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VIEWPOINTS CONSUMER FEEDBACK PROMOTION

OFFICIAL RULES

1. HOW TO ENTER. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The “Viewpoints Consumer Feedback Promotion” (the “Sweepstakes”) is being organized by Viewpoints, a division of PowerReviews, Inc. (“Sponsor”).

The Sweepstakes will run beginning on December 15, 2014 and continue through 2015 (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Enter the Sweepstakes by doing one of the following:

A. VIA WEB (the “Web Entry”): When you complete a review for an Eligible Product at www.viewpoints.com during the Promotion Period, including completely filling out the required fields, you will be automatically entered into the Sweepstakes. An “Eligible Product” is one that is included in the Sears Consumer Feedback program. By entering this Sweepstakes, entrants agree that all reviews comply with Sponsor’s Terms of Service for its website. Completed reviews must meet all requirements for a Viewpoints review of the Eligible Product which can be found at www.viewpoints.com and which include, but are not limited to, the following:

● Answer all questions in the review form for a business or product
● Provide at least 200 characters of information regarding your overall rating
● Be for a business that you have personally patronized or a product you have personally purchased and utilized.
● Not contain any profanity or other content not allowed in the Terms of Service.

Limit one review per product per person during the Sweepstakes Period. All online entrants must have a valid email address. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Web Entry at any time, which, in Sponsor’s opinion, does not comply with these Official Rules.

B. VIA MAIL (the “Mail-in Entry”): If you wish to enter by mail during the Sweepstakes Period, hand-print your complete name, age, complete address (including ZIP Code), phone and email address (required to contact you if you are a winner) on a plain 3″x5″ paper and mail it in a hand-addressed #10 envelope with first class postage affixed, to:

Viewpoints Consumer Feedback Promotion
PowerReviews, Inc.
440 N Wells St Suite 720
Chicago, IL 60654

Upon receipt of your Mail-In entry, you will be automatically entered in the Sweepstakes. Mail-In Entries must be postmarked during the Sweepstakes Period and received no later than seven (7) days after the end of the Sweepstakes Period. Mechanically produced entries are not eligible and you may only enter once per envelope sent. Limit one entry per envelope.

Any individual who attempts or otherwise encourages, directly or indirectly, the entry of multiple or false contact information under multiple identities, by cellular phone, or uses any device or artifice to enter or encourage, directly or indirectly, multiple or false entries, as determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, such entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to a mobile telephone number/email address by a telephone company, wireless service provider, or other organization (e.g. business, educational, institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning telephone numbers or wireless phone numbers for the telephone exchange associated with the submitted telephone number/email address or the domain associated with the submitted telephone, as applicable. Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates are not responsible for late, lost, delayed, unclear, unintelligible, incomplete, misdirected, stolen, ineligible or damaged entries which will be disqualified or for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes which may limit the ability to play or participate, or by any human error that may occur in the processing of the entries in the Sweepstakes.

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, aged 18 years or older, except employees of Sponsor, its affiliated companies, advertising agencies, and promotional partners, and relatives of and those living in the same household as such employees. For the purpose of this Sweepstakes, relatives are defined as spouse, mother, father, in-laws, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, children and grandchildren. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

3. SELECTION OF WINNERS:

Four potential winners, along with ten alternate potential winners, will be selected in a random drawing, on or around fifteen (15) days after the end of the Sweepstakes Period, from all eligible entries received. The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes. If the potential winners do not meet the above requirements, or are otherwise disqualified, then the first alternate potential winner will become eligible to win the Prize. If, for any reason, the first alternate potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the remaining alternate potential winners will each, in turn, become eligible to win the Prize until an alternate potential winner complies with the above criteria.

The winners will be notified by email. If a winner cannot be reached after a reasonable attempt has been made by Sponsor (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) or if a valid email address to be reached at regarding prize delivery was not provided, that winner will forfeit his/her prize. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given to the winner.

4. PRIZES/ODDS:

There will be four (4) prizes awarded during the Sweepstakes Period consisting of Four $100 Sears gift cards. Approximate retail value of prize: $100. Odds of winning depend on number of correct eligible entries received. All prizes legitimately claimed will be awarded. All federal, state and local taxes, as well as any expenses not specified in these Official Rules, are the sole responsibility of the winner(s). No transfers, prize substitutions or cash redemptions will be made, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. The prize will be mailed to the winner. The prize winner may be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability and Publicity Release (where permitted by law), and any other documents which may be required by Sponsor.

5. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering, entrant agrees to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify each of Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors, directors, officers, governors, employees and agents against any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described), with respect to or arising out of either (i) any damage to entrant’s cellular telephone or computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with entering this Sweepstakes; or (ii) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind caused by the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize awarded in the Sweepstakes, including but not limited to any claims for damage to property, personal injury, death or claims based on defamation, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or merchandise delivery. False or deceptive entries or acts will render the entrant ineligible. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor is not responsible for any printing or typographical errors in these Official Rules or any other materials associated with the Sweepstakes. Entrants enter at their own risk and Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for any condition caused by events beyond its control that may cause the Sweepstakes to be disrupted or corrupted. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from this Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has violated these Official Rules.

6. GENERAL RULES: By entering the Sweepstakes (except where prohibited by law), entrants consent to the use of their names, pictures, likenesses, voices, biographical data, and/or any information contained in their entry in advertising, promotion and marketing materials throughout the world, including on the internet, by Sponsor, its promotional partners, and third party marketing entities, without additional compensation, notification, review, or approval. Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters related to this Sweepstakes, the interpretation of these Official Rules and awarding of the prizes. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. DO NOT call Sponsor or its promotional partners, as this Sweepstakes will not be discussed by phone, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

7. WINNERS’ LIST. For the name of the winners, send a legal-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: “Viewpoints Consumer Feedback Promotion” Winners’ List, c/o PowerReviews, Inc., 440 North Wells, Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60654. Requests must be received no later than three (3) months following the close of the Sweepstakes.

8. SPONSOR. PowerReviews, Inc., 440 North Wells, Suite 720, Chicago, IL 60654.

About Pulse – How to Get Your Google Seller Ratings Stars

How to get your Google seller ratings stars

When a potential customer does a Google search for your company, they probably see your website as the first search result, but they’re also going to see ads, sponsored listings, and, sometimes, yellow stars next to your company name.

These stars represent the Google Seller Ratings. These ratings are compiled from Google Shopping Reviews and outside review sites. Viewpoints.com has a special partnership with Google as a verified provider of merchant reviews. When a customer writes a Viewpoints review of your company, it feeds directly into the star ratings and review excerpts that display on Google.

Here’s an example of Google’s Seller ratings:

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How do Viewpoints reviews get fed to Google Seller Ratings?

We have two feeds that we send: full feed and incremental feed. With the full feed, Google downloads the full feed from our site on the 1st and the 16th of the month and syncs our system with theirs. The incremental feed keeps the system up-to-date. The feed is generated nightly and sends any merchant reviews from the last three days to Google. Here are some ways to help up make sure the most accurate information is being sent to Google.

  1. Be in one of the following categories:
    • 401K’s & IRA’s
    • Airlines
    • Cable TV Providers
    • Cell Phone Providers
    • Credit Cards
    • Dating Websites
    • E-commerce Websites
    • Health Websites
    • Home Parties & Direct Sales
    • Insurance Companies
    • ISPs
    • Job Websites
    • Marketplace Shopping Websites
    • Mortgage Lenders
    • Online Brokerages
    • Rental Cars
    • Travel Websites
    • VOIP Services
  2. Have at least 30 active reviews. You can help encourage your customers to write Viewpoints reviews, which will be sent to Google Seller Ratings in both feeds. Here are some tips to help your customers post better Viewpoints reviews.
    • Be consistent. Make sure your business name and URL match up on Google Shopping and on reviews sites. One of our account managers can help you make sure your information is accurate.
    • Google says, “Be a great business.” To improve your star rating, you need good reviews. Excellent customer service is a great way to encourage good reviews. With Viewpoints Pulse you can respond to customer reviews to thank them for good reviews, or help resolve any negative issues.

Do a search today. Do your Seller Ratings stars show up in Google? We can help you get your stars.

Why Do I Have Poor Cell Phone Reception?

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Drop calls frequently? Live in a dead zone? Never able to get more than two bars at work? You aren’t alone, and unfortunately there is no fix to the problem in sight.

“Can you hear me now?” It’s a clever Verizon Wireless commercial, but these are also words we hear much too often. Bad cell reception is frustrating, especially when we pay so much for service in the first place. So why do I have poor cell phone reception despite the fact my provider claims to have great coverage in my area? I live in a city, surrounded by towers but unfortunately our experts say it isn’t getting any better for a while.

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Viewpoints Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with iStir Technology Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

Eligibility: Viewpoints, LLC (Viewpoints) Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with iStir Technology Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with preexisting internet access who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Viewpoints, its affiliates, agents, and its advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective immediate family members (spouse, children, parents and siblings) and those living in the same household of each (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited and subject to all laws.

Ways to enter: When you fill out 2 qualifying reviews on viewpoints.com between 10:01 AM Central Standard Time on Friday, November 8 and 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on Friday,  November 15 and comment with your Viewpoints username on the SwagGrabber.com “Enter to Win a Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with iStir Technology & Earn Gift Cards” blog post, you will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes and eligible for the drawing conducted after the sweepstakes end date. Every additional qualifying review after your second is an additional entry to win. By entering this contest, entrants agree that all reviews comply with Sponsor’s Terms of Use for its website, found at  http://www.viewpoints.com/terms_of_service.

To qualify, reviews must in Viewpoints’ discretion:

  1. Be at least 700 characters long

  2. Only be related to products that are listed on www.viewpoints.com or that are added to the database within the time frame of the promotion.

  3. Not contain any inappropriate, copied, plagiarized or bogus content

  4. Be predominantly about the product being reviewed

  5. Contain unique and helpful information throughout the review

  6. Be easy to read with minimal spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Reviews that contain repetition of characters such as, (“!!!!!” and “…..”), repeated content copied throughout the review, or other information that not helpful to the consumer will not qualify

  7. Clearly be written by a human

In the event of dispute over the identity of a potential winner, online entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address submitted upon entry. “Authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by the Internet Access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses.

Proof of emailing does not constitute proof of delivery or entry. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned to entrant. Every entry submission must be manually keystroked and/or manually entered by the individual entrant. Automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to entries made using any script, macro, bot or sweepstakes service) will be disqualified and transmissions from any related email or IP addresses may be blocked.

Random Drawings. One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected from among all combined eligible entries in a random drawing conducted on or about Friday, November 22. All drawings will be conducted by Viewpoints. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries as of the date of each such drawing.

A potential winner, along with ten alternate potential winners, will be selected in a random drawing, from all eligible entries received.  The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the sweepstakes.  In order to win, the potential winner must: (i) comply with all requirements set forth in these rules. If the potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the first alternate potential winner will become eligible to win the Grand Prize.  If, for any reason, the first alternate potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the remaining alternate potential winners will each, in turn, become eligible to win the Grand Prize until an alternate potential winner complies with the above criteria.

Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive the Crock-Pot Slow Cooker with iStir Technology. The Grand Prize will be awarded.

Miscellaneous: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final in all respects. No cash or other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value due to prize unavailability due to circumstances beyond its control. Winners will be notified by email. Return of any prize notification as non-deliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner being randomly selected. All taxes or prizes are the sole responsibility of the individual winners.

By participating, entrants agree: (1) that Sponsor may (unless prohibited by law) use winner’s name, city of residence, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and other promotional purposes without further review or compensation in any media, in perpetuity and worldwide; (2) to hold Sponsor, its parent, divisions, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and other agents and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and assigns harmless against any and all claims, loss, liability, injury or damage to entrant or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of their acceptance, possession or use of a prize or their participation in this sweepstakes.

By participating, entrants hereby agree that sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible, misplaced or misdirected email entries or faulty transmissions, technical computer hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or interrupted or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, misrouted, scrambled or delayed computer transmission or other errors or problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise, which may limit a user’s ability to participate in the sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prizes. Entrants further agree that sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; or, (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet or the website or any combination thereof; (e) any injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download any materials in the Sweepstakes.

Sponsor reserves the right to (1) disqualify any entrant and void any entries of an entrant who has engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct, fraud or other misconduct relative to this sweepstakes or otherwise attempted to tamper with or impair the sweepstakes, and to (2) cancel, modify, suspend or terminate the online portion of the sweepstakes if, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, technical failures, applicable laws or regulations, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other cause beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control destroys the integrity of the sweepstakes or otherwise corrupts or impairs the administration, security, legality, fairness or proper play of the sweepstakes or any part thereof.

Sponsor also reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the website, or to be acting in any manner Sponsor deems to be in violation of the Official Rules or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, violation of applicable law or regulation or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor: Viewpoints LLC (Viewpoints)

Winners List: For a winners list available after December 6, send a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to be received by July 28 to: Viewpoints, LLC 440 N. Wells Avenue Ste. 720 Chicago, IL 60654.

Viewpoints George Foreman Grill Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

Eligibility: Viewpoints, LLC (Viewpoints) George Foreman Grill Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with preexisting internet access who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Viewpoints, its affiliates, agents, and its advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective immediate family members (spouse, children, parents and siblings) and those living in the same household of each (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited and subject to all laws.

Ways to enter: When you fill out 2 qualifying reviews on viewpoints.com between 5:01 PM Central Standard Time on Wednesday, November 20 and 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on Wednesday, November 27 and enter your Viewpoints username using the Giveaway Tools widget on the AdventuresInCoupons.com “Win a George Foreman 5 Serving Removable Plate Grill! blog post, you will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes and eligible for the drawing conducted after the sweepstakes end date. Every additional qualifying review after your second is an additional entry to win. By entering this contest, entrants agree that all reviews comply with Sponsor’s Terms of Use for its website, found at http://www.viewpoints.com/terms_of_service.

To qualify, reviews must in Viewpoints’ discretion:

  1. Be at least 700 characters long
  2. Only be related to products that are listed onwww.viewpoints.com or that are added to the database within the time frame of the promotion.
  3. Not contain any inappropriate, copied, plagiarized or bogus content
  4. Be predominantly about the product being reviewed
  5. Contain unique and helpful information throughout the review
  6. Be easy to read with minimal spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Reviews that contain repetition of characters such as, (“!!!!!” and “…..”), repeated content copied throughout the review, or other information that not helpful to the consumer will not qualify
  7. Clearly be written by a human

In the event of dispute over the identity of a potential winner, online entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address submitted upon entry. “Authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by the Internet Access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses.

Proof of emailing does not constitute proof of delivery or entry. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned to entrant. Every entry submission must be manually keystroked and/or manually entered by the individual entrant. Automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to entries made using any script, macro, bot or sweepstakes service) will be disqualified and transmissions from any related email or IP addresses may be blocked.

Random Drawings. One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected from among all combined eligible entries in a random drawing conducted on or about Wednesday, December 4. All drawings will be conducted by Viewpoints. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries as of the date of each such drawing.

A potential winner, along with ten alternate potential winners, will be selected in a random drawing, from all eligible entries received.  The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the sweepstakes.  In order to win, the potential winner must: (i) comply with all requirements set forth in these rules. If the potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the first alternate potential winner will become eligible to win the Grand Prize.  If, for any reason, the first alternate potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the remaining alternate potential winners will each, in turn, become eligible to win the Grand Prize until an alternate potential winner complies with the above criteria.

Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive the George Foreman 5-Serving Removable Plate Grill GRP2841. The Grand Prize will be awarded.

Miscellaneous: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final in all respects. No cash or other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value due to prize unavailability due to circumstances beyond its control. Winners will be notified by email. Return of any prize notification as non-deliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner being randomly selected. All taxes or prizes are the sole responsibility of the individual winners.

By participating, entrants agree: (1) that Sponsor may (unless prohibited by law) use winner’s name, city of residence, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and other promotional purposes without further review or compensation in any media, in perpetuity and worldwide; (2) to hold Sponsor, its parent, divisions, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and other agents and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and assigns harmless against any and all claims, loss, liability, injury or damage to entrant or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of their acceptance, possession or use of a prize or their participation in this sweepstakes.

By participating, entrants hereby agree that sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible, misplaced or misdirected email entries or faulty transmissions, technical computer hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or interrupted or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, misrouted, scrambled or delayed computer transmission or other errors or problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise, which may limit a user’s ability to participate in the sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prizes. Entrants further agree that sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; or, (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet or the website or any combination thereof; (e) any injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download any materials in the Sweepstakes.

Sponsor reserves the right to (1) disqualify any entrant and void any entries of an entrant who has engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct, fraud or other misconduct relative to this sweepstakes or otherwise attempted to tamper with or impair the sweepstakes, and to (2) cancel, modify, suspend or terminate the online portion of the sweepstakes if, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, technical failures, applicable laws or regulations, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other cause beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control destroys the integrity of the sweepstakes or otherwise corrupts or impairs the administration, security, legality, fairness or proper play of the sweepstakes or any part thereof.

Sponsor also reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the website, or to be acting in any manner Sponsor deems to be in violation of the Official Rules or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, violation of applicable law or regulation or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor: Viewpoints LLC (Viewpoints)

Winners List: For a winners list available after December 18, send a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to be received by July 18 to: Viewpoints, LLC 440 N. Wells Avenue Ste. 720 Chicago, IL 60654.

Viewpoints Kalorik 2-Slice Toaster Sweepstakes Official Rules

Viewpoints Kalorik 2-Slice Toaster Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

Eligibility: Viewpoints, LLC (Viewpoints) Kalorik 2-Slice Toaster Sweepstakes is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with preexisting internet access who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Viewpoints, its affiliates, agents, and its advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective immediate family members (spouse, children, parents and siblings) and those living in the same household of each (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited and subject to all laws.

Ways to enter: When you fill out 2 qualifying reviews on viewpoints.com between 1:00 PM Central Standard Time on Thursday, October 31 and 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on Thursday, November 7 and comment with your Viewpoints username on the JennsBlahBlahBlog.com “Welcome To Your Chance To Win a Kalorik 2-Slice Toaster with See-Through Glass Panel!” blog post, you will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes and eligible for the drawing conducted after the sweepstakes end date. Every additional qualifying review after your second is an additional entry to win. By entering this contest, entrants agree that all reviews comply with Sponsor’s Terms of Use for its website, found at http://www.viewpoints.com/terms_of_service.

To qualify, reviews must in Viewpoints’ discretion:

  1. Be at least 700 characters long

  2. Only be related to products that are listed on www.viewpoints.com or that are added to the database within the time frame of the promotion.

  3. Not contain any inappropriate, copied, plagiarized or bogus content

  4. Be predominantly about the product being reviewed

  5. Contain unique and helpful information throughout the review

  6. Be easy to read with minimal spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Reviews that contain repetition of characters such as, (“!!!!!” and “…..”), repeated content copied throughout the review, or other information that not helpful to the consumer will not qualify

  7. Clearly be written by a human

In the event of dispute over the identity of a potential winner, online entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address submitted upon entry. “Authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by the Internet Access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses.

Proof of emailing does not constitute proof of delivery or entry. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned to entrant. Every entry submission must be manually keystroked and/or manually entered by the individual entrant. Automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to entries made using any script, macro, bot or sweepstakes service) will be disqualified and transmissions from any related email or IP addresses may be blocked.

Random Drawings. One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected from among all combined eligible entries in a random drawing conducted on or about Thursday, November 14. All drawings will be conducted by Viewpoints. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries as of the date of each such drawing.

A potential winner, along with ten alternate potential winners, will be selected in a random drawing, from all eligible entries received.  The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the sweepstakes.  In order to win, the potential winner must: (i) comply with all requirements set forth in these rules. If the potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the first alternate potential winner will become eligible to win the Grand Prize.  If, for any reason, the first alternate potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the remaining alternate potential winners will each, in turn, become eligible to win the Grand Prize until an alternate potential winner complies with the above criteria.

Prizes: One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive the Kalorik 2-Slice Toaster with See-Through Glass Panel. The Grand Prize will be awarded.

Miscellaneous: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final in all respects. No cash or other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value due to prize unavailability due to circumstances beyond its control. Winners will be notified by email. Return of any prize notification as non-deliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner being randomly selected. All taxes or prizes are the sole responsibility of the individual winners.

By participating, entrants agree: (1) that Sponsor may (unless prohibited by law) use winner’s name, city of residence, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and other promotional purposes without further review or compensation in any media, in perpetuity and worldwide; (2) to hold Sponsor, its parent, divisions, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and other agents and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and assigns harmless against any and all claims, loss, liability, injury or damage to entrant or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of their acceptance, possession or use of a prize or their participation in this sweepstakes.

By participating, entrants hereby agree that sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible, misplaced or misdirected email entries or faulty transmissions, technical computer hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or interrupted or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, misrouted, scrambled or delayed computer transmission or other errors or problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise, which may limit a user’s ability to participate in the sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the sweepstakes or in the announcement of the prizes. Entrants further agree that sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; or, (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet or the website or any combination thereof; (e) any injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download any materials in the Sweepstakes.

Sponsor reserves the right to (1) disqualify any entrant and void any entries of an entrant who has engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct, fraud or other misconduct relative to this sweepstakes or otherwise attempted to tamper with or impair the sweepstakes, and to (2) cancel, modify, suspend or terminate the online portion of the sweepstakes if, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, technical failures, applicable laws or regulations, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other cause beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control destroys the integrity of the sweepstakes or otherwise corrupts or impairs the administration, security, legality, fairness or proper play of the sweepstakes or any part thereof.

Sponsor also reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or the website, or to be acting in any manner Sponsor deems to be in violation of the Official Rules or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, violation of applicable law or regulation or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor: Viewpoints LLC (Viewpoints)

Winners List: For a winners list available after November 28, send a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to be received by May 28 to: Viewpoints, LLC 440 N. Wells Avenue Ste. 720 Chicago, IL 60654.

Viewpoints Bissell Vacuum Facebook & Twitter Contest Official Rules

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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

Eligibility: Viewpoints, LLC (Viewpoints) Bissell Vacuum Facebook & Twitter Contest is open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older and have pre-existing internet access and a Facebook or Twitter account at the time of entry. Employees of Viewpoints, its affiliates, agents, and its advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective immediate family members (spouse, children, parents and siblings) and those living in the same household of each (whether or not related), are not eligible to enter. Void where prohibited and subject to all laws.

How to enter: When you fill out a qualifying review on viewpoints.com between August 8 at 2:01 PM (CT) and August 15 at 11:59 PM (CT) and share your review on Facebook or Twitter including @Viewpoints in your post, you will be automatically entered in the contest and eligible for the drawing conducted after the contest end date. By entering this contest, entrants agree that all reviews comply with Sponsor’s Terms of Use for its website, found at http://www.viewpoints.com/terms_of_service.

In the event of dispute over the identity of a potential winner, online entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry, and the potential winner may be required to provide identification sufficient to show that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address submitted upon entry. “Authorized account holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an email address by the Internet Access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses.

Proof of emailing does not constitute proof of delivery or entry. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned to entrant. Every entry submission must be manually keystroked and/or manually entered by the individual entrant. Automated and/or repetitive electronic submission of entries (including but not limited to entries made using any script, macro, bot or sweepstakes service) will be disqualified and transmissions from any related email or IP addresses may be blocked.

How a winner is chosen: One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected from among all combined eligible entries in a random drawing conducted on or about August 22. All drawings will be conducted by Viewpoints. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries as of the date of each such drawing.

A potential winner, along with ten alternate potential winners, will be selected in a random drawing, from all eligible entries received.  The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor or its designee, whose decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the sweepstakes.  In order to win, the potential winner must: (i) comply with all requirements set forth in these rules. If the potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the first alternate potential winner will become eligible to win the Grand Prize.  If, for any reason, the first alternate potential winner does not meet the above requirements, or is otherwise disqualified, then the remaining alternate potential winners will each, in turn, become eligible to win the Grand Prize until an alternate potential winner complies with the above criteria.

Prizes and Approximate Retail Values: One (1) Grand Prize: Grand Prize winner will receive one Bissell CleanView Plus Vacuum valued at $89.99 USD. The Grand Prize will be awarded.

Miscellaneous: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final in all respects. No cash or other substitution or transfer of prizes permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value due to prize unavailability due to circumstances beyond its control. Winners will be notified by email. Return of any prize notification as non-deliverable will result in disqualification, and an alternate winner being randomly selected.

By participating, entrants agree: (1) that Sponsor may (unless prohibited by law) use winner’s name, city of residence, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and other promotional purposes without further review or compensation in any media, in perpetuity and worldwide; (2) to hold Sponsor, its parent, divisions, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and other agents and their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents and assigns harmless against any and all claims, loss, liability, injury or damage to entrant or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of their acceptance, possession or use of a prize or their participation in this Contest.

By participating, entrants hereby agree that sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible, misplaced or misdirected email entries or faulty transmissions, technical computer hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or interrupted or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled, misrouted, scrambled or delayed computer transmission or other errors or problems of any kind, whether mechanical, human, electronic or otherwise, which may limit a user’s ability to participate in the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prizes. Entrants further agree that sponsor assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Contest; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Contest; or, (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the internet or the website or any combination thereof; (e) any injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Contest or download any materials in the Contest.

Sponsor reserves the right to (1) disqualify any entrant and void any entries of an entrant who has engaged in unsportsmanlike conduct, fraud or other misconduct relative to this Contest or otherwise attempted to tamper with or impair the Contest, and to (2) cancel, modify, suspend or terminate the online portion of the Contest if, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, technical failures, applicable laws or regulations, virus, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other cause beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control destroys the integrity of the Contest or otherwise corrupts or impairs the administration, security, legality, fairness or proper play of the Contest or any part thereof.

Sponsor also reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or the website, or to be acting in any manner Sponsor deems to be in violation of the Official Rules or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, violation of applicable law or regulation or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest in whole or in part.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Sponsor: Viewpoints, LLC

Winners List: For a winners list available after September 5, send a separate self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to be received by February 22  to: Viewpoints, LLC 440 North Wells Street Ste. 720, Chicago, IL 60654.

Viewpoints Experts To Help Consumers Get Best Deals, Avoid Mistakes

 

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Update 2/4/2014: Thank you for your interest, but we are not currently accepting any new writers. The Category Expert Program is now closed. 

 

Viewpoints helps people decide what to buy by providing honest product feedback. We are the voice of the consumer.

In addition to collecting reviews from consumers (496,000+ reviews to date), we’re now recruiting experts in specific lifestyle and product categories to create articles and video content to guide consumers in making the overall smartest purchase decision for their budgets and needs.  Authors will be rewarded based on the size of the audience the articles attract.

How to apply to be a Viewpoints Expert

Please email: jenn@viewpoints.com

Include:

A brief note introducing yourself and the category of your interest. Previous blogging experience not necessary, but if you have examples of published work, please provide. And oh yes, let us know how we can best reach you.

Want to know more?

What is a category expert?
What’s the difference between a consumer reviewer and an expert reviewer?
Priority categories
Type of people we’re recruiting
Social qualifications
What’s in it for you
Expert compensation
Before you start
Article requirements
After publication
How to apply
Terms of service

What is a category expert?

Viewpoints strives to give a 360° view of products. While our consumer reviews give important information in how an appliance, stroller or mattress performs after purchase, we believe there are other valuable perspectives. The Viewpoints experts will provide insights that consumer reviews alone cannot, i.e. product previews, tests of new products, head-to-head brand comparisons, product and brand recommendations, trend analysis, etc.

Honesty and transparency are important. Our experts give advice and recommendations without conflict of interest or hidden agenda, in the same way they would advise their own friends and family. To that end, we require the authors to fully disclose any financial ties to the industry and/or products they write about.

Although there are 465 product categories on Viewpoints, not all lend themselves to a high volume of original, engaging editorial content. So we’ve identified 51 product categories with the greatest potential for engagement, as measured by audience interest, value to Viewpoints as a business and the competitive landscape. In other words, these are subjects that both consumers and advertisers care about, yet there’s a relative void of compelling content.

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What makes Viewpoints different? We’re on a mission to help both consumers and businesses learn from real-world experience. We believe that authenticity and transparency in reviews will help others find products and services that are affordable, sustainable and innovative. For the first time, we are inviting professionals to join the conversation.

What’s the difference between a consumer reviewer and an expert reviewer?

We’ve gotten several inquiries about this program from people who love writing reviews, but would probably fall into the category of “enthusiast” rather than “expert.” Enthusiasts are vital to Viewpoints.com — serving an important role in keeping the community conversation going. For this expert program, professional credentials are ideal, but not necessary if your knowledge has come through real-world experience. To better understand if you are a good fit for this program, ask yourself:

  • Do I understand the technology?

It’s one thing to use a refrigerator; it is another to know how and why they are designed as they are and what could go wrong and why.

  • Do I know the attributes by which to judge the product?

Your reviews will need to cover the common things people want to know about when deciding what to buy. If you aren’t up to speed, writing for us will be difficult.

Priority categories

These are currently the 51 priority categories on Viewpoints. If you click on the category, you’ll see examples of articles we’ve published on that topic. In a few cases, you’ll be led to the category page on Viewpoints. That means we currently have no editorial content on that subject, so your expertise would be especially welcome.

Air Conditioners Diapers Mixers
Airlines Diet Pills Online Degrees
Acne & Blemish Treatments Diets Ovens
Anti-Aging Skin Care Dishwashers Paint
Baby Bottles Facial Moisturizer Refrigerators
Baby Formula General Household Cleaners Rental Cars
Baby Shampoo & Body Wash Grills Sewing Machines
Blenders Hair Coloring Shampoo (Hair Products)
Body Lotions Hair Conditioner Shopping Websites
Bread Machines Home Technology Space Heaters
Cable TV Providers Pet Care Streaming Services
Cell Providers Insurance Strollers
Clothes Dryers Kitchen Ranges Toaster Ovens
Coffee Makers Leaf Blowers Treadmills (Fitness)
Credit Cards Mattresses Vacuums
Crock Pots & Slow Cookers Mortgage Lenders Vitamins, Herbs and Minerals
Detergent Microwave Ovens Washing Machines

 

To increase the visibility of our editorial content, Viewpoints is creating dedicated category pages that will showcase expert reviews and articles along with consumer tips, videos, graphics, top product round-ups, curated off-site content, etc. Once category pages are built, the next step will be dedicated content channel pages that will showcase the freshest, most engaging content in each of the broader eight content areas:

  • Kitchen Appliances
  • Laundry & Cleaning
  • Home & Garden
  • Bath & Beauty
  • Health
  • Babies & Kids
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Money

Articles and videos will be selected to be showcased on these pages based on relevance and popularity, as determined by traffic to the blog and category pages. All articles will be published first on the Viewpoints blog.

Gas kitchen burner

Viewpoints experts help consumers know what to buy when they need a new appliance, like a gas range or cooktop.

Types of people we’re recruiting

Our plan is to partner with 3 kinds of writers in each of the categories:

  • 1. Professional writers with a strong social following and demonstrated expertise in one of our key categories

  • 2. Experts wishing to have an impact in the consumer reviews space and/or build a greater online presence for themselves or their businesses

  • 3. Bloggers who want more influence and visibility in the reviews space

We hope you’re the type of person who will delight in ‘taking ownership’ of your subject. That means monitoring new products, staying on top of trends, setting Google Alerts, reading reviews on site, etc. As such, we’ll depend on you to actively suggest article ideas based on your expertise of the category. We also work with you to come up with topics that are fresh and connect with the Viewpoints audience.

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+

Sharing your content across your own social networks will help us both reach our goals.

Social qualifications

To gain the traffic we’ll need to make our partnership mutually rewarding, it is important that you are already active in social media. Aside from the passion and expertise in the content categories outlined, any one of these is required:

–>500 followers on Twitter

–>500 combined friends/followers on Facebook

–>500 connections on LinkedIn

–>100 followers on Google+

–>1,000 followers on Pinterest

Viewpoints will be sharing all of your posts on our social platforms, and you’ll be expected to do the same. Be creative in how you leverage your community on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and others. You’ll be encouraged to record short videos for Viewpoints blog posts, which you’ll then easily upload to our account on the video sharing site, Pixorial. Viewpoints will then edit, add music or finishing touches before publishing on our YouTube channel for embed in your article. We view this as a social partnership and will actively brainstorm on ways to create buzz.

What’s in it for you

>Work is displayed in a credible editorial environment adhering to highest standards of quality and relevance

>Audience reach: Site receives 1 million+ unique visitors monthly, and work is showcased in Viewpoints email newsletters to 240,000

>Compensation is based on traffic generated to article, with $25 minimum per article (details below)

>We will link from every article to author’s personal website or business site

>Contributors will have access to the WordPress dashboard to monitor their own article traffic

>Viewpoints works directly with manufacturers to provide you with innovative and new products to review

>Viewpoints creates pages to showcase an author’s picture, bio, social channels and published work on our site

>Content created will be showcased on PRNewswire, as appropriate

>Your standing as an authority greatly benefits from our reputation in the consumer reviews space

>In most cases, you are free to keep or donate any products we provide you to review, which will be disclosed to readers

Expert compensation

Details of the compensation as follows:

Paid contributors must commit to at least one article/week
Flat fee ($100) for 4 articles a month
Unpaid contributors can provide content less frequently than 4 times a month
Bonus for all authors after 2,500 page views ($10 for every additional 1,000 views per article up to one year from publication)
All earnings are credited on 1st day of month to contributor’s PayPal account and will be reported to the IRS in 1099

Before you start

A few housekeeping items before you can start writing:

1. Become a member of the Viewpoints community. Register as a user on Viewpoints.com, and write your first (consumer) review.
2. Provide your PayPal email. Here’s the PayPal signup page if you don’t have an account.
3. Create a Google+ profile with your picture and list that you are a “Contributor to” www.viewpoints.com/expert-reviews (see image). Go into the ‘About’ section> ‘Links’>’Contributor to’> Add ‘www.viewpoints.com/expert-reviews’ with the label of ‘Viewpoints’. (This can be a bit confusing, so if you have any questions, just ask!). Google Authorship is tied to the author — so if your business has multiple authors, each would need to set this up.

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A key step to qualifying for Google Authorship is listing Viewpoints on your Google+ ‘About’ page. That way, Google may display your photo in search results which will increase credibility of the content.Article requirements–400-700 words in length

Article requirements

–400-800 words in length

–Gives both pros and cons

–Quotes consumer reviews, as appropriate

–Includes any photos or video you take. Don’t overlook YouTube as a source of related content. We will supply product and stock images if you don’t have any.

–Discloses your ties to a brand, industry or products that represent a conflict of interest, real or perceived

–Not previously published, either in whole or in part, on another site. The content you create for us will be unique to Viewpoints. Acts of plagiarism are unacceptable and will result in immediate termination

After publication

–Post a shorter version of any product review on the Viewpoints site (as a consumer review)

–Respond to comments on authored articles with overall goal of getting more meaningful comments over time (key measure of success)

While you’re getting acquainted with Viewpoints, plan to email articles to Viewpoints as attached Word document. Once established, authors will file directly into our Word Press dashboard in draft form, pending publication.