How To Write a Movie Review Online & Earn Money Doing It

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Anyone who knows me very well knows that I’m not one who’s willing to put too much time into anything unless there’s some kind of financial incentive associated with it. That also holds true when you’re trying to figure out how to write a movie review online. For years, I spent hours every day traveling through online forums and writing up long-winded posts on whatever topic was at hand. Much of the addition of online writing certainly comes from the sense of community and lively debate – where a single post can trigger a long series of responses, both good and bad, from a long list of fellow web travelers.

This concept of users contributing free content for website owners made those owners somewhat spoiled. However, as the Internet evolves and matures, it’ll those websites that can produce the highest quality content the most often that wins – and the rest fall by the wayside. This survival-of-the-fittest environment is forcing many website owners to finally reach out and start paying Internet users for their high quality content rather than depending on free, mediocre posts.

Learning How to Write a Movie Review Online

When it comes to writing and publishing online, movie reviews couldn’t be simpler. There’s certainly a general format that you’ll want to develop and follow when writing movie reviews. Overall, as long as your approach is one of a friend offering good movie advice to another friend – your reviews will do very well.

What it really comes down to is not so much how to write a high-quality review (if you’re reading this article, then you’re probably already beyond that point), instead it’s about where you can go to sell your movie reviews and actually earn cold, hard cash for your efforts. Not very long ago, I reviewed a list of websites where teens could earn some extra money simply by writing articles on the Internet. However, the focus in this case is going to be strictly about the movie guru who’s looking to convert some of those movie-watching skills into financial rewards.

Write Movie Reviews For Royalties

One of the most common methods to earn money on the Internet is by writing pieces and then collecting royalty on the traffic every month. A little while ago, I wrote an article about 4 web tools to create free websites instantly. One of those was Squidoo, and the reason I like it is because when you create a “lens” on Squidoo (apparently what Squidites call a web page), you get to collect a portion of the royalty from the advertising on that site.

When it comes to reviewing movies, Squidoo created a really cool tool called SquidFlix that offers users a simple form where you can fill in your movie review and the Squidoo system automatically creates a Lens page for your particular review.

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The system is not only fun to use, but it includes an entire community of folks who also share your interest in movies. Once your review page is created, other folks can comment on your review and every month, you’ll receive royalty for the traffic that your review attracts. It won’t be a fortune, and it certainly isn’t anything even close to getting paid a flat rate per review – but it’s still better than free!

Another decent website for earning some pocket change for your reviews is SharedReviews.com. While the site is primarily intended for reviewing products, you can also review movies that are out on DVD.

Again, the ad revenue on a site like this won’t make you rich, but as you accumulate a larger number of reviews, those small amounts will add up – and you collect them every month for eternity.

Earn Affiliate Commissions With Your Reviews

One of the most common approaches to creating revenue from a website is by converting your visitors into sales. This is the most common approach that’s used for book reviews, where the vast majority of review articles link to an Amazon affiliate link so that the author can earn a commission on book sales, as Jimmy described in his article on Amazon affiliate links.

You could always use the same approach with your movie reviews. That is, create a website or blog and write your movie reviews, and then link your reviews to your Amazon affiliate link for your reader to purchase the movie on DVD, and you earn a commission on the sale. Another of my favorite affiliate organizations is Commission Junction which Ted touched on briefly in his article on the best alternatives to Adsense advertising.

There are a long list of advertisers in Commission Junction that offer some excellent commission rates and deals that you can offer your readers. Just a few examples include Blockbuster, Disney, CinemaNow and many others. If you draw significant traffic with your reviews, you stand to earn quite a bit on these sort of commission sales.

Become a Freelance Movie Review Writer

Many writers still aren’t aware that there’s an entire world of opportunity for paid writing gigs when you decide to be a “freelance writer.” All that means is that you are interested in projects that get posted by businesses and individuals at the many freelance project sites across the net. While these writing jobs usually run the entire gamut of subject matter, there are certainly projects out there where folk are looking for movie review writers.

The clients who publish these jobs are typically website or blog owners who either can’t write very well, or they don’t have the time to write content and would like to “farm out” the actual writing work. iFreelance is one of my favorites, but there are plenty of other freelance posting boards across the Internet with similar opportunities.

Go Directly To The Source

Of course, another approach is simply to visit the websites and blogs that are devoted to movie reviews and content and check if they are hiring writers. You’d be surprised how many of these sites are interested in hiring you for your movie “expertise.” Just one example I found is the job posting below from Animation Arena for a movie review writer.

This particular site offers a writing job for 10 reviews per month at a rate of $20 per review. Within the blogosphere, that pay rate may be on the low-average end of the writing pay grade, but it isn’t that shabby when you consider that a skilled, fast writer could potentially write a review in an hour. To find more paid blogging opportunities, a good approach is to do a Google search for “looking for writers” or “paid to write” followed by the content you want to write about, like “movies.”  You’ll find that there are lots of website and blog owners out there who understand that the only way to survive is to pay for high-quality content. That means that if you’re a skilled writer – the Internet now offers countless opportunities that are yours for the taking. The biggest problem you’ll have is finding the time to take advantage of all of them.

Also, if you are interested to read about some tips for finding freelance blogging jobs, check out Jimmy’s article parts one and two.

Do you have any favorite movie review sites that pay for reviews? Share your feedback in the comments section below.

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Comments (12)
  • Michael

    I am looking for something I can make living again this is it

    • thingotherthing

      Judging by your comment, I’m pretty sure no one would hire you to write something correctly.

  • Rahul

    hmmm thanks very informative article.

  • Dorothy Bryant

    This is a good heads up to all aspiring freelance writers today. I’ve been a starter too when pursuing this craft. All we should do is to be more passionate in everything that we do and most especially, offer the best service for your clients. I wish anyone could succeed in this kind of job. Cheers!

  • Chris

    Good article. I recently started a DVD review blog and it’s going OK but I’d like it to earn a little bit. I’m being realistic so I know ir won’t earn me huge money, but maybe a couple hundred a month would be good.

  • Squidoo Lens

    Yeah I think this will be really an easy job for you if you love movies and want to share your opinion and review about a movie which you like most.

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