#AD I’ve had this blog post idea jotted down on the notes on my phone for months but I’ve kept taking it off and putting it back over and over again because I’ve been completely unsure whether it’d be useful or if I’d just be repeating myself and a huge waste of time. But I sent out a cheeky tweet in December asking if it’d be worth doing and the response was a pretty resounding yes. From bloggers who don’t yet make money from their blogs who are looking for someone to point them in the right direction and also established bloggers who already blog as a job, saying a detailed, no bullshit post about where to get blogging opportunities would be a good idea to counteract all those posts that say, ‘ummm well, they just come to me?‘. None of that crap here.
Although that is technically true for me too – some opportunities do just ‘come to me’ and land in my inbox – there’s certainly ways you can encourage that and make it easier, which I explained in my post 6 ways to make yourself more attractive to brands. But a large portion of blogging opportunities I’ve had, have come from me actively reaching out and doing the work myself. Basically hustling until I’m blue in the face.
So! Here are some of the main ways and place I go to find blogger opportunities and some actual, solid advice rather than just ‘work hard and they’ll come’ *eye roll*. Grab a cuppa, it’s a long one!
Twitter: hash tags & accounts
If a PR or a brand is sourcing bloggers for a campaign then chances are they’ll be using the #bloggerswanted and/or the #bloggersrequired hash tags on Twitter. I’ve had a good number of opportunities from doing this by replying to these tweets, some fairly small ones but I actually got the biggest blogging opportunity I’ve ever had through doing this too!
There’s also some Twitter accounts which are really good at retweeting blogging opportunities, including @LyliaRose, @BloggerOppsxo, @PRJournoRequest and @BonjourBlogger so it’s also worth checking those out too.
- If you can, try checking the hash tags a couple of times a day. During peak periods (i.e not Christmas Eve, when I’m writing this), there can be a lot going up on these hash tags, so if you’re able, check it once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
- Some of these tweets get hundreds and hundreds of responses and obviously PR’s and brands can’t work with everyone, so by checking often and regularly, it’ll mean you’ll catch these tweets before too many others have replied to them and have a better chance of being successful.
- Don’t take it personally if you don’t get a response or get chosen for one you’ve expressed your interest for. Like I said, these tweets can sometimes get hundreds of replies and there’s only so many bloggers a brand can work with.
- Read what the tweet is asking. I see this one time and time again and it always baffles me but if the tweet is asking you to email them if you’re interested and leaves an email address… email them. Don’t just leave your blog URL and own email address because you’re instantly at a disadvantage and chances are, your tweet is going to get completely overlooked because the PR has stated quite clearly that they want you to email them. If they’re asking for specific information, like your DA score, make sure you give it to them. You can check your DA score here and I talk about why it’s important and what you can do to improve it in my eBook.
I’m a member of a number of Facebook groups which are designed for sharing blogging opportunities and have had quite a few from these. Some of the ones I’m a member of include:
You may have to do a bit of your own research, depending on where you are in the world on where to find suitable ones for you. For example, don’t try joining the UK group if you’re not from the UK (duh?)
- Most of these groups will require you to answer questions about you / your blog before they accept you, so make sure you answer these fully.
- ‘Like’ the opportunities you’ve applied for – this helps you keep track because sometimes when there’s so many, with lots of people leaving comments, you can sometimes forget which ones you’ve already responded to.
- Same as above, do what the post is asking. If they leave a form for you to fill in, fill it in. Don’t just leave your details in the comments.
- Make sure you read the post and check it’s within your demographic before applying. If they’re asking for female bloggers from the US who blog about pregnancy and you’re a male blogger from the UK who blogs about gaming then you’re just wasting everyone’s time.
Here are some specific websites, newsletters and places where you can also find blogging opportunities and a little about my experience with them:
You can find a fair amount of blogging opportunities, both gifted and sponsored, on the Bloggers Required website and Twitter account. These get updated fairly regularly and they also specify which are UK and which are US. You don’t need to sign up, you simply need to fill out the form provided. I’ve had a handful of sponsored opportunities from these – I’d suggest making sure you write a decent pitch in the space provided as they get a lot of sign ups.
The Bloglancer Newsletter
Jenna from The Bloglancer is your blogging Queen if you want advice about self employment and freelancing. She has a great newsletter which showcases some handy posts from Jenna and also a handful of blogging opportunities too. She also specifies if these are UK only and whether they’re gifted or sponsored.
Tribe – app
Tribe is an app which is used for sponsored Instagram posts. Brands create a brief of what they’re looking for and you create your submission which if accepted, you’ll be paid to post on Instagram. The catch with this one is that not all submissions are accepted so you run the risk of doing all the work of taking a photo for nothing. I’ve never had any work from this yet as I’m not prepared to purchase a product for the sake of taking a photo that I *might* get paid for but plenty of bloggers have been successful! This is a good option if Instagram is your thing!
The Lifestyle Blogger
Becky from The Lifestyle Blogger has a page on her blog for blogging opportunities which gets updated every now and again. There’s some pretty decent ones on there and it just requires you to drop the brand an email on the email provided if you’re interested. Super easy and worth a look every now and again!
I’ve had two sponsored posts from Considerable Influence before. There’s good communication and quick, decent payments. Ideal for London based bloggers or those who blog a lot about entertainment!
I’ve had a fair few posts from Get Blogged since they started up last year. Payments aren’t particularly high but they do increase if your DA score is higher. They’re good to work with and post topics are interesting and offer you quite a bit of creative freedom. Payments are made quickly too. They also offer a referral scheme, which is quite handy!
I haven’t received any work from Bloggerwork yet and at the time of writing, they’re still in beta mode but I really like the idea of this website where you can create your own listings of things you offer on your blog and brands get in touch and essentially “order” your services if they want to work with you. I hope it’s successful in blogger outreach in the near future. Worth checking out and signing up!
AWIN – affiliate site
I’m not big on affiliate sites and affiliate links but thought this was worth mentioning anyway because a lot of people are and are also very successful with it. I’m an affiliate for Leesa Sleep and Jewellery Box through AWIN although I don’t really promote that ever. Worth looking into if you’re into affiliate marketing!
Arguably these should be up there under Twitter section but I wanted to give them their own section. Mediaworks are a creative search agency which are always looking for bloggers to work with on a huge range of topics and campaigns. Payments vary but it’s worth following them on Twitter, as well as the agents individual accounts where they’ll often tweet about opportunities.
This is a relatively new one which I’m trying out but the MNFEST app allows you to post paid promotions to Twitter and/or Intagram and get paid for them. And it works! I wanted to wait until I knew it was legit before I added it into this post but I can confirm it is and I’ve just received my first payment. Payments aren’t big (I got £10 for one tweet) but you don’t have to do an awful lot to get it. You can sign up here!
Wowzers, that was a long old post! If you’re looking into wanting to work with brands in the near future then I really SINCERELY hope you found this remotely useful! If you have any other questions, please do leave me a comment as I always answer them! And if you have any of your own tips and suggestions, feel free to leave them below!
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