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Sparkloop Review (2024): Get Paid For Promoting Newsletters

Victoria Kurichenko

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Victoria Kurichenko

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September 18, 2023

If you are looking for new ways to earn money from your newsletter passively, you are in the right place. 

As an SEO expert and content writer, I’ve tried various creator tools for SEO writing, audience monetization, course creation, and more. 

In this article, I want to share my Sparkloop review after using the platform for a few months. I’ll be honest: Sparkloop has its pros and cons. You won’t earn much if your email list is small. However, I’d still encourage trying Sparkloop as it can become an additional income source that does not take up your time.

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TL;DR Sparkloop

Sparkloop is rated 3/5 based on 19 reviews on Product Hunt

Linking Sparkloop to your preferred email software product and making money with the Sparkloop Partner Program is free. Register to start earning here.

For paid recommendations, SparkLoop withholds a 20% commission plus a small processing fee on your monthly payouts.

If you want to use Sparkloop newsletter growth features, the pricing starts from $99 a month. A 7-day free trial is available.

Sparkloop can be integrated with over 30 email software products, such as Convertkit, Beehiiv, Campaign Monitor, Hubspot, Drip, Mailchimp, Mailer, Marketo, PostUp, SendGrid, AWeber, and Active Campaign. The list is constantly growing, so it’s worth checking the latest information on their website.

If you have over 30k subscribers, you can discuss custom integration with the Sparkloop team.

Anyone can join the Sparkloop Partner Program, integrate their email software product with Sparkloop, and help other creators grow their email lists while passively making money. 

Depending on the email list size, you can make $100 on Sparkloop. 

The minimum withdrawal threshold is $50 via Stripe.

Content creators and businesses that have email lists with 1,000+ subscribers. If you want to make money by helping others grow their newsletters, join Sparkloop.

Decent earnings are not guaranteed. Most newsletters only want US, UK, and Canada subscribers, leaving other countries behind. So, you won’t get paid if you don’t have subscribers from these countries.

What is Sparkloop?

Sparkloop is a newsletter growth platform that helps newsletter creators grow their subscriber base. Sparkloop makes it easy to create a referral program, track referrals, and distribute rewards. It is a white-label solution that can be integrated with many popular email marketing platforms.

what is sparkloop

Sparkloop integration with Convertkit

I learned about Sparkloop while looking for new ways to monetize my SEO newsletter on Convertkit. (I switched to Beehiiv in January 2024).

The Convertkit Creator Network helps content creators recommend each others’ newsletters for free. This way, I’ve grown my SEO newsletter from roughly 300 to 1,000 subscribers in a few months! It’s a big achievement since I don’t actively promote it.

My email list growth on Convertkit.

Since I already had an email list with over 1k subscribers, I started exploring Sparkloop paid opportunities, which means automatically recommending other newsletters to my subscribers. You can also do it by registering on Sparkloop.

The registration process is simple for Convertkit users. There is also a guide on how to enable paid recommendations in the Creator Network. 

So, all you have to do to start recommending paid newsletters is add your identification number to your Convertkit landing page or form. The identification number will be available for you after registering on Sparkloop. 

I copied my identification number and added it to the landing page to enable recommendations. That’s it!

Before your subscribers see newsletter recommendations, you must choose what to recommend. Continue reading to learn about the Sparkloop Upscribe recommendation widget.

convertkit sparkloop integration
Convertkit integration with Sparkloop.

Sparkloop Upscribe

Upscribe is a newsletter recommendation widget you can add to your opt-in forms to recommend preferred newsletters. You can choose as many partner newsletters to recommend as you want. However, the Upscribe widget will only recommend 5 newsletters simultaneously, optimizing for maximum output. 

The logic is simple:

  1. Choose partner newsletters that can potentially be interesting to your target audience. 
  2. Customize the Upscribe pop-up form. You can add a header, subheader, a CTA, and a skip link. 
  3. Save changes and integrate your email software provider if you have not done it yet.

Here is what my Upscribe pop-up form looks like with recommended newsletters.

Sparkloop Upscribe
Sparkloop Upscribe.

Your subscribers will see these recommendations after joining your email list, and only if a subscriber comes from a geographically unrestricted country. 

Based on my experience, most newsletter owners are willing to pay for subscribers from the USA, the UK, and Canada. Therefore, I recommend checking the requirements of every paid newsletter.

For example, I got hooked by the Marketing Letter that pays $4.69 per subscriber. It’s a high rate compared to other newsletters, paying $1–$2.

Newsletter recommendation on Sparkloop
Marketing Letter newsletter.

However, the requirements are challenging, with strict geographical, age, and engagement limitations. Even though I’ve sent many suitable subscribers based on age and country, I could not guarantee their high engagement. Therefore, most subscribers were eventually rejected.

Sparkloop upscribe subscribers
Most subscribers were rejected due to low engagement.

I have 12 active newsletter promotion campaigns I regularly review to decide whether it’s worth promoting them. 

You won’t know what works for you unless you try various paid newsletter recommendations and see how your audience reacts. It’s a trial-and-error experience.

Sparkloop Magic links

There is one more effective way to gain new referrals apart from Sparkloop Upscribe. 

I regularly use Sparkloop Magic links while promoting paid newsletters in my weekly newsletter. 

A magic link allows anyone to subscribe in just one click! It’s very convenient and fast. There is no need to send your subscribers to the newsletter landing pages and then wonder whether they subscribed. Instead, you can include a magic link in your newsletter and let your followers subscribe in 1 click. 

As a part of this Sparkloop review, I am sharing how I promote paid recommendations via my weekly SEO newsletter. I regularly update recommendations to ensure the most suitable and helpful information is shared.

using magic links in newsletters
How I use magic links to promote paid recommendations via my newsletter.

Based on my experience, magic links work like magic! 

If you write an enticing description, people will click. In my case, I have roughly a 4% click rate, so that’s equal to approximately 150+ clicks, considering that my email list has around 1,100+ subscribers as of September 2023. 

Having my rough estimate, you can now calculate how many people can click on your paid recommendations. 

Continue reading to learn how much you can earn from the Sparkloop Partner Program and paid recommendations. 

How much you can earn with Sparkloop

Your earnings depend on (1) the size of your email list and (2) how many new subscribers you get per day.

The more people see your paid recommendations and subscribe, the more you earn. 

In my case, I get roughly 10 new subscribers per day who see my paid recommendations. Besides, I regularly promote paid recommendations via my newsletter. Approximately 500 people see my recommendations weekly, whereas 100-200 click on different links in my newsletter. This data is valid for September 2023. 

I joined Sparkloop at the end of July 2023. Here is how much I’ve earned in roughly 2 months:

  • July 2023 — 12 confirmed referrals 
  • August — 11 confirmed referrals and 6 pending referrals
  • September — 23 pending referrals
My Sparkloop earnings in July–September 2023.

Louis Corneloup, the owner of the ML/AI powered newsletter techpresso, claims to have 5,837 subscribers. Here is how much he earned on Sparkloop in the first month. 

Wondering how much you can make? Join Sparkloop and start making passive income with your newsletter.

How much content creators earn on Sparkloop.

Sparkloop pricing

Sparkloop is free if you want to integrate your newsletter and promote paid recommendations. 

However, let’s not forget it’s a newsletter growth platform! Therefore, it can also help you grow your newsletter. 

If your budget allows, you can pay $1–$2 per acquired subscriber. I highly recommend testing this option with a small budget before scaling it up since the quality of subscribers is unknown.

Alternatively, you can try Sparkloop’s Solo Creator for $99/m or Media Brand for $299 plans offering various newsletter growth features, such as a referral program. P.S. Beehiiv also offers a referral program and a Boosts feature for $99/m.

Sparkloop pricing
Sparkloop pricing.

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Sparkloop review: FAQ

I hope you find this Sparkloop review helpful. I tried my best to express my honest opinion about the platform and share my earnings, so you could decide whether it’s worth it to join Sparkloop.

Below, you’ll find a few more burning questions I see people frequently type on Google. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or DM me on Twitter.

It’s worth using Sparkloop if you run a newsletter with 1,000+ subscribers. Sparkloop will help you passively make income by promoting paid newsletters. 

Depending on the size of your email list and how many new subscribers you get daily, you’ll earn $50+ monthly on Sparkloop.

Sparkloop can be integrated with over 30 email software products, such as Convertkit, Beehiiv, Campaign Monitor, Hubspot, Drip, Mailchimp, Mailer, Marketo, PostUp, SendGrid, AWeber, and Active Campaign. The list is constantly growing, so it’s worth checking the latest information on the website.

If you have over 30k subscribers, you can discuss custom integration with the Sparkloop team.

Sparkloop and Beehiiv Boosts are both paid newsletter recommendation platforms that allow newsletter publishers to promote their newsletters to the audiences of other newsletter publishers. They work by allowing publishers to bid on recommendations and then paying the publishers whose audiences subscribe to their newsletters.

Overall, Sparkloop is the better platform if you are looking for a more powerful and feature-rich solution. However, Beehiiv Boosts is a good option if you are on a budget or if you are just getting started with paid newsletter recommendations.

Victoria Kurichenko

Hello there! 

My name is Victoria.
I am an SEO expert, Medium top writer, solopreneur, and the founder of Self Made Millennials. I help companies create optimized content and attract potential customers through organic search results. In addition, I share how content creators can monetize their writing skills.

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