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How to Land Sponsored Post Opportunities

Sponsored posts are everywhere.

There, I said.

If you have been hanging out in the blogosphere for any amount of time, then you have come across countless sponsored posts and ads. And a lot of the time, you probably don’t even realize it!

Many bloggers (especially those who have been around for a while) have already clued into the fact that sponsored posts are a really easy way to monetize your blog.

But, if you’re anything like me, maybe you’ve only been blogging for a few months. Or maybe you’re just starting to monetize. And the thought of sponsored posts just seems overwhelming.

After all, there are so many different companies and networks offering sponsored post opportunities, that it’s practically impossible to know where to start. And better yet, to know which ones actually work.

That’s why I decided to put together this post. I want to give you a genuinely helpful resource that will help you land your first sponsored post opportunity.

How to Find Sponsored Post Opportunities as a New Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, to find out more information, please read my disclaimer. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.

How to Prepare for Sponsored Posts

Before you start researching how and where to find sponsored post opportunities, you might want to take a step back and determine if your blog is actually ready for sponsorship! That means you need to go self-hosted and up your social media game.

Not self-hosted yet?

Just open up my tutorial on how to start a profitable blog and I will walk you through the steps of going self-hosted with Siteground. It’s the same company I use to host my own blog and I always recommend them to fellow bloggers!

Click here to sign up for Siteground. You will be up and running in just a few minutes!

Worried about your social media numbers?

Don’t be. In most cases, you don’t need to have thousands of followers in order to find sponsored post opportunities. Instead, companies are looking for bloggers/influencers with an engaged audience! So, try to encourage your followers to comment and engage on your social media and blog posts.

Related Reading: How to Create a More Engaged Instagram Audience

The Best Influencer Networks for Bloggers

There are a lot of media networks out there for bloggers who want to get into sponsored posts. Most of them require you to fill out an application that includes your contact information, social media channels and average number of monthly blog visitors.

I know this can be intimidating if you have a small following, but please don’t get discouraged. Even if your application is rejected, you can always apply again in the future.

Honestly, you have nothing to lose!


This is my favourite network for sponsored post opportunities hands-down. Once you are accepted to Linqia, your blog and online presence are considered a “community”, with you being the community leader. Linqia will email you if they think your community is a good fit for a specific brand campaign. They tend to work with big-name brands and operate on a pay-per-click basis, which means you get paid each time someone clicks the sponsored links on your blog or social media channels. It’s free to sign up.


I just recently became a member of Cooperatize and have been pleasantly surprised by the available opportunities! Influencers can apply to five campaigns per month, which you can find in the dashboard. From what I’ve seen so far, there are a lot of travel-related opportunities – making it the perfect network for travel bloggers! It’s free to sign up.


The last program I’m going to recommend to you is Tapinfluence. They work with big-name companies and offer you the potential to earn a lot of extra cash. Influencers also get access to some amazing free resources like ebooks and webinars all about influencer marketing. I recently worked with them on a blog post about Quebec and the experience was great! It’s free to sign up.

Related Reading: How to Become an Influencer

How to Use Direct Marketing to Your Advantage

A lot of bloggers tend to forget about this option. But, rather than waiting for a network or company to reach out to you for a sponsored post – you can always make the first move.

If there is a company that you’re passionate about, it doesn’t hurt to send them an email and ask if they want to work with you!

By using this method, I’ve been able to land several sponsored hotel stays throughout Canada and a free suitcase. But, if I’m being totally honest, the majority of my direct emails end with a no.

So, before you start contacting all of your favourite brands – just brace yourself for the possibility that they won’t want to work with you. And that’s okay! Just because they say no right now, doesn’t mean you won’t have the chance to work with them in the future. Be polite and don’t burn any bridges!

Here are some handy tips for sending out your first pitch:

  • Introduce yourself and your blog. Explain the theme of your blog and include a few statistics like your monthly page views and social media followers.
  • Explain why your blog is a good fit for their products or services. Include a few compliments about the company and tell them why you want to work with them.
  • If you’ve worked with any companies in the past, mention them. Include links to any of your previous sponsored posts.
  • Finish off the email with your name, email, blog link and maybe even your social media handles.

Related Reading: How to Land Sponsored Travel as a Blogger

The Importance of Online Blogging Communities

Another great place to find out about sponsored post opportunies are online blogging communities. And my favourite ones are on Facebook!

Facebook groups are full of bloggers helping other bloggers. Oftentimes, when one person finds out about an opportunity, they will share it with the rest of the group.

Obviously, it can be difficult knowing which Facebook groups are the best ones to join. I highly suggest signing up for my Secret Library, where you will find my Facebook Group Masterlist. It includes over 40 of the best groups on Facebook!

And don’t forget to join my very own group called the Blog Nest. It’s a great place to connect with other bloggers, promote your content and discuss sponsored post opportunities. Did I mention it’s free?

Final Thoughts

This should go without saying, but please ensure that you only publish content that you’re proud of!

Money is great. But, don’t accept a sponsored post just for the heck of it! If it doesn’t resonate well with your audience, don’t bother.

The most important thing is to stay true to yourself. Keep posting helpful and interesting content. Your readers will notice and thank you for it!

And at the end of the day, aren’t your readers the most important factor?

If you’re feeling hungry for more blogging tips, check out some of my latest posts:

And before you leave, make sure you scroll on down to the comments and let me know your thoughts on sponsored blog posts! Are you dying to work with any brands? Has this post left you feeling confident enough to dip your toes into the sponsored world?


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  • Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life

    Very helpful. I hadn’t heard of many of these. Thank you!

    September 7, 2017 at 12:20 Reply
    • Maya

      Awesome! Glad you could learn something new Jen.

      September 7, 2017 at 14:49 Reply
  • leanne

    Great blog – I’m definately goin g to check out linqia! Thanks

    September 7, 2017 at 12:26 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Leanne! Linqia is hands-down my favourite network. Can’t wait for you to try it out! 🙂

      September 7, 2017 at 14:49 Reply
  • Jillian

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’m a newer blogger and often worry about even trying to monetize it now 🙂

    September 7, 2017 at 12:26 Reply
    • Maya

      You’re SO welcome Jillian! Monetizing your blog is much easier than it sounds. You just have to start small! If you ever have any questions about it, just let me know!

      September 7, 2017 at 14:50 Reply
  • klaudia

    Very neat post! Thanks a lot for sharing these tips, although I do get quite some paid opportunities, I will surely look into Linqia. This sounds promising! I love your blog, really great layout.

    September 7, 2017 at 12:51 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks so much for the kind words Klaudia! I’m glad you liked the post. Definitely try out Linqia! I think you could land some great partnerships on there! 🙂

      September 7, 2017 at 14:51 Reply
  • Elizabeth Fox

    I’d love to know more about step #2. I’ve been sending emails out for a while now. I get ignored a good portion of the time. I’d love to learn how to word my email in a more enticing way.
    Your other tips were very helpful too. I’ve never heard of any of those affiliate companies. I’m going to check them out now!

    September 7, 2017 at 13:30 Reply
  • Leighann

    Love this information! You also listed some of my favorrrrrite influencer agencies! I haven’t directly reached out to anyone, but plan to in the future! Thank you for sharing!

    September 7, 2017 at 14:04 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Leighann! Those agencies are the best. They really simplify the entire process. But as I mentioned in the post, direct marketing is my go-to for sponsored content! Hope you try it out soon!

      September 7, 2017 at 14:52 Reply
  • Lydia

    Great tips! As a fellow blogger, it can be really hard to land those great jobs with the brands that you love and want to work with. I need to be better at reaching out myself.


    September 7, 2017 at 14:07 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Lydia! It all comes with practice. Every time I reach out to a new company, I get better and better at crafting the perfect pitch! 🙂

      September 7, 2017 at 14:53 Reply
  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    Great tips!! I have not decided to monetize my blog yet, but I am going to save this post for when I do.

    September 7, 2017 at 15:52 Reply
  • Megan | Mama on Main Street

    Loved this post! I’ve been thinking about reaching out to a few companies and it sounds like it’s worth it! Thanks for the motivation.

    September 7, 2017 at 20:02 Reply
  • Kaitlyn Ontiveros

    Very helpful. Answered a lot of questions I had. Thanks!

    September 7, 2017 at 22:36 Reply
  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    This is incredibly helpful. I haven’t done any sponsored posts. I’m pretty new to blogging, and I had no idea how to even approach it. Thank you so much for sharing this information!

    September 8, 2017 at 00:19 Reply
  • Keri

    So helpful! Thank you so much for this!

    September 8, 2017 at 01:13 Reply
  • Dyana

    I used to accept sponsored posts without any prior knowledge about them and it honestly didn’t mesh with the rest of my content. I’ve heard good things about Linqia I need to check them out!

    September 8, 2017 at 03:37 Reply
  • Tyra

    Saving this post for later Maya! So helpful! I’m hoping for October I can get started on sponsored posts! Still trying to find my groove with my blog.

    September 9, 2017 at 00:05 Reply
  • Jolinda Mapp

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’m very new to the blogging life still and not quite ready to add more to learn. So I will definitely pin this for later.

    September 9, 2017 at 22:58 Reply
  • Irene Wanderluster

    Nice! So helpful, still learning about the sponsored post, I want to try some of the programs you mentioned. I read that Linquia asks for a high number of followers or pageviews so I have to work on that and start with other programs. Thanks for the advice!

    September 11, 2017 at 19:55 Reply
  • Abbey

    Pinned this for later! I am an Amazon affiliate and make a little each month with them, but really want to get my blog to the next level. I am going to give all these a good read and start getting them implemented! Thank you!

    September 12, 2017 at 00:07 Reply
  • Mimi

    Great posts. I have pinned this to refer to it later. Thanks for sharing!

    September 12, 2017 at 17:22 Reply
  • Kelly

    Thanks for sharing! I like the idea of just reaching out to a brand and seeing what happens. The worst they can do is say no!

    September 12, 2017 at 17:30 Reply
  • Amy Poulton - Page Traveller

    Hey, this is brilliant, thank you! Ive been umming and ahhing about considering sponsored posts for a while and though I have a little way to go, this has definitely cleared up a few things. Thank you so much for sharing!

    September 13, 2017 at 01:23 Reply
  • Emma

    This post is perfect! I was actually thinking of starting to look for sponsored posts opportunities the other day, so this is really helpful. Thanks!

    September 20, 2017 at 05:52 Reply
  • Sharon

    Very helpful. Currently learning more about this and this is definitely helping. Thank you!!

    September 21, 2017 at 11:09 Reply
  • Casie

    This is so helpful, Maya! I’m just getting started, so it sometimes feels like I’ll never figure it all out, and this explains it perfectly.

    December 7, 2017 at 10:01 Reply
  • Amy

    Love your blog! Can’t believe how new you are to everything. I’m on month 2 of blogging. Thanks for the tips!

    January 11, 2018 at 03:59 Reply
  • kristen weber

    very helpful post, my blog is only a few months old and i’m starting to look into sponsored posts so thank you for this post =)

    September 24, 2019 at 15:01 Reply
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