If you’ve been blogging for over a year, and have been working to monetize your site, then you’re probably in the same boat I was – sad to see the end of Sponsered Tweets and Social Spark.
IZEA decided to merge everything together under one platform. But not only did they merge everything, making it more difficult to navigate, but they also now CHARGE content creators to even use the system.
So the big question in many of the groups right now is: Is it worth it to pay the monthly IZEA fee?
Right now they have 3 options for membership that you can choose from:
Free – You can only bid on 3 jobs per month and it’s very unlikely you’ll get them. You also have a $100 cash out.
$1 per Month – You have unlimited bids and only a $50 cash out. I have this plan and have gotten mostly just sponsored tweets (but that’s what I mostly apply for).
$5 per Month – You have unlimited bids and only a $25 cash out. I have heard from other bloggers that they are getting lots of sponsored posts and even having companies approach them from this plan.
When you sign up, you’ll have to fill out all these sections. It doesn’t take too long…try and use some of the same info that you use elsewhere to make it go faster (what’s you Pinterest description…use that for your Bio).
You want to make sure that you fill out the Interests section so that companies know what you blog about…but be sure to put more than just a few so that you still have a wide range of options.
You’ll also want to connect your social media and blog so that companies can see that you’re worth the money!
Upgrading to a Paid Plan
I went back and forth over whether or not to join. The whole system doesn’t really sit right with me. I have to pay you so that I can do a job for someone that is paying you to find me? I really resisted this for a while, but then I had heard of people getting more opps from the paid plans so I thought I’d give it a 1 month trial…and it WAS only $1.
In order to upgrade, you have click the arrow next to your name in the top right corner and go to the Finances page and enter your credit card number. This step took me days and days to figure out…and I finally had to contact support. Not sure why it doesn’t just tell you that from the main Plans tab…but it didn’t tell me.
Once you’ve paid, you are able to bid on as many jobs as you wish. For me, I used Sponsored Tweets a LOT (and was missing the $50 a month I made from it) so I mainly just look for twitter opps.
If you look at the image above, you’ll see the term “Platform” and a page underneath it. That tells you what platform the company wants you to publish on. That one means blog. But if you scroll down and look at the column, you’ll notice other platforms…Twitter, Instagram and YouTube mostly.
Bidding on Jobs
Once you see an opp that looks interesting to you, you can just click on it to learn more. You can read about what they want and who they’re looking for. It will also tell you the range they’re willing to pay.
If it’s a tweet, I don’t usually fill out the pitch part. But if I’m bidding on a blog post, then I definitely fill it out….just a few sentences will do.
Then you just click Submit Bid and wait to hear a response. I’ve had quite a few that say, “Deadline missed by Advertiser” which just means they ignored it…so don’t take it personally. (I also have a sneaking suspicion that it has to do with only being on the $1 plan, but I have no proof to back that one up.)
Then you need to be sure to log in daily so you don’t miss any deadlines. Be sure and check the Actions Required tab and follow the directions.
They do not add any money into your account for 30 days after you have submitted your content, so don’t freak out if you’ve done the job and there’s still nothing in your account.
Will I Continue to Pay for It?
Short answer…yes. And actually I may even bump up to the $5 per month plan.
I really don’t like to do too many sponsored posts, but blogging can get expensive and every bit helps. So if it takes me paying $5 a month to get jobs that are worth $50 each, I’d say that’s a good trade off.
Go register for IZEA right now and start getting paid for blogging!