How to Land Sponsors Who Will Pay $5,000+ to Work with You

The main way I make money blogging is through sponsorships, which is also sometimes lumped into the broad category of influencer marketing. Essentially, brands pay me to tell other people about their products and services.

Win-win, because I get to recommend cool new stuff to my audience! Often, I get to try out a product or service before it is even available to the general public, so y’all go on and be jealous 🙂

But honestly…

It took a long time to get to this point.

Like many of you reading this, I spent years struggling as a blogger, just trying to get any sponsor at all to work with me.

I was lucky to get free product in exchange for all the review work I was doing.

Today, I work with a very wide range of sponsors. Some of them still just send me free product, and I work with them because A) I love their brand anyways, B) the product is worth a pretty penny and/or C) my audience has been asking me to review the product in question.

But my biggest sponsors pay $5,000+ to work with me for every campaign. And they come back time and time again because it is worth every single penny. I have one sponsor who has, to date, spent nearly $20,000 on sponsored campaigns.

So how do I do it?

The answer may surprise you… because I do not get millions of pageviews! Yes, traffic matters, but you can work with high-paying sponsors even if your traffic is less than 50K pageviews per month. Here’s exactly how to do it:


What to Do if a Sponsor Disappears… and You Get SCREWED!

Most bloggers are paid for sponsored posts after they publish the post, which means there is an opportunity for your to get… SCREWED!

Listen… we’ve all been there. If you’re reading this post, it is likely that you’ve been screwed by a sponsor or client in the past, or you are dealing with a jerk who is trying to screw you right now. I’ve been freelancing for over a decade and blogging for nearly as long, and I can tell you that this is unfortunately a reality of the business.

But you aren’t without recourse! Let’s talk about a few things you can do if a sponsor (or client) disappears without paying you:


Blogging Advice I’m Glad I Didn’t Take: The 7 Worst Recommendations “Pros” Have Given Me

Blogging Advice I'm Glad I Didn't Take: The 7 Worst Recommendations "Pros" Have Given Me

I honestly believe that no matter how long you have been blogging, you need to keep learning. When I was a new blogger, I spent about 75% of my time just learning about blogging. Now that I’ve been blogging for over a decade… I still devote about 25% of my workday to learning.

That said… not all advice is created equally.

It can be overwhelming. I’m not a parent, but I suspect that running a blog is like having a baby. Everyone… and I mean everyone… is going to give you “advice” whether you want it or not. And they think you are a fool if you don’t take it!

At this point, I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting obvious bad advice and scams. But it has been a process of trial and error! I have definitely made mistakes along the way, and sometimes those mistakes happened because I was following the advice of experts in the field of blogging. The “experts” don’t always get it right.

Without further ado, here are the 7 worst pieces of blogging advice I ever received from so-called experts.