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If you want to earn more money blogging with sponsored posts, join blog networks! They can help you secure more sponsored opportunities to share with your engaged audience.
Blog networks are the modern day digital marketing agency. They work with brands to develop marketing campaigns focused on bloggers and influencers.
Then they make the connection between that brand campaign and the bloggers who will participate in it. They are like the intermediary or middleman for many sponsored campaigns.
Here’s how it works. Once you’re an approved member of the network, you’ll receive notifications of new sponsored post opportunities.
Then you can choose whether or not to apply for these opportunities, depending upon how much you feel they’re a fit with your readers. If you’re selected, you’ll be notified and provided with all of the details to complete the work.
I find it to be very time effective to work through a network. Not only do they do the outreach and negotiation for you, but everything is laid out step by step, so you know exactly what the brand expects. You can work your magic and create beautiful content, and all of the administrative tasks are handled for you.
There are a lot of blog networks out there. I am a member of a lot of them because I’m particular about the brands I would like to work with.
I find it critical to be a member of every network you can be a member of, particularly if you have a more niche site. That way you have more opportunities to pick and choose from.
I found that I started getting a lot more sponsored opportunities that I was excited about after I made the effort to join as many blog networks as I could locate. Now I constantly have a steady stream of sponsored posts that I’m working on for great brands.
Keep in mind that when you do a sponsored post for a blog network, you’ll likely earn less than if you had negotiated the post yourself. This is because the networks take a big chunk of the money they charge the client.
I find bloggers usually get about half of the payment and the rest goes to the network. They have a staff to pay and expenses, so they keep their fee to keep the lights on. I like to think of it as a symbiotic relationship. I help keep them in business and they help keep me in business.
Where to Find Blog Networks that Offer Sponsored Posts
Now that you know what blog networks are and how they function, here is a list of blog networks you may want to consider joining. I’ll include a few notes about my experience working with each of them to give you some context.
One tip I must share is to make sure you fill out your profile COMPLETELY for every single network you join. I know it can get repetitive and boring, but if your profile isn’t complete, you won’t be considered for any of the opportunities you apply for.
Many networks won’t even let you apply if your profile isn’t complete. So, yes, it’s that important if you’re serious about earning money with blog networks.
Also keep in mind that you’ll need to be able to install a tracking code or plugin on your blog to be eligible for sponsored posts with many of these networks. So be sure your blog is on a platform that allows that and that you’re comfortable doing so.
Some of these networks let you create an account and automatically start applying for opportunities. Other networks require you to apply, and you will either be accepted or denied.
If you’re denied, it’s okay! Just keep moving forward and apply again when you have made a bit more progress with your blog.
Social Fabric by Collective Bias
This is a very popular blog network that was founded in 2009. Most of their sponsored posts require you to shop at a specific store (often Walmart and similar retailers) and include comments about your shopping experience.
The pay offered by Social Fabric. typically ranges from $150-$250 for a blog post (quite low compared to some other networks), and they also have party posts that pay more.
There is a lot of competition for sponsored posts through this network since they’re one of the originals, so apply regularly for your best chance of securing one. They expect very detailed, creative answers in your applications, so keep that in mind when you’re applying for sponsored posts.
They do send out daily email updates if you choose to receive them, but you can check the “Shoppertunities” board regularly for the list of currently open opportunities.
Clever (Formerly Clever Girls Collective)
Also founded in 2009, Clever is another very popular, well-organized blog network. They offer a wide range of sponsored opportunities, including blog posts, videos, social shares and parties.
The pay typically starts at $200+ for blog posts, $65 for social shares and videos and parties pay more. They offer some opportunities that allow you to quote your own rate as well, so don’t shy away because the pay seems low.
I have worked on dozens of sponsored posts for Clever over the last several years. The key to success is being very detail oriented, responsive and professional. They send out regular email updates about their latest opportunities, but make sure to apply quickly as the opportunities are often open for application for only few days.
One of the original blog networks, IZEA was founded way back in 2006. Previously, they worked through the old Social Spark and Pay Per Post interfaces, but have moved to a much more blogger friendly platform in recent years.
You can join IZEA for free or choose the $1 or $5 per month membership options. I recommend the $1 per month option as it allows you to apply for more opportunities and cash out your earnings sooner than the free plan.
The maximum pay offered for posts is all over the place (you usually quote your own rate with IZEA), so this can be a good place to start for newer bloggers who want to get their feet wet and for seasoned bloggers who charge higher rates.
The opportunities dashboard can be a bit glitchy sometimes, so I recommend physically checking it daily. They will often email direct offers to bloggers they have an established relationship with as well. So, work hard to establish a solid relationship with the team there through good work, and you may be hand-picked for some fun opportunities.
This wonderful network has gone through some great changes over the last few years. They recently changed their name from Massive Sway to The Sway, and previous to that the network was run through The SITS Girls.
As they’ve continued to grow and evolve over the years, so has the number of opportunities they offer. Sponsored post pay typically starts at $200 and goes up from there, depending upon the requirements of the campaign. They also offer social sharing campaigns that usually start at $75 as well as video opportunities. In addition, The Sway offers a handful of campaigns that you can quote your own rate for.
All of the opportunities are housed in The Sway dashboard, and emails are sent out regularly with a list of open opportunities. However, you’ll sometimes find opportunities in the dashboard that aren’t emailed out to everyone, so keep your eyes peeled. I have had a great experience with this network and continue to work with them on an almost monthly basis.
TapInfluence was very popular when I first started learning about sponsored posts. In the past couple years, however, I have gotten very few opportunities from them. The ones I have been presented with haven’t been a good fit.
This is one network where you don’t have to actively apply to campaigns. You fill out your profile, and brands that are interested in working with you present you with offers that you can accept or decline. You set your preferred rate in your profile and always have the opportunity to negotiate on rate.
They have, however, recently started asking bloggers to install a pixel on their website. A lot of bloggers have refused to do it. Sometimes pixels can slow down blogs or reveal information that you’d prefer to keep private, so keep that in mind.
In addition, TapInfluence was recently acquired by IZEA, so we’ll probably see some changes here soon.
Blog Meets Brand
Blog Meets Brand is an up-and-coming network that has been coming out with more and more great opportunities over the last couple of years. I averaged about two sponsored posts a month with them when I had a huge focus on sponsored posts.
The pay varies depending upon your reach and the opportunity, but most opportunities I’ve seen pay at least $200, but some may pay significantly more.
Opportunities are sent out via an email newsletter, and you can apply for the ones you’re interested in through the Blog Meets Brand dashboard. I’ve had a great experience with Blog Meets Brand. The communication is great and the post requirements usually aren’t overly stringent.
Formerly named Mom Central, Influence Central provides a wide range of opportunities, including social shares, blog posts, ambassadorships and more.
Lately, sponsored post pay has been hovering around $200-300 for most blog post opportunities through this network, but it seems like their pay rates are slowly creeping up (it’s definitely much better than the days when they used to pay influencers in Amazon gift cards!).
New opportunities are emailed out to members, and you apply for them through the dashboard like most networks.
Markerly is a smaller network, but they have some really fun opportunities a few times a year. When they are available, opportunities are typically emailed out to members of the network that are a good fit.
Most opportunities require you to specify your rate, but I find most of them aren’t willing to pay enough for my time. Markerly may be a better fit for smaller or newer bloggers who are just getting started with sponsored posts.
One2One Network is also a smaller one that has been around since 2008, but I do get a few sponsored posts from them each year. Most of their opportunities pay around $200-400. Opportunities are emailed out when they’re available. You apply for these opportunities through their dashboard, which is handled through the Markerly platform.
Pollinate Media Group
Another blog network that doesn’t have a dashboard, Pollinate Media Group sends all paid opportunities out through their email newsletter. Pay varies depending upon the opportunity (it seems to hover around $250), and applications are usually hosted through Google forms. The competition is fierce, and I think over the years I’ve only secured three opportunities from Pollinate Media.
You must have 20,000 pageviews to join, but they have a sister group for smaller blogs, Weave Made Media. Only join Weave Made Media if you have fewer than 20,000 pageviews – they won’t allow you to join both networks as their campaigns are designed specifically for bloggers at each traffic level.
Like Pollinate, Everywhere Society emails its opportunities out via email and applications are hosted with Google Forms. I have only worked on a couple of opportunities with them, but most of them seem to pay about $200-300.
One huge bonus this network offers is that they pay quickly – much more quickly than most other networks I’ve worked with. I’m always surprised to get that email in my inbox. They are also friendly and easy to work with.
If you’re in the fitness or health niche, Fitfluential is a good network to join. They were running their opportunities through TapInfluence, but they are now using email and Google forms for their opportunities as well.
You’ll need to make sure you’re on their email list after you apply. Sometimes this step gets missed, so if you sign up and aren’t receiving emails, make sure to let them know.
Pay varies depending upon the opportunity (they do send out some unpaid, product-only opportunities) and they accept small blogs with a minimum of 1,000 monthly page views.
Mamavation Influencer Network
If you’re in the health and wellness or green and natural niche, you’ll want to join Mamavation Influencer Network. They only offer a handful of opportunities each year, but they’re also the ones behind the ShiftCon social media conference. So, you get a lot of information and educational opportunities as well.
Another small network, SheSavvy opportunities are sent out via email, and applications are handled through Google forms. Most sponsored posts pay less than $200. They have a Preferred Blogger program, but there are specific requirement of creating 25 blog posts on their website, so it’s not something I have pursued.
Activate by Bloglovin’
This network was previously called Sverve before being bought out by Bloglovin’. The number of opportunities available through Activate by Bloglovin’ has significantly grown since the re-brand, so check them out if you haven’t in a while.
You’ll find opportunities at all pay levels through this eclectic network. While they do email out opportunities, I recommend checking your Activate by Bloglovin’ dashboard regularly for opportunities that are not shared via email.
SheKnows Media is the parent company of BlogHer, but they run campaigns separately from the ones run by BlogHer.
They recently moved all of their campaigns over to the Activate by Bloglovin’ platform, so you’ll find all of the campaigns there. You’ll still want to sign up for their email list to be notified of new sponsored campaigns.
Momentum by BlogHer
BlogHer was one of the original blog networks, and host of the huge blogging conference BlogHer. Momentum by BlogHer offers a variety of different opportunities, including paid social shares and blog posts through Momentum.
The Network Niche
Another smaller network with sporadic opportunities. The Network Niche works with bloggers in on a variety of different projects. I have worked with them on a few posts over the years, including some recipe development posts, and I’ve always had a good experience.
The opportunities that come in from Acorn Influence vary throughout the year, but it’s a slow drip rather than a steady flow. The opportunities they do have tend to pay a bit better than some of the larger networks, though, so I recommend signing up with them.
Mom Bloggers Club
Mom Bloggers Club was one of the first websites I joined when I started blogging in 2009. They do send out sponsored post opportunities via email as well.
I have worked with them several times, but warn you that you should be prepared to repeatedly follow up for payment from this network. I nearly always have to email repeatedly to receive my full payment (and once had to Tweet the brand to get them to pressure for payment). They aren’t as organized or as timely as most of the other networks, so if you sign up with them, go in with this knowledge.
Mom It Forward Media
You’ll find that Mom It Forward offers ongoing paid campaigns on a very regular basis. They are sent out via email and applications are handled via Google Forms. Sponsored post pay starts at $100 and seems to go up incrementally from there. Most opportunities I see range from $200-300. I see few higher paying opportunities come through my inbox for them as well for larger blogs.
I didn’t get much work from Mom It Forward for years, but I’ve gotten a few more campaigns in the last several months. They pay by check, so payments take longer, but having no PayPal fees is nice.
When I first started blogging, Tomoson was one of the first websites I signed up with. They’ve evolved since then to offer paid opportunities in addition to product review opportunities. I have secured several sponsored posts from this site, but I find that it’s mostly “deals” now, so I only visit the site occasionally.
This website was formerly known as LinkVehicle. You can set your price with Valued Voice, but beware that they expect dofollow links nearly all the time. I have found a few exceptions, but they’re far and few between.
Advowire / HireInfluence
I only recently discovered Advowire / HireInfluence, and I wish I had discovered them sooner! They have a variety of different opportunities, and they seem to pay better than most of the more well-known blog networks.
The Women Bloggers
I have worked on one post for The Women Bloggers (the implementation partner for Soapbox Influence) and had a good experience. They communicated well and created a collaborative environment that encouraged all of the bloggers in the campaign to share each other’s work.
I have moved away from working with this network because they pay based upon clicks. If you’re confident you can meet their click requirements, Linqia may be a good place to get some experience with sponsored posts.
I have worked with Cooperatize once, and it was a good experience. They usually pay based upon views of your sponsored posts rather than a flat fee for most campaigns.
I’m relatively new to Revfluence, but I have secured a few good opportunities through them. From my experience so far, this network appears to have promise. The brands I’ve worked with through Revfluence paid better than most of the bigger networks as well.
Fresh Press Media
I started working with Fresh Press Media several months ago and have had great results. Their bidding system is easy to use, and the guidelines for campaigns are clearly laid out. The pay seems to be fair as well and you’ll find brands there that you don’t see through the big networks.
Find Your Influence
I have worked on some paid social sharing through Find Your Influence, mostly for TV shows, but I have not yet written a sponsored post for them. They paid fair and on time.
I have done a few sponsored posts through BrandBacker, but I find more often than not, they are only doing posts in exchange for products – no pay. So, I haven’t worked with them recently.
Top Bloggers is another smaller site I have worked with on one sponsored post so far. You are required to fill out an application and quote your own rate for opportunities.
Networks I Haven’t Worked With Yet
There are so many blog networks out there, and there are many new ones popping up all of the times. Here are a few other blog networks I have seen, but have not worked with yet.
I share this list both because I want you to have more options and because I want you to see that even after nearly 9 years, even after making a full-time income blogging, I am still pressing forward. Still researching and learning new things. That’s important for perseverance in this industry!
- Rainmaker Collective
- Stiletto Media
- Be Social PR
- Seasoned Influence
- Bloggers Required
- The Blogger Hub
- Blog Dash
- Bloggy Moms
- Inspired Bloggers Network
- Gigasavvy Influencer Network
- DiMe Media
- We All Grow Latina Network
- Ella Media
- BLink Marketing Network
There are always new websites and networks popping up that offer sponsored post opportunities. Keep your eyes out! If you find one that isn’t included here, feel free to let me know and I’ll add it to the list.