12 December 2013 Update: I have made over $1000 with PostJoint. Proof.
I came across PostJoint via this review shared by Zac Johnson on his blog, BloggingTips.com. Further research took me to this really interesting post by Gail Gardner from GrowMap.com. I signed up SocialVani with them but the blog got rejected; no idea why.
I tried again in July 2013, and they approved it.
My interest in PostJoint is primarily because you can earn money from this unique guest blogging portal, which is unlike what you find at Anne Smarty’s MyBlogGuest (MBG). MBG is good but as a blogger, you’re definitely interested in earning some money from published content.
What is PostJoint?
PostJoint is a content marketing platform developed by a London-based digital marketing agency, UareL. It is ‘not’ a blog network. PostJoint brings advertisers and bloggers together to create a publishing environment, where bloggers are sometimes paid to post the advertisers’ article.
Can you Really Earn with PostJoint?
I know what you’re thinking!
Yes, you can.
Here’s my earnings screenshot.
28 October, 2013 Update:
I am sharing the latest screenshot of PostJoint earnings.
PostJoint is not a blog directory. You cannot peruse a big list of blogs and choose. Their platform is optimized to present opportunities that suit the niches of your listed blogs.
Every opportunity states whether the content is ‘free’ or a ‘paid’ one. You get to see content snippet and not the whole post. Nonetheless, be assured that their content selection guidelines are good because as of now, I haven’t seen any low quality article posted with them.
Going forward, the minimum price per article is $25, which is, I would say, a decent amount. Some opportunities state a maximum amount. For instance, if the stated maximum amount is $75, your quote can be any amount below $75; the choice is yours.
They are swift with payments. Once the article is published, a maximum of 5 days is requested for the advertiser to send money to PayPal. However, from what I have experienced, I got the money within 24 hours itself. This is a good feature as bloggers don’t have to wait until month end to place a withdrawal.
Problems with PostJoint
Here are some problems I found with PostJoint.
Less Earning Opportunities
True, you can earn from PostJoint but the number of ‘paid’ opportunities is much lesser than the ‘free’ content.
Initially, when you sign up, you see less number of opportunities. As you begin to remain active, more opportunities come up but again, getting ‘paid’ posts take time.
The screenshot you see above is what I earned in 2 months with PostJoint. Compare it with the number of applied opportunities. I applied 55 times and only 5 were approved. Out of those 5, only 3 were the paid ones, that is, $25 each.
My point is that when PostJoint is showing bloggers customized opportunities, the rate of approval should be higher.
Moreover, if the blog rate of approval is less, they downgrade the number of times you can apply to opportunities.
This is not an appropriate strategy.
Advertisers do Bargain
There is not much point in setting a minimum slab of $25 if advertisers still want to negotiate.
Once I applied to this opportunity and the advertiser messaged asking if I would accept $18 for the post and not the bid price.
PostJoint needs to stop this.
What is the purpose of setting a minimum bar if advertisers still negotiate?
PostJoint is a good platform to earn from your blog. As I say, don’t put all the eggs in one basket. You can make this site another way to earn money but don’t depend on it fully.
At the moment, PostJoint doesn’t charge any fee from bloggers. It might change in future so get started now.