Sponsored posts can be anything from a brand wanting you to review their products (please remember these need to be unbiased of course, brands pay you for your honesty and value your opinion) or including a specific link. Link-related sponsorship is where I have the most success and this is just where a company wants to boost their SEO so ask you to include a link to their site in a relevant blog post. Link-based sponsorship is a great, fairly easy way to start making money from your blog.
I’m also a member of GetBlogged which is a website where bloggers can apply for specific assignments if it fits in with their style of blog and also with their Domain Authority. It’s such an easy resource to find great paid blogging opportunities! You’ll hear people talk about Domain Authority a lot when it comes to blogger opps.
A lot of link opportunities look at your Domain Authority which you don’t have if you are still using a .blogspot or .wordpress URL. However, that’s not always the case! I went self-hosted at the start of 2018 and it really has made such a difference with the kind of opportunities you can apply for. Also what I have found is that a lot of companies require you to have your own domain.
I started taking my blogging more seriously in December of last year, and the first time I received money in the bank from blogging with my first sponsored post was in April, so it took 5 months of non-stop, passion-fuelled blogging to see a return on it and even then it was pennies in the grand scheme of things!
Brands often want to work with more established bloggers (especially if they’re paying you!) and it does take time and a lot of work; there are no shortcuts, no tips or tricks to cheat the system and no ways of making it any easier. Blogging becomes incredibly rewarding but it does take time so keep going, don’t lose hope or your passion and you’ll get there!
When I started blogging, I didn’t get into it to start making money and to get products. I started it because I love writing and sharing my experiences in life, and also sharing things that I love. Even though I often receive PR products, I still write my blog because I love writing 🙂
I still write posts mostly with no sponsorship and no affiliate links because I just enjoy doing it. I would argue that if you start blogging just for the freebies and the money, then you’ve started for the wrong reason I’m afraid!
For me, affiliate schemes are the best way to make passive income and it’s super easy to set up. Let me know if you’d like me to do a separate post on different affiliate schemes which I love!
*This post contains 1 link I was paid to include