PayU2Blog (Sponsored Bogging)

Date Thu, September 18 2008


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.


Date Tue, September 16 2008

It’s not exactly a secret that I’ve been writing blog advertising posts for a company or 2 and have been using my review site to try to garner some revenue. If you’re new to the world of blog marketing, you might just be wondering what the buzz is all about. If you have a blog, you can use a service like Snapbomb to find opportunities which will give you money to post about or write a review for a service, product or web site.

Snapbomb itself is a very clean, good looking website. Although it’s function is pretty basic, it still looks good and it’s easy to navigate the site where other would leave you confused. Your dashboard shows your blog(s) listed, and links to find opportunities and update your account are prominent. Compared to some sites I’ve seen, this is definitely a step up.

If you’re interested in the world of sponsored blog spots, Snapbomb might just be for you.

I Have an Advantage

Date Fri, September 12 2008

..and it’s Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Cleanser. Unlike some acne products, this cleanser starts working right away. With many products there is an initial break out because all the acne under the skin is brought up but I did not experience that at all with this product.

From the get-go, this product worked almost flawlessly and my skin saw very few blemishes for nearly a month. Even after that, when I could tell the product was not working as well as it had, I only had a pimple or 2 to show for it.

This creamy formula, with its non-offensive scent, works well when it comes to my occasional acne and also keeps my skin feeling clean and non-greasy. Although I would probably switch to another product after about a month of using Clean & Clear’s Advantage Acne Cleanser in the future, I am definitely impressed with how fast and well this product has worked for me.

More Like a Lack of Control

Date Tue, September 9 2008

Since writing my initial review for this product, I have become increasingly disappointed.

To begin with,the formula is very watery and thin. I prefer something a little thicker and this didn’t feel like it stayed on my skin long enough to do a very good job. While it might have helped with acne a little, it definitely does not live up to its name.

I also felt that it made my skin more oily and I quickly stopped using it to switch to a different product. Over the course of the day, my skin would become uncomfortably oily. Where is the continuous control in that?

Clean & Clear’s Continuous Control Acne cleanser
sat in my shower for quite some time before I finally picked it up again, a sure sign that this product was no doing its job adequately.

There are definitely other acne products, some even from Clean & clear, that I prefer of the Continuous Control Acne Cleanser.

Ultra Cool, Ultra Clear

Date Sat, September 6 2008

I’m excited to be writing a review about Degree Ultra Clear for Women in Pure Satin with Triclear because not only does it mean I am finally done with the old deodorants/antiperspirants that I was using, but it also means I have a deodorant to use which is actually stain-free. I had my eye on this product for a while, patiently waiting for my previous deodorant to run out because I hate to waste things. As luck would have it, my deodorant would crumble in the hotel during our traveling (why does that always happen to me?). I headed to the store for a replacement because, as we all know, females must smell bootiful all the time. d=

Degree Ultra Clear is a line of deodorants and antiperspirants designed for women to help them dry, fresh smelling and perhaps most importantly not leave a white residue on clothing. As a lover of apparel in black, I can attest that this is a problem with clothing that is a little tighter and, as the bottles advertise, this will no longer be a problem because Degree Ultra Clear is “little black dress approved.” No longer will your evening wear be stain with white that you naively miss as you spend a night on the town. No longer will you forget to apply deodorant because you thought you’d apply it after you put on that slinky formal-wear (as if it’s even possible to move enough in it).

These aren’t just false promises to lure you, the unsuspecting consumer in, either. available in 6 different scents like Pure Satin, Pure Rain, Pure Oxygen and Pure Petal, this is a product you can really count on. Beginning with the fresh clean scent (Pure Satin was the only one available at the store) that epitomizes clean deodorant scents without being too heavy or sweet, my body automatically feels a little better after applying this product. Of course, if you’re looking for a classic scent like Pure Powder or Pure Clean, you’ll find that, too.

Of course, the deodorant qualities are pretty strong as well. While it advertises 24 hour protection, I don’t suspect as much in 90-100 degree Texas weather. However, Degree Ultra Clear does hold up for an entire day in the sun, if not an entire 24 hour day. I stay fresh smelling and dry because of its body responsive wetness and odor protection.

Despite its strength, it’s no mystery that this product is for women. Degree Ultra Clear for Women solid deodorants come in a pretty greenish blue bottle and are marked with a sexy little image of a woman wearing her – you guessed it! – little black dress. Each scent comes with its own specific accent colour and the overall appearance is definitely one of femininity.

Degree Ultra Clear for Women has a few other features that make is great for those who are blessed with curves. “Skin caring conditioners” help to make your skin soft and moisturized. also, something in the formula of Degree Ultra Clear for women prevents it from drying and clumping like other solid deodorants.

So does it live up to the label? Is Degree Ultra Clear for Women actually “little black dress approved?” Well, if you will accept my substitution of a tank top for a dress, I can say “yes” most certainly. Even product applied directly to fabric comes right off with a little rub. However, this method shows that the product does not go on clear, it simply blends in with friction. Still, that’s good enough for me (and most women, I imagine).

For a breath of fresh air, try Degree Ultra clear for Women to keep yourself dry and sweet smelling while wearing your sexiest little black dress which will remain as unblemished as the canvas is adorns.

All Lit Up Again

Date Thu, August 28 2008

I love candles – for a relaxing and and inviting air and a romantic ambiance, they really can’t be beat. Tasteful candles and holders only add to the package, although I could do without.I’ve used many different types and brands of candles – as most have – from dollar store to name brand and have had many experiences with them. However, I have only used candles from professional names, not individual candle crafters, and I’ve yet to use soy candles which become increasingly popular as they are more eco-friendly and, supposedly, healthier.

While I’m looking forward to trying some off brands and candles with different ingredients in the future, here are a few thoughts I have on the candles I have tried.

Kathy Ireland Home offers Shaker Candles which come in 9oz glass jars with metal tops that screw on; these candles are available at stores like Wal-mart.. Like a salt shaker, the tops have holes in them. It’s a novel idea but not practical because you need to remove the top to light the candle and replacing it afterward would result in the metal heating up and becoming covered with soot.

As a gift from my mother, I had a candle that was some sort of cookie scent and it really did smell delicious. However, the candle burned very messily; you could always see a thick black trail of smoke coming from the candle despite the fact that the candle is described as a soy blend which should burn clean. When I had it sitting in the bathroom, it left my cabinet and tile walls covered in soot which I had to scrub off. I also found that the wax would melt too quickly for the

If these candles burned cleaner, they would be quite nice (at least the scent I had) if not the longest burning candle.

On the other hand, PartyLite candles burn much cleaner and last longer. I was able to get at least 24 hours of burning time out of a small square votive. After relighting a wick that seemed almost dead, I was still able to burn a candle overnight.

PartyLite candles come in all scents and while not all of the cold wax candles smell great, most of them are more than pleasant once burning. I often find that a scent I’m not too thrilled about at first, really grows on me once I start burning it. My favourites include Strawberry Rhubarb and Cherry Orchard.

Whether you’re looking for classic vanilla, fruity strawberry or something a little more exotic like coconut milk chocolate, PartyLite candles are higher quality, longer lasting and burn as a lower temperature to prevent burning of the skin. With a product line from tiny tea lights, to votives, tapers, balls, pedestal and jar candles, PartyLite offers something from everyone and although they’re not sold at stores, PartyLite parties are easy to find through friends and products can be found online as well.

Yankee Candle is a big name with stores in almost every mall or shopping center. However, I’m just not a big fan. Most of the scents seem mass produced and are not pleasant to my nose.

However, they still boast an impressive collection of floral, food, fresh, fruit, festive and world fragrances as well as items of home decor for those whose nose might be a little less picky. Large jars and small tea lights seem to be the most common although aroma melts (not quite candles, however) and other home scents are available.

Yankee Candle products do lack the personal touch of smaller companies and even parties but they’re so readily available that you might not even notice. The company provides many options for home decor which add to the somewhat limited line of candle styles. Major holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas will theme the stores and its merchandise and make it a great place to shop for niche decorations.

Above all, my favourite candle brand is Shaker Hill, a brand which is no longer manufactured and can only be found thruogh online vendors like Ebay. Once available at Wal-mart, wonderful scents like Creamy Apricot and Raspberry Rose immediately captured my nose and attention. In pillars of different sizes and jars as well, these candles are gorgeous with mosaic-like wax formations and gorgeous colours.

Although not as long burning as perhaps PartyLite candles, these scents will captivate you and the 1lb jar will certainly last a while. If using a jar, you may have to wipe some soot from the lid/lip area but they burn much cleaner than shaker candles from Kathy Ireland Home and will not cover your furniture with soot.

Available in other scents like Juicy Melon, Red Delicious and Vanilla Hazelnut, your home will smell delicious and inviting when you burn Shaker Hill candles. Many of the scents combine traditional scents to create a more exotic yet wonderful smell of several facets.

If you try Shaker Hill candles you will, like myself, fall in love with them and wonder why they were ever pulled from the shelves but if you can’t find them, you might content yourself with aromas from PartyLite or Yankee Candle.

As Halloween quickly approaches, it’s a great time to add to your candle collection.


Date Thu, August 21 2008

Remember when I reviewed the Pure Seduction Bodywash in the Secret Garden line by Victoria’s Secret? Then you remember that I didn’t like it very much – but I really wanted to. When that bottle ran out, I headed back to the BX and, this time, spent my time sniffing around the line. I settled on Sweet Daydream, a scent that even my husband seemed to like.

Adorned with a pretty pink flower, this bottle is feminine. The body itself is a deep pink with a hint of orange and shimmers gorgeously.

You can probably already tell I’m much more impressed with this product than I was Pure Seduction. The scent is pleasant not only in the bottle but also in the shower. The body wash feels silkier during, my skin feels smoother after and I could swear that it’s even lasted me longer. But I’m not sure if that’s all actually fact or if I just love the scent that much.

Can scent alone do that much?

It is a wonderful scent. Sweet Daydream is labeled as a mix of “Juicy apple with a flirtatious combination of crisp raspberry and warm vanilla.” It’s lightly fruity, not too heavy or sweet, and the scent of apple is immediately recognizable. The raspberry aspect is also fairly strong and overall I’d say this product smell like apples and berries with very little vanilla (but the lack of vanilla is nothing you’ll miss).

A great scent like this will make your shower smell good and bath time will becoming relaxing and truly exhilarating, as the body wash claims to be. If you haven’t tried any of the Secret Garden products, try this scent first. You won’t regret it!

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