Monday, May 12, 2008

SocialSpark - A New Community for Bloggers

I recently signed up for SocialSpark, a new social networking site where bloggers and advertisers can get together to maximize blog profitability. So far I am enjoying the site quite a bit. Within minutes of signing up I had 5 friend requests. I thought that was pretty impressive.

SocialSpark offers a variety of methods that help you make money. Among the chocies are a sponsored post, a blog sponsorship, or a spark. From what I can tell, a spark is a free post in exchange for a post on someone else's site. It encourages collaboration among friends. A blog sponsorship is a per day agreement with an advertiser. Here is a sample of available sponsorships.

I haven't signed up for a sponsorship yet, but I plan to in the near future.

Some opportunities are only available for blogs with higher page ranks, but there are many opportunities available for the beginners. As Google has been stomping bloggers who advertise, SocialSpark doesn't look at Google page ranks for the higher-end opportunities. They use a tool called RealRank. This is a data-based method that gives you a more accurate picture of who is visiting your site and how valuable your site really is.

SocialSpark opportunities range from $5 - around $40, from what I have seen so far. I don't think there is a cap on how much a post can be worth, though. Here is a screenshot from the opportunities page.

On the right of the image you will see two small rectangles, either green or red in color. This helps you know if the opportunity is open, and lets you know if you qualify for the post. I think is is a pretty nice feature. It saves you time when you want to look for a post you are actually eligible for, and you don't have to click through a bunch of non-qualified posts.

Another tool for narrowing down your available opportunities is by using the search tool. This helps you narrow your search by the price you are looking for as well. I have used this tool a lot, and am happy with it.

SocialSpark cares about blogger integrity, and they have an extensive code of ethics. Here are some of the basics:

  • 100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure
  • 100% Transparency
  • 100% Real Opinions
  • 100% Search Engine Friendly
You can read more about their code of ethics by visiting

So far I have been very pleased with SocialSpark. I have found a couple of friends who I am in touch with, and have been introduced to many new opportunities. I think this is a great place to find advertisers for your blog and intend to use this site frequently. I highly recommend this site to you.

Sponsored by SocialSpark

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