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I have found that Izea is great for small blogs.  If you are reading this post you are probably a blogger who is just starting out or your blog is still small.  As I began to monetize my blog I was very intimidated by the large blog networks.  I knew it would be very hard to get sponsored posts and other paid opportunities with my numbers hovering between 6,000 to 10,000 page views per month or less at times.   In the beginning of blog monetization…every little bit helps!  I didn’t expect to make much if any money blogging my first year.  As I am in my 8th year blogging, I am excited to say that I have made a little bit of money - steadily increasing over the years as I learn more places to earn and such.  I have joined quite a few blog networks and I can honestly say that Izea was the first to offer me some paying jobs as a small blogger!  Many of the networks have really high page view requirements in order to even apply for opportunities.  It can be discouraging when you are too small to even apply.  

Why Izea is Great for Small Blogs

Izea is easy to join.  It didn’t take me long to set up my account.  It was simple and there were some tutorials available to make it a breeze.  It is very important to link your social media accounts because many of the bids are for social media! There are 3 plans you can choose from:  Free, Standard and Pro.  The Standard Plan has a cost of $1 per month.  The Pro Plan has a cost of $5 per month.  I have been using only the free plan (for now) so I can`t really tell you about the paid plans, but the free one seems to be working for me. You just are limited to how many "bids" you can make on promotions between each cycle.  I have heard that there is not any real reason to pay the extra for the Pro Plan.  

I got my first opportunity quickly with Izea.  While I wasn`t making a lot back then, that opportunity opened the doorway and for a newer blogger a few dollars is where you have to start!  

Most of the open bids that are offered to me are for sponsored tweets.  These are very quick to do and you basically get paid for a couple of minutes of work.  This is nice when you are a newer blogger and you need to spend as much time as possible writing good quality posts for your blog.  My understanding is that I am only shown opportunities that I qualify for…so I have no idea what kind of open bids other bloggers are being shown! You can request a payment from your earnings whenever you want as long as you have enough in your account.  The Standard Plan allows you to withdraw a minimum of $50, but if you really need the money, you can cash out early for a $2 fee.   I don’t think you will get rich with Izea, but I think it is a good place to start!  I have gotten regular work from them and it is all quick and easy.  I have read about bloggers who makes a full time income with Izea!  She is obviously getting a lot more offers than just sponsored tweets!  My advice is to log in once a day to check for new open bids.  I don’t bid on everything available, but pick bids that I am comfortable sharing with my followers.  I have done bids for IHG, Tide, HP, Chobani, Samsung at Walmart, Sam’s Club, Dollar General and more!  It is obvious that a lot of big name brands are using Izea.   If you have never registered with Izea you can click HERE to get started!  I think Izea is great for small blogs.  

What is/was your favorite blog network to make money with as a new blogger?


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