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 blogging.
Earn Money Blogging
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 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.
Clever Girls offers sponsored posts for bloggers. To find out exactly what they offer and the blogs they are looking for head over here
SITS Girls/Sway Group offer sponsored posts and social media campaigns for bloggers
Pollinate Media offers sponsored posts and campaigns for bloggers
Mom Central offers sponsored posts and campaigns.
Social Fabric is a community for bloggers that offer 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.
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 reader’s 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.
Sovrn offers great rates for ads on your sidebar and header.
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
Grammarly This program is a must for any writer! It finds all of the missing commas and grammar mistakes that happen while writing posts!!!
Keyword tool to see the best keywords to use for your site or post.
99Designs– Hold a contest to create a new Blog Logo/image.
Studio Press offers pre-designed layouts and themes to help you set up your blog.
Font Bundle sells sets of really great fronts for a sweet price.
Social Warfare Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin that gives you the opportunity to write out social shares for each of your blog posts. That way when your post is shared sponsors/destinations/products are tagged in your social shares. You can also include any relevant hashtags in your shares.
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.
Legal Help for Bloggers
Businessese – Check out Businessese if you need help with contract writing, legal disclaimers, and more. The girls behind Businessese are both bloggers and have worked in the social influencer realm for a while.
Elite Blog Academy is an online class you can take at your own pace.
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
Affiliate Summit This is the conference to learn how to use affiliates and maximize your earnings.
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!
What camera equipment do you use?
We currently use a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or a Canon EOS 5D IV 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.
We also use GoPro HERO3+ and Canon PowerShot D30 for underwater footage while traveling.
Many of the photos you see on Instagram and social sharing are taken with our Samsung Galaxy S7 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.
Food Photography School is great if you are focusing on improving your food photography.
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.
Design professional-looking emails in minutes with Constant Contact. Sign up for a free 60-day trial today.
Mad Mimi is an excellent email system to send out daily emails and special update emails
Liquid Web offers WordPress Hosting
Unlimited Domain Hosting Only $9.95 a Month unlimited domains, 99.9% uptime guarantee, 45-day money-back guarantee, $100 Google AdWords credit, and the online web site building software we provide.
WPengine offers hosting and update services.
There comes a point with blogging where you need to set up your private Server. WiredTree offers private dedicated server space
Tiny Prints offers super cute personalized business cards
MOO MiniCards – 100 unique mini-calling cards with new some great new features!
MOO Business Cards using your own photos or designs. Upload your text and logos to create cards as unique as your business!
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.
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!
One way to stand out is to create personalized cards for your blog business!
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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