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Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging!

posted by Julie Evink on January 24, 2014

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Turn your passion into a business!

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Turn your passion into a business!

I’m here today to share some “secrets” of the trade with newer bloggers, how to work with Blog Networks and secrets on Making Money Blogging! I know a few of you are going, “How on earth do I turn this passion into a profit?” It’s the big question.  One that I had no idea how to do when I first started, well in all actuality it took me a few years to figure out and I wish I had a “cheat” sheet so to say of some tips. Here I am. With your cheat sheet. I’m not an expert but this is what I have learned and I hope it helps you out some! If you have any questions please feel free to email me! Also here is more information on starting a blog with a ton of information on the basics!

How to make $$$ working with blog networks

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging!

Clever Girls – This network was one of the first ones I worked with. They are great for working with bloggers that might not have a huge of followings as other bloggers. The pay is great and you get your toes wet working with brands and blog networks. I loved working with them! I highly recommend setting up an account. They email you opportunities, you apply for them and then they let you know if you are chosen!
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Izea – Social Spark is now called Izea so you really want to sign up with Izea now. This is an update since I posted this post. I haven’t actually worked with anything in Izea, but it’s the same people from Social Spark but a different platform so I highly recommend them for all bloggers. They have tons of opportunities for any blog and I look forward to working with them!

 

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! TapInfluence – Otherwise known as the old “Blog Frog” program. LOVE these guys! You get to go into their platform and build a media kit showcasing your latest blog posts and promoting your blog. Then they send you offers. You never need to go in and apply. The brands pick you! Plus you can set your minimum rate and negotiate with them. The peeps over at TapInfluence are super easy to work with and always available when you have questions. I’ve received great opportunities from them! 

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Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! BlogHer – Even if you aren’t with BlogHer publishing network you can still sign up to be a “Social Media Influencer“! They email you when they have an opportunity, you respond that you are interested in it and then if you are chosen you’ll get an email explaining all the deets. Soooo simple and it’s some seriously easy $$! 

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! The SITS Girls – The awesome part about working with them is they not only have opportunities to promote product and earn $$ they also care about the blogger! They have awesome articles on how to become a better blogger, workshops called “Bloggy Bootcamps” across the U.S. and newsletters for you! Sponsored posts, twitter parties, whatever your heart desires!

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Linqia – I’m going to be honest with you. I’m not in love with this form of blogging network. They email you with an opportunity and then you respond if you are interested. You need to have a blog post and for every click through you get paid a certain percentage of $$. This means you are not guaranteed any income. You will have to promote the heck out of a post to get the $$ they promise you. I have only done 1 post and I would like to try it again. The post I did wasn’t completely related to my blog and I think if I had a better fitting opportunity I would be able to do a lot better and earn some better $$!

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Pollinate Media – This is another great group to work with. They have really straight forward campaigns that are easy to understand and pay good $$. Plus they are friendly and nice. Once again, the have much more than just opportunities for food bloggers so sign up today!

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Social Fabric – Once again there a ton of more opportunities with this blog network than just foodie stuff! A lot of the “campaigns” require you to shop at a certain store for a product, write a blog post, promote over social media and also sometimes post a photo album in Google+. They are great to work with. The instructions are always very detailed about what they expect so please read carefully so you don’t miss something! They post their available campaigns on their website and you will need to go in and apply for them. They pay about Net 45 days and the $$ are good.  I used Social Fabric a lot when starting to work with blog networks! Unfortunately I live in small town America so it’s hard to shop at certain stores.

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Mom Central – I’m going to be honest. I signed up with them and hvaen’t not completed a campaign with them. It’s geared more towards Mommy Blogging and other things, but it never hurts to sign up! They also pay a little less than other blog networks and I haven’t used them yet. Just another option out there!

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Mom it Forward – Once again have never worked with them! I signed up but haven’t found a campaign I’m interested in. Just wanted to share another option for you!

Working with Blog Networks and Making Money Blogging! Blueprint Social – This is a network that focuses more on your DIY type of sponsorships. If you read my blog you know I’m not very DIY orientated so I haven’t did a campaign with them. If you are DIY then sign up!

 

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Socialstars – This is one of the newest blog networking agencies, but they have it together! I’ve completed three campaigns with them over the past several months and I have been impressed by each other. They have great opportunities and they email you when they think you’d be a great fit, tell you about it and you have the option to apply for it. Then they will email you if they pick you. It’s usually a set rate per campaign and I’m not sure if you can negotiate. I’ve never tried or had too. The directions for the campaigns are clear and concise plus they even include some humor in them! The contact person is on top of things and gets back to you quickly! Highly, highly recommend Socialstars!

Are you on brain overload yet? I hope not! I also hope this helps YOU turn your passion into a profit making business! If it’s your goal to make the $$ blogging you need to take it to the next level and treat your blog as a business. It will pay off. Trust me! If you have questions please ask them below or email me! Thanks for listening to my rambling today!

*Links may be referral programs where I would earn a very small profit after you joining their network

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    Comments

  • Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner


    Great post Julie – I haven’t applied to any yet so I like how you explained them all… have a great weekend!

    • Julie Evink


      Hope it helps Deb! You too!

  • Anne@FromMySweetHeart


    Wow, Julie, this is a great. So many opportunities out there that I was not aware of! Thank you for sharing this information!

    • Julie Evink


      Your welcome Anne! I just emailed you 🙂

  • Whitney


    LOVE this post! Thank you so much for putting in the time and effort to help out the newbies, like myself! 🙂

    • Julie Evink


      Of course Whitney! I truly hope it helps!!

  • Jodee Weiland


    Great information to have! I’ve been trying to figure all of this on my own. I still have some questions though…like how much do you set as a price per post? I have no idea about this sort of thing. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Julie Evink


      Jodee setting a price per post really depends on the amount of traffic on your site and the company you are working with! If you want more information please feel free to email me!

  • Katie


    Hello! Just read your post about blogging! I have been thinking about starting for quite some time and I feel that I would really enjoy.

    What advice would you have on general blogs. I don’t think that I could have one that is specifically just on food, crafting, DIYs, fashion, make up, a mommy blog, etc. But I do have my hand in all of those things a little bit.

    And about how much money do you now make from blogging! Looking for future stay at home jobs. I have a couple years committed to my company and figure that would give me time to get my blog started and have something coming in, if I choose to stay home.

    Thank you for your time,
    Katie 🙂

    • Julie Evink


      Katie if you want to talk more in depth please email me! Thanks 🙂 Definetely start trying to earn money blogging and give yourself a year or two of being serious blogging and working outside your home because it will take a while to build up the following and $$$ that follow! Set goals!

  • Melissa {Persnickety Plates}


    I just applied to Pollinate & used your name. Hopefully that means something 😉

    • Julie Evink


      Awww thanks Melissa! Hope you find some good campaigns from them!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker


    So I knew from when I met you last month that you were awesome. Most likely why I puffy heart you outside of all your amazing recipes. This is just amazing! Thank you for this post. I’ve not heard of a few of these and will check them out this weekend. Hope you have a great weekend dear!!

    • Julie Evink


      Haha Zainab…you speak quite highly of me! I’m just trying to help someone out since I wish someone has shared this information with me when I first started blogging! I hope it helps 🙂

  • Shaina


    I am always looking for new paid blogging opportunities and sometimes it’s hard to know which sites are the best. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Desi


    You’re a Godsend for posting this! I only knew about Social Spark. Now I’m off to check out all of their sites and apply/sign up! Thank you sooooo much 🙂

    • Julie Evink


      Oh I hope it helps Desi! Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Vanessa (from TapInfluence)


    Thank you so much for mentioning us, Julie! We LOVE working with you too!

    • Julie Evink


      Of course Vanessa! Love working with you guys!

  • Holly Hamann


    Thanks for including us on your list, Julie! Our mission has always been to be a champion for bloggers and match them with brands who genuinely value their content. Great list!
    Holly (co-founder, TapInfluence)

    • Julie Evink


      Of course Holly! Love working with you!

  • Anna


    Thank you so much for this information! I have spent all day researching these more in depth and have already applied to several thanks to this post! I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge when it comes to blogging!

    • Julie Evink


      So glad it was helpful Anna!

  • Heather


    Thank you for sharing this info, it’s been very helpful as I set up my blog!

  • The Cocktail Lady


    This is great! Thank you for sharing this and giving your opinions on them all. I will definitely look into some of these. Cheers!!

  • Allie


    I am very new to blogging and if, in the future, I would like to make money out of a fun hobby these are great resources! Thank you for sharing and going into a bit of detail with them! Super helpful.

  • Michelle


    Hi Julia – This is such a great post! Thank you!

    MichelleLynnMoments.com

  • Jenny


    I’m signed up with ALL of these programs and I NEVER get anything from them. Which is why I no longer do reviews or sponsored posts 😛

    • Julie Evink


      Bummer! I’m not sure why that is!

  • Mrs. Leal


    Thanks Julie for this great post. I’m a new blogger, should I concentrate on building my audience before signing up with these programs?

    • Julie Evink


      I would make sure you have 3-6 months under your belt before you apply and have a consistent blogging schedule so they can review that!

  • Lila


    I just pinned this and shared it in G+. I’m new so I still have some building to do, but when the time is right I will be back to use this list. Thank you so much!

    I love how generous bloggers are in sharing tips and advice. I hope I can help others the same way in the future. 🙂

    • Julie Evink


      Hope you find some useful information Lila!

  • Chrissi


    This is SO helpful!! THANK YOU!!
    I’m trying to get my blog up and running correctly, but I have been blogging for over a year. I seem to be the only person reading it.

    Do you have any helpful hints for me to capture more people?

    Thanks again!!!

    • Julie Evink


      Promote, promote, promote via social media especially pinterest!!! It’s take me many years to get here 🙂

  • Melissa


    Great info! I am a new blogger and will definitely look into these. Thanks!

  • Kaustav Banerjee


    Good article. Love reading it. Great job!

  • Danielle


    Wow I had no idea! Thank you for breaking it down so well! I am that person going “i know they make money on this and I think I could have something interesting to say”.

  • Tracy


    Hello,

    Thank you for your amazing post. I was wondering, how old does your blog need to be or how often must you post to be consider with one or more of these websites?

    Cheers,

    Mint Statement

    • Julie Evink


      It really depends on the one you are looking to partner with but usually you need to be posting on a regular basis for 3-6 months I would say!

  • Sarah


    I would love to earn money with my blog, but because my husband is in full time school and I’m just a mommy, I don’t have a ton of money to actually invest in my blog. Any suggestions?

    • Julie Evink


      Marketing yourself on Social Media is free and that is really, really important so do what you can with the money you have but remember you have market yourself too!

  • Jaren+(Diary+of+a+Recipe+Collector)


    Julie this post is super helpful! I keep hearing all these names mentioned, but I get overwhelmed. It’s nice to have it all here in one place. Thanks!

    • Julie Evink


      Hope it helps Jaren! Just tackle one at a time and go from there 🙂

  • Alexis Clearwater


    Thanks for this post Julie! I’ve also had better networks when I was able to use this online tool called vWriter.com. Was kinda skeptical at first because its an online tool but later on I realized that it was better than Hootsutie because it had the ability to manage your posts and twitter rss feeds without making it look like you’ve been hit by a spam bot. LOL. You might want to check the tool out if you haven’t heard of it yet.

    • Julie Evink


      Thanks for the tip Alexis!

  • Krista Carnes


    Hi Julie!
    What a great post! Would love you to consider adding an update with @One2OneNetwork! In addition to paid blogging opps for established bloggers and new voices, we also have fun perks for social campaigns that are open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike (preview music albums, get in on sampling and high value coupons, etc.)

    Would love to answer any questions you or your readers have! krista@blissfulmediagroup.net!

    Best,

    Krista Carnes

  • Bobbie


    Thank you for the breakdown of so many different blog networks. I don’t really know why joining a blog network seems so intimidating, but it really does. If you were to recommend just one as the simplest and most accessible for a blogger just breaking into monetization beyond adsense, what would you recommend? Thanks again for all of your help!

    • Julie Evink


      I would highly recommend starting with Clever Girls. That’s where I started and they are super easy to work with and everything is simple to understand!

  • Sheer Stanley


    Thanks so much for this post it is really helpful! I was wondering if you think there should be an average amount of page views per month before signing up for any of these?

    Thanks a lot

    • Julie Evink


      I would guess around 100K page views per month is typically a minimum.

  • Tracy T


    This is a great article, thank you for posting such a comprehensive list! I have gone back and forth about monetizing. I’ve only been blogging for a few months, but it can’t hurt to look into the options 🙂

    • Julie Evink


      Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Joyce @ livelaughlovepost


    Interesting post! I signed up a few blog networks like Sverve.com and IZEA.com. Making money blogging with the networks are not so bad. Still, I am working on getting more traffic. Anyway, I found your post from the Pinterest and I pinned yours:) Thank you for sharing!

  • Aspen Jay


    Thanks for this ‘cheat sheet’ 🙂 I had never heard of any of these except for Blogher. Would you recommend applying even if you are just small and starting off? How do you go about it? Thanks again!

    • Julie Evink


      I would start applying after you have 3-6 months worth of posts that are posted on a regular basis and/or 100,000 pageviews per month! Just pick one that you think would be a good fit and go from there!

    • Aspen+Jay


      So … I just signed up for social spark thinking I knew how it worked… oh but I don’t. Do they give you a subject and then your write a post on it? I am so confused!

  • Katie


    This is AMAZING! Such a great resource, especially for a new blogger like me! Thank you!

  • ellie


    Thank you so much for sharing all those links! I hope I will be able to finally make some money from blogging, it would be great!!

    Indiellie | Bloglovin’

  • Megan Mikkelson


    Thank you so much for sharing thsee tips! I have been working on my mom blog for about 3 months now, and and (as you had spoker in an earlier comment) my followers are slowly growing. And was happy to hear that there are options for smaller bloggers as well! Love your site, and so appreciate you sharing your wisdom with us smaller bloggers!

    • Julie Evink


      Hope it helps you Megan!!

      • Megan


        Julie,

        It has SO much!
        And if you do not mind me asking… What comment plugin do you use?
        I LOVE the setup, and how easy it is to comment!

        Thank you so much!
        ♥,
        Megan

        • Julie Evink


          Megan, I just use the one that came with my design. I do use a comment reply notification plug in so people get emails when I reply to their comments and also the Comment Luv plug in!

  • Emily


    This post is so helpful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • anna Weklicz (Beauty Reviews And Me)


    Thank you so much for your post. I haven’t signed up with any of those networks yet, because I am afraid my content is not good enough yet as to be accepted by this kind of network. When do you think is the right time in your blogging career to sign up for those networks? Thank you for your help.
    Anna

  • Chelsea Smith


    I had no idea sites like this even existed! Thank you for sharing!

    • Julie Evink


      Hope it helped Chelsea!

  • Candace


    Thank you for all this information! Very helpful & stress relieving. I can’t wait to try them out!

  • Carolyn K


    Great list, I work with almost all of them and I am an instructor for one. Mom Central evolved to Influencer Central and Blueprint Social does not take any new applications. Just thought the new bloggers would like to know. Great resources for the newbies though.

  • Krista lee


    Thank you for such great information. Great for someone just starting out!

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