The world of blogging has changed an awful lot over the past few years, never mind the past decade, and now even more than ever there’s a lot of competition in the blogging world.
I never set out to make money or gain products when I first started my blog, but after a number of years of hard work I have been lucky enough to get some fantastic opportunities alongside making a little extra pocket money which has helped my travel funds. There’s a lot of places out there, and probably a whole load that I am missing but these are the best sites for opportunities which I have used.
Bloggers Required is a website which is predominantly for brands to get reviewers for products,but there’s also a few sponsored post opportunities on there. I used this website a lot when I was first starting off and find that it’s good for smaller items and to start building your blog up so I don’t use it as much as I used to but it’s always worth checking out.
On the website you can create a profile and then you just need to fill in some details when ever you apply for an opportunity alongside writing a bit about why you’d be a good fit/ why you’d like to work together.
Press Loft has only just created a collaborations section but I have found there’s a lot of really good product based opportunities on here especially for home-ware items. I’ve worked with a few brands from Press Loft in the short amount of time it’s been around and it’s great as you can mark campaigns as complete sending across your blog and social URL’s for the PR to approve.
With this website you make your profile and depending on your blog DA and social media stats it will match you to particular campaigns where you meet the requirements.
Lifestyle Blogger UK
Again the Lifestyle Blogger UK is another product based site which I go through phases with. Sometimes there’s loads of opp’s on the website and other time’s it can go a month or so without anything on the site but again there’s some pretty interesting opp’s on there if you’re looking for products to review.
Guest Bloggers Wanted
Guest Bloggers Wanted is pretty much all for sponsored posts and within just a week of signing up I did my first collaboration with a brand through there. Projects are listed by PR’s with details on what they’re looking for and you can submit a bid with information about why you’d be a good fit, what you could offer and how much you’d charge.
The only annoying thing about this site is that your initial bid can be seen by other people which means people can see what you’re offering but after this all the messages with you and the PR are confidential. I’ve seen some pretty good opportunities on here and the prices are pretty reasonable for sponsored posts, none of this 10 links for $20 business.
It can be pretty hard now to find genuine opp’s on Twitter as loads of bloggers tend to use the #Prrequest and #Bloggerswanted hashtags to pimp out their own websites and blog posts but it is worth searching through them. I got my first blogging holiday opportunity through Twitter and a lot of sponsored posts and product reviews by spending the time searching.
Viewing by top posts is a good way to see genuine opp’s but they’ll generally be the ones where 50+ other people have applied, but if you have the patience go through latest and you’ll see newer things. I tend to find the quicker you reply the quicker you are to be noticed.
There’s pretty much Facebook Groups for everything but my favourites are UK Blogging Opportunities and Official Bloggers UK. The former is purely for blogging opp’s both product and payment based and the later offers this but also advice, posting sharing threads and genuinely just a lovely atmosphere.
Blogging groups can get competitive as a lot of people are out after the same opp’s but as much as anything it’s a good way to chat to new brands and bloggers.
This was a website only recently introduced to me and it has changed my world. I used Response Source initially to post out about a particular Christmas Gift Guide I was doing for personalized items and as soon as I sent off the request I started getting e-mails from PR’s. Since this I have not only been given some amazing opportunities product wise but have also made some great connections with some lovely PR’s who have been so accommodating.
With Response Source I find that it’s worth being specific about what you’re looking for be it products to review, information, competition prizes etc but also about exactly what you’re after. For example, when I was looking for stocking fillers I mentioned no kids items and no food-based items as these were two area’s I wasn’t going to cover. It meant PR’s didn’t waste their time e-mailing me for an opportunity I wouldn’t be able to work on.
In the new year I know I’ll be pushing to make use of this for some very specific blog posts.
The Bloglancer Newsletter
Jenna Farmer of the Bloglancer does a weekly newsletter which is not only packed with some great blog posts, information and all-around helpful stuff but she also adds in some opportunities with PRs and brands that she is working with. It is through her that I discovered Response Source so I have her to thank.
Sometimes smaller avenues like this can be a great way of picking up on things which others may not know about.
Where do you finding blogging opportunities?