I’ve received a quite a few emails and social media messages asking me how to get sponsored post opportunities, so I thought I’d write a post about that today!
In case you didn’t know, I write sponsored posts from time to time. I try not to go overboard and I only write them once in a while but sponsored posts are a great way for bloggers to get the chance to work with brands they love, share products or services with their blog readers, plus earn some money.
A lot of people are against sponsored posts, but I honestly don’t see why. I LOVE my blog, and I love spreading the word about brands that I enjoy – so what’s wrong with writing a sponsored post here and there? Especially if blogging is your job! If you’re being genuine with sponsored posts, I don’t think anything is wrong with it.
But anyway, back to the question. A lot of other bloggers ask me how I get these opportunities.
Sometimes brands/authors/etc. reach out to me – sometimes I agree to work with them and sometimes I don’t. And some bloggers reach out to brands, which is something that I’d like to start doing.
But today I thought I’d share 6 awesome influence networks for bloggers to work with that will help you connect with brands!
But first, I want to share 3 small tips that I have learned about writing sponsored posts:
- Only write about brands that you actually like. It’s not cool to be fake or insincere with your readers. You want them to trust you, right?
- Realize that if every post you write is a sponsored post, this could turn some readers off. This might make it seem like you’re only in it for the money and your opinions on the brands could be questionable.
- Don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth. Don’t let brands take advantage of you. But on the flip side, don’t be unprofessional or rude.
Now here are 6 influence networks that are great to work with:
Activate is a sponsored network by Bloglovin’. If you have a Bloglovin’ account, then you can work with Activate. As far as I know, there are no page view requirements or anything, as I’ve seen some pretty small bloggers get picked for campaigns. I’ve gotten accepted for a few campaigns with Activate and they were good to work with.
Inzpire.me is a new network for me but it’s really simple to navigate and easy to use. You can accept campaigns and there’s an awesome referral system for referring other bloggers to use Inzpire.me. It seems like a pretty small network, but there aren’t any page view or follower requirements to sign up with this network either – small blogs are welcome!
Clever is an awesome network, and so many of their campaigns are for brands that I LOVE. They do have a few requirements to join, but it’s nothing crazy. You basically have to:
- Have at least 50% non-sponsored, non-brand-related content.
- Post original content and post regularly.
- Have an engaged audience on at least 2 social media accounts.
- Have been blogging longer than 6 months.
One2One is the network that I use when I do sponsored social media posts – usually on Twitter and Facebook. I don’t think that they have a page view/follower requirement and their campaigns are fairly simple and easy to complete.
I feel like Tomoson is one of the best influence networks for new bloggers. Anyone can sign up – even people without blogs – to earn free products and sometimes money in exchange for promoting or reviewing products on social media, their blog, and/or YouTube. I’ve received some nice stuff from this site, like an essential oil diffuser and a bath bomb set.
Influence Central is another one of my favorite influence networks that are always working with brands I love. They’re super easy to work with and offer great opportunities. I only recently started working with them and already was approved for 2 awesome campaigns for products that I use regularly.
Question: Are you a member of any sponsored networks?