Set Sponsored Content Prices That Satisfy You and Your Customers
The one question publishers keep asking us:
"How much should I charge for my services?"
Frankly speaking, this is a pretty tough dilemma. You might ask for a hefty reward, but scare off the clients. On the other hand, you can require a small payment and your profits go to tantrums. Uhm, is there a solution?
Not exactly. There are multiple factors that impact price. Every metric is critical – daily/monthly sessions on your website, bounce rate, your social network following, the time you spent on the task.
Nevertheless, this how-to breaks down essential, vital metrics that will help you calculate the right price. We will also share the ultimate formula that will help you put the price tag on your services.
6 key metrics for setting the reward for publishers
- The amount of work done. Many a time, customers only need placement (in this case, they prepare the content themselves). Others need both – placement and writing services. Obviously, the price for the latter should be higher.
Keep in mind: You should set only 1 (overall) price for creating content and later publishing it. The reason is that you only get paid once, meaning you don’t receive separate payments for writing the post and for placing it then. Indicate the desired sum (for both services) in the field ‘Content Creation and Placement’
- The word count. This is self-evident. Longer articles translate into higher revenues. With Adsy, you can choose your preferred content length. That is, you can create mini-posts, medium-sized articles, or longer posts. The word count will typically vary from 300 to 1000 words. As for the links – you are supposed to add 1-3 links in each post.
Naturally, the price can increase depending on the article length & amount of backlinks. Btw, if you aren’t willing to work on longer articles (or short ones) – you can always state this on your profile.
- Dofollow/nofollow links. Dofollow links have more value since search giants like Google can easily reach them. They send link juice to all webpages that you refer to (link juice is the equity or weight that goes from one page to another). Needless to say, they are more expensive than nofollow links. Nevertheless, nofollow links are also effective for SEO as they bring extra traffic.
- Domain Authority score. Your domain rating and page authority indicate how well the website or a particular page ranks on Google (on the scale from 1 to 100). These metrics were introduced by Moz with more than different 40 different measurements behind this. The higher your DA and DR numbers are – the easier it is to rank for you. What’s more, backlinks placed on authoritative websites are a key value for your clientele.
- SB rank. SB rank is a relatively new indicator based on your domain authority and page rating. It’s named after the free tool ScanBacklinks.com (you can check your SB rank there). Its goal is to replace DA and PR ranks and combine them into one.
- Alexa Rank. Alexa defines how popular your website is based on the 3-month traffic. The rating here works in reverse. The more visitors you have – the lower your rank is. For instance, Google has #1 Alexa rank as the most popular website at the moment.
How to set prices?
Sponsored posts formula
Is there an ultimate pattern for calculating the fair price for a sponsored post?
Unexpectedly, yes! It was created a few years ago and included some of the indicators that we just mentioned. However, to our mind, it’s now outdated. Therefore, the Adsy team added some touch-ups to the formula. So here goes the ultimate blueprint for setting your price for sponsored posts. Are you ready!?
Price = -60.5 + 5.97(DA) + 0.978(thousand Fb fans) + 15.1(SB Rank) – 0.000007(AR)
*AR stands for Alexa Rank here.
What’s changed? For starters, we added one new metric – Facebook followers. Most admins share articles on social networks, so it’s fair to add this to the equation. As a result, this formula is now based on the DA, SB, Alexa Rank, and your FB fans.
Let’s say, that your DA equals 85, SB Rank is 9, while Alexa shows you awesome 75, 000 rank. Your Facebook followers total to 3 thousands of people. In this scenario, you will see the following estimation:
-60.5 + 5.97(85) + 0.978(3) + 15.1(9) – 0.000007(75,000),
meaning the estimated price for the sponsored article goes up to $585.
In case, your website is smaller with domain rating 15 without a Facebook page – use the following pricing formula:
-60.5 + 5.97(15) + 0.978(0) + 15.1(3) – 0.000007(3,646,507),
It will be fair to ask no more than $48-50 per 1 article you write.
New approach: engagement metrics
The above formula is not perfect. For one thing, it doesn't take into account the engagement metrics on your website. All the impressions, visits, comments play a huge role! Here's how you can incorporate all this data for your price evaluation:
- First thing first, collect all the info required: average number of page views, session, comments, etc. Don't base your data on your top pages only. The key here is to get the accurate numbers across your entire website.
- Think about your desired price per particular engagement metric. For instance, let's say you wish to get paid 0.25$ for every page view. Typically, your articles get 200 page views. This means the price for the sponsored post would be $50 (200*0.25). You can apply this formula for any other engagement metrics (comments, visits, etc.).
You have to be careful here. It's pretty easy to overprice or even underestimate each metric. And when the price is unreasonably high (or low), customers become skeptical.
This approach has downsides. For example, the price estimations are pretty one-sided. As a blog owner, you might overestimate what your blog post is worth on the market. Also, it doesn't take into account any metrics like DA and DR or SB rank. The best solution here is to try both methods and compare them later.
As always in marketing, spy on your competition! Locate the websites that have pretty much the same rating as you (Alexa rank or DA). Your goal is to learn what price they charge. You can either match it or beat it.
In the end, it's you who has the final word. Make sure that the reward is worth your time & effort. Nevertheless, remember – you skate on the thin ice. Because if your expectations are higher than the average price on the market, you might lose customers.
The big question on everyone's lips goes: "How can I put a lucrative price tag on my services without chasing away all the clients?" The truth is – there is no definite answer, no golden recipe. If you just started in this field, it probably will take you a few orders before you hone your pricing options.
In case you already decided on your payment preferences, don't wait up & share your tips and tricks! What factors are crucial for you? What is the approach that you used? Tell us everything in the comments!