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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Do you Spark?

I'm fairly new to everything blogging related as is this blog. I realized that there are still a lot of stuff that I need to learn to keep a blog moving - and EARNING too. Thankfully, Lorie, a friend-contributor to this blog has taught me a few bits and tricks to this new world I should be calling the "blogosphere".

Well, I have followed some steps to monetizing a blog and most of them are Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising from Google AdSense and Bidvertiser (as Lorie recommends using). There are also Pay per Post (PPP) sites that offer good compensation for putting up posts for them. I have tried to sign up to a few of them but I keep getting declined because of this blog's present PR. However, I did stumble on IZEA's SocialSpark. I signed up and after a few days, this blog got verified - which was cool. My first verification! Haha.

It is something of a social networking site that caters to bloggers and advertisers alike. There are two ways you can get signed up as. One is as a blogger, and the other as an advertiser. As a blogger, you get paid for writing reviews for products and services out on the web. SocialSpark also allows for dynamic pricing if you plan on advertising. As a blogger, you can also pay fellow bloggers to expand coverage of your blog too. It's a neat package where bloggers get paid to write reviews or advertisers get coverage at the same time it is a networking site where bloggers like us get meet fellows in our own interest groups.

What's great about Social Spark is that it has its own way of ranking blogs. They call it Real Rank. It is a more realistic ranking system as opposed to Google's and Alexa's. Some days you get good traffic, and some not as much. This is favorable for a starting blog like this one because you won't need to put your blog to a PR 3 to get good sponsorship. By the way, Social Spark calls these "opps" or opportunities to write about a product or service for an advertiser. Another feature I like is the prop/drops button which you can find at your profile. It allows fellow bloggers to let you know how appealing your blog is. Not to fear though, Social Spark members are pretty quick on providing constructive criticism. Advertisers can also have a look at your profile and evaluate if you can provide some reviews for them.

Social Sparks has a code of ethics to keep everyone secure.

-100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
-100% Transparency
-100% Real Opinions
-100% Search Engine Friendly

Get signed up now. It's easy. Setting up a profile is pretty simple too. Once you get signed up, you will have to provide some basic information like your name, address, Paypal email address (this is how you get payed), etc. So head on to Social Spark now and set up your own spark.

Sponsored by SocialSpark

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