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RedGage – Money-Making Social BookMarking

by PotPieGirl on June 11, 2009 · 23 comments

Get Paid To Book Mark Your Content


RedGage is a new social bookmarking type service with a twist.  Apparently, when you bookmark your own online content at RedGage, you get paid for views of that bookmark.  Make any sense?  Confused me, too, so I thought I’d check it out.  Within my first 42 minutes of submitting a link book mark to my “How To Sell An eBook With PayPal” post yesterday, I made $5.80 on RedGage.  It appears I got some sort of bonus from the site owners or editors or something (not too sure yet), but it definitely got my interest and made me take a look closer at this RedGage site.  Here’s what I’ve learned…



What Is RedGage?


From what I’ve read (see the current Google search results for RedGage here), RedGage has been in development for the last 18 months and has just been opened to the public.  RedGage has various advertisements on their site and they share that ad revenue with their users.  There is a certain amount RedGage will pay it’s user per 1,000 views of a bookmark of your own shared content.   The amount per 1,000 views  is dynamic based on their earnings from what I can gather.

For my bookmark to my blog post, I simply linked to it via their upload tool, gave it a title, some tags, and a description – then I got to choose a thumbnail image and submitted it.

It shows on the RedGage site as only what I submitted in my upload with a link to my original content.  Google appears to crawl and index these little RedGage bookmarks and it appears the links are NOT no-follow links (which is super nice).

This is how my RedGage link for my sell eBooks with PayPal bookmark looks:




It was super easy to do and it appears to be a quality bookmark and maybe a quality back link, too (still checking in to this).

As you can see from that image, I somehow got a nice little $5.80 bonus for sumthin’….lol. Have no idea why, but thanks, RedGage!  I also received some nice feedback from within the RedGage community which I really appreciate (thanks y’all!).



What Can You Submit To RedGage?


First off, from what I’ve read, you can only submit your OWN content to RedGage.  To me, this is another nice twist to RedGage being that other sites seem to frown on submitting your own content.

It appears as if you can submit links (like I did with my post), video, images, and blogs.  I’m still trying to figure out how the blog thing works so I can’t comment on that one yet.  All the submitted blogs seem to be formatted the same so I’m not sure if it’s a copy/paste job of your blog post or what.  All I can say is be sure to add a trackback url so you get a link to your original content.

There also seems to be a way to set  RedGage up so your Blogger and WordPress blogs, as well as your Flickr, FaceBook, and YouTube content get auto-added to RedGage.  I can see this being a nice way for additional exposure of your content so I plan to look into this.

You can also get RedGage to broadcast your content to your FaceBook, Twitter, and FriendFeed accounts – so again, that looks to be a good way to generate additional exposure.

You also get a profile page which Google does pick up (and they do seem to earn Page Rank).  You can link to your sites, and at the time of this writing, the links to your site(s) are NOT no-follow.

Here is my profile page – PotPieGirl on RedGage



How Do You Get Paid By RedGage?


As I said, the earnings per 1,000 views vary – right now it looks like the rate for 1,000 views is $1.07 (USD). This info is found under your “Account” tab once you are logged in.  So, at a little over a buck earned for every 1,000 views, I don’t see anyone getting rich doing this, but to me, it’s still a neat idea.

I don’t know about you, but I’m cool with free money  :)

Once you hit your first $25, you can request to be paid.  RedGage will then mail you a Visa gift card.  Payments after your original payment are loaded to that gift card (or at least that’s how I understood it).

If I did the math right (and it is HIGHLY possible that I didn’t…lol) – if you receive 43,925 views to all your RedGage content, you would earn enough to buy a copy of One Week Marketing.  So, if you need a free way to earn enough to get your OWN action plan, there ya go  =)



My Initial Thoughts About RedGage


I like the concept of RedGage.  I think their two “twists” of being able to freely submit your own content AND get paid when people look at your submissions is a great idea.

I have a feeling that RedGage will be hit by those that might not have the best interest of RedGage at heart (as commonly happens with sites like these), but being that there is money on the line, I feel that RedGage will be quick to delete accounts of those that are using the site inappropriately.

Also, for those that think, “Wow, I’ll just sit there and click to view my OWN submissions over and over….” – forget it, it won’t work.  ANd if you DO happen to get away with it for a short time, you’ll get banned.  They make this very clear on the site.





I did also submit my Squidoo Help Lens to RedGage and it took fine.  Hopefully, Squidoo users will take advantage of this opportunity to get more exposure for their lenses – but I also hope they don’t ABUSE it.

Since I just signed up for RedGage and started using it a little bit earlier today, it is too soon to give a whole lot of quality feedback.  I do like the concept and I wish the site owners and investors the best of luck.  Hopefully my post today will send them some new folks their way and get some more activity going there.



Signing Up For RedGage


I had one little issue when signing up with RedGage.  I signed up and a little window opened offering to let me sign in and enter my confirmation code.  Instead, I just went to my email and clicked the confirmation link.

BUT – the link didn’t confirm me.  I had to copy the confirmation code they gave me via email and paste it in the box for it to take.  Not a big deal at all – just a heads up in case it happens to you, too.

When you sign up, there is a place to type who referred you – please type PotPieGirl.  I don’t think this has any earnings potential but I do think I can see who is in my network or something.  The only way I can find out is if someone types me in as their referrer…lol.

While they do have a “refer a friend” area where you can email someone an invitation, that is not practical for me.  I’d be there for DAYS entering thousands of email addresses…..lol.  Just a note to the RedGage staff…. a referral link sure would be nice  ;)

Anyway, go here to sign up for RedGage.com, type in potpiegirl as your referrer (please), and then let me know what you think.

Click here for a full “Getting Started” tutorial for RedGage if you’d like more info and/or help.






{ 21 comments }

Luke June 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

This seems pretty cool…I guess you can get backlinks and get paid a little bit to do so.

I’m going to go ahead and sign up…hopefully I’ll make enough to pay for another month at Wealthy Affiliate after a while haha

Great post
Luke

Lisa June 12, 2009 at 4:04 am

Interesting – I signed up but never got my activation code. I even just got an email saying that you approved me as a friend, but still no activation code and no way that I can see to have them resend it. I even checked my spam folder…hmmm.

Lisas last blog post..The Five Kitchen Tools I Couldn’t Live Without (And They Save Me Money)

Sunshine June 12, 2009 at 5:56 am

Thanks for this little gem of a find. At first glance of your screen shot, it would appear that your big jump in earnings are based upon the fact that your documents received 5 stars.

I could be way off, but quality of work, popularity of topics and visitor scoring initially seem to be a significant contirbutor to earnings.

If a ten star score were possible, I’m sure you would have gotten that too:))

It’s great to see a company get creative in ways to monetarily reward contributions while making all earnings transparent.

This feature alone will definitely shake things up quite a bit in the online media advertising landscape.

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Angela Johnson June 12, 2009 at 11:13 am

I just signed up with no problem. They do ask your birth date, though, which is a dangerous piece of information to give out (identity theft). I assume they just want to know your birth year to get an idea of which age group uses their site the most. I gave a birth date with a different day, month, and year, but the year is withing one year of my real date so I don’t mess up their statistics.

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Cat June 12, 2009 at 11:51 am

This looks interesting – thanks for the info!

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David Schmidt June 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

As usual, you have the most up to date and relevant information for your followers. I am one who absolutely appreciates your hard work and keeping us informed to great content.

Jaebird88 June 13, 2009 at 3:42 am

Great review and article. I signed up just because I like the backlink feature.

What I can’t figure out is how to actually get my content posted.

How do you do that?

Jae

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Judy June 13, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Thanks for sharing Jennifer, this is so cool!! I thought that I would take what I have learned from you from OWM and grab the name Redgage for my next Squidoo lens. I should have known you would have already thought to do that ;-).

Luke June 13, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Potpiegirl, do you see the power that you have? You simply told us about redgage, and got all these people to sign up haha

keep posting
Luke

Judy June 15, 2009 at 5:02 am

Wow I only had 1 article and 1 Squidoo lens added since yesterday and made $4.80 already! Apparently my Squidoo lens was featured. This almost seems too good to be true!

Judys last blog post..The Truth About Internet Marketing Part 1

Judy June 15, 2009 at 5:36 am

Anyone know how to resolve the confirmation code issue? Someone I know just signed up but never received it. She didn’t put anyone in as a referrer but I am assuming that wouldn’t matter.

Judys last blog post..The Truth About Internet Marketing Part 1

Lisa June 16, 2009 at 2:41 am

Regarding the confirmation code – I finally got mine – the next day!

Lisas last blog post..The Five Kitchen Tools I Couldn’t Live Without (And They Save Me Money)

Ber2 June 16, 2009 at 4:55 am

Is they pay you for real. Because there is allot of scam recently.

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Ed Cronin June 16, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Hey the power of potpie I tryed and got a sign The site down due to the request . They will be back up soon.
Way to go pie. your are the woman lol

Croninweb

Donna | Freelance Wordpress Developer June 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I’ve just about given up on RedGage! They have a great idea, but their site is so buggy. I’ve written things on my wall that have just disappeared, friend request links don’t work so I can’t approve them. Twitter import not working, I add content then it disappears. Arg!

It looks like you’re doing well PotPieGirl – good on ya! But I’m wondering how they are going to pay people. I haven’t found anywhere to put my paypal address or anything about sending out checks (that would be painful as a way to get paid anyway). And I haven’t found any info in their documentation about how they are going to do that either.

So… my big question is, do they really pay? Can you confirm that Jennifer? Or anybody? I’m not trying to be nasty, but I feel like I’m wasting a lot of time on RedGage due to all the bugs and bad interaction design and if there really is no reward in the end… well, I’d like to avoid that scenario.

Donna | Freelance Wordpress Developers last blog post..Wordpress 2.8

Random June 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I just got a spammy-type message from someone @redgage.com inviting me to join their community through Squidoo’s contacts

Even mentioned your lens as a link about it :(

Anyone else getting these?

Social Bookmarking June 23, 2009 at 10:07 am

Hi,

I was looking for some info on social bookmarking, though I did not get what I wanted, thanks anyway.

Dedra Allen July 16, 2009 at 3:19 am

Thanks for all the tips. I plan to follow your plans and give it the one year try. I read the 18 page e-book and understood it! It’s a miracle!

Take a look at this opportunity and see what you think.
Sincerely,

Dedra Allen

457 Visa July 22, 2009 at 7:18 am

Wow, this is one cool way of earning through a social bookmarking site. And the $5.80 you earned is just a bonus? I might try signing up for it one soon.

marcelino July 29, 2009 at 6:07 am

I like the part about the backlink more than anything. will check it out to see if there is more to it the copying and pasting. thanks for the info

Aramide September 18, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I tried it and it worked in about a week my links and articles were veiwed over a hundred times

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