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Make Money Online With Sponsored Comments: TalkAhead

by DiTesco

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With so many money making programs currently available, I had the impression that there was nothing much left to invent. I was wrong. TalkAhead is a platform that offers sponsorship for your blogs through sponsored comments. Now this is interesting. I actually found about this money making program while I was searching for an ads plugin to use here in my blog. Curious, I visited TalkAhead.com and found it so interesting that I immediately signed up for it, as you can see at the end of this article.

What is sponsored comments?
Sponsored comments is actually an interesting concept as it allows advertisers to voice their opinion about their products or services, while trying to engage a conversation by providing content that is clearly labelled as sponsored and a designated area which does not interfere with the reader’s comments. It enables advertisers or marketers to respond directly to the content of an article or product review, without attempting to hide their authorship from readers. A Sponsored Comment can consist of up to 500 characters of text, and can include an external link to spark a dialog. You have the option to pre-approve the comments prior to being published.

Why Is It Interesting?
Sponsored comments is not the same as sponsored posts, so the publisher’s credibility or intentions remain intact. Unlike other sponsored content, it is the advertiser that writes the comment whose purpose is to generate a conversation, which in most cases will happen externally from your blog. Finally, since it’s clearly labeled as a sponsored comment, it takes away the responsibility of FTC disclosures away from the publisher.

How Does It Work?
TalkAhead notifies the advertisers in real time whenever an article or blog post of interest appears in any of the sites within the TalkAhead network. This interest can be sparked when someone for example writes a review about a product or service (like this one I am writing right now, lol). Here they have an opportunity to further promote their products or services by adding something of value or it can be an explanation, if they think that the information is not accurate.

For publishers, you have full control over the sponsored comments. You can choose your own billing model: CPM, flat rate or bid; select the number of Sponsored Comments per article, and whether those comments can include a link to another site or not. You set your price and leave it there without annoying anyone. You control how it appears on your website and many other options to choose from. If you are interested, just head over to TalkAhead’s website and find out more.

To set the record straight, this is not a paid post and neither is the link an affiliate link. I really think that this monetization method can be a good form of generating an extra income and see no reason why it should not be given a try, unless you know of something that you wish to share with us:).

What say you? Do you think that this can be something you are willing to give it a go?

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+DiTesco is a Business and Inbound Marketing Consultant, and founder of iBlogzone.com. iBlogzone's main objective is to help startups and small business owners achieve success in their online ventures. | More About Me and my Consulting Services.

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1 jan geronimo April 13, 2010 at 3:32 am

Very interesting. But let’s see first how it works out with you. Ahehehe

2 DiTesco April 13, 2010 at 3:50 am

No problem Jan. I knew somebody was bound to say that, and it had to be you:) We’ll see if someone ever sponsors a comment here and I will definitely make a follow-up post about it. Good to see you here. How are things doing on your end?



April 13, 2010 at 4:48 am

Looks interesting. Like Jan, I would like to get responses first before trying this program itself.
.-= Melvin´s last blog ..Widget Logic Plugin, Strategize Your Sidebar Widgets =-.

4 DiTesco April 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Hi Melvin. I agree that all of us should first get responses to our question before giving it a go. That said, if you tell me what answers you are looking for, I might be able to provide you with some more details. Thanks for leaving your comment

5 lawmacs April 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Before writing this comment i took a look at the website had a read through and it seems very interesting so i think i will give it a try. By the way your blog is looking good Ditesco. Thanks for the tumb up Bo.
.-= lawmacs´s last blog ..What Is Search Engine Optimization? =-.

6 DiTesco April 14, 2010 at 6:30 am

I’m glad you found it interesting too and decided to give it a try. Would love to know your thoughts about it once you have more experience with the program. Do let us know.


Ben Lang

April 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Very interested, started using it on my blog a while, bringing in nice profits…

8 DiTesco April 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Awesome Ben. Its good to know that someone is already using this form of earning revenue. How good has it been for you? Did you run into any troubles, say, from your readers?


Dev | Technshare

April 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

looks interesting program 🙂 going to try this !!


Ben Lang

April 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Going great, have made some money from it, haven’t had any problems with it. Definitely keep going with it…

11 DiTesco April 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Thanks and sorry for the delay in my response. Starting to get very excited about this program and have been playing with the pricing methods to see which works best. BTW, thanks for your help and sponsoring a comment.

One question, what pricing scheme works best for you?



April 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Another great idea, who put the Di in Tesco, Francisco did, that’s who! This is a great idea for a blogger who has over 1500 posts, I’m going to try it out just because you like it. Let’s compare notes on the results!
.-= Dick´s last blog ..Word of Mouth Marketing =-.

13 DiTesco April 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Hi Dick. 1500 posts! OMG, that’s a lot bro and you should definitely give this a try as I am sure that you have some posts which will be very appealing to marketers. Like the idea of comparing results. Let’s do that, say in a month’s time. That will be good to have an idea on how it’s going. Our friend Ben seems to be happy with it:)

14 Jaypee April 15, 2010 at 4:30 am

This is a new and very interesting way to earn money from your blog. I like how it is different from a paid review or sponsored post and how its not obtrusive to the readers. It looks promising and I’d love to give it a try.

Thanks for sharing my friend! 😀
.-= Jaypee´s last blog ..Cebu Blog Camp =-.

15 DiTesco April 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

Glad you found it interesting as well. I have it now running live here, but so far nothing yet. We’ll see how it goes. Anyway, we both agree on that it is not intrusive and totally different from paid reviews or sponsored posts.



April 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Really sounds interesting and worth trying, will check it out as well. I assume they do not expect any of the links to be followed? My blog is do follow, so I would I have to fix that for the sponsored comments.
.-= JR @ Internet Marketing ´s last blog ..Website Speed Now A Definite Factor in Google Rankings and 12 Tools to Check Site Speed =-.

17 DiTesco April 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Hi JR. Just to let everyone know that I have been in this program a couple of days ago and I have already received my first sponsored comment. If this goes as fast as I hope it will, this could be awesome. As for that do follow link, not sure how to fix it, but if you know a little about coding I’m sure you can. I chose to use the plugin, much easier for me. You can manually install it if you prefer.

18 Jaypee April 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Congratulations on getting your first sponsored comment! That was kinda fast, but then you have very good content here so that is not be a surprise. Anyways, mind sharing what post that is so I can go take a look on how a sponsored comment looks like? Thanks! I’m now more interested to try this out on my blog. 😀
.-= Jaypee´s last blog ..Library of Congress Acquires Entire Twitter Archive =-.

19 DiTesco April 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Thanks. And I was actually surprised because it came in a post that is quite old. So if you want to take a peek go to http://www.iblogzone.com/2009/09/most-annoying-things-on-website.html, and you’ll see the first SC I’ve got. Not exactly a conversation “sparker” but it’s there.



April 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Congrats on the first comment, I am going to sign up today and try it out.
.-= JR @ Internet Marketing ´s last blog ..How To Secure Wordpress Blogs & Prevent The Hacking of Your Blog =-.

21 DiTesco April 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Let me know how it goes. Pity there is yet no affiliate link or I would asked you politely to do it through my link:) Maybe next time. Good luck!



April 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Oh yes, and I would have too. I am going to try the CPT, cost per time instead of the CPM to see what kind of response I get.


Bill Masson

April 16, 2010 at 2:09 am

Hi , This looks really interesting , just one question, is there any conflict with Google Adsense. I checked the site out and I don’t see any mention of it. As you say its not a paid post but it is a form of payment relating to the article. Any thought’s
.-= Bill Masson´s last blog ..Google sets another benchmark for Webmasters =-.

24 DiTesco April 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Google never penalized a “paid post” unless it is clearly marked as such. Sponsored comments is not an opinion provided by the publisher and is clearly marked as being sponsored. This is in accordance with the FTC guidelines so I do not believe that there will be any conflict with Google regarding this.

Anyway, hopefully Matt Cutts is following on this post and will give us some of his perspective:)


Ben Lang

April 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

By the way congrats on your first sponsored comment DiTesco! From experience with Talkahead, be patient it will come, another way to boost your revenues from it is to introduce advertisers to it which is what I do sometimes. Good luck!

26 DiTesco April 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

That’s a good idea Ben. Thanks for the heads up. I will do the introduction. BTW, did you ever use the “coupon” thing on TalkAhead? How did that work for you?

27 lawmacs April 16, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Congrats Ditesco i have signed up to it and trying to see what the revenue will be like.
.-= lawmacs´s last blog ..Is Blogging Still Alive? =-.

28 DiTesco April 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Good luck Lawmacs. As Ben says, we’ll need patience. just keep writing those killer articles and they should come.

29 lawmacs April 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Thanks for the heads up Ditesco i have got my first sponsored talk really quick bro
.-= lawmacs´s hops you can check this out blog .. Simple Writing Tips For Beginners =-.

30 DiTesco April 20, 2010 at 12:40 am

That was quick! Congrats, hope you get more. Woot


Kelvin Servigon

May 1, 2010 at 6:00 am

This is very interesting Ditesco. I love the concept of this new company. I must try this! 😀
.-= Kelvin Servigon invites you to check this out.. Why Domain Reselling Can Be A Great Way to Make Money Online? =-.


Melissa Randall

May 12, 2010 at 1:23 pm

@ditesco: Great review of AdvertiseSpace – Thanks for the write up! http://bit.ly/dppW78

33 Bit Doze May 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I have just entered, until now no sponsored comment for me but this may happen because I have a low PR, I will see what will happen in the future.

34 DiTesco May 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

It can take a while before something happens. The spirit though is to be patient and work on your blog to improve your readers base and hopefully attract advertisers. Good luck


Shekhar Sahu

June 6, 2010 at 1:43 pm

What about the revenu? how much do they pay?


William King

January 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

How was your experience? I think the whole article was about the pros what about the cons? Write something about them also

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