I receive many requests asking how I’ve been able to make a full-time income for the past several years from my mom blog. I’ve covered a couple of ways to monetize your blog already, but today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite ways; IZEA.
IZEA is one of my favorite networks to work with and I am excited to share with you one how IZEA works so you can start making money with them too.
What is IZEA? IZEA is a site that connects bloggers with brands. There are several ways to earn money with IZEA; getting paid to share photos on Instagram, sending out tweets on Twitter, writing sponsored posts and more.
Getting started with IZEA
If you haven’t already, you can sign up here. After you’ve signed up and are approved, you’ll connect all of your blog and social media accounts in the system, as well as fill out information about yourself and your online presence so that you can be matched with the appropriate brands and topics.
Then you can be offered sponsorships from brands that are relevant to your blog. You can bid on those offers and the brand will decide if you are a good fit for their campaign. If they accept your bid then you are given the assignment to complete a blog post within a certain amount of time.
When signing up there are three different plans to choose from: FREE or Standard plan:
The FREE Plan
-$0 per month–FREE
-3 bids per month
-$100 cash out threshold
-$3 early cash out fee (Fee is charged if you cash out before you reach threshold.)
No account banner
The STANDARD plan <—- I recommend this one
-$1 per month
-Unlimited bids per month
-$50 cash out threshold
-$2 early cash out fee (Fee is charged if you cash out before you reach threshold)
-No account banner
How to bid on offers
Once your offers start coming in, you’ll have a chance to bid on then or decline them. When you scroll down your screen you will see all of the opportunities currently available for you to bid on. If you see something that does NOT fit your niche or is something you don’t want to write about, you can click the little triangle in the top right of the opportunity and push the “decline” button. This way your new tab doesn’t get cluttered with unwanted opportunities.
If you DO come across an offer that you’d like to bid on, then you’ll want to enter the bidding process.by simply clicking “bid” on whichever opportunity you’d like to try. That will take you to a screen like this one.
Here you’ll be able to see the requirements for the post, tweet or share. Also you’ll see where you can bid, the minimum payout amount and the maximum amount too. Whatever you choose, you must bid between the minimum and maximums set up by the advertiser. If you think you should be paid above the maximum, then you can decline the offer. If you do place a bid then the offer is place into your pending offers tab. It’ll stay there until it is approved or declined by the advertiser.
My bid was approved. Now what?
If you have your account setup to send you an email alert when you’re approved, then you’ll know when you’re ready to write your post or tweet. If you don’t have it setup this way, I highly recommend that you do so you don’t miss your deadline. You can do so under your account settings.
An advertiser may choose to negotiate your bid. If they choose to negotiate, they will give you an ideal price they would like to pay. You can then accept that number or counteroffer.
Once your bid has been accepted, it’ll be listed under your action required tab. You will then need to enter your content. Remember, you enter your content on the IZEA platform, NOT on your own platform. Once your post or tweet is created by you, you’ll submit it for acceptance. If your content is accepted, IZEA will post it on your behalf. Just because a bid is accepted does not mean that your content will be accepted, so whatever you write, make sure it follows the guidelines and write so that it stands out.
After your content has been approved and posted, you will be paid out within 30 days.
That’s it! It’s really that simple! I highly recommend it. Don’t forget that you can sign up for IZEA here.