I want to give you readers (but particularly you bloggers) a more in-depth look at SocialSpark today. I wrote about them a couple of months ago and a lot of you showed interest and some of you had questions. I want to explain how it works and tell you why I like this company.
I saw a button for Social Spark on someone's blog several months ago. I didn't really know what it was about, but I thought it couldn't hurt to sign up.
Here the abbreviated low-down: If you are a blogger you can sign up with them as a publisher. It costs nothing to sign up. Nothing about it ever costs money. Once you're set up and approved you can check in for possible "leads." Leads are possible opportunities to advertise a product. The leads aren't automatically offers, but if you're interested you indicate it and then they can select you for the advertising opportunity.
I've been blogging long enough that I've received a lot of affiliate offers and tried a lot of different things. Here are the blunt reasons WHY Social Spark is one my favorite companies to work with.
1) Frankly, I've made more money with them than any other company. Now clearly blogging ISN'T just about making money, but I appreciate it when I receive a well-paying offer. I honestly feel like the company values all the hard work I put into my blog when they present a good offer. I feel respected and not taken advantage of. Advertising through blogs is an incredibly efficient and intelligent thing for businesses to do. However, I don't have the time or contacts to approach all those businesses. Social Spark does it for me.
2) I can choose whether or not to accept the offers. There are offers I have gladly accepted. You can see the posts I've written for them HERE and HERE and HERE. I only accept offers when it's a product I like. I have rejected opportunities that I didn't feel would fit me or the blog.
3) I actually receive offers. I've signed up with other similiar companies and never received any valid offers. Now, for some reason it DID take a little while for them to start coming, but eventually they started to come in.
Now if you're interested you can sign up HERE. It make take a little time for you to "qualify."
“In order to be approved to the Marketplace a blog must be at least 90 days old with a minimum of 20 posts written within the 90 days prior to submission with no more than a 30 day gap in writing during that time. It should be comprised primarily of original content and be written in fluent English. We also look for a clean, easy to navigate layout. If a blog does not initially meet these Terms, they can usually be resubmitted once they have.” -Social Spark Team
If you are going to sign up, here are a few tips I recommend:
1) Be patient. Sometimes I get a lot of opportunities and other times there are fewer. Their employees decide who's right for each campaign. Sometimes there are really specific campaigns that you fit and other times there might be a very specific need that you don't fit.
2) You will also receive a lot more offers if you enable Google Analytics when you sign up. The advertisers who work with Social Spark want to know how many people they are reaching. That doesn't mean you won't receive any offers if your blog is small, but they probably will be better offers as it continues to grow.
3) Accept what you want to. I think that above all it's best to stick to your guns and accept offers you like. I think we've all had a blog we loved that suddenly turned super-commercial. There's a balance to be had. Blog about what you love because that's probably the reason you started it all.
That's all for now. Feel free to ask questions if you have any. I'll respond in the comment section so that everyone can read the answers. If you want to sign up you can do it HERE.
Thanks for dropping in.