I had an unconfirmed resource emailing me that Google Adsense will be testing a paid review service within the next couple months to beta testers via Adsense. I promptly emailed contacts at Google to confirm/deny with nothing back yet.

At first I wanted to just dismiss the email as hogwash (and it probably is) but I can think of many reasons why Google would jump into the paid review industry.

Publishers – Google already has a amazingly huge database of publishers.

Advertisers – Nobody has no online advertisers then Google AND now they they have taped into the news, magazine and radio network they have access to tap even more advertisers on the shoulder to pay for reviews of their service.

Blogger – Google already owns the biggest blog network in the world and they seem to already have a relationship with wordpress for easy implementation of Google AdSense on wordpress.com (that would make sense anyway).

Metrics – Between Google toolbar, Adsense, and Pagerank data Google has by far the best metrics to price a site for a review. They already use these metrics for Adwords in selling contextual ads and links.

Google has pretty much destroyed ReviewMe and PayPerPost (the competition) and launching there own seems like it would solve all of their problems. The big issues Google had with paid reviews was the linking issue and now they can control all of that PLUS get a chunk of the revenue.

So again…. there is no credible source that is saying Google is getting into the paid review marketplace but it would certainly seem like it would be a very good business move for them.

What do you think? Could we see Paid Reviews via the Adwords/Adsense system in 2008?

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

153 thoughts on “Google Doing Paid Reviews via AdSense? Why not!”
  1. Well, considering the fact that Al Gore actually owns a good chunk of Google, I would assert this isn’t a likely scenario.

    That being said… Google sucks. I still love it though.

    It’s like an addiction that society finds acceptable, even though we all know it will eventually be very bad for us.

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  3. It wouldn’t surprise me if Google were to get into the paid review market. They’re more intent these days on dominating than they are anything else. Putting other businesses out of business like ReviewMe would be like being Wal Mart. Whatever happened to “Do no evil”? Frickin’ Google!

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  5. Totally depends on their implementation. I could see this being done in a few ways where it would be good and a few where it would be bad. I first want to know why they don’t have a stumbleupon or digg alternative that is successful. Once they have that in place I see the paid reviews sitting nicely on that platform. Otherwise I don’t see where they would implement it (unless it is like adwords). Also would they give “good” reviews all the time?

  6. What?! You’ve got to be kidding me?! If this goes through then Google will have reached their most evil point. They punish other companies who are just trying to make it big and then go behind their back to turn a profit. Ridiculous.

    Although, I could see some revenue from this, so I can’t complain. 🙂

  7. This would not surprise me at all. If it is a paid review service on other sites might surprise me. But really what is Knol except a paid review service? Look at how full of paid reviews Squidoo is.

  8. I’m getting sick of Google targeted all these niches and destroying other peoples businesses. Can’t they just stick with perfecting search and bringing my Google AdWords costs down 🙁

  9. […] a reason: there’s talk that Google may soon be offering paid reviews via AdSense, although as Jeremy Shoemaker points out it’s all speculation so […]

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  11. Everyone will — but nobody will do feck’ all about it! Everyone just bends over and takes anything google has to give. They could say: “do not do any paid reviews, or you’ll be dropped from google!” and people will stop!

  12. I don’t really see Google doing this through Adsense/Adwords necessarily, though I suppose it is possible. Typically, if Google expands into a niche they purchase a company that is already successful in the niche in order to do so. Blogger is a good example. I guess they could simply incorporate a system into Adsense/Adwords instead, though. Much more likely that they purchase whichever competitor survives through all the penalties, though, and wrap it up into their ever-expanding online monopoly.

  13. It would make sense for them to try this out. I mean they have taken over everything else. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

  14. why not? but i’m sure, they will require the nofollow tag on all the reviews if this is true.

  15. Well, this is the first showings of monopolistic action that I’ve noticed from Google. First they lay the smack down on pay per post / ReviewMe / Text Link Ads under the guise that its “gaming their system”. Ok, so they try to destroy a subset of advertising out there. I guess I can see that it might be people taking advantage of their system.

    But…then they turn around and release their own little version? This just looks like they destroyed a profitable tactic for ad networks just to turn around and create their own for profit.

    Looks shitty if you ask me. Do no evil my ass.

  16. If it’s true, it practically guarantees an anit-trust suit against them. Surely they can’t be this stupid. The DOJ will have a field day with it!

  17. Why wouldn’t they do it? There is a market there already, and if Google does it it legitimizes the practice. They will put the spin that these are 100% actual reviews, no positive for positives sake.

  18. […] é oficial mas existem rumores de que o Google poderá vir a arranjar um estratagema de colocar reviews pagas no seu serviço de […]

  19. Also another rumor.. I’ve read somewhere that matt has launched a script that scans all email within gmail for ‘link buying / paid reviews’ and so on. They scan the emails and ban/downgrade the domains (websites) doing paid (review/link) deals.

    Big brother is watching you!

  20. They are monopolizing the internet in all aspects. If they continue to do this people are going to stop using them. Free market my ass they are communist in all facets. It is just a shame that the millions of us that have made them rich are now taking it up the @$$!!!!!!!!

  21. Well I guess they will try and corner the market on paid reviews. Anything for profit and since they are trying to control what the bloggers are doing. Something they havent exactly cornered yet or have a thumb on. Especially since they tried to track down paid reviews for PR and gave a few bloggers a 0 for such reviews.

  22. The reason a lot of people pay for reviews is to get link juice passed back to their site. I would honestly be shocked if Google entered the paid reviews space. Matt Cutts wrote a post recently about how paid posts spam up Google’s SERPS.

  23. Google将推出收费评估吗…

    最近有消息说Google将要退出paid review,就是收费评估,或者收费评论,国内叫做口碑,或者话题的广告形式。 Google通过自己的搜索引擎,已经成功的把Review Meå’ŒPayPerPost打压的抬不起来了。 è¿™…

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  25. It’s just another avenue of advertising I suppose! It does really go against the Do No Evil mantra though…

  26. wasn’t google offering affiliate products to battle with affiliate networks awhile back? what happened to that?

  27. I would like that those rumors would be true. Then Google will just get my website’s pagerank to the real one so I can make them increase their profits.

  28. I don’t think Google would do that. Also they have to be careful now there becoming a monopoly so the government intervention axe will be coming swinging down Soon.

  29. Plausable deniability. It lets them advertise a new product without actually advertising it and allows them to deny everything until they actually release it. And on the other hand they are getting publishers excited and ready for the product before its release without ever hurting their image.

    Large companies do this all the time.

  30. Agree you cannot slap compagnies and then offer the same service. It doesn’t make sense at all…. They will have the same microsoft problem
    Internet explorer vs nescape and others
    Windows media player vs others like real player…
    Let’s face it google search engine become a standard like windows was…..
    I still love google … the walt mart of internet. You find everything at cheap price ahahah

  31. No, all they have to do is say “use nofollow on all reviews”. Or, they will just spit out a bit of javascript required on every page reviewed. They will probably do the ladder.

  32. I think it is more likely they will say to use a bit of javascript. They are javascript whores.

  33. i have a close contact at Google and i asked him if this is true. Here is his response

    “In terms of a paid review service through AdSense, I certainly haven’t heard of any such product. I’ve done some searching around the web and found some speculative reports that were the first I’d heard of this product. ”

    The reps at Google have not heard of this product yet, so i assume its just rumor. He said he will also speak with some of his superiors to see if he can get additional information on it.

  34. On what grounds? They only punished those who wrote the reviews and didn’t put nofollow on the links. If you used nofollow, you were safe… although you probably didn’t get any buys.

  35. yea, but why do people hate them? are those people mad because Google CAN do what Google wants? Are they mad they are getting away with interweb monopolization? Are they mad because the toolbar is too simple and doesn’t cause their browser to crash? What is the real reason people “hate” Google?
    I myself, like Google, search, that is. I appreciate their excellent business sense, but I can’t help but feel they are getting away with something. Nonetheless, this service would be no surprise to me, or to others that posted here I see.

  36. Seems too hypocritical. There would be a lot of backlash from the people who had their PR deducted (or removed).

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  38. That would bve kinda cool if you ask me 🙂

    Maybe google could also bring back the “free toys” in the ceral boxes 🙂

  39. The relationship most people have with G is indeed interesting: most don’t agree with their business model yet couldn’t imagine surfing without it 🙂

  40. In the end, it’s their business and they have the right to make whatever decisions they see fit but will, of course, have to live with the consequences.

  41. Most likely since let’s face it, offering paid reviews which contain seo-friendly links would simply be too much, even for G 🙂

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  43. I would love it if they get that gig and why not – don’t they pretty much own the internet now?

    How much internet does Shoemoney own?

  44. After each controversial decisions of theirs you’ d think that people would stop using them but that hasn’t been the case up until this point and I doubt that it will be in the near future.

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  47. Looks like google will dominate another industry. I think it will be good news for bloggers as more contracts now … because i am sure google will have plenty of advertisers to help us all 😉

    lets see how this works out.

  48. Paid reviews are certainly the next step in advertising and google must get a piece of the pie. It will be interesting to see if they are going to keep a large % of the money paid for the review. But in my opinion – direct negotiation is the best – eliminate the middle man (or company)

  49. Those reviews could perhaps generate some public interest and increase the quality of the ads. The only CHALLENGE for google is to get genuine reviews, so I am thinking that google could get real buyers and consumers to do the reviews.

  50. Why not just buy the competition? They seem to do that a lot anyway. It sure seems easier that re-inventing the wheel each time.

  51. Google wants to bring us EVERYTHING we may want but I don’t think they have any interest in paying bloggers to create more reviews when there are millions of reviews on the net already. Especially paid reviews.

  52. who gives a cr#p. I am getting close to jetisoning google from my life. They will overreach and then decline.

  53. right and it isn’t the first time they have used one division to kill competition while another exploits the gap.

  54. If a paid review system from Google is coming, then I surely will test it. But, certainly, it would be a hypocritical attitude from Google after they have criticized those systems so much.

  55. I think review service may work for very high traffic sites – specially pulling traffic from English Speaking countries.

  56. […] received an emailed from an unconfirmed source claiming that Google will be testing a paid review service within the next couple months. If anyone else posted this, I would have said it was linkbait. Then […]

  57. This would be awesome if they did this. Google has TONS of interested advertisers via adsense, so finding an interested advertiser for a paid review would be easy as pie.

  58. Haha, I wish. But, they’d have to know they would be able to make a ton of money off them before doing so. How would Google Cereal taste anyways?

  59. If they do it they should just buy PPP or RM and create a WordPress plugin that links a review post to your review account – that way, they can automatically verify the review was done and even apply no-follow to the links if they want. Bottom line though is they have to allow the market to price itself to some degree. If there isn’t decent money in it for publishers, it’ll be a total waste of time.

  60. This explains why they kill everyones PR a few months back. Maybe I will catch back up in a few months my PR will be back up.

    Tell Google to sign me up.

  61. This would be very surprising. I guess that if they did this, they would be no-following the links. Otherwise, it would be EXTREMELY hypocritical.

  62. LOL…Google Cereal…..They could have colorful letters and the marshmellows – could be a blog, an adsense…..etc…;)

  63. Why are you talking about them possibly doing it? They already ARE doing it.

    Google has their own referrals/CPA offers in Adsense. There is nothing to prevent you from blogging about a specific offer peppered with a few of these referrals. Unfortunately for Google, their referrals are not proving to be popular.

    A natural extension would be to allow come up with a post with 3 to 4 links and you are either paid a flat fee for the post OR you paid for the referral or even clicks in the post.

  64. […] I don’t believe it. Google is against paid reviews, right? Shoemoney got an emailing that Google is doing a beta test for paid reviews via […]

  65. Are there any easy setup web sites where you can place ads on your web site then make profit every time someone clicks on an add? How can you make money off myspace by posting ads on bulletins! or messages?

  66. That’s great. I would like to get paid reviews back on my blog. I didn’t get very good results with Review Me.

  67. […] today, Shoemoney made a post entitled “Google Doing Paid Reviews via AdSense? Why not!” Shoemoney stated the he received information from an unconfirmed source that Google is going […]

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  69. A Google free world is easy (nuttin tuit honey). Try it …. the only thing you have to lose, is your wooly coat and bleating voice 🙂

  70. […] this world of speculations above reasons, the web world is afloat with another buzz published by Shoemoney. He has reported that Google is going to offer paid reviews through its AdSense system and is […]

  71. This sounds really sus, and it doesn’t sound legal – if it’s true.

    This sort of behaviour, building up a monopoly and crushing your competition only to get into their business, is what Microsoft has been in trouble for. I’d expect the, now ruined, competition to start pushing for anti-trust lawsuits.

    In fact, I’m kinda surprised no-one has sued Google already.

  72. Are there any easy setup web sites where you can place ads on your web site then make profit every time someone clicks on an add? Are you sure??

  73. […] it has essentially wiped the floor with the paid posting services is to become that entity itself. Shoemoney has a post up on his site that goes into some more detail and I’m sure he’s got some […]

  74. Google become a giant in advertising program and now will increase their market share once the paid review is launch. Maybe Google will hold back since they will consider the monopoly issue if raise by other competitors?

  75. Google become giant in advertising program for adwords and if the paid review is launch, probably google market share will increase. Maybe Google will hold back to consider some monopoly issue if raise by other competitors?

  76. really? i would have never thought that they would delve into such a business, i still think its unlikely but this post has slightly swayed my opinion

  77. This doesn’t sound right to me. I’ve been asking around as well and I haven’t found anything that resembles this.

  78. It does make sense indeed Jeremy, just as it makes sense this might be just another linkbait … but who knows 😉

  79. It would be far too funny to see them buying one of the paid review companies they have tried their best to eliminate from the equation 🙂

  80. Actually, they didn’t criticize the reviews, they criticized the paid links which came with the “package” so that, if they were to launch something like that, the links would not carry any weight as far as SEO is concerned.

  81. Let’s hope nothing comes up. It would make all of the Google campaigning against paid links seem mighty shady, wouldn’t it?

  82. As a linkbait, I’d say that it has served its purpose, with 100+ comments and quite a few links at this point.

  83. […] ahora uno de los bloggers que más dinero gana con Adsense ha lanzado la liebre comentando que Google Adsense podría haber lanzado en fase beta un servicio […]

  84. hmmm…. so a week ago you post how excited you are about April Fools….

    I wonder if this new service from AdSense might be released April 1? 🙂

  85. […] ShoeMoney posted that he received information from a reliable source that Google may start offering sponsored posts. This would place Google in direct competition with PayPerPost, SponsoredReviews, ReviewMe, and […]

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  87. Haha, why not of course. It is a good way to earn more money with your website. Google becomes more useful and that’s better for them as for me and you. So why not?

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  91. I honestly hope the merge goes through with Microsoft and Yahoo. I bet your going to see a lot of bloggers focus on there search engine.

  92. […] I have just read on ShoeMoney that Google is planning to enter the paid reviews market. He reported that big G is going to offer […]

  93. they have the power and money and reach to take on anyones ideas and simply do it themselves, its a one horse race!

  94. Google just wants to rule the whole internet and have all the money to itself, it’s already penalising paid links (it’s very close to adwords if you check closely), paid links was killing their business, so they just penalise. Same here with paid reviews, it won’t shock me if you start hearing google is penalizing “in content” links. hah!

  95. I do not think this is a move they would make, still waiting to hear if you heard of any proof that this is going to happen.

  96. I personally think it would be a very good move by Google to do it. They could easily dominate the market (yet again).

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  98. I can not imagine they would do this with all the bitching Google has done about paid links. However, anything is possible when it comes to Google. If they see a money making opportunity, they jump on it.

  99. This is something I hope they implement. The more ways they offer me to make money, the more I’ll be grabbing.

  100. They would get royally fcked in the EU for that, as its abuse of a dominant market position, which to be honest they already do abuse.

  101. Yep, they are already abusing their position. Specially in the online advertising market. I really want to know when the EU starts re-thinking Googles Dont-Be-Evil policy.

  102. If Google started doing paid reviews that would be great but i suppose they might be abusing their position in the market. It would however, probably be the fairest service because of analytics, adsense and all their metrics

  103. […] care much about Google page ranks, slaps etc. I don’t care much about how I do it. Shoemoney is the best example, he’s been abused all over. Yet his pay checks are more than enough for […]

  104. Blogger is a good example of the success Google of adsense in a way, paid reviews is a great way to implement useful content on the Google network hands down.

  105. Who knows, either way they will get what they want, they have the deepest pockets, nothing has happened yet but who really knows

  106. Well, You have got to give it to Google.They are still the King when it comes to search engines.

  107. 6 months in and already had to adjust my position within the company to focus on my strengths and ask for help

  108. It’s interesting – every knows Google is opposed to dofollow paid links, but one of my colleagues did some research the other day and found that Google allows websites that openly sell such links to advertise on AdWords with them. Search on Google for “buy backlinks” and you’ll see what I mean. Thanks for the great post!

  109. I keep checking the website for new tuts but this one has been very interesting and knowledge full .

  110. You raised various nice points there. I did a search on the topic and found a good number of people will have the same opinion as your blog.

  111. […] I don’t believe it. Google is against paid reviews, right? Shoemoney got an emailing that Google is doing a beta test for paid reviews via […]

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