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Sponsored Blog Posts: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Started

In the world of blogging, sponsored blog posts have become an increasingly popular way for brands to reach their target audience and for bloggers to earn money.

If you’re a blogger, sponsored posts are a good side hustle and can help you monetize your content!

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at sponsored blog posts, their benefits, and how to get started with creating them.

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What is a sponsored blog post?

Just like influencer marketing, a sponsored blog post is a collaboration between a brand and a blogger to create content that features the brand or its products.

This content can take many forms, such as product reviews, tutorials, how-to guides, brand mentions in blog posts, and more.

How do sponsored blog posts work?

After reaching an agreement on compensation (which is usually a one-time fee), the brand and blogger work together to come up with a topic for the blog post that aligns with the brand’s message and the blogger’s audience.

Then it’s often the blogger’s responsibility to write the blog post. The blogger also takes care of promoting it through social media or newsletters.

How do you get a sponsored blog post?

If you’re a blogger, you may think that you should wait for brands to contact you. But that’s always not true. You can be the one pitching your ideas!

Here are a few steps to follow:

  • Build your audience and niche: first, you need to build your audience. Brands look for bloggers who have an engaged audience that aligns with their target market, so it’s important that you are seen as credible in your niche.
  • Create a media kit: a media kit is a document that shows your blog’s statistics, audience demographics, and past collaborations. This will help brands understand the value you can offer as a sponsored post partner.
  • Find brands that may benefit from your sponsorships: there are several ways to find brands looking for blog sponsorships. If you have a clear idea of your niche, you probably already know who they are so you can reach out to them directly. Otherwise, a quick search on social media or other blogs will help you.
  • Pitch your ideas: once you’ve identified brands that you would like to work with, you can pitch them your ideas for sponsored content. It’s important to demonstrate how your blog and audience align with the brand’s message and target market, and to be creative in your content ideas.

What are the benefits of blog sponsorships?

This kind of sponsorship benefits both the brand and the blogger.

For brands, sponsored blog posts can provide:

  • exposure to new audiences;
  • increase brand awareness;
  • more traffic and sales.

For bloggers, blog sponsorships can be a way of earning money, working with brands they love, and increasing their authority within their niche.

3 Best Practices for Your Sponsored Blog Posts

Before start writing your sponsored blog post, remember these 3 best practices:

  1. Make sure your sponsorship aligns with your niche: don’t just accept any sponsored post. A post that is completely off from what you usually write about will only damage your reputation.
  2. Be honest: just because it’s a sponsored post, it doesn’t mean you have to lie. So be transparent and don’t make absurd claims.
  3. Always disclose the sponsorship: if you’re getting paid to promote a brand or a product, you need to disclose it. It’s a legal requirement. As for influencer guidelines, there are rules you need to follow. You can check them out here.
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