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Something most new bloggers get excited about is the prospect of working with brands. This can take the form of paid assignments or having a free product gifted to you for review. But where can we bloggers find paid and gifted blogging opportunities?
I’ve been blogging for over 3 years but it was around a year before I got my first gifted opportunity, and even longer before my first paid one. As a new blogger, I didn’t know where to look for opportunities, and I found it a bit daunting to apply for any. Nowadays I get them quite regularly and it’s so much fun to receive gifted products and get paid for my writing.
In this blog post, I will be sharing 5 ways in which I personally have found paid and gifted blogging opportunities. Whether you are a new or seasoned blogger, I hope this post will be helpful for you and that you’ll discover some new sources of opportunities that you didn’t know about before.
5 Ways To Find Paid and Gifted Blogging Opportunities
1. Blogger outreach sites
Blogger outreach sites are the main way that I find paid and gifted blogging opportunities. Below, I have listed various sites where blogging opportunities get advertised. I recommend checking these sites regularly and applying for any relevant opportunities.
Obviously, you won’t get accepted for everything you apply for because there is usually a lot of competition. However, I’ve found that by applying for every opportunity that is a good fit for me, I’ve been accepted for approximately a quarter of those I’ve applied for. Logically, the more you apply for, the more you’ll get accepted!
Some of these sites require you to set up a profile, and it’s possible for brands to find your profile and contact you directly with opportunities.
Here are the blogger outreach sites I have discovered so far:
Intellifluence describes itself as ‘the largest warm-contact influencer marketing platform’. After signing up, you can browse the ‘marketplace’ for opportunities, and brands can also send pitches to you. I’ve been accepted for/offered quite a few opportunities on Intellifluence so far and have had a very positive experience with them.
The opportunities vary a lot in how much they are paid. I’ve done some that are very generously paid and others where I’ve just received a free product. The good thing about Intellifluence is that they offer ‘the Intellifluence Promise’ which means brands are required to pre-fund the money to Intellifluence before you even accept the work. So you can be certain that you will receive your payment for any paid work you accept and complete.
The one downside to Intellifluence is that there are sometimes opportunities on there that seem spammy. However, as long as you are aware of this and discerning, you can just ignore those ones and pick out the good opportunities to apply for.
I highly recommend that you sign up for Intellifluence (referral link). It’s one of my favourite blogger outreach sites that I’ve come across so far.
Get Blogged is a similar site to Intellifluence in that they advertise various paid blogging opportunities that you can apply to. They post high-quality opportunities, many of which are generously paid. The opportunities are filtered by blog DA and there are plenty of low DA opportunities on there so it’s easy to find something you qualify for if your DA is low.
This is another site that you need to sign up for. It’s free and easy, and I recommend filling in your profile in detail because when you apply for a job, brands are sure to check out your profile.
Currently, there are loads of paid opportunities advertised on Get Blogged so I recommend going ahead and signing up (referral link).
Bloggers Required is another blogger outreach site, but it’s slightly different from the previous two in that you don’t have to sign up in order to view the blogging opportunities. On Bloggers Required, you can find blogging and Instagram assignments, so it’s a great site to check out if you are an Instagrammer too.
I haven’t found this site to be the most user-friendly. Sometimes the layout is a little unclear and it’s hard to find the latest blogging opportunities. There also haven’t been very many opportunities posted on there in recent times. However, I have been accepted for a few opportunities on there, so it’s absolutely a legitimate site and worth checking out.
The Lifestyle Blogger UK – Blogger Assignments
This blogger assignments page is run by Becky, a UK lifestyle blogger. She publishes a list of current blogging opportunities along with a contact form you can fill in to apply for any of them. She will pass your application on to the relevant brand, and the brand will contact you directly if you are successful.
You can also sign up for the newsletter so you will get new blogging opportunities emailed directly to you.
I’ve applied for a handful of opportunities on this page. So far I haven’t been accepted for any, but it’s definitely a legitimate page and so easy to use. It’s well worth checking it out to see if there are any opportunities that are suited to you.
Bonjour Blogger – Blogger Opportunities
This is another blogger opportunities page similar to the one above, run by Bonjour Blogger blog. The page advertises tweets from brands looking for bloggers to work with. There haven’t been any opportunities published on there for a while, but I’m hoping this page will be active again soon as it’s a good resource for finding paid and gifted blogging work.
2. Check Twitter hashtags
I recommend checking the following hashtags on Twitter on a regular basis:
Often, paid or gifted blogging opportunities get posted on Twitter under those hashtags. The competition is usually high for these, as lots of bloggers will see them. Nevertheless, it’s well worth getting in touch or replying to the Tweet with your details just in case.
Even if that opportunity is full or you don’t get selected, the brand will be aware of you and they might come back to you later if they have another opportunity. This has happened to me before! Also, if you reply to the Tweet publically, other brands reading it might see your reply and offer you a relevant opportunity.
3. Comment on other blogger’s reviews
A couple of years ago, I read a review of the PMD Clean facial cleansing device on another blog. I commented on their post that it sounded like a great device and I’d love to try it. A few days later, I actually got an email from PMD Beauty saying they’d seen my comment on that blog post and asking if I’d like to be gifted one to review myself. I was really surprised and happy because that hadn’t been my intention when I posted the comment. I was just posting a genuine comment without any expectations.
The moral of the story is, if you read another blogger’s review of a product and you like the sound of it, why not put a comment saying so. You never know – you might get lucky and get a free gifted product like I did!
4. Reach out directly to brands
This one speaks for itself. You can get in touch with brands directly, by email or social media, to ask if they would like to collaborate on a paid and/or gifted blog post. I’ve never had success with this myself, but I know that many other bloggers have. The worst that can happen is that the brand says no, or doesn’t reply.
Some brands even mention on their website that they work with bloggers, so have a look first and see if they do. This way, you’ll know what information they’ll need from you when you contact them.
5. Make it easy for brands to contact you
This is obviously not a way to find blogging opportunities, but rather a way for opportunities to find you. Several brands have contacted me via my email address or contact form. If these hadn’t been clear and obvious on my blog, those brands might never have got in touch. Therefore I recommend having a contact page on your blog with a contact form and also your email address. Even better, you can create a work with me page where you could share details of what kinds of collaborations you are open to, and your terms. This shows you are open to collaborations, so brands are more likely to contact you.
One thing to be careful about with these spontaneous collaborations is not to sell yourself short. If a brand suggests a price that you feel is too low, it’s okay to try and get the rates up or turn down the collaboration.
Where do you find paid and gifted blogging opportunities?
Do you know of any other blogger outreach sites, or ways to find paid and gifted blogging opportunities? What’s the most unusual way that you got a blog collaboration? Please do let me know in the comments below!