When I first started working online I made most of my money through PayPerPost. Websites (including blogs) are “graded” by Google on a scale of zero to ten. The higher your grade, or PageRank, the more companies want their name on your blog. However, if their company isn’t one you’d normally be writing about (you frequently discuss turtles and their commonly used all have to do with Jupiter) it is perceived as making you less of a turtle authority, and your page rank goes down, making your blog worth less. A good friend of mine went from a pagerank of 3/10 down to a rank of zero almost as soon as she began using PayPerPost. Here’s the kicker, there are so many zero pagerank bloggers on PayPerPost that in order to get any paid posts ($5 and up) you have to sit there almost all day long refreshing the opportunity page because as soon as it is posted there are ten thousand zero ranking vultures pecking at it. As your page rank increases there are less vultures and you can choose a little more which posts you want to write about. Which is smart, because if you’re linking to a site that isn’t relevant to your site it makes your rank go down. If you decide to blog for income be sure to resist the temptation to make a quick buck by posting irrelevant things. You’ll regret it.
If you already regret it, you can recover. First, PayPerPost allows you to delete your paid posts after they’re paid. Which is 30 days after you’ve posted it. You can look at your “My Posts” tab to see a list of your posts. If you click on the heading “days to be paid” it will put all the posts you’ve received payment for together, so you can go through your blog and get rid of them. If you happen to get rid of one before you’re paid, PayPal will send you a note asking you to resubmit the post. If you’re afraid of losing a post, you can turn them into drafts until you’re more confident.
Google re-ranks everyone quarterly, so you’ll be re-ranked every 3 months. You get “good points” for having higher-ranking relevant sites linking to yours. Google knows if your links are relevant because both sites tend to use the same keywords and phrases frequently. You get bad points for having a lot of outgoing irrelevant links, and random incoming links. Google also looks to see that a certain percentage of your blog is actual text and not a page full of links or advertisements.
Good Luck- I am blogging the various sites that pay bloggers today, so stay tuned for more…