I am so fortunate to have the best job. Not only do I love what I do, but I also get to do it at home. As a blogger working from home, my schedule is somewhat flexible, which has afforded me the opportunity to be with my husband and son more, as well as to volunteer a lot more. Blogging is my dream job.
And if you told me back on April 1st, 2008 that I could make money blogging, I would have thought you were pulling an April Fools joke on me. I never thought about making money from a blog. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I thought blogging would be a great creative outlet for me.
Yet, here it is 9 years later and I am doing exactly that… making money. Not just making money, but earning a living, one that surpasses what I made as a teacher.
I get to work in my pajamas if I want, I save money on gas, lunches, childcare, and makeup and clothes, and as I mentioned earlier, my schedule is more flexible than a work out of the home job would be.
How did I start making money blogging, you ask?
More than half of my income comes from influencer (or blog) networks. When I first started blogging, they were referred to as “blogger” networks, but more and more brands have realized that we are more than just bloggers… that we have real influence.
Influencer networks match the right bloggers with the right brands.
But not all influencer networks are equal. I have worked with many, many networks over the past 8 years and with the exception of two networks, I have had generally good experiences with them all. Some really excel above all others, though. For me personally, these are the four networks I would highly recommend….
My Favorite 4 Influencer Networks
My number one favorite influencer network, ever, is Everywhere Society. They work with all kinds of bloggers. Whether it’s been a blogging campaign, social shares only campaign, or Twitter parties, working with this network has always been a wonderful experience.
I hear Aretha Franklin singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T in my head when I think of Everywhere Society. They truly respect bloggers. Everyone I have worked with at Everywhere Society has made me feel important. They really do care about each and every blogger they work with.
They pay bloggers what they are worth, and they pay quickly (quicker than most all networks I’ve ever worked with). They also want their bloggers to be creative and use their own voice. They give clear instructions or requirements from the brands, but they never micromanage.
My favorite campaigns to-date have been through Everywhere Society. One was an Orkin campaign where I got to talk about one of my favorite subjects, education, and STEM, but more importantly, help a local school out, and a marathon Twitter party for the Gilmore Girls where I live-tweeted from 11pm – 2 am one night before Thanksgiving. The #GilmoreTheMerrier was a blast and the most fun Twitter party evah!
After you join EveryWhere Society, you can join their private Facebook group to further connect with the ladies of Everywhere Society and other fellow members.
I’m grateful to be a part of this wonderful community of women who actually care about bloggers. Everywhere Society is my bff of influencer networks.
The Women Bloggers
I started working with The Women Bloggers just last year and so glad I did. Stephanie at The Women Bloggers is personable and helpful. They care more about what you blog about and share on your social channels than your stats and traffic. You’re more than just a number.
When you receive a campaign, they open a Facebook group just for that campaign so everyone can ask questions, get help, and all the bloggers on the campaign can share each other’s blog posts, etc. The Women Bloggers also pay relatively quickly.
I’ve been working with Acorn for a couple of years now, and they’re a network that appreciates bloggers. Usually, after every campaign I do with them they send a personalized thank you note (and sometimes a gift). As a blogger, it’s nice to be appreciated.
You do have to apply for campaigns (which is more common than not), but they generally only ask 3 – 4 questions to make sure you are a good fit for the brand.
I’ve worked with The Motherhood the longest of these four networks. One of my favorite things about The Motherhood is that they have all your stats and know your blog so that when they have an opportunity that fits you, they send you an email with the details and ask you if you’re interested. If you are, then you’re in.
There’s no filling out an application trying to sell yourself, giving the same stats over and over again. No giving them your ideas and telling them why you’re a good fit.
They already know this. And I love this about The Motherhood. By the way, applying for campaigns and having to enter the same stats over and over again, as well as having to give an idea of what you plan on writing about along with why you think you’re a good fit for a particular campaign is a pet peeve of most bloggers.
Unfortunately, I receive only 2 – 3 opportunities a year from them, and that’s the reason they’re not higher on my list.
The two things these four networks have in common are, they generally pay bloggers what they’re worth, and they genuinely care about the blogger.
Whether you are new to blogging or a veteran and you want to get paid for blogging, I cannot recommend the above networks more. But if you sign up for just one, definitely join Everywhere Society.
Donna is a Professional Blogger, Brand Ambassador, Social Media Consultant, Freelancer, wife, and proud mom. Blog by Donna encompasses all that… she writes about family life and being a woman while weaving in articles about the brands and products she and her family love.