Before I jump right in with my Tomoson review you are probably wondering who on earth Tomoson.com actually are, because I had never heard of them until they cold called me earlier this year.
At the time we were in the middle of a house move, so it wasn’t the best of timing. So I kept the details of their website so that I could use it at a future date.
In a nutshell Tomoson is just like Sponsored Reviews, The Blog Network, Izea and a whole host of other places that pays you as a reviewer of brands products. It saves you on going and looking for brands to work with and is supposed to make it much easier to make money from your blog.
Even though Dominic wasn’t so keen on Tomoson I was willing to give them a go and spent a full Saturday setting up my account and contacting brands that I wanted to work with.
It was actually a really long day and I ended up:
- Applying for 155 opportunities
- Instant rejection for 19 opportunities
- 136 that never got back to me
- 3 timewasters
All in all it was a complete waste of my time and I am rather ashamed that I even gave it a go when you kind of expect this from review companies, when it is so much easier and better to go and do it yourself.
I feel that Tomoson are there to provide an outlet for both bloggers and brands and the end result is that its full of brands that want something for nothing and abuse a good system that Tomoson started up.
The Con Artist That Wants Free Ebook Reviews
I found that the place was littered with con artists – for example I got a rejection from someone that wanted reviews of his vegetarian healthy eating ebook. Just up our street and we have reviewed similar products and got good results in the past.
Because I had applied for quite a few (to thoroughly test drive the system) I didn’t recognise the guy when he messaged me.
But what he had done was this:
- Rejected my offer
- Messaged me and then asked me to review his product
- Then just before he did asked me to review his product for free
What a cheek!!!!!!
I politely declined but this seems to be the norm on here and is rather disappointing.
The Poor Quality Blogs
Then when you look at people that have done reviews for some of the brands on there, many of them are low quality blogs with the plan to just get paid to review and nothing else. Then you’ll see a poor quality 200 word post of them holding up the product.
That’s fine for them and I can understand why a brand wouldn’t want to pay them for this, but not everyone out there has a low quality blog and you have to expect to pay accordingly.
The Amazon Reviews
When someone buys a review from me I don’t find throwing in an Amazon review for free as part of the service. And to make this happen they would simply coupon code me a copy or send me a gift certificate to cover the cost. But now because all these brands are on Amazon (or the majority are) all they care about is the Amazon review. They want to simply send out free products and then expect an Amazon and a video review in return.
If you want this kind of service get yourself on Fiverr, its full of fake Amazon reviews – but it shouldn’t play a big part on review sites. As its about connecting bloggers and brands not about poor quality Amazon reviews.
Plus I have noticed that when people do review products they include such big disclaimers in the Amazon review that its takes over from the review itself. As an Amazon buyer I am put off by these disclaimers and simply wouldn’t order from people that had reviews like this.
They want everything apart from the kitchen sink
I noticed the place was littered with people that wanted everything and the majority of the time they wanted it all for free. Or they wanted a lot of work for very little money.
Take this one as an example:
For example this one was going to pay about $10 (including the product) and they expected:
- Amazon review
- Blog review
- You Tube
Or many of them will have information telling you not to enter a paid amount because they are only interested in free reviews. In their defence some of these brands don’t ask for the blogger to have traffic and are in reality just looking for spam, but it makes me realise its not the kind of place quality bloggers should hang out!
The opportunities that should have been closed
So I looked in the marketplace area and applied for ones that were suitable.
Then you followed the process and on the last screen I saw this:
And to my shock it said that it closed on 4th of March 2015, yet here I am applying for these jobs in May 2015. In reality what should happen is that opportunities and campaigns that are over should not be available to apply for.
Yet here I am being informed that my application has been sent for something that ended two months ago.
Tomoson Vs Finding Brands Yourself
I actively look for brands myself to advertise on my blog. I spend less than $10 a week doing so and the responses I get are from people that are not freeloaders but are genuine brands that want to advertise on my blog and understand that it’s a quality site.
I don’t regret signing up for Tomoson as I love checking out new avenues when it comes to blogging income streams, but this one is not for me. I haven’t closed down my account as I am curious as to what is going to happen with all the jobs I have applied for.
I do feel like the site needs a complete overhaul and to get rid of all its members that just want free Amazon reviews, because they are damaging the site and making it into a cheap and tacky site that quite honestly reminds me of Fiverr. And yes Fiverr is great for a nice income stream but the type of buyers it attracts are always very low quality.