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Epinions – Paid to Review Products

Epinions – Paid to Review Products

Epinions is a service powered by Shopping.com, Inc., a well known provider that helps consumers around the world determine which product should choose to buy or to avoid through the reviewing service running at its platform. The reviews come from ordinary people -like you and me-  who have adequate experience about a certain product and also have the will to share it with the rest of the consumer’s society. The reviewers are able of accumulating earnings out of the reviews that they publish and that is what we are going to cover with this article. About the transparency and the reliability of this site you can learn about by visiting the following link: About Epinions


User’s experience


Our judge is very positive to this specific aspect of Epinions. The site could be a role model in the terms of balanced graphic representation, smooth loading experience, easy to find the valuable info for both consumers and reviewers. A clean luminous template gives always a good impression to the newcomer when especially it combines friendly and easy to use interface.


Member’s first steps


After you log in, the first glance you should look at is on the top and right of your screen. Did you find the username you picked whilst registering the account? Click on it. The account summary is located at the center, however you are still a new member and you should not worry about your accomplishments yet. The account options (the green box at the left) is where you should go first. Everything there is related with your account’s settings, so make a short check in every category and select the options that fit to you better. Once you have finished with setting up your preferences, concentrate on the Member Center link. Bookmark it. There you could find all the helpful info such as Announcements, FAQ, Support, Message Board (Community), Guidelines etc.. Digest it. Your green box at the left is your friend, don’t forget. Meet recognized users and ask them help or make them questions or request a new sub-category that is not already listed. These members are recognized with the title Category Leads and is the connection between the site and the community but we will talk about them later.


Write a review


Perhaps you are already tired by all the procedure of learning you must pass through and kind of discouraged to continue. The truth is that if you feel confident about yourself and you have some sort of experience and self-awareness about what you have to respect and follow, visit directly the categories and start composing your reviews for the products you are knowledgeable of. The variety of retailed products is very broad and normally it would be a piece of cake to discover one or two at least to start from. Be serious, which means don’t create reviews for products you have never tried. You would lose time, your credibility would go down, and merely you would earn nothing. The form includes the title, the main body of the review along with the Pros and Cons. Your review is a matter of rating, meaning users of recognized can rate your reviews depending on how helpful they are. You definitely need high ratings to have your review higher in the listing so try your best. You are able to track the traffic of every review that you publish (Express Reviews have no such feature)


Reviews Vs Express Reviews


It’s not a fight nor a verbal disagreement between those terms but you should consider the differences between these types of writing output. There 5 differences but the 2 of them combined are the major ones.

Length. A Review must be at least longer than 199 words, when a short review must have 20 words minimum and 199 words maximum. But why you should write long reviews while a 20-word short review could give the same earning probability? And this is when the second difference appears.

Income share. By writing a short review you can’t qualify at the Income share program which means no earnings at all.


Income share


This system determines the earnings made by your published reviews. The formula is secret as expected but somehow your balance will grow depending on the traffic a review can attract or by the sales connected with your review. Frankly, it is a part we don’t sympathize. The earnings are not determined from specific factor or equation and this fact can create doubts and frustration.


Recognized Users


It could be you. After having a great record of positive ratings you can acquire certain seals for any category you are good at. The three types of recognized users are the following ones:

  • Category Leads
  • Top Reviewers
  • Advisors

Needless to analyze the benefits and the commitments of every Recognized User because the info is really enormous but if you are interested to read about them visit the FAQ here ? Category Lead, Top Reviewer and Advisor FAQ


Payment options and procedure


Fresh news. The checks are no longer supported and the only option left is Paypal. Unfortunately, our readers who reside in countries non-supported by Paypal are restricted. First of all don’t forget to declare your Paypal e-mail otherwise you won’t get paid or after a certain time (90 days) your earnings will be forfeited. The minimum balance to get paid is $5 but only if you reside in the United States. It’s not enough to be citizen of US who resides elsewhere. Because in this case you will be treated as Non-US user. The users outside USA have minimum limit set at $100. Apart for that, there is a complicated procedure the non-US resident must pass through. Consult to the following page ? Redeeming Your Earnings

For those who are still with us, the cash is sent by the 15th of each month. :)


Important Links


Help – FAQ – Member Center – Forum – Support – Member Advice


The Bottom Line


Our conviction is mixed. On the first hand the site is old and recognized. On the other hand the earnings possibilities come into play and it is the factor most of you consider more important. The truth is that the site doesn’t give away money out of philanthropy nor makes false claims. You need to consume time yet doing something you know well and enjoy. If you have time you can try out this platform but don’t expect to become rich because you won’t. The site mostly attracts US residents due to the low minimum payout limit but international users can participate if they have Paypal and formulate more excellent reviews in order to gather the minimum amount which is ridiculously higher ($100). If the site had more payment options and more transparent crediting system would be slightly improved.

5 Comments

  1. Oh, another one is going away. :(
    Just got this from them in my inbox:

    “Dear Epinions Member,

    After a challenging 2013, Epinions will no longer maintain community related operations of its website. We are proud that we were able to serve as a facilitator of shared experiences and thoughtful dialogue over the past 15 years. However, several obstacles, such as declining participation, have deeply affected our business and forced us to make this difficult decision.

    We would like to thank each of you for your time and dedication. You have supported us through the good times and the bad. Our community’s passion and uniqueness has made our website truly special.

    As of February 25, 2014, we will begin to disable the Epinions community features.

    Here’s what it means for the Epinions community:

    • No new content will be added to the Epinions website as of February 25, 2014.

    • The ability to write a review, comment, and rate will be disabled on February 25, 2014.

    • The last Income Share payment will be issued on March 6, 2014 via PayPal.

    • The option to export all of your Epinions reviews will be made available to you.

    • You will still be able to login to your Epinions account to check your balance and use the Epinions message boards until March 25, 2014.

    After March 25, 2014, all Epinions community features will be removed and/or disabled from the Epinions website.

    This was not an easy decision to make and we thank you all for your contributions to Epinions. While we must change, we truly hope your desire to connect, write reviews and share experiences with one another stays alive and well.

    If you have additional questions, please feel free to reference our FAQ or contact us.

    Sincerely,

    The Epinions Team

    Important Dates:
    • March 6, 2014 – February Income Share Payout, Sweepstakes Payouts, and an additional Bonus Payout.
    • March 25, 2014 – All Epinions community features removed and login to Epinions site disabled.”

  2. This seems a little interesting. I am going to have to look into this more. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is very cool. Thanks for the info. I would love to try a few of these online moneymakers out.

  4. This seems like it would be an interesting way to earn a little money on the side. I would probably do it more for fun as I love to review products,etc. Nice to know.

  5. I used to use ePinions when they first came out. It was a good experience. I’m glad to hear that they’re still around.

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