A few weeks ago, a friend of mine got one of her first sponsored post opportunities on her blog. Like most bloggers who aren’t swamped with companies beating down their doors, begging to pay for links (while that would be kind of awesome, it certainly isn’t how it is for me), she said yes before finding out that the post was for an adult toy store – which is something she’d probably never talk about otherwise.
Luckily, she was able to work with the rep in order to come up with a milder anchor text, and all was well.
For new bloggers looking for a way to branch out into reviews and sponsored posts, the EdenLovesBloggers program from EdenFantasys is a great place to start, because there are options for every blogger’s style and comfort level. When I first started blogging on my old domain, I had worked with the company a number of times and never had any problems – with shipping, faulty products, or going to my PR rep with questions. Since then, EdenFantasys has revamped their program, which now includes four sections: Product Reviews, Sponsored Posts, Eden Affiliate, and Banner/Text Ads.
If the idea of reviewing a product isn’t something you’re comfortable with, the Sponsored Posts option is probably what you’re looking for. Bloggers can write up to two posts per month about anything related to Eden, including anything in the community, clubs, forums, or SexIs – a magazine about sex, society, health and body image, and even shopping advice. You can also write your posts about current sales or specific items.
And by following a few simple guidelines, you’ll be paid for your efforts with an EdenFantasys gift card. In fact, just by sharing this info, I’ll be getting my own gift card for a little somethin’somthin’. Another blogging friend of mine, who has been writing her 2-sponsored posts a month for as long as I can remember, hoards her gift cards until she’s got enough for the really expensive items. You know, the stuff you secretly swoon for, but can’t justify spending that much cash on yourself.
If you’re ready to join the EdenLovesBloggers program now, and write two posts in January, you can expect at least $50 – just in time for Valentine’s Day.