Blog Catalog is a social networking service, allowing its members to submit their blogs and to create unique profiles to communicate with other bloggers. Registration is required in order to submit a blog, but a general listing is free, except for blogs maintained for attorneys, business sales, real estate, recruiters, SEO and SMO service providers, travel agents, vacation rental companies, and professional photographers, who are charged $144/year.
Other blogs may be listed for free. However, there are two paid options, as well as several advertising opportunities available.
Its VIB option costs $25/month or $200/year. This option includes a number of features, including homepage exposure, blog forum promotion, and custom banner design, as well as the ability to promote recent posts.
Costing $70/month or $500/year, the VIB+ option includes all of the advantages of the VIB option, plus priority listing within the category, an article about the blog featured in Blog Catalog’s own blog, social media marketing, and email distribution to the directory’s members.
For a cost of $9.95, the listed blog may be advertised on the site, on the site’s homepage, until new ads bump it off the page. After that time, the advertisement is moved to Blog Catalog’s exposures tab, so that it remains online.
For $49/month, and limited to one blog per month, a listing may appear on thousands of other blogs.
For $19.95, Blog Catalog will promote the blog on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest social media accounts.
Its content is sorted into thirty-six top-level categories, which are arranged in nine rows of four each in its main menu. Its categories are: Art, Automotive, Business, Comedy, Creativity, Education, Entertainment, Eye Candy, Family, Fashion, Food, Gaming, Good, Health, Higher Power, How To, Journals, Lifestyle, Men, Military, Movies & TV, Music, News, Opinionated, Outstanding, Pets & Animals, Photography, Politics, Relationships, Science, Self, Society, Sports, Tech, Travel, and Women. Blogs may also be located by city or interest.