When you first join Izea it’s a little confusing. It’s one of the few sites where you have to set your own price for doing a job. The layout doesn’t seem to make sense at first either. What are you doing? Where do you find your jobs?
Trust me once you get the hang of it, you will love the site. Finding ways to make money off of your blog is one stream of revenue, but Izea opens up a whole nother one by allowing you to make money off your social media. So, how do you use Izea?
How To Use Izea
First off if you’re not on Izea and want to earn revenue from your social media you should be.
What’s Izea? It’s basically a site that connects you to brands. You’re then allowed to bid on posting a tweet, Facebook status (any social media), or blog post.
The first thing you need to do is sign up for Izea. This is what your screen will look like. You have two options now for signing up for Izea. First, you can sign up as yourself, but you can now also sign up as a brand. What’s the difference? If you are tweeting or bidding for someone else you don’t want to use your own information, so then you would select brand.
Once you have signed up and logged in your going to be taken to a screen like this.
So what’s all that mean?
- NEW– is where you will find the posts that are open to bids. This is where you will go when you log in to see what available for you to bid on.
- Name– This is the company that is accepting bids for you social media post
- The symbol– in this case, it’s for Twitter. This will tell you what social media this company want you to post on.
- For– This only applies to you if you have multiple blogs. In that case, it will tell you which blog this job is being offered to.
- AVG. Bid – This is the average price other bloggers are charging.
- Overview– Is just that an overview of what that company is about and what they are looking for.
There are two options you can either click bid or click the arrow and select decline. If you select decline the job will then be sent to taken/cancelled. If you click bid you will then be sent to enter your bid.
This is where you will see that the client wants you to in this case tweet. It also gives you their ideal candidate and lets you see where you’ll be linking to on your post.
This is also where you see
- Average Bid – TBD. This tells you what other bloggers are asking.
- Minimum- This is the lowest amount you can ask for.
- Maximum- This is the highest amount you can ask for.
- Your pitch- I never put in a pitch. I’ve gotten plenty of jobs without doing it.
So what do you bid? That is up to you. I would suggest asking for at least $2, but depending on your number care really vary. What I would also suggest is playing with what you bid. If you bid $2 this time tries $3 next time and go up from there.
Once you submit your bid Izea sends it to their client. You will see that post move over to pending. One of four things can happen.
- Accepted- Meaning the advertiser is happy with your price and wants you to publish for them.
- Deny- Deny means the advertiser didn’t feel you were the right fit or didn’t like the price.
- Make an offer- If the company like you, but doesn’t like your price they will sometimes counter offer you.
If they approve you that post will move to “Action Required” where you will make your post and submit it. You don’t have to leave Izea to post because Izea does it for you.
If they Deny you the post moves over to Taken/Cancelled.
If they want to counter offer it will move to “Actions Required” where it will be under “In Negotiation”.
Under this tab, you will be able to see what happened with what job. As you can see I decline a lot of my offers. Usually, because they have nothing to do with my niche.
Each job will have a status.
- Decline by you – you didn’t want the job.
- Declined by the advertiser- The advertiser declined the post.
- Deadline missed by you- This means for whatever reason you didn’t respond or put a bid in before the deadline the advertiser had set.
- Deadline Missed by Advertiser- This means the advertiser didn’t approve or deny you in the time frame they had set.
Once you have figured navigation of the site out and had a chance to try it out you have a choice to make. Izea has 3 plans to choose from.
What’re the differences between the plans? The biggest difference I have found is between free and standard, and that’s the ability to have unlimited bids. With the free version, you’re limited to 5 bids a month. I upgraded to Standard because I really like to use Izea and having the ability to place unlimited bids is worth it to me.
Important things to remember
- Izea doesn’t send you am email every time a new job is posted for bids, so I like to check it twice a day. once in the morning and once at the end of the day.
- If you find yourself being declined a lot look at your bids. Since Izea doesn’t give a set amount you really have to play around and find a number that works for you and the brands.
- Remember as you grow so should your bid.
Do you use Izea? If so, do you like it?