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It Pays to be Social March 18, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in News, Social Media, Web Video.

Social media sites want to pay you to help them stand out from competitors. More and more second-generation Web 2.0 sites are compensating contributors. Makes sense. If you build a site that’s generated by users, it’s only fair to pay them for what they do. Mashable lists these social sites that will pay you:


Videos (Break, Guba, Metacafe, Revver, Blip.tv)
Photos (Scoopt, SpyMedia)
Blog posts (BlogBurst, PayPerPost)
Shopping tips (FavoriteThingz, MyPickList)
Web links (Netscape)
Articles (Helium)

Helium is a hybrid of About.com and Wikipedia. Anyone can write an article (many tend to be self-help and how-tos) Helium contributers make money by getting a cut of ad revenues based on how popular their posts are and how highly other Helium writers rank their posts.

With a monetary incentive now, social sites must be careful of users gaming the site to make their own contributions rise to the top. On Helium an article’s placement and part of the compensation to the writer is based on its rating by other Helium writers. Members are given articles to rate randomly. Since you can’t pick what you rate, it’s hard to cheat by getting friends to rate your articles highly like on Digg.

Which model works better? Social sites which pay or those which offer pure community to attract contributions? Please share your comments.


1. Janelle - February 18, 2013

You can make a collection of your saved words. ” The first question can be answered easily, while the second may not be easily answered, for you cannot be as good as a French teacher, otherwise you don’t need to learn French now. Never Quit.

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