Where To Find Sponsored Posts & Blogging Collaborations

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Blogging collaborations are a great way to make money, meet new people and create new content for your blog. It can be hard to find brands that collaborate with small bloggers, but there are some options for you to try! There different types of paid and un-paid blog collaborations that you can do! Whether you're looking to increase your DA score or monetise your blog, this post goes through blog collaborations and where to find them! 

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Why Should I Accept Blogging Collaborations?


First of all, you don't have to accept anything you're offered. Collaborations need to suit you, as well as the brand. You need to make sure what they're offering is fair! If you're thinking about accepting them, here are some reasons why you should go for it!

  • It allows you to make long term connections with brands
  • It allows you to promote new and exciting products to your readers
  • You have the change to try new things that may help you (especially if you have skin conditions, allergies etc.)
  • You can connect with other bloggers
  • You can grow your blog & your audience quicker

When Should Accept A Blog Collaboration?


Blogging collaborations are exciting projects. It lets you work with your favourite brands and bloggers, increasing your reach and getting paid to do something you love! You shouldn't accept every off that is given to you! It can become overwhelming, and you won't be putting your full effort into a post. You should only accept offers when: 

  • The collaboration seems genuine and is from a trusted brand
  • The brand and products align with your blog
  • It will be something your audience appreciates 
  • You want to make long term connections with the brand
  • You have the time, dedication and effort to do an amazing job (especially if they're paying you!)
  • You want to grow your blog by connecting with other bloggers

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Types Of Blog Collaborations


There are lots of different collaborations that you can do. Some of them are paid, but not all. You can accept collaborations on your blog, or work on other people's blog! Collaborations are a great way to get your name out there, increase your DA score and work with brands! You may even make some money from it!

Collaborations For Your Blog

Whether you're working with brands or featuring other bloggers, there are lots of collaborations you can have on your blog! There are so many types of collaboration. Here are some of the most common kinds:

  • Guest Writers - Typically, bloggers will write for you. It is usually unpaid, but some bloggers will charge you. Guest posts are where a blogger will write you a post, based on your guidelines.
  • Pre-written Advertorials - A brand will have already written a post for you to publish. They will pay you to have it on your blog
  • Sponsored Posts - Brands will pay you to write a promotional piece for your blog. It may directly promote a product, or be embedded within a post.
  • Advertising - Brands and bloggers may pay you to advertise their websites on your blog. This is usually in the form of a banner on the sidebar!
  • Gifted Posts - Brands will send you products to try out. They typically expect a review & social media promotion in return
  • Sponsored Social Media Post - Similar to sponsored posts, a brand will pay you to promote their products on your social media. This typically applies to Instagram influencers.
  • Affiliation - A brand might give you an affiliate link. If a reader buys a product through your link, you will get a commission. It isn't recommended to only do affiliation with collaboration, as you may not get a worthy enough payment for your work. Try to combine it with another post!

Collaborations On Other Blogs/Websites

Blogging for other sites or being included in posts is a great way to boost your DA score. It allows you to also engage with other bloggers in the community. 

  • Content Creation - A brand may pay you to create a post for their website! This could be a blog post or promotional piece. 
  • Guest Writing - You can guest write for other bloggers or businesses. It's a great way to get your name out there. It's typically not paid. 
  • Other Features - There are other features you can do, such as round-up posts, interviews etc. on other bloggers pages! Try and be included as it'll increase your DA score!

Where Do I Find Them? 


Now for the bit, you've been waiting for! Blogging collaborations can be hard to come by unless you know where to look!

Get Blogged

Get Blogged is a great blogging site for paid posts. It works off of DA score (you need a minimum of 10), and you get more money the higher your score. The jobs aren't as well paid as other sites, but everyone needs to start somewhere! It is really easy to join and apply to jobs. The site is updated daily, so you'll have new opportunities all the time!

Bloggers Required

Bloggers required has a lot of gifted and paid opportunities for bloggers. There are collaborations for every niche, so you'll always find something! Bloggers Required have jobs for brands like Holland & Barret, Snapfish, Ryman and more! Application is easy, and I find that the jobs are typically well paid. 

Twitter

Twitter is a wonderful place for networking. You'll find collaboration opportunities under hashtags such as "bloggerswanted" or "bloggersrequired". If you see accounts who are always promoting these hashtags, it might be a good idea to follow them. Twitter is great for last-minute jobs with relatively decent budgets. It's where I found my first few sponsored posts!

The Blogger Programme

The Blogger Programme is hit and miss. There are lots of opportunities, but they typically need you to have a very high following. It's great if you have the followers, but I like to use the site to get ideas for collaborations on. I personally haven't had any luck with TBP.

Facebook Groups

I love Facebook groups! Every day, there are a couple of new collaborations posted on groups like "UK Influencer Opportunities" or "Blogger Opportunities". If you don't find blogging opportunities, you still get to network with bloggers and help each other out. 

Create Your Own Opportunities

If you're still having no luck, you can pitch to brands yourself! I have written a whole blog post on this! Make sure you include a media kit, as this makes you stand out. It also shows the PR what your stats are, which is something they'll only ask for later. 

What You Should Watch Out For


Unfair Payments or Offers - Brands can take advantage of smaller bloggers. Make sure you're happy with the collaboration, getting a fair payment and aren't accepting commission-based collaborations. Under no circumstance should you pay for collaborations, whether that be the product or postage. 

Do-Follows Links - Do-follow links can be quite confusing. Essentially you can get penalised by Google for using them. If you want to find out more, this is a really helpful article!

Not Getting Paid - One issue I have found is slow or late invoices. Make sure you keep track of what you're owed and by who. Chase up the brands if necessary. The Bloglancer has a great freebie on getting late invoices paid!

Legal Requirements - If you're doing collaborations, there a few things you need to include in your post. Make sure you use AD along with GIFTED or SPONSORED. You also need to disclose affiliated links. 

Not Disclosing The Brand - If the brand doesn't want to be disclosed or doesn't want you to include "AD", that is a major red flag. Don't work with brands who ask you to do this.

Well, that's a lot! There is so much to learn about collaborations, and you pick things up along the way! Collaborations can be really fun, especially when you're working with other bloggers. Make sure you know what you're going in to, include the legal parts, and if it doesn't seem legit, don't accept the collaboration! What is your favourite time of collaboration? Let me know what your collaboration tips are!



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24 comments

  1. This is a really great list, Emily! I am trying to expand my blogging network, so this is really useful for me. Thank you for creating this detailed information. :)

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    1. That's great, I wish you all the best! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  2. Thanks for these tips. Sometimes, I get emails to collaborate with them but instead of getting paid, they highlight the "exposure" part and all other excuses. Hoping I can land a sponsored post soon!

    thequeensights.com

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    1. I don't like the businesses that think they can get free promotion! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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  3. Brilliant advice, I am just starting to apply for more and have found a few of these really useful. I will definitely check out some more of these sites for oppourtunities.

    I hardly ever use the facebook groups though, I will go and check them out. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Facebook is touch and go, but I've found some really good ones on there recently! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  4. I think making sure you have time to dedicate to a project is so important, and I'm glad you included a section here about when you should accept a collaboration :) Great post, so helpful to me as I'm starting to reach out to places etc. x

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    1. It can be easy to accept everything, but you NEED to make sure you can fulfil the task! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  5. I've been looking more into monetizing my blog through a few of these methods so thanks for sharing this post! I'm a little nervous to get started because I don't want to get too overwhelmed with things, but I'm going to try to ease into it

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    1. It can be nerve-wracking, but take things slow! Don't take on too much and the more confidence you gain, the more you can pick up jobs! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  6. This is such a helpful list! Being a new blogger, it can be tough to make genuine connections since sometimes you just dont know where to start. A great network and resources are always nice to have.

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    1. It can be hard, but not impossible. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

      Em x

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  7. This was so informative and you helped me make a decision on a collab I was offered. It's definitely not for me. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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  8. Thanks for sharing, I have started to do Guest posts for other bloggers and opening up my blog for it, I had a couple of brands that did want me to put AD in the subject title so I did it anyway!

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  9. Very useful! I'm on a couple of fb groups as well as signed up to a few websites.
    I'm always looking for guest bloggers too.

    Helen
    Tea in the Tub

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  10. This has been a very inscuiteful post! Thank you. I will be referencing this when looking for ideas on growing my blog.
    Thanks again!

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  11. Great post! Thank you for sharing this! It is so informative and useful to me!

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  12. Perfect simple advice
    Very useful information
    Great work.

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  13. Thanks for sharing, lots of helpful information.

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