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When it comes to professional blogging, one thing that should be on your to-do list is joining at least one great blog network. There are some really great reasons for connecting with other bloggers in this way. The top reasons are networking with other bloggers, learning more about the blogging industry, and gaining access to paid opportunities.
Here are a few popular blogging networks that you should check out. They may not all be a good fit, but that’s okay. Find the ones that are and then get involved.
10 Blogging Networks You Should Join
If you are interested in being published on a larger blog platform or monetizing your blog and social media platforms, BlogHer is a network that might be right up your alley. This ad and publishing network partners with bloggers to create content and conversations that are centered around women. BlogHer also hosts two of the biggest and most popular blogging conferences of the year, BlogHer and BlogHerFood.
This influencer marketing network is one that many aspire to join. Bloggers and influencers who are selected to this network are given awesome opportunities to collaborate with brands to tell real stories in a way that will get people to engage.
Social Fabric (also referred to as SoFab) is a community where bloggers and other influencers get paid to do what we already love doing – creating original content for some of the world’s biggest brands. It’s also a great place to learn more about honing your skills as an influencer. They do have some requirements for joining, so be sure to work on the following:
- Must have a blog that is at least three months old
- Blog at least four times per month
- Original content and storytelling
- Original and quality photographs (excluding stock photos and text only graphics)
- Professional blog theme that is user-friendly
- Active on at least three of the top social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram)
Actually, you should work on those things regardless of whether you want to apply.
This community is all about matching bloggers with great brands in a way that benefits both parties. Brands are able to make genuine connections with their audience by collaborating with influencers. Meanwhile, influencers are able to get paid to create content that bridges that gap between brands and their ideal customers. Everyone wins! Plus, the SITS community is pretty awesome for networking and education as well.
This media agency was created by a blogger who really wanted to give bloggers the creative freedom to promote brands in a way that felt more authentic. They shoot for quality over quantity, so they really look for bloggers who are great at telling great stories and really engaging their audience. However, they require that you have 20,000 page views per month at the minimum, so if you are a new blogger, this may be one to put on your vision board for later.
Many bloggers report that they love working with Acorn Influence. The campaigns are top notch, bloggers have the freedom to be creative, and they are renowned for adding really personalized touches, such as handwritten notes and thank you gifts after campaigns (in addition to the usual compensation).
For those bloggers who are really committed to developing their social media presence, Activate may be right up your alley. It enables you to connect with other social media influencers and to collaborate with your favorite brands.
This influence marketing company is another great way for bloggers to collaborate with major brands, such as Old Navy, Hewlett-Packard, and Pandora. They are very picky about who they invite to join their team, but it’s worth putting in the application.
If you are looking for a network that has its focus on blogger education and making connections as well as monetization, then I recommend joining The Inspired Bloggers Network. It is a very active Facebook community boasting over 11,000 members. They also offer a variety of useful courses through Inspired Bloggers University.
Personally, I have really enjoyed being an active member of The Women Bloggers, particularly of Arkansas Women Bloggers (the founding chapter). I joined this network of bloggers (mostly women, but there are a few men) back in 2012 or 2013. It was right about the time that I started really getting serious about blogging and wanted to learn more about how it works.
Since joining I have made a lot of friends (even local ones), attended several events, and been able to monetize my blog (which is something that I didn’t even know was possible when I first started). I’ve also learned a lot about blogging and business, and have even found some clients within the community. I also connected with other freelance writers who were the ones who showed me that I should be charging way more than I was at the time. In short, being part of that community has been an invaluable experience.
Again, these are just 10 blogging networks that you may want to consider joining. I encourage you to seek out more and figure out which ones are the best fit for you. In fact, when you register for our mailing list you will get access to 100+ companies that pay bloggers for content, and that includes tons of blogging networks!
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