Although I am a featured publisher through Foodbuzz, I have no other affiliations at the moment. I don't belong to Fitfluential, I don't have any buttons on my sidebar and I am not a WEGO Health Activist. I've been exploring these avenues so that I could better understand what I want to affiliate myself (and my blog) with.
WEGO Health: This is kind of a social networking site for people interested in health issues, obesity, nutrition, weight loss, etc. They emailed me to participate in a nutrition roundtable last week and I was intrigued. I spent an hour on the phone on a conference call with several others interested in nutrition. I believe that 3 of the 5 of us on the call were registered dieticians (obviously, I am not) so I felt a little out of my league. I did learn a lot and while we were talking WEGO Health was tweeting out some of our comments live.
I earned a $25 Amazon gift card for participating in the call. However, I have not signed up or created a profile with WEGO. I would only recommend it if you are really interested in health rather than physical exercise or simply tasty food and cooking. Also, if you are actively trying to gain Twitter followers (I barely know what that hashtag nonsense is) participating in the Round Table as I did would be a good way to do so.
Fitfluential: I know several bloggers who are part of this network and the benefits seem to be the opportunity to getting free items to try, giveaways, race entries and more. My big problem with this is that it seems that everyone who applies is accepted.
Have you ever heard the quote from Groucho Marx: "I don't want to belong to any club that will have me as a member"? I kind of feel like that. I don't particularly feel like I am "influential in the fitness world" so I'm not sure what I would have to share. Plus, while I do reviews/giveaways I only do things I WANT to do - I don't know if it would be okay to turn down offers repeatedly from Fitfluential.
One final thing - I'm a snob. No surprise here. I guess I worry that by accepting membership into one of these networks that my blog posts will resemble other posts by different bloggers because we are all encouraged to write about the same thing on the same day.
Do you belong to any other groups/networks/affiliations? What are the benefits you have received so far, or any of the cons I failed to be aware of?
I'm curious to learn what your personal experience are and whether you view these affiliations as a positive or negative thing.
*One more thing! I realize after writing this that I was probably thinking about it thanks to this post from Rose- go over and read her thoughts about Fitfluential as well.
February 21st, 2012: Getting Paid to Blog?
It's not a secret that I make money from my blog. Legally I'm not allowed to share how much I earn with anyone, but...email me if you want a ballpark figure. The two most popular ways to earn money in this area seem to be Google Adsense and Foodbuzz. Both have pros and cons, so let me briefly explain how they work.
Google Adsense: Will bring in money ONLY when someone clicks on the ad. How often does that really happen? Advertisments can be in subtle locations on your blog if desired, and you can choose between text ads and picture ads as well. The ads are supposed to target the reader, but if you have ever visited a site for cake recipes and seen Russian mail order bride ads you know that doesn't always work, does it? If your blog gets a lot of traffic, those few clicks can really add up.
Foodbuzz: This is the company that I ultimately decided on. You get paid not by how many people click on the ad, but by how many actually see it. The catch is, only North American views are counted. (Thanks for nothing, my Lebanese readers). Also, you have to live in America to become a Foodbuzz Featured Publisher. On the plus side, you are able to opt-in to a lot of different food samples and opportunities sponsored by Foodbuzz and other brands. I have received hundreds of dollars in samples so far. Also a negative is the contract, which can be frustrating at times to understand. I do know that most bloggers who sign up with Foodbuzz won't be allowed to have competing ads. I was told that my Foodbuzz profile would bring in traffic, but if it has it's been very minimal.
I'm definitely happy with Foodbuzz right now, but I can see why it might not be beneficial down the road. I've had to turn down some private company ads because of the contract, although they were pretty minimal so it certainly doesn't bother me.