If you’re reading this blog, you must have some aptitude and appreciation for social media. Maybe you’re even a blogger yourself–hey, most people are. But have you ever considered turning your knack for social media into a viable job option? Did you know you could make money by running your blog? The UCLA Career Center has three quick tips for turning your media penchant into a money-making mechanism. And while you earn revenue by doing what you love, we can show you the steps to building a substantial career in the world of social media.
Have an active twitter or a popular blog? Here are some ways you can start earning money by just maintaining them:
1.Google Adsense – Adsense is a simple program, once accepted, you put their ads on your site and then get paid when people click on them! 1,000-2,000 pageviews on your blog a day can average you about $2 per day. That doesn’t sound like a lot for a day’s wages, but if you add it up throughout the year, and consider that you’re not putting out any extra effort, it’s really not too bad! I’m get paid to do what you are already doing (which you probably love doing), as long as their ads are on your site.
2. Social Spark – This is a really neat company that helps bloggers get connected with brands for sponsored posts. You sign up for the program (it’s free) and fill out some information about your blog. Then Social Spark will let you know when you get ‘leads’. You can read information about each lead and decide whether or not to accept them. Once you’ve accepted, the company that provided the lead may select you to preform the sponsored post for them. Oftentimes they will have a specific topic for you to write about, and they will ask that you include certain information about their company or specific links to their site. This is a great way to get writing inspiration AND be paid for writing!
3. Sponsored Tweets – This is another fun and EASY way to earn revenue from your personal social media outlets! Once you are signed up with sponsored tweets you can connect your twitter account and get started. You set the amount that you want to be paid per tweet, and you can adjust it as you see fit, they even let you know what a good starting point would be, based on your followers. Then, it works in a similar way to Social Spark. Sponsored Tweets will offer you leads from businesses. If you accept, you can then craft a tweet, following the guidelines that the business has set in place. They usually require you share a link, sometimes they have specific hashtags they want you to use or other specific words. It is an easy way to earn some money, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the little bit of money for each tweet adds up — especially if you are an avid tweeter!
Now that you know how you can start making a little extra money with your social media interests, learn how to take create a career in oh-so-relevant realm of society. Visit our Career Library, 2nd largest in the nation, and check out books in our Media section, in the back of our Career Lab. Make a Career Counseling Appointment and meet one-on-one with a counselor, who can help you figure out if a career in Social Media is right for you, and if so, how to get there.
According to the director of the Washington Post’s Social Media team, most employers don’t care so much what your major is, as they do your work experience.
The Career Center can help you find a professional, personal internship to get valuable experience and boost your hire-ability!
The BruinView Jobs Listing is updated regularly with pages of results with a simple keyword search of “social media”
Here are just some of the great recent postings. Apply today and get your foot through the door for your social media career!