I joined Social Spark coming off a huge failure with My Blog Spark. I was sick of getting surveys which didn't lead to any good offers and being bombarded by products I just can't stand behind. Pillsbury, I love your dough boy, but you've got to cut out the trans fat!
When I saw Kimberly Michelle do a review for a product, I hopped over to Social Spark to see what they were about. I liked the idea of seeing offers and only accepting them if I actually believed in the product. After a few weeks, I finally got an offer for a product which I've had sitting as a draft in my queue. Brilliant, right? Then I sat down to actually write this thing. Ugh. There were all sorts of funny rules and we'll see later this week if it's even accepted, but I figure it was worth a shot. We'll call this one an experiment.
I've been thinking a lot about what it means to monetize thoughtfully. Part of what it means to me is only reviewing products that I already use. Another part of it means seeking out advertisers myself. After the move, I have two companies that I want to introduce you all to - both women owned small businesses where passion guides the business. The women are my friends and I trust them. Trust is rare in the monetizing world and I want to do my best to preserve your trust in me, while helping to build trust in companies, products and services I endorse.
Have you monetized your blog? Which services do you use? What's important to you about monetizing?