In this post, I’ll tell you about some of the best influence networks for bloggers and the perks of using them.
It’s not a secret that almost every blogger wants to see results of his/her work: it could be high traffic, engagement, endorsements, and compliments. However, work on the blog is actually- money and time consuming and eventually everybody will want more than just comments and likes on their blog /social media. Because c’mon, you spend a couple of hours a day boosting your social media presence, repinning posts on Pinterest, visiting all the blogger Facebook groups and commenting there regularly, not saying about actually producing your own original content! This sounds really tiring, but it’s true. There is so much work behind every single blog! Moreover, bloggers need to pay for hosting, domain and different tools and services, e.g. for Pin scheduling tools for Pinterest. Eventually, every single blogger wants to start making money from the blog. Not everyone succeeds transforming a hobby into a full-time job and get paid like 2000 dollars a month, but getting at least 50-200 dollars a month (which would cover all the costs of hosting, domain, some beautiful WordPress Theme, various tools) sounds pretty much fair to everyone.
What if you haven’t made any money from your blog yet? Don’t worry, you’re just like 80% of travel bloggers. That’s why I wrote this post about the best influencer networks for bloggers.
In case, your blog is still young and doesn’t have a solid subscriber base, or neither impresses anyone with less than 1000 page views a month, it’s really hard to persuade some brands, hotels, tour operators, to give you something for free. It’s also impossible to earn money with advertising or write sponsored posts (all this requires really high traffic). Lying about your traffic doesn’t sound good either (don’t do that, please).
So what can you do? Most travel bloggers do nothing. They say monetizing the blog in not for them and they continue blogging as their hobby. Okay, doesn’t sound so bad. But I guess you’re here because you want to earn something, yes?
Focus on your Social Media
In this case, you need to focus on your Social Media. Getting followers on Social Media is actually way easier than getting them to subscribe to your blog (if almighty Google seems to put your blog on the 20th page of search results, how will the people find you?). I actually managed to get more than 35000 followers on all my Social Media channels just in one year. Want to know, how? I’ll write a post about it sooner or later, stay tuned!
In case, you already have some fair Social Media following (and you can get it in 3-4 months), you can start signing up to various influence networks for bloggers. What can you call “solid” Social Media following? Well, I would say you have at least 5K on Twitter and 7-8K on Instagram.
However, if you have 7000 followers on Instagram and zero comments under your photos, most probably, you won’t get any offers. What plays a really big role now is engagement. Brands want to be sure, that your followers actually trust you, communicate with you and ask you questions. If your comments only consist of “Nice, Aww, This is good and Well done”, you won’t get any far with the influence networks for travel bloggers.
List of Influence Networks for bloggers
When you have at least 7-8K followers on Instagram and 5K on Twitter (and pretty good engagement) you can register on various Influence network websites. What is an influence network? Well, it’s a website, which sort of connects bloggers to advertisers. Every single influence network is different and has different rules. I can’t say it’s easy to be matched to the advertisers via influence networks for bloggers, but it’s worth giving a try. There are some networks, where I have been registered for ages (and my social media following doubled during this time) and I still haven’t got any offers, but there are some others, like Buzzoole, where I got my first offer within the first day of registration.