I’d read about Today.com on several blogs in the past. Seen it discussed on myLot a few times as well as on a couple of job sites. At the time, it was being promoted as a site that pays you to set up and run a blog on their site.
I mainly joined Today.com to find out if it actually did pay – I was reading several blogs that were talking about it and promoting it, but I was yet to hear anyone say they’d actually been paid nor had I seen any proof of payment.
AT THE TIME I JOINED UP…
– It was $1 per post for a minimum of 100 words. Minimum payout, $50. You could post as much and as frequently as you wanted, however YOU ONLY GOT PAID FOR THE ONE POST A DAY. (Sometimes, you had the option to set up a 2nd blog to up your income)
– You also got a cut of their advertising revenue depending on how much unique traffic you drew to your blog. ($2 per 1000 uniques)
– You were automatically signed up to their referral program. $5 per new blogger referred by you (as long as your referral made a minimum of 10 approved posts).
MY TWO BLOGS…
I set up my first blog on there (in September)…
…then I set up another (in December).
I’m assuming Today.com uses a WordPress platform – looks very much like it – and so I found it quite easy to use as I’m familiar with WP.
I found the member forum really friendly and helpful too. Has a certain sense of community.
ANYHOO, THE GOOD NEWS IS…
I got paid this month!
THE NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS IS…
– I ain’t gonna get paid per post anymow.
You see, every month or two, Today.com assesses a blog to see how it’s performing and can INCREASE or DECREASE your payment rate accordingly. Mine got assessed and downgraded to ad-rev share only/referral program status.
My fault, really, as I wasn’t posting that frequently and wasn’t getting that much traffic.
THE OTHER NOT-SO-GOOD NEWS IS…
– They no longer offer the pay-per-post deal to new bloggers who join. It’s now only based on the traffic your new blog receives ($2 per 1000 unique hits).
– Their referral program has also changed for new bloggers. You can only qualify for the program if you’ve posted a minimum of 20 posts within 20 days.
– If your new blog performs exceptionally well within 30 days of it being set up, it MAY get upgraded to their pay-per-post program.
IS IT STILL WORTH BEING A PART OF TODAY.COM?
Some would say yes. Others, no. If you’re already a member of other ad-revenue sites, then Today.com might be another one to add to your list (with the possibility of getting paid per post in the future). Others might think it’s not worth the effort and that their time and energy would be best spent on other online pursuits. One reason is no more valid than the other. It’s a personal choice/decision.
Since I already have 2 blogs on there, I might continue maintaining them in some shape or form; but I, for one, wouldn’t have joined under the new rules. However, my initial curiosity was satisfied – I wanted to find out if they really did pay and, yes, they do. But with their recent payment overhaul, the bar’s been raised significantly.
Apply to become a Today.com blogger — or not.
Until next time…may the Barack be with you…