Where to find sponsored blog posts to monetise your blog
I’ve seen several bloggers question how to find paid for blog opportunities recently on Facebook and Twitter. I really only started getting myself out there this year as I decided enough was enough with my online boutique and shifted my focus to my blog instead.
Read on to discover how I find paid blog posts every day.
I’d started monetising my blog last spring, but only by very rare ops landing in my inbox. Towards the end of 2016 I decided to up my game and put myself out there. It’s quite a scary thing to do at first, but the more you do it, the more confident you will get. If you have something of value to offer, then have confidence and don’t be scared. Once you’ve completed a few paid projects and received great feedback you’ll wonder what you ever worried about!
Here’s what I’ve been doing to get more paid blog opportunities:
So you may have read previously why I hate Facebook and closed my personal account... and why I shut down my Facebook business page. Well, I begrudgingly decided to set up an account again in December, but purely for blogging. It really was a great decision as I was missing out on so many paid blogging assignments. I have set up an account which I use for nothing else except the blogger groups. There are loads of fab groups and in particular one called Blogger Opportunities where companies post ops on a regular basis. I’ve set up an email notification so they land in my inbox as soon as they are posted. Many have forms to complete and you’ll be emailed if the company wants to work with you.
I have several columns always open on my Tweetdeck to search for blogging opportunities. These are: #bloggersrequired #bloggerswanted #bloggerrequest #prrequest ‘paid blog op’ ‘looking for UK bloggers’
It’s a little time consuming and annoying as many bloggers and companies use the hashtags when they are not even looking for bloggers, just because it’s a popular feed I guess. But I scour these columns 1-2 times per day to fish out the actual opportunities and apply to any I’m interested in. I often retweet those I find, including the ones I’m not interested in, so follow @lyliarose on Twitter and keep an eye on my retweets.
Just search ‘UK blogging agencies’ and ‘blogging networks’ on Google and start signing up. Pop your profile on as many blog directories as possible and sign up to as many agencies as you can. Some have minimum criteria, but some don’t. If you want to be found, you need to be out there to be found.
Reply to your emails
Received a press release or opportunity you’re not totally interested in? Don’t just press delete! Reply to the email to see if they have any sponsored blog opportunities suitable for you. Offered a review, but you only accept paid for posts? Let them know, they may just have a budget. Ask to be added to their blogger list. Ask to be informed of any future sponsored posts. Sometimes companies have a budget but try to get the work for free first, so don’t be afraid to ask.
I see lots of bloggers afraid to ask for a fee, but you are providing a professional service and it’s totally acceptable for this to come at a fee. You are offering evergreen advertising. Just think how much it costs to advertise on 1/8th page of a black and white local pamphlet for just one month. Companies are getting good value on blogs. Value your time and all the effort you put into your blog.
These are my top four tips for getting paid for blog posts. I spend about one hour per day searching for work! It is out there. Hopefully one day it will all fall into my inbox automatically. Do you have any other ways of finding paid blog work?