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How does Smorty work?
Smorty helps you make money from your blogs. We offer solutions which increase targeted traffic, get you paid for blogging (writing reviews) and paid for advertising products.

Smorty helps you generate residual income from your blog. Learn more about each solution by clicking on the menu links to the right. Paid Post Writing, Pay-Per-Click and Post Exchange.

What are some of the requirements to be an approved blogger?
There are over 25 criteria for each blog to be approved, however here are a few examples:

  • Your blog must be indexed by Google and Yahoo
  • Your blog must be older than 30 days and contain at least 10 natural posts.
  • Your blog must not contain any violent, hate related or adult content.
  • The blog must not have duplicate posts or excessive duplicate content. 

Read the blogger rules to learn how to get approved and stay approved in the Smorty blogger network.

Does it cost to have an account with Smorty?
No, it's absolutely free to set up and maintain an account with Smorty.

How long will it take have my blog application reviewed?
It can take up to 72 hours to have your blog approved/declined. We will generally try to process Blogs as soon as they are received.

What do I do if my blog is rejected?
Once Smorty has sent you an email describing why your blog was not approved, you have a chance to fix these problems. Once they are fixed you can resubmit for another review via the contact us page. If the problem can not be fixed, (e.g. banned domain name) we will permanently reject your blog.

How many blogs can I have with Smorty?
You can have up to 10 blogs registered under your account. The more blogs you have, the more money you make! You can add more blogs from your admin panel under the "my account" section.

How much can I get paid for blogging?
You can earn as much as you like. Earnings are directly related to the number of valid opinions you post and earnings from the Digxa mini store widget if placed in your blog. Each post will bring you a minimum of US$6 and the Pagerank of your blog along with a high Smorty Star Rating determines whether you receive higher paid ad campaigns, bringing you up to even $100 per post. The Digxa mini store widget earns you a varying commission depending on the products clicked on.

How does my page rank affect my income?
Smorty has a unique blogger ranking system. There are two factors affecting your income, firstly, if you have a higher Google Page Rank you will be offered higher paying campaigns as well as the lower paid campaigns. This will start at $6 and go up to around $60 for some campaigns. Secondly, Smorty's calculates it's own 5 star rating system, it's created by the accumulation of scores given by advertisers on a per post basis. For example, if you submited ten posts and the advertisers gave you 5 stars for all of your posts then your average star rating will be 5.
Your rating starts at zero stars and it will take time to grow so be patient and write lots of good quality posts to get the best rating you can. 
If you have a higher rating, you are more likely to receive more campaign offers and more higher priced campaigns. You can earn up to even $100 per article on some occasions.

How long do I have to write a post after I have accepted it?
You need to complete and submit your post in your Smorty admin panel within 24 hours from you first accepting it.

How long does it take to have my post approved?
Advertisers have 5 full days to review your posts, they are then automatically approved after this time if not disputed. Disputed posts are placed on hold for Smorty staff to review and make a final decision. 

What happens if my post is declined or sent back to me for changes?
If your post is declined then you will lose that task and will not be paid for it. If the post is sent back asking for changes, you have 24 hours to fix it and submit the post again in your admin panel.

When will I get paid?
For the paid posts, bloggers generally get paid on a weekly basis, however Smorty do not have a set payment day. The reason for this is because we pay via PayPal mass pay. The transfer of tens of thousands of dollars through PayPal can sometimes vary in time. As soon as your post has been approved, which takes 5 days, we try to pay for that blog article on the first payment day of that week. Please do not contact us if you are not paid that week, the money is in transfer and you will be paid for your pending earnings.

For Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View advertising commissions you will be paid monthly at the same time and only with your post payments.

How do I get paid?
You will be paid through PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account please open one as it is the only method of payment. Opening a PayPal account is completely free and takes 5 minutes.
Click here to open a PayPal account.

My Paypal account has changed or was unverified, how will I receive payments you've already sent?
Ideally you should wait until your payments have been received in full before changing your account. This means you have accepted the payment in your PayPal admin.
If you have changed your PayPal account without accepting the payment we have sent, it takes 30 days for the payment to be released again by PayPal for us to send to a new account (otherwise you will receive the payment from two accounts)
If you have an unverified account and we have sent your payment, it will note this is your Smorty admin payment history. You must login to PayPal and verify your account, then accept the payment.
If you have deleted your PayPal account and your Smorty account after a payment has been sent then we have no way of paying you, please be careful before doing this!

Which countries can apply?
As long as you have a PayPal account you can apply from any country.

 What do the 5 stars showing next to my profile picture in my admin mean?
The 5 star rating is an accumulation of scores given by advertisers on a per post basis. For example, if you submited ten posts and the advertisers gave you 5 stars for all of your posts then your average star rating will be 5.
Your rating starts at zero stars and it will take time to grow so be patient and write lots of
good quality posts to get the best rating you can. This will get you more posts!

Can I post my opinions in a language other than English?
No. You can only get paid for blogging using English content.

What is the process of posting an opinion?
It is simple. As soon as there is a new available campaign for your blog(s) you will be receiving an email from us describing the task and deadlines.
As soon as your opinion is posted you must follow the link on the email and enter your posts detail for review. You will be paid only for approved posts.

What are the rules of writing an opinion article?
Please refer to our blogger rules page for all rules, however here are a few points

  • Each opinion must be unique and especially written for that campaign and must be relevant to the campaign subject.
  • We advise you not to write negative opinions as these are more commonly disputed.
  • Each post must include the anchor text with a direct link to the advertisers page provided.
  • Each post must include only one (1) outbound link unless asked otherwise which must be the campaign owners provided URL.
  • Posts should be a minimum of 150 words and not exceed 400 words

Can I post the same opinion on more than one blog?
No. Each opinion article must be uniquely written for individual blogs.

Can I post different opinions on the same blog for the same campaign?
No. You can take ownership of one campaign per blog, once.

Can I combine two or more campaigns in one opinion post?
No. Each posting has to be individual and unique. It must be written exclusively for one campaign.

Can I use other advertisements on my blog like banners or Google Adsense?
Yes you can use any form of advertising on your blog at the same time unless it is part of the sponsors post. Smorty does not limit the way in which you get paid for blogging, we only add to it.

 Why was my blog banned and can I unban it?
Smorty ban blogs for using duplicate content or other fraudulent activities. You will be sent an email with the cause if your blog is banned.
No you cannot unban a blog, please do not ask us or beg us.

Can I change the domain name of my blog?
No. apart from adding or removing the www's. Search engines index your blog by your domain name and page URL's. e.g. www.myblog.com and www.myblog.com/my_post.html
All your posts are indexed on search engines and given a value according to it's content, age, inbound links etc. If you change the domain of your blog then all that dissapears and your new domain starts from scratch again in the search engines. The new domain needs to build it's own value and it's own link structure. Therefore if you want to change your blog domain, you will need to submit this as a new blog within your Smorty account. Please do not beg us :-)

Can I refer other new bloggers?
Yes.  Please visit our blogger referral page to learn more.

How do I become a publisher?
It's just one click away. Click here to start.


GENERAL FAQ'S

How do I get my blog indexed in Google?
Follow instructions here: http://www.google.com/addurl/
Also building a few inbound links using Smorty's Blog advertising service will get your Blog indexed quickly, inbound links are the fastest way to get search engines to spider your site!

How do I know if Google has indexed my blog?
You may go to Google's home page and enter your blog's URL in the search field. This is true of many sites where you may wonder if your blog is indexed for search.

How do I increase my PR?
PR is a complicated algorithm based on many areas, to simply explain, a high page ranked site has many backlinks from other relevant high page ranked sites. This is why blog advertising articles are so important in gaining high page rank and high search engine rankings, blog articles have unique content relevant to the site they link to. Focus on gaining inbound links from other high page ranked relevant sites.

How do I create a PayPal account?
Please visit PayPal.com for details.

What are some of the free blogging sites?

Blogger.com

Xanga.com

Please note: you are responsible for knowing and staying up to date with the terms and rules of any blog host service with which you sign up.

Please note that you are personally responsible for adhering to the terms, rules, regulations of any website. Smorty is not responsible for you meeting such terms on any site other than those associated directly to Smorty.