Socialspark_smallI’m still trying to wrap my head around all of the possibilities SocialSpark could be used for.  Most people might try to use it simply to boost their search engine ranking… but to the thinking observer it is obvious that this tool could be very helpful in generating interest about something, creating content, or doing market research.

For example if you were designing a new T-shirt and you wanted to find out what the general public thought of it before you printed 1000 T-shirts you could use social spark to get that feedback.  Of course you need to pay each person for their time and attention… and you decide how much you want to pay them.  In fact you decide how much you’re willing to pay for each review before hand… then it’s up to everyone out there to decide if it’s worth their time.  You have to put money into your social spark account (  I haven’t done that yet  ) or you can take money out if you completed some work… social spark calls these little jobs “opportunities.” image

After I created my account I could view all “opportunities” open to me as a new blogger… one of the opportunities was from social spark for five dollars to actually write up this information on what I thought about the service and post it on my website.  After I finish writing this I will tell social spark that the post is online and they will credit my account with five dollars.  I can see there are many other opportunities available for various amounts of money.  Some of them seem to be unavailable to me because of some reasons probably related to my novice status.  While it could be interesting to use this tool to make money directly I think the real power of it is not from the blogger standpoint but from the advertiser’s standpoint.

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They appear to have a good handle on the spam and there seems to be lots of reputable bloggers and businesses working with each other.  I have several unanswered questions that I’m curious about… here they are:

If I take an opportunity such as this one to review the social spark service will I still get paid if I say that the website is totally terrible?  I think that would be the ethical way.  I’m thinking these requirements are on an individual opportunity based.  Some may require that the article or blog post must have a positive feel to it.

And what happens if I spend 30 minutes writing up something and they say it’s not satisfactory?

How can I limit the number of people that take an opportunity that I have set up?

I’m looking forward to finding the answers to these questions… hopefully this tool will prove to be indispensable.

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