Please note this post was written yesterday prior to losing power. We are currently without power in most of our neck of the woods. We are running a generator off and on. I’m doing as much as I can in those short spurts.
I haven’t had a lot of tidbits to share about blogging lately because lately I’ve been so swamped that I’ve been definitely hopping to keep everything going. However, I’ve loved every minute of it! I personally have been loving every minute of the activity. The snowy weather we’ve been getting here lately though has been playing a toll on our Internet connections.
The first thing that I wanted to share with you was ways in which to start earning free products to review on your blog. Personally speaking I started reviewing products on my blog really early on. I did it with products that I already owned and loved from our home. I felt like it was worth sharing and a good way for companies to see what I was willing to do for them. (I’ve done the same start up post on the other blog I work on too.)
Where to Look
Then I started hunting down opportunities and places to get products to review in exchange for blog posts. I started out with Tomoson.com. I have grown to enjoy working with them. I’ve noticed that they have made many positive changes over the years I’ve worked with them. I have to say that some of my favorite items that I’ve reviewed have come from them too.
I have also been making amazing connections in blog forums to get to know other bloggers and PR representatives too. All of them have been wonderful resources for me finding products that I really want to review.
What happens if you come across a product that you desperately want to review and haven’t found the PR person from all of these awesome resources, what then? I’ve learned that if you go to a company’s website they will have a section on there for contacting them. Sometimes they even have Press Release sections which gives you direct PR information to contact.
Making the Pitch
Then comes the tricky party, making a solid pitch.
Here are some amazing blog posts and resources to help you out with this:
How to Improve Traffic
This is a case of I wish I had more hours in a day. I have literally recruited my mother-in-law and oldest son to help me with marketing my blog all over the place lately. It’s made a huge impact on my traffic, but there is only so much that they can do for me when they really don’t understand the whole blogging world and how it works.
Many people who have never done the blogging bit for real products and money don’t understand that it’s far more than just writing a blog post. It takes having the right set of information plugged in the right way, connecting to the right sites, and being involved in as many social media outlets as possible.
The bad thing is I KNOW how to do all of these things. I’ve been taught it. I’ve read how to do it in numerous books that I’ve invested in over the years. I have even watched a slew of videos on the topic. The problem I have is I don’t like doing it for myself for a few personal reasons (that’s a whole new blog post in and of itself.)
Here are some amazing blog posts on the topic of promoting your website:
Here’s a final tip that I’m trying like crazy to implement in my own blog throughout 2014. Make sure that if you do start accepting product reviews and sponsored posts, which your blog doesn’t become solely about that. I’m finding that I’m having a hard time juggling that act myself.
I have a thousand and one things I really want to share with you, but in order to continue to be able to do that I have to have the sponsorship and the products. My husband and family want to have a reason for having me spend hours doing this every week. I can’t say I blame them for that. I’m totally utterly addicted to all things blogging. I love what I do and have no plans of quitting. I don’t believe my family would like me to stop it either.
However, to be honest, I never started this blog with the intention of sharing any product reviews or gaining sponsorship. I didn’t even know I could do that. I just knew I had things that I felt needed to be shared with the world. The reality is it’s been three years, and I’ve only shared less than a ¼ of what I want to share with you. I do feel God has richly blessed this blog and our family through this blog. I just hope and pray it continues. If you ever get to the point that I’m not sharing something that interests you please, oh please tell me. I promise you that I will take it to heart.
What is a tip you have to share with us? If you’re a newbie did this post help you?
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