Blog Tip Tuesday

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Good morning beauties! It’s a lovely day here in Maryland and I’m happy to see the sun shining and a breeze blowing. I was scrolling through a Facebook group I’m apart of that’s specifically for fashion and lifestyle bloggers such as myself. One blogger posted about how no matter how small your blog is, you should value the audience has and so should anyone who approaches you for a collaboration. Especially, businesses that want to collaborate. I’m going to piggy back on what she said and give some words of wisdom to newer bloggers out there!

When I first started blogging (over a year ago), I knew nothing about how it’s done and how to gain followers. Being so inexperienced, people could very easily take advantage of me. And they did. Several times I was approached by big name brands (Warby Parker, Majestic Sp0rts and others) to write about their products on my blog. In exchange for doing this, they would be selecting their favorite blog posts and sharing them on their social media accounts. Thinking of how talented I was (or so I thought), I hopped on board and wrote a post about their products and how cute they are. I bet you can guess what didn’t happen next! Yep, my posts were never selected to be shared on social media.

Here’s what happens when companies approach you like this and you take the bait: they get free advertising and you get nothing. Typically, when bloggers are approached by companies for legitimate collaborations the blogger at least gets a free item if not monetary payment in addition to it. I follow several bloggers that are paid to wear clothes or take pictures of how they “styled” a certain piece of furniture in their home. To be honest, at times it gets annoying because you wonder if these products are any good or is said blogger just doing it for the money. However, it can also be a really great tool to use if done honestly.

The bottom line is, no matter how small your blog is, you should always be compensated for your time and blog space when companies want you to write about their products or services. It’s just that simple.

I’m still trying to figure out how to get legitimate offers from companies and how to actually make a living (or at least some spending money) off of blogging. I’ll let you know when I figure this out.

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19 thoughts on “Blog Tip Tuesday

  1. Agreed one hundred percent. I just started my blog which is strange that so many companies have already sent me e-mails with a promise that their “support in recognition” will gain me followers. Right away, my brain says, “BS!” It would not make sense for a legitimate company to offer me anything based on the fact that I just started blogging and have very few hits or comments. Right away, you know that this type of offer is basically spam. AND annoying.

  2. Great advice. I’ve been approached by so many companies and have extremely rarely done any type of writing for any of them. I’m in agreement with you about not being taken advantage of by those companies. As a newbie I got excited every time I was contacted and now I see through this approach the same way you mentioned.

  3. That’s a great advice! I opened my blog yesterday, so, as you can imagine, I have no clue about anything! hehe, I have been reading a lot, but… I suppose I’ll learn with time. But if I’m ever lucky to get the attention of a brand I’ll certainly ask for a compensation (I think). But as you said in the comments, if I love using something I’ll talk about it anyway, because if I think is a great product why not share it with the world?
    Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    • I would recommend that you ask them to send you the product they want featured at the very least. You can’t honestly tell readers to buy something if you haven’t seen it or tested it yourself. I made that mistake before!

    • My blog is too small also! What I’m starting to do is reviews on products that I do use and bought myself (even if there’s no compensation) because that gives me something to write about. Also, if you SEO your post, the company that makes the product you’re reviewing might read it and be interested in working with you further. However, I stand by my claim that if a company asks you to review their product or feature and won’t give it to you for free at least, you shouldn’t agree to do it.

      • Agreed! I love your blog though, you always make me see things in a prettier light. I would have never gone for that safari look until I saw your post and that happens a lot to me when I visit your blog!

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