SocialSpark rebranded to IZEA but you can still sign up with them to monetize your blog and social media!
Did you know that you can monetize your blog with sponsored posts through SocialSpark?
I adore and feel so lucky to be able to earn a living blogging. To be honest, though, making money blogging isn’t easy – especially if you’re just starting out.
That’s why I am always on the lookout for new ways to monetize a blog. Even if you are successfully monetizing your blog, I always suggest trying new ways to make income from your blog.
If I’ve learned anything in my 2+ years of blogging it’s to never put all your eggs in one basket. What may be awesome today could be not-so-awesome or even gone next month!
So, lets see how you can monetize your blog with sponsored posts through IZEA.
What exactly is a sponsored post? A sponsored post is an advertisement where you are paid to write about a product, service, website, etc. These differ from reviews because you are usually given monetary compensation to write about the subject versus product payment and you may or may not have personal or hands-on experience with the subject.
Monetize Your Blog with Sponsored Posts Through SocialSpark
It can be tough to find quality sponsored post opportunities on a regular basis, especially just starting out. That’s why I suggest (and do so myself) to sign up for a few of the sponsored post networks out there.
One of my favorites is SocialSpark. Why exactly is it one of my favorites?
Things I love about SocialSpark:
- Variety of topics available that readers enjoy (such as foods, pets, sweepstakes, crafts/DIY, etc.)
- Usually regular opportunities – I generally get multiple leads (or companies seeing if I’m interested) and at least 1-2 offers (where I will earn money if I post) a month
- Clear payment terms before accepting, which you can also negotiate
- Clear disclosures are included in each post
- All links are nofollow (follow the link to see why this is important)
- Chance to review products in the sponsored post (I have received makeup, food products, and pet products so far in addition to the monetary compensation)
- You only have to click a couple of buttons to apply for posts – no filling out super long and informative forms
- You can refer others to the site and earn a small commission on their earnings
As with anything, there are also a few things I’m less than thrilled with which I think you should be aware of.
Things I don’t love about SocialSpark:
- Blog must be at least 90 days old with at least 20 posts with no 30-day+ gaps between posts
- Usually only 3 days to complete the offer once received (however if you happen to miss it, you can email and ask for an extension)
- Posts must be written in the SocialSpark interface and be set up to automatically post to your blog (Note: I recommend writing your post draft on your blog and then copy and paste it into SocialSpark as if you click out you can lose your entire post on SocialSpark even if you save a draft.)
- Payment is given in points where 1,000 points = $10
- Payment can be on the low side (while my suggested price in the SocialSpark settings is over $60, I usually get offers for $25 and under) – Update May 2013: I originally wrote this post in Oct 2012 – since then payment structures have been revamped and new users may only receive as little as $5-15 per post. However, you can negotiate the payment. In the past couple of months my traffic has increased and I now get an average of $75 per post. It seems you need a 3-month average of 30k – 50k pv a month to get to this tier.
- Points for payment may not be received until a month after project completion
- Must have 50,000 points ($50) minimum to cash out (via PayPal) or you will incur a $2 fee
All in all, I think the good outweighs the negative with SocialSpark – as long as you can get paid a fair amount for your posts. I definitely enjoy working with the network more now that what I get paid for each post is eligible for payout without having to pay a fee.
Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post – I wanted to share one of the many ways I monetize Smart Savvy Living. However, links in the post may be affiliate links where I can earn money from when someone signs up through them.