Southern Mom Loves: 6 Ways to Make Money Blogging: #2 Sponsored Posts

6 Ways to Make Money Blogging: #2 Sponsored Posts

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This post contains some affiliate links.

If you're a blogger, you know how much time and effort goes into blogging. It's not just writing, but also photographing, editing, designing, promoting, networking, pitching, organizing events, etc., etc., etc.. It's a full-time job getting your blog high in your reader's lists, and you're likely also losing money with hosting and domain costs.

If you've been wondering how to monetize your blog, I can help. You won't get rich quick, but you'll start by making enough to cover your blogging costs and your time. :) There are many bloggers out there who make a full-time income, and then some, but it takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work. Using these methods, I hope to start earning a full-time income from blogging while also being able to stay at home to care for my family.

I get asked constantly how I make money online, so I thought I would share everything in one place. It became a monster of a post, and was hard to get through, so I broke it up into 6 easy-to-digest pieces continuing with my #2 income stream: Sponsored Posts.

#2 Sponsored Posts 

"Sponsored post" can translate to quite a few kinds of posts, but all have been "sponsored", or paid for.  It can be anything from a neutral write-up of a company and their service or products and specials, to a recipe post in which a company wants you to use and recommend their products. They can vary widely, but usually pay well in dollars or products or a combination of the two.

The best way that I've found to get sponsored posts (besides pitching directly) is to sign up with platforms that connect bloggers with brands, or to join a company's ambassadorship program. Not all are easy to get approved for; Some have stringent requirements for the blog's age, social media following, content, publishing frequency, readership, or traffic numbers, but this varies, so I would say it's worth a shot, no matter your numbers. If you get turned down, make a note of the requirement and reapply once you've met it.

You will need Google Analytics on your blog to apply for many of these, and you should have it from the start, as most companies require you to disclose pageviews, sessions, and unique monthly users in order to be considered. Don't panic if you don't have it, there is no time like the present to get started. It's really not that complicated; You can find everything you need on the Google Analytics website. Once it's installed and running, you can measure your own metrics, set goals, and find out how people found you. There are a ton of benefits, so get it done!

I've compiled a list of platforms and companies that offer blogger programs. I would like this list to be as comprehensive as possible, so if you know of one I've missed, leave it in the comments and I'll check it out and update the post! Thanks!

  1. BlogDash
  2. Bloggers Required
  3. Bloggy Moms
  4. BlogHer (sponsored social media sharing)
  5. Blog Meets Brand
  6. bookieboo
  7. Business 2 Blogger (receive products to review and/or give away, sponsored posts)
  8. BuzzSeeker (sample products)
  9. BzzAgent (sample products)
  10. Collectively
  11. ***NEW*** Cooperatize
  12. Double Duty Divas
  13. fitfluential
  14. (host paid giveaways)
  15. Glam Media
  16. Glitter Network
  17. Global Influence Media Network
  18. Green Moms Meet
  19. houseparty (host house parties, usually paid in product/gift card)
  20. Ignite Social Media
  21. influenster
  22. IZEA (social shares, sponsored posts, reviews)
  23. ***NEW*** Linqia (sponsored posts)
  24. Markerly
  25. MASSIVEsway (sponsored posts)
  26. Media Talent Agency
  27. Mizz Review Lady
  28. MODERNmom Insider
  29. Mom Bloggers Club Network
  30. Mom Buzz Media (sponsored posts, opps)
  31. Mom Central (sponsored posts - must have high UMVs)
  32. MomDot Media
  33. Mom It Forward
  34. Mommerce
  35. Mom Powered Media
  36. Mom's Affiliate (sponsored posts, reviews)
  37. Mom Select
  38. Opps For Bloggers
  39. Parent Tested, Parent Approved
  40. Pitchrate (sign up under Journalist. Great way to pitch multiple companies for events.)
  41. Pollen-8
  42. PostJoint
  43. Pro Blogger Job Board
  44. Project Eve (for women)
  45. shespeaks
  46. Simply Sassy Media
  47. Smiley360 (test products)
  48. Social Fabric
  49. Social Media Chicks
  50. SocialMoms Network
  51. Social Spark
  52. Sponsored Reviews
  53. Sverve (sponsored posts, reviews)
  54. Talented Talkers
  55. TapInfluence (sponsored posts, reviews)
  56. Tastemaker Mom
  57. technorati
  58. textbroker (write and sell articles)
  59. The Review Wire Media Team
  60. Tomoson (receive products to review and sometimes give away)
  61. triberr
  62. twtMob for Twitter (paid tweets)
  63. twtMob for Instagram (paid Instagram posts)
  64. uphandle
  65. US Family Guide (receive blogging opportunities via email)

Company-run Blogger Programs and Ambassadorships:
  1. Best Buy Wolf Blogging Network
  2. Boon Blogger Program
  3. Cricut Blogger Network Program
  4. CVS Advisor
  5. ***NEW*** Diet To Go Ambassadorship
  6. Firmoo
  7. Franklin Foods Consumer Panel
  8. Frito Lay fans
  9. General Mills Advisory Panel
  10. good cook Blogger Outreach
  11. Hamilton Beach Ambassadors
  12. John S. Brana Fashion Blogger Partnership Program
  13. Joovy Blogger Program
  14. Kraft First Taste
  15. McCormick Consumer Testing
  16. Nature's Sleep Blogger Program
  17. New Balance Wear Test Program
  18. Nike Testing
  19. OXO Blogger Outreach Program
  20. Purex Insiders
  21. Uncommon Goods Product Review Program
  22. Tweezerman Ambassador Program
  23. Veggie Tales Ambassadors
  24. Wet n' Wild Beauty Ambassador
  25. Wholly Guacamole
  26. Wowee Toy Reviews

I hope this post has been helpful, and I'd love to hear about your successes! Please leave me a comment below or you can email me at! Good Luck!

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