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I have been a big proponent of IZEA and their blogging services for the entire two years I have been a blogger so far.  Their services like SocialSpark, PayPerPost, SponsoredTweets, InPostLinks, Sponzai and WeRewards have earned me over two thousand dollars over the last two years.

Heck, SocialSpark alone has earned me the most out of any single paid program with over $2,100 in twenty four months.

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So I was impatiently waiting to get some opps on the SocialSpark 2.0 system which functions very differently than the original SocialSpark.  You can read about socialspark 2.0 from my blog to see what has changed.

One of the biggest changes is that you have to provide SocialSpark with a “blog author” account and write all of your posts and submit them in the SocialSpark 2.0 system.  This allows the advertiser to approve the post before it submits live on your blog and means changes can be made prior to post going live.

The disadvantage is the SocialSpark 2.0 post editor is very limited and unless you are comfortable writing HTML tags, you will have to write your temporary post in either your WordPress blog editor or Live Writer, then copy/paste the html over to the SocialSpark 2.0 html editor so that the formatting will look right.

The other issue is that there is no “add image” button, you have to manually use <img src=”…”> tags inside your SocialSpark editor to insert images.  This means if you want to jazz up your posts with images you will have to upload them to your blog prior, then reference them in the SocialSpark 2.0 editor manually.

SocialSpark 2.0 should at least have a button to let you add images from URL’s and some basic formatting like bullets and the like as well.  This however is my only real caveat with the system.

Update:

The SocialSpark Editor now allows you to insert images, buttons and even custom CSS code around images.

After you submit the post, it will go in an Advertiser review state and once reviewed you will get a notice from SocialSpark on when it is approved and the post will go live as you see here:

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The only other issue with the system is I did 2 paid opps within the same week, and the both got approved on the same day with publish times only 4 hours apart.  This would cause 2 paid posts to publish back to back only four hours apart on my blog which isn’t ideal (you always want an unpaid post between).  This auto publish system means that you have to be real careful when using SocialSpark 1.0 and other paid blogging systems which require a non-paid post between each paid post.  Because you have no control over when a SocialSpark 2.0 post will publish (you only get notification beforehand) you should always have a few non-paid posts on reserve that you can quickly schedule after your paid SocialSpark 2.0 posts.

Either way, In my first week testing the system I made about $28.50 in two days with each post taking me about ten minutes to write, so the post amounts have been on the decent size side not the low side like PayPerPost system tends to have for blogs with a lower PageRank.

If you haven’t started checking out the new SocialSpark 2.0 yet, then it is something you should look into if you want to earn some money by writing product previews.  They have a very clear disclosure policy, want honest reviewers and you get to set your post price and accept or reject each offer that comes in.  IZEA just needs to enhance the post editor to make it more feature rich to help write content faster.

One thing to point out is that even if you use SocialSpark you have to manually setup and register your blogs for the SocialSpark 2.0 they won’t automatically come across into the new system as they have to go through their own separate approval process and collect statistics from Google Analytics.

The other is that SocialSpark 2.0 uses a lead system like PayPerPost and Sponzai, you won’t get an email when you have leads so you should checkout your leads every day to see if you want to take any potential opps that you may qualify for.  All of my opps so far have come via leads that I showed interest in, I have not had any direct offers yet.

For more information on which systems I use to make money online, I encourage you to visit the link and see what works best for me.

-Dragon Blogger


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Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 13 years and specializing in web based technologies. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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  • http://www.danlew.com/ Daniel Lew

    I am just starting to get my head around social spark, something I am working on, just waiting on a few opps

  • http://www.palabuzz.com Paul@ Entertainment tonight

    I never got any opportunity from Socialspark before.

  • Kyle@Internet Marketing Kansas City

    Would this be a better method than Sponsored Tweeting? I’ve had difficulties trying to discern the two and wanted to get your take on it.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      SponsoredTweets is for earning money with your Twitter account, SocialSpark is for making money with your blog (two separate entities and purposes)

  • http://www.win-with-1.com Alison Moore Smith@Easy Blog Setup

    I’ve done a whole slew of opps on the original SS on my pix2brix.com blog and just did two on SS 2.0 that will post in the next few days. Pros and cons. I didn’t realize they still enforced the post between opps rule — when they control the posting. That’s problematic. And I don’t like writing in their interface.

    One thing I DO like is that they determine whether or not an opp is accepted BEFORE going live.

  • Ajinkya@BLOG404

    Nice earning ! Till now i haven’t used any pay per post . But sponsored post is the best site form Izea for cashing money from twitter
    Too much opps ;)