Jan 2 2009

Giving Social Spark A Shot


I was really mad with PayPerPost when they left tons of bloggers out to dry when the Google PR crackdown hit. Many of my blogs (some I didn’t even use PPP on) still are affected.

Does SocialSpark Deserve A Chance?

Whether it does or not, I’m giving it one. First and most importantly, all sponsored posts are disclosed as well as no follow. However that means that the opportunities are lacking, the same problem we saw with PayPerPost. Most opportunities are off topic and could be hard to include into your blog.

So far SocialSpark has worked well with Its All Free Online. For several days I had a sponsorship bar run, which got about $3-4 per day. It was right on topic with my blog so it was great, it looked like it belonged there.

I was also able to take an opportunity about coupon codes, which again, worked perfectly. That makes it about $20+ worth of stuff with little effort. The sponsorship was easy.

The Problems

Well, the sponsor bar was supposed to run for 6 days, but for some reason I didn’t get paid on the 22nd or 24th. That’s roughly $6 lost. We’ll have to wait for support to right back on that one.

With my sponsored post I wrote and submitted it about a week ago, and it still hasn’t been approved or declined. The bigger problem for me is that I need that post to credit so I can get my first cash out. A week is a little long isn’t it? If I have 12 hours to write it, they should have that long to approve it!

What are your thoughts? Unfortunately I don’t see a referral program, but you can still join.

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16 Comments on this post


  1. Removing Google Adsense in Single Posts « Fortune Online wrote:

    [...] I mentioned before, I am giving Social Spark a Shot. So far it’s been okay, but I ran into a problem with displaying Google Adsense in my post. [...]

    June 26th, 2009 at 9:25 am
  1. John @ AffiliateObsession.com said:

    Well, I have been a member of both PPP and SocialSpark for sometime, cashing out equally with both. I have some blogs that are random topics that the system works nicely for. I am surprised that you got your freebie blog approved since they would normally look at the content as “lacking”, but good for you anyways.

    The problems are there and the support, I think, is so overwhelmed, they take time to get used to. But if you can look passed all of that, the relationship with either is one worth trying out.

    January 2nd, 2009 at 8:38 pm
  2. Dennis Edell said:

    Where ya been man?

    January 3rd, 2009 at 11:27 am
  3. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Well one of my freebie blogs got approved, one didnt. The content is huge and I usually offer more substance on the one that did get approved.

    Dennis: too many projects I’ve been so busy. Got trim the fat.

    January 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm
  4. Dennis Edell said:

    I hear ya there my man.

    Didn’t you have commentluv at one point?

    January 4th, 2009 at 2:01 pm
  5. Matthew Henrickson said:

    Yes but it stopped working so I tried to reinstall it and it still didnt work.

    January 4th, 2009 at 2:04 pm
  6. Dennis Edell said:

    If you still want it up, just contact Andy at commentluv.com and he’ll have it running in no time…it may also be because it was an earlier version.

    January 4th, 2009 at 5:41 pm
  7. Fernando | Tohn said:

    You know, I never did give either service a chance, although I did read about other bloggers who were making good money off of either or both services. $3-4 a day sounds pretty good to me.

    January 5th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
  8. Geoserv said:

    I signed up for both, but never really did much with them, I will need to check in on both and see what happens.

    January 6th, 2009 at 6:10 pm
  9. Mr. I said:

    I submitted a post 3 months ago and there has been no reaction till date! Your has been pending for just one week! ;-)

    January 8th, 2009 at 5:03 am
  10. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us said:

    To be honest, if I see a post that’s been paid for, I ignore it and move on, sometimes the entire blog if there’s too much of it.

    January 11th, 2009 at 8:03 pm
  11. Minnesota Attorney said:

    The fact that Social Spark is no-follow sets it apart from PayPerPost. Many felt that PayPerPost was merely the sale of links for SEO purposes. It will be interesting to see if Social Spark can make it while having no-follow links.

    January 12th, 2009 at 8:47 pm
  12. seo india said:

    Heard that out of market and hard to find any where or may be ban only i got rumors, don’t know the truth about ppp.

    March 21st, 2009 at 12:08 pm
  13. The Single Black Woman said:

    I’ve been debating whether or not I was going to try social spark out or not. I’ve signed up for PPP but have yet to use it. I do use blovertise and Sponsored reviews though and those both work well…Review Me kind of sucks so we will see how Social Spark works out.

    May 13th, 2009 at 11:12 am
  14. Love poems & Love Quotes said:

    I have been hearing good things about social spark. Everything seems to be fairly legitimate. I have been hearing late payments, but it could a bug needing fixed. I will soon be trying it out.


    July 8th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
  15. Free Memo said:

    I really like the idea of Social Spark. In the long run, I think ADSense may earn more with blogs with thousands of pages, but SocialSpark allows you to use targeted CPC campaigns vs not controlling what Google Adsense promotes

    July 23rd, 2009 at 1:28 pm


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