I have had numerous people ask me on SocialSpark some basic start up questions that I decided to create another article talking about SocialSpark. You can read my tips for using SocialSpark to get more detailed information, but here are some beginner basics to know right off the bat.
The reason why I promote SocialSpark so heavily is because it is the single top highest earning platform for my blogs earning me almost $2,000 alone in the last two years. I use this in combination with other companies that pay bloggers and reached over $4000 in blog earnings over the past twenty months or so.
SocialSpark is one of the few programs where you can earn decent amounts if you have a high blog traffic but still have a low pagerank. Though I will admit that advertiser opps come in bursts (lots in one month, yet few in another) and that it needs more advertisers purchasing into the system to really allow bloggers to earn a good second income from their blogs.
So here are my beginner tips for SocialSpark and you can apply these for other online earning companies as well (some are not as strict, but you should follow the same rules for consistency).
Read more for my tips on starting with SocialSpark that you can apply when doing sponsored content for any company that pays bloggers.
Most blog earning companies have a “age requirement” and your blog needs to be 90 days old to join SocialSpark and must have at least 10 posts (though I recommend having at least 30 before taking paid opps). If you want to avoid the wait period you can sign onto services like PayPerPost, Sponzai which don’t have a wait period.
Register your blog to SocialSpark the moment your blog is 90 days old as it can take about 14 days for SocialSpark to approve your blog. If you don’t hear back from them in 14 days, open a support ticket and ask about the status of your blog approval.
Taking Paid Opps
Remember you aren’t just “making money” by doing paid opps, you are committing yourself to promoting an advertisers content and your reputation is on the line. Only take opps that you are comfortable promoting and always write your best and do your best endorsement of a product, don’ t ever do a half-assed job when promoting a SocialSpark opp. SocialSpark does not do “Link Only” opps and all opps are genuine reviews or promotions so you must remember that the advertiser looks at each post and you want them to like what they see so you may be hired for future assignments. Also don’t discount the blog traffic, I have one SocialSpark opp of mine alone that gets over 4000 visits per month according to Google Analytics, so this one SocialSpark paid opp accounts for about 15% of my blog traffic.
- When doing a paid opp from SocialSpark remember to include the top disclosure and bottom disclosure button, remember to include links exactly as they are listed in your opp.
- No AdSense is allowed in sponsored posts (you must remove any adsense blocks from your sponsored posts or your opp will be rejected and your time and effort wasted. You cannot embed AdSense blocks in your “single.php” if you are using SocialSpark because of this, this is why I highly recommend the AdSense All in One and YPN! plugin which allows you to turn off AdSense on specific posts. Apply this rule to all sponsored opps even if other companies don’t reject you, you want to showcase the advertisers content and by putting an AdSense block in the middle of a sponsored post the advertiser is competing with your AdSense which may even promote a competing product or service.
- No paid content back to back, this is a surefire way to lose your hard earned work and money. If you do two paid content articles back to back regardless of whether they are PayPerPost, SocialSpark, ReviewMe…etc you will be rejected with no option to edit and resubmit. Do not ever put sponsored content back to back on your blog. Always make sure you have 1 filler post between all sponsored posts or you will lose money and be frustrated. Apply this rule to all of your paid blogging platforms for consistency and respect sake, if you do paid content so often that it is back to back then you are just bombarding your readers with sponsored content and can hurt your reputation as well. (The only exception to this rule is paid keyword links) to put a paid link in only does not count as sponsored content and does not conflict as long as the article itself isn’t a fully sponsored article.
- Choose between PayU2Blog or IZEA for your blogs. I used to love PayU2Blog and I still think it is a great blogging service, I made about $60 – $100 per month from a blog with only 30 visits per day and a PageRank of 0. The problem is that PayU2Blog forbids you from using any IZEA company services including SocialSpark, Sponzai, PayPerPost, InPostLinks and any other mention of these services, if you so much as say IZEA on your blog you could be banned from the system. This is the reason why I don’t use the service anymore and they won’t even speak to me since I mentioned I was banned from their system. I had made $777 dollars my first year blogging with PayU2Blog so don’t rule it out, just know you have to devote one blog to them alone if you use their program and I know many bloggers who still use PayU2Blog.
SocialSpark pays out 30 days after the sponsored post is published, so even if the post took 2 weeks to be approved you would be paid 30 days from the date the post was published. You can track all your sponsored opps by going into your My Taken Sponsored Opps in your Blogger Dashboard.
When your payouts reach $50 then you can click the “Cash Out” button and you will receive the money directly deposited into your PayPal the same day you click “Cash Out”. Usually this is within a few minutes and is a simple process. I do not recommend cashing out if you have “pending funds” that equal less than $50 dollars however, or else you will only delay how long it takes to get the rest of your pending money. I usually only cash out when my balance is over $100 and I have more than $50 in pending funds.
Blogging for profit is a very competitive business and you are competing against tens of thousands of other bloggers all looking and competing for the same advertisers, you must make sure your work is high quality and stands out and that you comply with some basic rules to avoid making some critical mistakes early on. Such mistakes have probably cost me over $200 over the past two years in rejected opps from simple mishaps like forgetting to turn off AdSense or putting two sponsored posts back to back.