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Full disclosure before I start writing this Hidden Remote review. It is a site that I’m an editor at. However, this isn’t a recruitment post.
Something that I promised when I said this month’s theme would be about revenue share sites was that I’d help you figure out if particular sites are worth it for you. Do they offer you the best value for your time?
Hidden Remote is possibly one of those sites that you’ve come across. It’s a popular option for the TV shows and movie niches, whether you want to do reviews, write spoilers, or share your theories about a particular character.
But is it worth your time? Will you get a good return on investment? Here’s my Hidden Remote review to help you figure out if it’s for you or not.
It depends on YOU
The first thing I’m going to say is that Hidden Remote can be good, but it’s not for everyone. It depends on who you are as a writer and the type of effort you’re willing to put in.
You see, it is a pay-per-view site. You’ll be paid a set amount for your views depending on the country those views come from. Advertisers pay more for views from the United States, Canada, Australia, etc. compared to other parts of the world, so you’re paid less for those outside those countries. It’s all explained when you sign up.
I’m not saying you have to write a lot. While FanSided (the overall brand) has a minimum of one article per month to keep your account active, as editors, we ask for four per month. That’s one per week. The main reason for this is for consistency to help you gain more views.
If you only write one per month, there’s a very slim chance of reaching your financial goals. Sure, one post could go viral. I’ve had it happen in the past. But it’s not always going to work out that way.
So, you do need to be consistent, but that doesn’t mean you have to write a lot. You need to be willing to do that.
Work smarter and not harder
My Hidden Remote review isn’t just about the site, but making it work for you. That’s where we get to in this next part.
It’s about writing smarter and not harder. If something isn’t working, you need to drop it and move on. If there’s a new show that I’m interested in, I’ll write about it for a few weeks. If my views haven’t increased, I move on. There’s no point in covering something that simply isn’t working out in terms of pay.
Once you find a show that takes off, cover it in detail. One writer covered Timeless when it was on. His posts routinely took off and he would have people reaching out to him on social media about the show and for more articles about it.
Another writer did the same with Shadowhunters. I did it in the past with Supernatural. Once you find a niche, you stick with it. And your TV show (or movie) is your niche.
It’s hard when a show is canceled or comes to an end. It’s worth having a couple of shows up your sleeve, but trial a few and then drop the ones that simply aren’t working out.
There are editors and a community to help
We’re not going to throw you in the deep end when it comes to writing, but we do have a handbook to follow. Read it through, have it open for your first post, and you’ll soon get a hang of the formatting.
But while you’ve got the formatting down, you may struggle to come up with topic ideas. It’s something I loved about Hidden Remote even as just a writer. There is a community there.
I’m always happy to brainstorm ideas, even for shows that I don’t watch. Sometimes, I’ll put out ideas to run with that I think will do well—and I literally put the title idea to work with that has a good chance of working.
I also trial my own stuff for keyword research or styles of articles. When I get something that works, I share. My aim is to help writers make more money. I want the site to work for you.
And I’m not the only one. My co-editor does the same.
Not a lot of sites will do that. A lot of FanSided does though because the site isn’t successful if everyone isn’t successful.
Plus, there’s the community of other writers. There is bound to be someone else who watches the shows that you do. When you need help coming up with ideas or just want to talk shop or the latest movie release, there are people in the community who will chat with you.
There’s a team looking to grow it
Some sites get set up and leave their writers to just write. Hidden Remote isn’t like that.
Not only are editors there to help, but there’s a whole bunch of people working on the site to make sure it grows. When something changes in SEO, there are updates to guidelines. The aim isn’t to game Google but to work with what Google wants for its users—those doing the searching.
The majority of the views do come from Google. The good news is Hidden Remote has a good standing there. The aim has always been on quality content from writers, which helps to ensure Google continues to like the site.
Then there are other writers who look at testing topics and SEO. They pass the recommendations on, allowing us all to adapt to make sure the site routinely grows. If that happens, there’s a better chance of making money.
Hidden Remote review: Should you join?
If you’re getting started in the TV and movie niche and you’re willing to put some effort in, Hidden Remote could be for you. It’s not a site that will get you rich fast, but it is a place to grow your writing and understanding of SEO. It’s a place to become part of a community.
It’s not a big team, so you don’t get lost in the shuffle. You’re not a faceless person like you are at some of the revenue share sites out there. You’re a valued member of the team at all times.
However, if you’re looking for something that will make you thousands each month, Hidden Remote isn’t for you. It’s great if you use it as you should with revenue share sites—as just one of the many baskets for all your eggs.
Did my Hidden Remote review help? Which revenue share sites are you looking at joining? Share your thoughts in the comments below.