I started blogging in 2006 with the goal to share my passion for foreign languages, inspire parents to share those languages with their children and grow my foreign language school – EasyLearnLanguages in NJ!
In my first year, I was contacted by brands, offering me toys and products to be shared with my readers! I was just amazed they would do that!! That opened the doors to a whole new world for me and a new business! A brand new business can be a daunting experience but it is worth it if you believe in what you are doing. If you are on all digital platforms, even create your own website for it, then you need to utilize the resources out there. This could be tapping into SEO resources like GMB Gorilla and others, as well as producing niche marketing content connected to your business. The world is open to you, that’s why I went and grabbed it.
10+ years later, I closed my other business to blog full time and use my passion to motivate my communities to learn about new things and follow new adventures with me! No matter where you are in your business journey, there are always new things that can be learned, especially if you are based online and want to keep up with the digital platforms you are on. You can utilize educational support with a basic digital marketing course, business forums, etc. so you are always on top of what your business needs.
So many people and networks have helped me pave the way and put me where I am! I would miss somebody if I started naming them all! But the reason why I am sharing this #TBT post is to reflect on the power of networks and how they have been instrumental in matching my brand with amazing partnerships! You know what they say: you need to network to get more work!! Well, the networks I am about to share will do it for you!
If you are new to blogging and are yet to set up a site, it is possible to create a cool blog using WordPress (source) so you will want to start with that. But after that, I would highly encourage you to check them out! The same goes if you are a seasoned blogger but never really thought about monetizing. I know what you’re thinking….you don’t have the numbers! I’ve had so many opportunities when my numbers were what I call negative numbers! 🙂 So don’t let it, stop you!
Here are the networks I work with more frequently and who get my brand and bring the best partnerships everrrr!
I am so happy to have been invited back as a brand Ambassador for the network! Not only I had the pleasure of working with the most professional and super nice people of all, but I had over 12,000 in products in 2016 alone! My partnership with the network is a true blessing, I couldn’t begin to tell you how lucky I am to be a brand Ambassador for Best Buy!
Check out the network, apply, they have so many different campaigns! Products, Tweets, Blog Posts, so many different ways to partner with them!
Everywhere Agency – Not only do I adore the whole group of amazing women behind the network, but Danica K., the director has rushed to help and refer me in times when I needed it the most! I can’t begin to describe how much love I have for her and her team and my deep gratitude!
I was able to be at the Dove Key Note at Blogalicious last year, because of her help and a partnership with Domain.Me – an unforgettable experience made possible because of her!
Through work with Macys, UpTV, Carters and Domain.Me, I have grown as a blogger with multiple streams of income coming from those partnerships, which opened doors to many other opportunities!!
Dime was one of the first networks I was honored to receive work from. They believed in me when I had no numbers and no presence and through many partnerships they have been my highest source of income on a yearly basis! Offering me highly paid opportunities I truly value and cherish!
Again, besides loving the whole team, Dime is able to match my style and audience with the best opportunities!
One such opportunity was the unforgettable Prudential Event last year!
If you are a Latina or have a community with strong roots in that segment, you must check them out!
Through Social Stars I was able to establish yearly ambassador programs with Aveeno in 2016 and Tide in 2107! Long term relationships give you the opportunity to develop a stronger bond with the brand and share it in a more meaningful way!
I love their team, but have never had the chance to meet them!!
Tap has matched me with great brands and very unique social campaigns. I love working with them!
We work with We All Grow Network through Tap, which makes the process super easy!
This is another network I was so fortunate to connect with in my early days and have been honored to work on so many great partnerships in the 3 years I have worked with them! They also believed in me and gave me opportunities when nobody else would! So grateful!
Sofab – Colectiva Latina
They offer so many different options for campaigns and you choose the best fit for you and your community! We also have a chance to meet at different conferences and get to know other influencers in the network.
They offer campaigns for Latina bloggers and other campaigns as well!
Honestly, there are so many other networks you should check out; here are some other great choices:
And so many more … I hope my post helps you connect with new networks and will guide you if and when you are looking to build partnerships with brands.
Having a network behind a project minimizes risk on contract, payment and other issues which may arise! I have so many stories … one day I will tell them!
The most important thing to have in mind is that working with them, will bring you opportunities you’ve never envisioned, nor had the tools to reach!
What networks do you love? Can’t wait to hear from you! As usual, give us a Trendy Shout!