I decided to take the proactive way and approach SponsoredReviews.com with my concerns. I have submitted many bids and only about 30% were approved or declined almost immediately or at least within the next day.
Meanwhile, there are many which are just left there with no response from the advertisers whether they wish me to write a sponsored review for them . I admit that it gets annoying being kept waiting because if they do not want me to write, then, just say so instead of keeping me waiting indefinitely.
Well, I submitted a ticket to enquire about that and they reply me within an hour. Now, I understand why. Advertisers have too many bids from bloggers and probably, they are tired of scanning through all of them. So, they just leave it as it is until it expires, I suppose?
A SponsoredReviews staff member has replied to your support ticket # 171 the response was:
Chan, This is the 4th time this has been asked today. Are you guys meeting somewhere? :) If so, please spread the news. I am going to give you the answer I gave them…….. We are working on encouraging advertisers to respond quicker, but to be honest bloggers are making it extremely tough. The average advertiser gets about 30-50 bids the first day. A lot of the bids come from blogs that are not related to the opportunity. The advertisers get tired of declining blogs (are biggest complaint), so they just don”t do it. They just let the request sit there. We are handling this in a few ways. Very shortly, advertisers will be able to filter out bids from blogs in categories that are not relevant. this will reduce the number of bids and will allow advertisers to focus on bids from blogs they actually want to deal with. We are also about to launch an incentive program, which will encourage advertisers to purchase more reviews. We are also playing with the idea of putting a time-limit on how long they have to respond. Unfortunately that may hurt the bloggers as much as it helps, since some advertisers are just slow or hold off on approving bids until they have more money. -support
Now we know..these are all teething problems of a new company. We just have to live with it, nothing personal, no problems. They can’t please everyone – both bloggers and advertisers.
But still, I am starting to like [tag]SponsoredReviews.com[/tag] for the challenging topics I have to review. It takes up a lot of my time but that’s when I get to work on my writing style and improve my persuasion skills. They may not make me much money but it certainly improves the quality of my posts. Check out my two big payouts SponsoredReviews.com posts on my personal blog – A review on SponsoredReviews.com and “The Secret” Science of Getting Rich.
sesame(March 27, 2007 - 2:42 pm)
Hey Lilian, thanks for sharing this. I was also scratching my head and wondering. So I was right…they were ignoring me. But I have written a few and made some $ so not too bad.
menj(March 27, 2007 - 2:44 pm)
I was going to try out SponsoredReviews.com until TMNut decided to screw me…sigh. Maybe after I get my net connection restored. Are they paying well?
pablopabla(March 27, 2007 - 2:50 pm)
I got this kind of reply from them as well. It looks like advertisers rank higher on their priority list than we bloggers. Kanasai!
dragonmummy(March 27, 2007 - 3:37 pm)
Thanks for the info… I almost give up liao….so far PPP still the best for newbie like …. kuchi mama also better than nothing.
Michael(March 27, 2007 - 4:25 pm)
Hmm.. i got a bundle of advertisers still holding their decision on whether to approve o not @@”.. like they are just sitting there doing nothing.. i think they might be just lazy to update the things.. maybe too many publishers requested for the assignment.. so they are lazy to approve or decline.. but i got a couple which decline as well though.. and they have paid me..
i usually put them at my main site.. dotmyspot.com
mumsgather(March 27, 2007 - 5:53 pm)
Thanks for the update. My bids are just sitting there…….. Yawwwn! Like you said its a teething problem but they must address this soon. It would seem like the bloggers aren’t being matched with the advertisers fast enough. Speed is necessary in this information age or you will get nothing done.