ;-

  3. Thor Schrock said on May 18th, 2007 at 6:30 am

    @SELaplana.. I figured if nothing else I would get the backlinks, but my point is thaere are a LOT of other ways to spend $150 that woud get me more than 14 backlinks.

  4. Thor Schrock said on May 18th, 2007 at 6:31 am

    @Narendra.s.v.. Thanks for the comment. Quick tip for those whose blogs have been rejected by ReviewME’s (ahemm) high standards.

    ReviewME can’t distinguish between http://www.thorschrock.com and http://thorschrock.com. If one gets rejected, try the other a few days later.

  5. SELaplana said on May 18th, 2007 at 6:34 am

    yeah, and that’s the reason why I never spend money just for that. I rather do some tricks so that others will give their love links to my blog.

  6. Shawn said on May 18th, 2007 at 7:12 am

    U pay peanuts, u get monkeys.

  7. Thor Schrock said on May 18th, 2007 at 7:23 am

    @ Shawn.. I agree. I wasn’t expecting a review from any sort of stellar blog or anything.

    But I was more than a little annoyed that ReviewME allows blatant splogs into their marketplace and fails to accurately offer reviews to blogs that match the requested tags of the advertisers.

    All I am saying is that I will not be spending any more money with them, and other webmasters should think twice before they make the same mistake I did.

  8. Vasken said on June 1st, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    For what it’s worth, I got paid $22.50 by ReviewMe for the 4 reviews I wrote last month (including the one on removing spylocked). As far as I could tell, the site started off really shaky (at one point they emailed me to say their auto-checking of the sponsoring URL inclusion was disabled because it wasn’t working properly), and stuff seemed to appear and disappear. After a week or so, however, it stabilized. One of the reviews I got paid for was the SoloSEO one that you also did. Did you happen to get paid as well today?

    In your article, you refer to the content on my blog as ‘loosely related’ and I couldn’t agree with you more. Of course, as a greedy capitalist, I’m going to take any writing contracts offered to me by the site. My biggest issue with ReviewMe is that you can update your blog’s ‘category’ on the fly, in essence to ‘fish’ for any and all reviews that are available, whether or not they are content-related. All in all, I think the site needs more human intervention and control, but it’s a good idea.

    P.S. I noticed that the page on spylocked has changed after a few people commented on the same things as I did, so I will update my review to reflect that.

  9. Jacob
    Jacob said on June 4th, 2007 at 8:12 am

    How did you find out the 14 URls where your review was posted?
    I tried a pack of 10 yesterday and they charged me money for that. I do see 2 reviews already posted on garbage web sites because I found them in my web server logs (referal), but I don’t see that listed anywhere in my reviewme account.

  10. Vasken said on June 4th, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Thor and Jacob,

    I’m curious–how many categories did you guys apply to your campaign? I noticed that some of the campaigns offered were extremely limited in categories (i.e. for ‘computer’ related blogs only), but others seemed to have chosen all possible categories to ensure it would be available to anyone on ReviewMe, thereby condemning themselves to get their reviews written up (at least in part) on unrelated blogs. Of course, bloggers can still change their keyword dynamically on ReviewMe, but I’d love to know if choosing a single category does somewhat improve the selection…I assume it won’t filter splogs, though.

  11. Jacob
    Jacob said on June 4th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I only chose one category. So far have recieved three reviewes, and all are “sites created for reviewme only”.. one of them is in chinese.

  12. MoneyNing said on June 10th, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Hmm… I actually just made a reviewme campaign to get some backlinks. Maybe I should google this and see if there are others with bad experience…

    Thanks for the article!

  13. Night_rider said on July 9th, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Schrock,
    You are just another idiot who has a couple of hundred quids in his pocket and stands infront of a BMW showroom thinking you woul buy one of them one day but then realise that you can only buy a 20 years old crappy car with $200 and then moan about the car.
    Why do you expect that a blogger with a good PR and an established website would write a post for $5 ? Are you out of your mind?
    Its just that you are a noob and now nothing about seo.. The links you have got there are worth a lot of money.

    The blogs you calling MFA how does that matter? if you wanted direct click through trafic why didint you spend your money on pay per click instead?

    Get your facts right you moron…

    You are soooo GAYYYY…..

  14. Vasken said on July 9th, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Wow, Night_rider…that wasn’t even directed at me, but I feel insulted just seeing it through the RSS feed for this article. Thor actually seems kind of reasonable, seeing as he’s been civil with me after I basically panned the site he had me review. At the risk of hypocrisy for pointing out your ad hominem and then engaging in one of my own, I’d have to say you’re probably a real toolbag. Cheers.

  15. John
    John said on February 18th, 2013 at 5:22 am

    LOL, the ReviewMe site is so buggy I can’t even log in. It says to press enter after entering your email and password but when I do it just reloads the login page.

    No error, literally nothing happens.

    I think I’ll pass, it’s probably an omen.

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