WHAT IS THE PROFESSIONAL BLOGGERS ASSOCIATION (PBA)?
The Professional Bloggers Association was founded by a group of international bloggers. Our mission is to showcase professional bloggers and recognize them for their achievements while providing specialized resources and marketing opportunities.
WHAT IS A PROFESSIONAL BLOGGER?
The definition of this term depends on who you ask, and we believe that everyone has the right to their own opinion. However, for this association, we use the term to describe a blogger who…
- has a well established blog
- writes posts on a regular basis
- has a high level or readership
- engages their audience
- uses their blog to earn income
- is seen as a leader or expert
Just like in any profession (for example, professional athletes), every professional blogger has their strengths and weaknesses. If you are wondering if you and your blog would be a good fit for our association, check out the membership requirements on our Membership Page.
WHAT ARE THE ANNUAL PBA AWARDS?
These awards are given annually to the top 10 PBA bloggers in the following categories: Beauty, Business, Creative, Education, Fashion, Food, Lifestyle, and Travel. The winners will be announced in January and will be mentioned on our site, receive a printable certificate and be awarded a digital badge for their blogs.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO WIN A PBA AWARD?
Yes, the PBA awards are given to PBA members only, so in order to accept a nomination you must hold a valid membership. To apply please fill out our Member Application Form.
WHAT ARE THE MEMBER REQUIREMENTS?
- The primary language of your blog must be English.
- Your blog must be at least 6 months old.
- Your blog must be active with at least 5 posts from the last 6 months.
- Your posts must include original content, with useful information.
- Your site cannot have any adult (rated R) content.
DO YOU ACCEPT MEMBERS WHO LIVE OUTSIDE THE USA?
Yes, we accept members from anywhere in the world. In fact this association was founded by an international group of bloggers. The only requirement is that your blog posts be written primarily in English.
WHAT ARE THE MEMBER BENEFITS?
- Member Certificate: A professional bloggers certificate with your name and member number.
- Website Badge: A professional bloggers member badge for your website.
- Directory Listing: Premium listing on our professional bloggers directory.
- Award Qualification: Automatic qualification for nomination for the annual PBA awards.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
Member application is a two-step process. You must fill out the Member Application Form and make your membership payment using our secure PayPal system on our Membership Page. Applications will not be reviewed until both the application and payment are received.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I MY MEMBERSHIP IS APPROVED?
The approval process usually takes about a week, but it may take up to 30 days depending on the amount of applications we are receiving at that time. Once approved you will receive an email notification with information about your member benefits. If you are not approved, your membership fee will be refunded. Please do not apply if your blog does not meet the minimum requirements.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT MEMBERSHIP FEES?
The current membership fees are the following:
- 1 Year Membership – $20
- 2 Year Membership – $30 ($15.00 per year)
- 5 Year Membership – $50 ($10.00 per year)
HOW CAN I RENEW MY PBA MEMBERSHIP?
If your PBA membership has expired, or is soon to expire, you can renew your membership using our Member Application Form. Just make sure to select “membership renewal” and enter your existing membership number on the application form. Your new membership certificate will continue to state your original membership starting date.
HOW DO I GET MY BLOG LISTED IN THE DIRECTORY?
You can recommend a blog for a basic listing using our Directory Recommendation Form, or become a member for a premium listing complete with your photo and up to ten customized topic keywords.
WHY DOESN’T THE DIRECTORY LIST CONTACT INFORMATION?
To protect bloggers from spam and scams, we chose to not include contact information in the directory. Should any blog readers or industry leaders wish to contact bloggers, they can easily find their most up-to-date contact information on their blog, or contact us for assistance as we are always happy to help make connections.