Payu2blog is one of those companies in blog advertising which I’ve used. Unfortunately my experience, until this date, has not been the best. While I am hoping to resolve this issue with them as soon as possible, they’re simply doing all they can to make this nearly impossible. If you are a current blogger for PayU2blog or are considering their services, here is a heads up.
For starters, the PayU2blog website isn’t very nice. There’s potential navigation links that have not been updated for months. In my opinion, these links needs to actually link to someplace or simply be removed. It’s also as if their parent company, Triangle Media, took a page straight out of the web 1.0 book. While I am not the biggest fan of the Web 2.0 movement, I applaud the advances it’s brought to site navigation and organization. Payu2Blog doesn’t take any good sense from those trends, however.
Still, I was ambitious and I’d just opened a brand new site (this one!) and wanted to dip my toes in the wide open waters known at blog marketing. Unfortunately, because my blog was brand new and little known, a lot of blog advertising sites wouldn’t have me. PayU2blog was the only one that would so I went along.
After being approved, I was sent a few e-mails with a generated password and general guidelines. My first issue with PayU2Blog would occur a bit down the road. I wasn’t sure about the policy regarding outside links in sponsored posts; as it turns out, their forum has a more detailed set of rules but few people can ever access it because all accounts are banned indefinitely upon registration. apparently accounts need to be manually approved but I’ve registered 2 accounts to no avail to good luck to you.
Although not pretty, the site is basically functional. I say basically because, of course, those navigational links that have never quite been updated so they actually link to things and some basic functions like changing your PayPal address cannot be done automatically but must be done through the internal messaging system.
However, besides those few hiccups, the site works relatively well (a word that I will leave open to interpretation). You sign in and are brought to a dashboard which doesn’t flow at all with the rest of the site but displays your inbox and available opportunities.
Now, if you were paying attention, you might wonder why I was able to join this site when all the others said “No.” I cannot tell you exactly but it seems like PayU2Blog has a catch and this is it: you have to do every opportunity that comes your way. Regardless of appearance or relevance to your blog. This definitely can stretch your imagination and writing abilities as well as look tacky on your blog, especially if you’re trying to make the sponsored links blend in as much as possible.
Still, if you’re looking for money, PayU2Blog is your service. With most opportunities simply requiring 150 words and 1 link for $5, a fair price for this type of work, it’s not too bad even if you do have to write about Depends. I was making a steady about the month or so I was an active member.
So what happened? Life.
More precisely, I moved and my password was saved on my computer (as well as the e-mail containing it) and there wasn’t any automated function to retrieve it on the log in page. Despite e-mailing countless times to several different e-mail addresses and having a friend mention my problem on the forums (which I still cannot access), I never heard a peep from the folks over at PayU2Blog.
From all this, it really seems like they don’t care much about their publishers and, if I were an advertiser, this would also make me wary. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like anyone is holding PayU2Blog to any sort of standards and it appears to be one of the less reputable blog marketing sites. From the quality of the links, I was sometimes dubious as to whether it was worth making a shiny penny or two for my posts.
Because of these reasons, I cannot recommend PayU2Blog. Although you might get paid, if something goes wrong, you cannot contact anyone to remedy the situation which does not make it seems as though this company actually cares very much about those who do its bidding.
I would love to be able to add to this review that my solution found a happy ending in the near future but who knows if I will be able to do so.