I’ve been writing for Review Stream for the last couple of weeks. They claim that you can write personal reviews of anything and make money doing it.
Have any of you ever heard of Review Stream? This site claims that you can write reviews of anything and make money doing it. You can also read other people’s reviews of things before you try them. Reviews of just about anything – cars, hotels, restaurant, toys, stores, you name it. I thought it was a really cool idea. In big bold print on the home page it says “Write Reviews=Earn Cash Current Review Rate is $2.00″. I thought $2 for every review? Sounds a little too good to be true. But of course, I gave it a try anyways. I wrote 5 reviews. And waited. And waited. I got curious and started reading the fine print on the site.
Firstly, it said that your reviews will either be approved or rejected within 72 hours. It had been a week. Secondly, it said that your reviews can either earn the $2.00 fee or you may sell if for a bulk fee if you wish for $0.40. That’s one fifth of the money offered on the front page. So, I emailed them and said that I had submitted 5 reviews a week ago and had received no response. They wrote me back within a couple of hours apologizing and saying they’d get to it shortly. Two days later, I got my results.
Of the 5 reviews I submitted, one earned $0.40 as I had accidentally checked the bulk rate box. One earned $2.00 and the other three were rejected. I couldn’t really figure out why. They really want your personal opinions on things, not just descriptions of them. So, I rewrote the articles with that in mind and even wrote a few more. So now I’m into them for 10 reviews, 3 of which I’ve written twice.
I wait. Two more are bought at $2.00 each and the rest were rejected. I’ve never had my writing rejected so much in my entire life. I’ve always thought I was an okay to mid level good writer. So the money in my account is now $6.40. I’m totally fed up and see how I can go about getting paid.
I started reading the fine print. You have to earn $50 to get paid and you have to formally request to be paid. Formally request? $50? If you have to formally request a payment for anyone you’re working for, you’ve got a serious problem. Triond automatically pays out every month as long as there is $0.50 in your account.
Review Stream is a rip off. Don’t bother trying it. You’ll just get frustrated like me. Of course, I’m totally stubborn and am going to continue writing until I get that $50. And then I’m going to formally request that they pay me. And then, well, I’m never going to talk to them again. I wonder if I can review their website as one of my reviews. I don’t think that it would be “accepted”. Curse those get rich quick schemers that are screwing us writers out of our time and words. Bitter, who me? Well, maybe just a little bit.