@sister_mag: We started out with the intention to include ads in our eMag / blog right from scratch as way to earn money.
@caseemarie: it’s been an insightful experience; ads are a business, and I work hard to focus on the universally beneficial partnerships.
@spearmintblogs: Yes and sponsorship has changed my life. Turned hobby blogging into full time!
@alliepal: No. I found that I wanted my blog to be a creative extension of my freelance business vs. a source of direct income.
@katelynbrooke88: No sponsors on my blog yet, but this month I’m trying out sponsoring a few blogs to promote my blog + business.
@TheCuisinerd: I use an ad network through Federated Media but definitely interested in learning how to acquire sponsors I’m into.
@flowerchildvtg: yes, having sponsors pushes me to post more often on my blog and has helped me get to know many wonderful people in my niche!
@sister_mag: We’re pretty thought about the ads, not too many, well integrated, more sponsoring/advertorials, no banner ads.
@andkathleen: I worry ads & sponsors would dilute my own brand, message and connection with my readers.
@_HayleysWorld: Just started paid spots. Haven’t had many yet but lots of swaps which I ❤. I think it’s a positive thing. Love networking.
@HelenaMarie: In the end, though, you have to go with what feels right for your blog/brand.
@alliepal: I would recommend using an application or something like Passionfruit. Managing them yourself can be a time suck.
@ParkerEtc: I’m a Google Adsense lady! It gives you customization,robust reporting,contextual targeting and is pretty much idiot proof!
@mspinkandblue: It’s less work to have web apps, but you cant control the art work. BUT 3rd party ads always pay on time.
@poppylindsay: I am definitely a fan of Passionfruit Ads. They make paying so easy for sponsors and make the process so easy for bloggers.
@inspiredtoshare: I prefer personal connections. I like getting to know the person behind the business to ensure a good fit for my readers.
@HelenaMarie: I never click on Adsense ads. I click on a lot of “sponsor” ads because I want to check out other cool blogs.
@ParisRouzati: Always add a personal touch. Blogs are saturated with sponsorships and giveaways…there’s a loss of personality & authenticity.
@jgambacurta: Developing your niche can make it easier to decline sponsors who aren’t the right fit.
@spearmintblogs i really think this all depends on your goals. if you are blogging for a living do not rule out any sources.
@foodiecrush: have you guys looked into ad networks? Glam and Say Media aren’t as ugly
@aosborn08: I’d be more inclined to trust blogger’s opinion (pos/neg) about sponsored content if I was told it was sponsored.
JGambacurta: I think featuring sponsors on social media are part of the package. Social networks are extensions of your blog.
AlliePal: No, I really like to keep my connections on Twitter/FB/Pinterest neutral and in my own voice.
AOsborn08: No faster way for me to unfollow a Twitter account than to tweet sponsored content. Twitter is busy enough w/o sp tweets!
MsPinkandBlue: I personally wouldn’t on twitter bc I feel like I have strong personal relationships, but on PInterest I would
SammanthaTweets: if they pay. It’s a lot of time/energy. You have to make it AUTHENTIC when promoting them, which is a lore more than just #FF
FreeSpiritReign: No, I think social media is part of the package. People don’t wan to be nickel & dimed for everything
CaseeMarie: Personally, taking sponsorships to social media would make my head spin so I’m staying behind the times for now
HelenaMarie: I can’t think of a reason I’d do sponsored tweets. My voice is too valuable to me.
ParkerEtc: No Twitter, but Yes to Pinterest. It helps build your reach & credibility across multiple social media platforms to a brand
SpearmintBlogs: yes, yes yes… I often exchange products with companies that I share on Twitter
PoppyLindsay: Never! Twitter is solely reserved for me tweeting what I love, not what I have been paid to love.
Olivia_Color: The people who follow you on twitter/facebook most likely are already devoted to your blog. There’s no need for it!
KatelynBrooke88: I think both can work – it just needs to feel like the blogger genuinely supports and believes in who they’re spotlighting.
LinzLovesYou: I like when people offer 1 “primo” ad spot that they highlight in a post.
WifeMummyNurse: I have only had sponsors for giveaways so far. I spotlight them.
BayParkDream: I do both. Depends on the sponsor, the type of ad space they purchased, & how I think my readers will react
JaclynGiuliano: I don’t do a post dedicated to them, but will add it posts or on twitter because I’m thankful for the support
JoelleDuff: I prefer to integrate blogger features into my posts, and highlight them as friends (which they often are)
TheCuisinerd: I give a little footnote disclosure at the bottom of the post, I never let the sponsor change the content or tone of my post.
Sister_Mag: We highlight them, i.e. have “Sponsored Post” or “Ad” marked the article. As German citizen you’re obliged by law to do so
SuiteSevenBlog: both. Your sponsors should align with your blog audience so it should happen naturally anyway.
BlueBowGirl: depends on the sponsor, I try to highlight the brands that sponsor my little blog! So usually a spotlight! They deserve it!
ParkerEtc: Present a way that doesn’t disrupt your ‘usual programming’ & keeps your readers feeling they’re getting content not a salesman
ShadyLane14: I would rather not know the content is sponsored. I usually skip over the sponsor intro posts.
AlyssaBaconLiu: I like when other bloggers highlight their sponsors because it introduces me to new blogs, but some do it TOO much
JoelleDuff: Stats, types of sponsorships available, terms, rates, info about my blog…
KatelynBrooke88: When I’m thinking about sponsoring a blog, it’s nice to see readership info and social media stats in addition to page views
Sister_Mag: we use a media kit highlighting our audience, topics, stats from the past, quotes from followers and rates
JGambarcurta: Stats from Google Analytics, demographics, list of benefits for sponsors (including SEO)
HelenaMarie: As someone buying space, I want to see daily unique page views. I think GFC is kind of fake/easily inflated.
ParkerEtc: Include bios, rss & social media stats, brands you’ve worked with, Google analytics & your blogs #’s from the past three months.
JaclynGiuliano: I include a little bio, photos from posts that highlight my work, then stats inviting them to contact me
BlueBowGirl: Stats, blog info, other places I write, rates, sponsorship packages, terms, and smiles
AOsborn08: As a PR girl that doesn’t have sponsorship for her blog, I’m fascinated by what people put into their digital press kits! J
FreeSpiritReign: I’ve been satisfied with this info being on the sponsorship page – I want to know before I ask about sponsorship, personally.