Are you thinking about starting a blog or already have one? I thought I would share some of my favorite companies that I work with. I have used these companies for years and feel very comfortable referring you to them. Please let me know if you have any questions about making money blogging.
Earn money blogging plus resources to save time and energy creating great content.
These companies offer sponsored posts and social shares for bloggers. The campaigns range from a simple tweet to a year-long ambassadorship depending on the program.
Izea now offers opportunities to monetize your YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook accounts along with offering sponsored posts.
Linqia offers sponsored content and posts! The campaigns are a lot of fun and the pay is great.
Find Your Influence offers sponsored posts and social shares for bloggers. They have pretty competitive rates for their blog posts.
Tapfluence offers sponsored posts and sponsored social shares.
Clever Girls offers sponsored posts for bloggers. To find out exactly what they offer and the blogs they are looking for head over here
Triberr is now offering sponsored campaigns for bloggers. You can sign up on their site and they email out their influencer programs.
SITS Girls/Sway Group offer sponsored posts and social media campaigns for bloggers
Pollinate Media offers sponsored posts and campaigns for bloggers
Mom It Forward offers sponsored posts and campaigns
Markerly offers sponsored posts. Once you sign up they will send out emails when they have a campaign that your blog is a great fit for.
Social Fabric is a community for bloggers that offers sponsored posts, twitter parties, social shares and more. This group has a large forum for bloggers to ask questions and build friendships with other bloggers
Blogher offers a few different options for bloggers. You can sign up with their site to earn money from social shares, their ad network and sponsored campaigns.
Speakr offers sponsored tweets and Instagram posts. You set your price range that you are willing to work for.
I suggest setting up an email that you only use for affiliate programs. You will potentially receive ongoing emails from the different companies that you sign up for. Having a separate email for affiliate programs will help keep your normal email inbox a little cleaner and easier to handle.
Amazon – Earn referral commissions for items your readers purchase. You can also set up a store on your site and highlight your favorite products.
Commission Junction – CJ offers a huge client list for affiliate sales. Once you are approved you can search their system to find the companies that match your blog
Escalate Network works with bloggers to offer affiliate deals. They are great to work with and have a wonderful staff to answer your questions. They have a very easy site to navigate.
ShopHer Media is one of the first companies I started working with. They offer a variety of affiliate offers.
Panthera – Panthera offers multiple different affiliate links for companies. You can earn funds by referring readers to sign up for specific email deals or other offers.
Share A Sale – Has a ton of affiliate offers within their program. Many of the affiliate programs offer bonuses on a monthly basis for sharing their content. A few to check out include:
- StudioPress Affiliate – offers 35% per sale
- WP Engine affiliate program – receive a minimum of $200 per referral!
- Snapily – 15% of sales on photo products
- Shutterfly – Commission on sales of photo products
- Mabel’s Labels – offers bonuses and commission on sales
- Stella & Dot – $100 referral bonus for new consultants, commission on sales
Ad networks are a great way to earn a passive income with your blog. Once you have the networks set up and the ads added to your blog your work is pretty well done. When you get to the point that you are generating more traffic than the networks can fill it may be time to checking getting Google DFP set up. Google DFP allows you to rotate ad networks based on fill and rates.
Media.net offers sidebar and header ads for blogs.
Google Adsense is really easy to set up. Once you are with the program it is worth checking into having Google DFP set up to maximize your earnings
Ad Network Management
AdThrive is a company that will manage your ads for you. They have a minimum of 100,000 page views to sign up for their AdThrive Edge Program. I use AdThrive and absolutely love working with them.
21 Day SEO Challenge ~ This 21 day SEO challenge will help you not only understand SEO but make it work for your blog. I have done this challenge and learned so much I still go back and use it as a reference.
Elite Blog Academy is an online class you can take at your own pace.
Elite Blog Academy is offering a FREE training series called Blogging Made Simple. It includes three powerful video lessons intended to help you eliminate the overwhelm and instead focus on the tasks that will help you make the biggest impact. If you are a blogger or have even just thought about blogging, you will NOT want to miss it!
You can sign up to join the EBA waiting list and get the free training HERE.
You can sign up for this great 30-day class and learn great tips and tools for being a better blogger BRING HOME THE BACON IN 31 DAYS OR LESS!
Pinning Perfect e-course is a great way to learn how to maximize your time on Pinterest. What pins work and which pins drive the most traffic to your website!
Learn how to start and grow a food blog with Food Blogger Pro
I attended Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas and learned so much! This is the conference to learn how to use affiliates and maximize your earnings.
Blogging Concentrated is the best one-day blogging program I have attended! I can’t even put into words how amazing this day session is. I came out of the session with pages and pages of notes and practical tips that have helped me reach my goals!
I can’t say enough about Grammarly! This program is a must for any writer! It finds all of the missing commas and grammar mistakes that happen while writing posts!!! So easy to install and so dang helpful!
Social Scheduling Tools
Social Warfare is the current social sharing plug-in that we use on the blog. It has a ton of great options built into the plugin.
Co-scheduler is an amazing tool that helps you schedule social media for your blog posts!
Tailwind allows you to pre-schedule tweets to Pinterest. This is one of my favorite programs to use.
Ahalogy allows you to schedule pins to Pinterest. You can request an invite on their sign up page, and when they come out of beta, they will be sending out emails.
Use this Keyword tool to see the best keywords to use for your site or post.
Mad Mimi is an excellent email system to send out daily emails and special update emails
Everything But the Posts: Tips, Advice, and Templates from a Blogger Who Has Been in Your Shoes is a great book for tips, tricks, templates and so much more to help with blogging!
Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community is written by Joy Cho. She is incredibly well respected in the blogging community.
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income This is one of the blogging all-star books for income generation. Darren is considered a blogging genius when it comes to income generation and blogging successfully.
#GIRLBOSS! This book is truly inspirational and motivating!
WPengine offers hosting and update services.
BlueHost offers amazing sales and deals for hosting! I have seen them as low as $3.95 a month which is amazing for hosting.
There comes a point with blogging where you need to set up your private Server. WiredTree offers private dedicated server space.
Blog Design and Layouts
Studio Press offers pre-designed layouts and themes to help you set up your blog.
What camera equipment do you use?
We currently use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with either a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens or a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens depending on what we are shooting. Before Spring 2014 we shot with a Canon EOS 70D.
Many of the photos you see on Instagram and social sharing are taken with our Samsung Galaxy S5 phones.
Do you use special lighting for your photos?
We try to use natural light for our photos as much as we possibly can, but we do live in Spokane, and it gets dark early. For those days that natural light is not my friend we use this Photography/Video Portrait Umbrella Continuous Triple Lighting Kit
I also really like this Portable Oval Collapsible Multi-Disc Reflector Kit to help reflect light.
We use this Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod while traveling and also for food videos. It gives you the option of attaching your camera upside down to shoot food videos.
For travel and hotel videos we attach this Lavalier Microphone for Smartphones to our phone to help with the sound quality. It has a pouch that makes it easy to carry.
Pic Monkey is a great online resource for editing photos. You can also add in text, graphics, and overlays within the program.
Craftsy offers amazing online photography classes. This is an excellent way to improve food photos, products photos and more.
Creative Live offers photography classes for lighting, posing, outdoor photography, food photography and so much more.
Do you have a lens you have been dreaming about but are not sure it is going to work the way you need it to? Borrow Lenses lets you rent lenses so you can try them before you buy them. They also offer great deals on lenses to purchase.
SmugMug gives you the opportunity to set up photo selling, storage and galleries for sharing.
I love fonts! I may or may not have a few thousand fonts on my computer right now. Fonts are a great way to make your Pinterest images stand out from the crowd
Font Bundle sells sets of really great fronts for a sweet price.
One way to stand out is to create personalized cards for your blog business!
Ink Garden offers super cute business cards and other personalized stationary and journals.
Tiny Prints offers super cute personalized business cards
25% off all Marketing Materials from Vista Print. They print fantastic brochures, car signs, window clings, stickers and more
Vistaprint is a great place to get your first set of business cards. You can order them for a great price!
Some days you need a personalized journal to get the creative juices flowing! Plus these are great for conferences and events.
Personalized Products to show off your business
You have worked like crazy to create a blog you are proud off! Now it is time to show it off. Advertise your blog with personzlied products!
I love these personalized mugs! They make great gifts for employees and are a great way to show off your business while loading up on a bit of caffeine!
I hope these resources help you build the blog of your dreams or update your existing blog! Please let me know if I can answer any questions about blogging or the resources listed!
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