Many comments that I get from new I’m Not A Famous Blogger Crew Members and non-crew members alike have to do with getting their blogs added to SocialSpark and having them approved. There are a few places to get this information and while the information is sound I don’t think it covers it quite like this little tutorial will. So strap in because this SocialSpark Saturday post is Double Sized (I missed last week so I’m making up for it.)

Adding your Blog to SocialSpark

First off you need to sign into SocialSpark and mouse over the Account tab.

SocialSpark Home Page

Next you will get a drop down menu of options. Choose Manage Blogger Account and Click it.

Manage your Blogger Account

From here you are going to want to click on the Blogs field in the middle of the screen.

Manage your SocialSpark Blogs

This will bring you to a list of your blogs (if you’ve already entered any). There is a link “Add Blog” Click it.

Add a Blog to SocialSpark

Now you are on the add blogs page. There is much to fill out here.

SocialSpark Add a Blog Form

Click Submit at the bottom of the page and that’s it, you have now added your blog.

Are you ready to claim it and submit it for approval…

Sure you Are!

LET’S DO IT!

Claiming your blog

Assuming that you follow my instructions above and you added your blog to the SocialSpark network then you are ready to claim your blog. It is pretty easy to do this.

Get the SocialSpark Code

Take a Look at your blog status. You will most likely see three red X’s. This means that you have not claimed your blog. You can find out more about why you need to claim the blog by clicking the “?” next to Claim Your Blog. This is what you will see when you click the “?” next to Claim Your Blog.

Before you get your blog approved, we need to verify that you really are the owner. We have not yet verified that you own your site. Click the Get Code button to grab the code, place it on your site either before the closing HEAD tag or somewhere between the BODY tags. Then click Refresh here to run the verification script. Once you’ve claimed the site once, you can remove the claim code (Not ITK) from your site.

The Second red X means that you have not installed the IZEA Tool Kit (ITK), you’re going to need to do this as well. Why? Here is the explanation that you see when you click the “?” next to Install ITK.

The IZEA ToolKit (ITK) is a suite of tools that maximizes what you can do in the IZEA Network. After you place a piece of Javascript code on your website, we begin collecting statistics that gives you a RealRank and allows you to use other network features such as PPP Direct and SocialSpark Blog Sponsorships.

We need to take care of the first two red X’s before we can tackle #3. To do this we are going to have to tackle code. Don’t worry it is not difficult at all. Click the Get Code button. The screen will darken and a new screen will appear with three boxes of code. You should only see three boxes if code is missing from your blog. So the first time you install code you will see a box of missing code that has both of codes from the second and third boxes (So you don’t have to copy and past code from each of the boxes. That would be redundant.). Just install the missing code anywhere between the < body > tags in your blog html code.

Copying Code to Claim your Blog on SocialSpark

This might seem scary to some but it really is not. Working with the code is not that difficult. These instructions are for the self-hosted WordPress platform (honestly you really should have your own domain name and hosting and use WordPress, I cannot stress this enough.). Go to your dashboard of your blog. Click on Editor under Appearance.

My WP dashboard

This brings you to the theme editor where you can edit specific portions of the html of your blog theme. You are most likely looking for the header or footer files. The header has the open BODY tag and the footer has the close BODY tag. The code from SocialSpark needs to go after the open BODY tag and before the close BODY tag. Highlight and copy the code from SocialSpark. Go to your theme and paste this code. Then save the file and return to SocialSpark.

Editng my WP footer

Now you are back on the My Blogs page of SocialSpark and you are going to test to see if the code was added correctly (it had better be if you followed these directions). Start off by clicking the Refresh button. A spider will go out and check your code to see if the claim code is installed. If it is your red X will turn to a green checkmark. Please note that the ITK installed might not go to a green check right away. That is okay, give it a little while and click refresh again.

Checking my claim on SocialSpark

Once your blog status has two green checks like the one below you are ready for the last step. The most important step.

ITK is installed

Submit your Blog for Verification

Once you have claimed your blog and added the IZEA Tool Kit to it you are ready to submit for verification and approval… or are you? Review the qualifications for having an approved blog first. This is from the Terms of Service.

“”Verified Blog”.
A blog that has been Claimed, and also meets these additional requirements:

1. Blogs Only. SocialSpark only accepts blogs, and not websites, message boards, e-mails, IM or other similar services.
2. English or Spanish Only Blogs. The blog and all posts relating to SocialSpark Opportunities must be in the English or Spanish language.
3. Original Blog Content. The blog must contain original editorial content in addition to Opportunity-related or other paid posts. Blogs that exist primarily for payment will not be accepted.
4. Appropriate Content. Blogs submitted to the marketplace may not include or support: excessive profanity, violence, or racial intolerance, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia, pornography, adult or mature content, or any other content that promotes intolerance, illegal activity, or infringes on the legal rights of others.
5. Minimum Blog Age. Blogs must be live for a minimum of ninety (90) days, counted from the date of the blog’s first post, with at least twenty (20) pre-existing posts written in the 90 days prior to registration with the SocialSpark Marketplace.

SocialSpark will not accept certain blogs and Bloggers as determined by SocialSpark in its sole discretion.”

If your blog fits those qualifications and you are ready to go then it is time to submit your blog for Verification.

To do this you must click the Get Verified link under Blog Status.

Time to submit to verification

That’s it, you do that and you are done, now you wait for Customer Love to check out your blog, a manual process to make sure that quality blogs are approved, and let you know that you are approved to take opps in the system. Your blog status should look like this.

Success on SocialSpark

Now start earning some money!

I am an IZEA Insider and my crew is called the “I’m Not A Famous Blogger” Crew and I want YOU to join me. Here are simple instructions on how exactly you can join my IZEA Insider Crew on SocialSpark.

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27 Responses to “How to Add Your Blog to SocialSpark – WordPress Version”

  1. Wow Drew – you did an awesome job :) I wrote a tutorial a couple of months ago but didn’t do any screen shots. Yours is much prettier and easier to follow!

  2. Drew says:

    Thanks very much Heather,
    I’ve done a whole series of posts so far. This one was the key one however because that is what everyone has trouble with. I have been helping my crew and other crews alike with this issue and hope that it becomes a real resource for people using SocialSpark.

  3. Nice detailed post, I often answer the same questions dozens of times through SocialSpark messages.
    .-= Dragon Blogger´s last blog ..Dragon Blogger Review of Kirikou and the Sorceress =-.

  4. Drew says:

    Thanks Dragonblogger,

    I hope to spread the word so that bloggers know that my SocialSpark Saturdays series is here to help. It will help us educate many of the people on SocialSpark who haven’t done anything more than sign in once.

  5. […] a day welcoming, inviting, visiting and interviewing bloggers for this crew. That is why I write SocialSpark Saturdays posts to teach bloggers how to use the SocialSpark platform. And that is why I am spotlighting the […]

  6. […] claimed and verified. So if you haven’t done that yet you need to check out my tutorial on How to Claim your Blog on SocialSpark. So, once you get that taken care of it is time to make some […]

  7. betchai says:

    thanks a lot, i am so naive, i thought the verification is automatic once done with the code, that is why it has been weeks and i noticed my blog has not been verified, thus i google search to find out how long does it get to be verified, only to learn i did not click the “get verified” button :( i just clicked it now and now it has message telling me “pending request” thanks again.
    .-= Look at what betchai wrote blog ..Cactus Monday- Where the Inspiration Began =-.

  8. Drew says:

    betchai,
    I’m glad that I could help with that little bit of knowledge. :-) Thanks for letting me know that I was able to help.

  9. Drew –

    Awesomeness!! The wording the SocialSparks crew used was a bit confusing for a basic blogger, but even using TypePad I understood your directions and was able to set up the code without difficulty.

    Thanks again! Looking forward to learning more and being a member of your crew!
    Veronica
    .-= Look at what Veronica Thomas wrote blog ..Recovery =-.

  10. Drew says:

    Veronica,
    You were able to add the code on typepad? I’m not familiar enough with that, could you explain how one edits the code in typepad because there are other crew members who were unable to do so. Any help would be wonderful.

    Thank you.

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  13. AndieBee says:

    Thanks for the clear concise instructions Drew! I was about to pull my hair out trying to figure this out on my own. lol

  14. Drew says:

    Andi,
    That is exactly why I wrote this. Simply to help people with all those little issues. Glad to help.

  15. lxguy says:

    Thanks for your article.I’m now submitting my blog.
    .-= Look at what lxguy wrote blog ..come or go with me? =-.

  16. Drew says:

    lxguy,
    Excellent. Good luck with SocialSpark. Glad my post could help.

  17. hi drew, i did what u explained. my blog is from 12.2.09 but i registered in social spark before two weeks back and claim my blog but i couldn’t verified. so i delete the blog from social spark and add it again. can you tell me when can i get verified. see my blog n reply

    hope
    -muthu vijayan
    .-= Look at what Muthu Vijayan wrote blog ..How to send email in Asp.net c# =-.

    • Drew says:

      I took a look at your blog. It does not have enough posts to be verified even if you started way back in December. Here is my suggestion Write a blog post every other day for three months build a fanbase get your own domain and move off of blogger to wordpress then resubmit. Doing this work now will help you immensely in the future.

  18. Tracy says:

    Is there a similar tutorial available for those of us on Blogger? I don’t want to go messing around with my code and mess something up? Thanks in Advance!

    Ascending Butterfly
    http://ascendingbutterflyblogspot.com
    .-= Look at what Tracy wrote blog ..Weekend Words of Inspiration and THREE giveaways! =-.

  19. Najee says:

    I am trying to claim my blog but I keep getting the message ‘An error occurred
    Claim code not found on blog’
    I have tried posting it in the heading under and in the footer above but with the same results.

    This is a wordpress blog. (http://www.blogsense.ws)

    What to do?

    • Drew says:

      Najee,
      I try and put my code right at the bottom right before the close body tag. If that doesn’t work I think it might be time to try submitting a ticket to Customer love.

  20. Najee says:

    I tried that. Could it be that my WordPress is installed in a separate directory and not in the root?

    By the way Thanks for the quick response.

  21. Najee says:

    Unrelated question to the above problem.

    Izea runs Social Spark as an exchange for Advertisers and Publishers. Right?

    Then what is http://benspark.com ? Are you one of the owners?

    Please excuse my ignorance.

    • Drew says:

      Hi Najee,

      BenSpark.com is my personal blog. This past year I was an IZEA Insider, that meant that I was sort of an ambassador for the company. I don’t work for the company, I am separate from IZEA and SocialSpark. However in an attempt to help people understand more about IZEA and SocialSpark I created these tutorials.

      To answer your other question. I don’t think that the directory matters so much but I could be wrong that certainly is a more technical question than I am qualified to answer.

  22. Najee says:

    Well good to meet you. I intend to learn more about blogging and monetizing blogs from you.

    Currently, I actively run three blogs, http://bloggerkhan.com, http://blogsense.ws and http://curedbynature.net. Enjoying the learning process.

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