This is a guest post from our friend DC from Young Adult Money.
Many people who read this blog have a goal of working from home, or currently work from home.
While I have a “regular” 9-5 and simply blog as a “side hustle,” I am always looking to diversify my income streams – online income streams in particular.
I’m sure pretty much every blogger will suggest blogging and freelancing writing as an ideal location-independent income stream, some people either don’t want to write or have other work-at-home income they are pursuing. One thing virtually everyone does, though, is use social media.
I’ve been on Twitter for more than 5 years now and have spent a considerable part of the past 10 years seeking out ways to make money on social media. Today I want to share with you what I think is both the best (and easiest) way to get paid to tweet, pin, and instagram.
So what is this platform that connects “regular” social media users with advertisers who want to pay them for their social media posts? The answer is IZEA.
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I’ve been using IZEA for over 4 years now and have made hundreds of dollars on it. Over 99% of that money came from my personal social media accounts not my blog social media accounts. I repeat: you do not need a blog to make money on IZEA!
How Does it Work?
You can make money through IZEA a couple ways. First, advertisers can find you and make you an offer. IZEA essentially has a huge database of users for advertisers to choose from. It’ll be much easier to be found if you complete your profile right when you sign up. For example I have a list of keywords for my accounts such as “Personal Finance” and “Minneapolis.”
H&R Block found me and is paying me $9 for a tweet this weekend as they try to promote an event they are hosting at the Mall of America (which is near Minneapolis-St. Paul). See how keywords are important?
You can also bid on campaigns. When you log into IZEA there will be a number of advertisers and campaigns listed. Some will have an “average” listed of all the accepted bids up to that point. Some advice: bid low until you’ve been accepted to work on a few campaigns. Advertisers are more likely to choose people who have some campaigns under their belt.
I recently had a successful bid on a campaign for Sam’s Club. Here’s the published Tweet:
I know I’ve focused on tweets, but there are many campaigns that are looking for people to post to Instagram, Youtube, or other social media accounts. So if you don’t use Twitter that often, no worries! There are still opportunities to make money.
Did I mention IZEA is free to be a part of?
Have a Chance of Winning $200 Cash just for trying IZEA!
My website is currently running a $200 PayPal cash giveaway for people who sign up through my referral link and connect at least one of their social media accounts. This giveaway ends Saturday (14th) at 11:00 PM so be sure you head over there quick if you want your shot at the $200 cash prize.
After all, why not give IZEA a shot? If anything I’ve seen more and more advertisers getting on board with it. Digital advertising and social sponsorship are growing industries and IZEA is thee place to be if you have social media accounts.
If you do have a blog, consider connecting your blog’s social media accounts as well. Advertisers are constantly looking to work with blogs so why would social media be any different? Did I mention that IZEA are the pioneers of advertorial blog content, too? You don’t want to miss out on the countless opportunities for income through IZEA.
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