If you're a blogger, read on for a great bit of advice. If you're not a blogger, you may very well find this to be interesting insight into some of what we do (but I won't be offended if you're like "no, I'm not reading AJ's blog just this once").
There are so many blogger "collectives" out there now. Organizations like Clever Girls and Massive Sway who collect up blogger members so that they can partner with brands and subsequently recruit appropriate members to evangelize those brands. (Non bloggers - so you know - we often get paid for these opportunities but we are always allowed to be honest. No one is bribing us. In fact, Markerly is paying me for this post, but I talk about them all the time so I was like "money for something I'd do happily anyway? Um, ok.")
Markerly is one such network - one of many I belong to (I display many badges on my site but do, in fact, belong to quite a few more collectives) - and has really become one of my favorites to work with. They are certainly the most on their game. It is a full-service managed network with 24/7 blogger support. I've been able to reach them via email and twitter with super-fast response time. It's probably my favorite feature of working with them.
Of course, my second-favorite feature is, they pay you within 48 hours of completing your obligations to the campaign. 48 hours! As a blogger, you know that's ridiculous. Some of these networks take three months to pay out.
They've put the focus on top quality brands, authenticity and engagement. Working with brands like Levi's, Super Bowl, TruMoo, Jaybird, eMeals etc., Markerly membership is open to any blogger that has over 10,000 page views a month or an average of 3 comments per post (but I've seen them make exceptions). Really the focus is on engaged audiences. To that end, Markerly even gives you heat maps of your entire post so you can see what people were clicking on -- how frickin' cool is that?!
And you don't even have to take my word for it because there's even been a lot of press on Markerly.
Look how friendly they are! That charming lady among the man-candy is co-founder Sarah Ware, who is delightful.
Bloggers, sign up here.
Oh -- one last thing. They're giving away $250. Yep. You read that right. $250! Enter below using the Facebook widget. Not to worry - they are not tapping into your network. (In my experience, in some internet browsers, sometimes this widget takes the form of a pop-up in the lower right corner. Look around if you don't see it.)