#TidbitsThursday Blogging Tips 2_13

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:

1.) How to Pitch to a Company Even If You Don’t Have Huge Blog Stats

2.) How to Pitch Companies For Review Packages

3.) BlogaThon Pinterest Blogging Tips Page

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:

1.) 58 Ways to Get Noticed As a New Blogger

2.) How to Promote Your Blog

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?

 

You can also check out my Blog Related board on Pinterest too.

 

#TidbitsThursday Blogging Tips 2_13 Crystal blog relatedTidbits Thursdays
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...
<em>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.  </em> 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. <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-6444" alt="" src="http://www.tidbitsofexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/TidbitsThursdays-500x406.jpg" width="500" height="406" /></p> 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.) <h2>Where to Look</h2> Then I started hunting down opportunities and places to get products to review in exchange for blog posts. I started out with <a href="http://www.tomoson.com/">Tomoson.com</a>. 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. <h2>Making the Pitch</h2> Then comes the tricky party, making a solid pitch. Here are some amazing blog posts and resources to help you out with this: 1.) <a href="http://jimmielanley.com/pitch/">How to Pitch to a Company Even If You Don’t Have Huge Blog Stats</a> 2.) <a href="http://thinkingoutsidethesandbox.ca/how-to-pitch-companies-for-review-packages/#.UuW2dBAo7IV">How to Pitch Companies For Review Packages</a> 3.) <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/callista83/blogging-tips/" target="_blank">BlogaThon Pinterest Blogging Tips Page</a> <h2><span style="font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.5em;">How to Improve Traffic</span></h2> 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.) <span style="line-height: 1.5em;">Here are some amazing blog posts on the topic of promoting your website:</span> 1.) <a href="http://www.blogworld.com/2012/09/12/58-ways-to-get-noticed-as-a-new-blogger/">58 Ways to Get Noticed As a New Blogger</a> 2.) <a href="http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/how-to-promote-your-blog/">How to Promote Your Blog</a> 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. <b>What is a tip you have to share with us? If you’re a newbie did this post help you?</b>   You can also check out my <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/tidofexperience/blog-related/" target="_blank">Blog Related</a> board on Pinterest too.  
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Crystal
I'm a SC wife and homeschooling mother to three kids and a few animals. My family loves to share our life experiences with you one blog post at a time at Tidbits of Experience . We enjoy telling you about products and services that will make your life better in some way. I LOVE interacting with new people and networking. I look forward to getting to know you more. Feel free to contact me at tidbitsofexperience@gmail.com.
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Comments

    • says

      Ashley,

      We’re back in business. I’m glad you didn’t lose it. What part of SC are you in? (You can email me at tidbitsofexperience@gmail.com if you’d rather keep it private.) I’m in Orangeburg, half-way between Columbia and Charleston.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorAshley, We're back in business. I'm glad you didn't lose it. What part of SC are you in? (You can email me at tidbitsofexperience@gmail.com if you'd rather keep it private.) I'm in Orangeburg, half-way between Columbia and Charleston.
  1. says

    Wow, Crystal, am I ever glad you visited me today. Your place is loaded with things I’ve been wanting to learn about. I’ll be following. Thanks so much for stopping by. Go SITS girls.
    Cheryl recently posted…VALENTINE DECORATIONS Marathon Part 2My Profile

    Public CommentUserWow, Crystal, am I ever glad you visited me today. Your place is loaded with things I've been wanting to learn about. I'll be following. Thanks so much for stopping by. Go SITS girls.
    • says

      Glad you stopped back by. I’m glad you gained something from stopping by.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorGlad you stopped back by. I'm glad you gained something from stopping by.
  2. says

    Thanks for all the tips. As a blogger launching a new site, I’m always looking for information to help improve my blog. I will definitely be following you to keep up on the latest posts. #SITSBlogging
    ChiChi Loves recently posted……Vintage Dress to Shirt DIYMy Profile

    Public CommentUserThanks for all the tips. As a blogger launching a new site, I'm always looking for information to help improve my blog. I will definitely be following you to keep up on the latest posts. #SITSBlogging
    • says

      Glad to hear you got some value from this post. I love to do these blogging tip posts. They are a lot of fun and to be honest, it makes me more inclined to actually put these tips in action myself.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorGlad to hear you got some value from this post. I love to do these blogging tip posts. They are a lot of fun and to be honest, it makes me more inclined to actually put these tips in action myself.
    • says

      Glad to hear it’s Pinterest worthy. :) I definitely am trying to give you tips you can really use on #TidbitsThursdays.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorGlad to hear it's Pinterest worthy. :) I definitely am trying to give you tips you can really use on #TidbitsThursdays.
  3. says

    This is so helpful! I’m bookmarking you in hopes of getting more great tips like this. I’m going to check out some of your other posts now! Found you via #sitsblogging!

    Public CommentUserThis is so helpful! I'm bookmarking you in hopes of getting more great tips like this. I'm going to check out some of your other posts now! Found you via #sitsblogging!
    • says

      Glad you enjoyed this post. #TidbitsThursdays is one of my favorite blog posts to do each week.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorGlad you enjoyed this post. #TidbitsThursdays is one of my favorite blog posts to do each week.
    • says

      I’m hooked on reading blogging tip blog posts too. That’s why I love rounding up some of my favorite tips I’ve learned throughout a week with you on Thursday’s when I have enough worth sharing.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorI'm hooked on reading blogging tip blog posts too. That's why I love rounding up some of my favorite tips I've learned throughout a week with you on Thursday's when I have enough worth sharing.
  4. says

    Great tips, especially for us bloggers hoping to grow our traffic. Thanks for sharing! #SITSChallenge
    Danielle recently posted…S’Mores Cookie BarsMy Profile

    Public CommentUserGreat tips, especially for us bloggers hoping to grow our traffic. Thanks for sharing! #SITSChallenge
    • says

      You’re welcome. Thank you for stopping by.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorYou're welcome. Thank you for stopping by.
  5. Christina says

    Thanks for the tips! I am just starting out, so any information is always helpful.

    I do hope you ended up getting your power back on. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.
    Christina recently posted…Five things NOT to do when moving.My Profile

    Public CommentUserThanks for the tips! I am just starting out, so any information is always helpful. I do hope you ended up getting your power back on. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.
    • says

      We finally got it. I “try” to give blogging tips every Thursday, but some weeks I don’t find anything of value to share in my blog hopping. I’m always on the mission to learn some new way to make blogging better and more enjoyable.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorWe finally got it. I "try" to give blogging tips every Thursday, but some weeks I don't find anything of value to share in my blog hopping. I'm always on the mission to learn some new way to make blogging better and more enjoyable.
  6. says

    As a new blogger these tips are really gonna come in handy. Hope all is going better and your power is up and running :)
    #SITSBlogging love
    Debbie recently posted…It’s Okay to CryMy Profile

    Public CommentUserAs a new blogger these tips are really gonna come in handy. Hope all is going better and your power is up and running :) #SITSBlogging love
    • says

      I’m so glad they were helpful to you. I have a few other blogging tips on my #TidbitsThursday posts found under blog related section up top. :) We have power again, but I’m playing major catch up.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorI'm so glad they were helpful to you. I have a few other blogging tips on my #TidbitsThursday posts found under blog related section up top. :) We have power again, but I'm playing major catch up.
  7. says

    Thanks for all the great tips! I am pinning so I can revisit often :) Visiting from the SITS Saturday Sharefest
    Becky recently posted…Slow Cooker Moroccan ChickenMy Profile

    Public CommentUserThanks for all the great tips! I am pinning so I can revisit often :) Visiting from the SITS Saturday Sharefest
    • says

      I’m glad that you enjoyed these tips. I try to give valid tips on Thursdays.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorI'm glad that you enjoyed these tips. I try to give valid tips on Thursdays.
  8. Cyn says

    Love these ideas! I pinned this! #SITSBlogging

    Public CommentUserLove these ideas! I pinned this! #SITSBlogging
    • says

      I’m glad that you enjoyed them. :)

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorI'm glad that you enjoyed them. :)
  9. says

    These are awesome tips. Most people give the typical tips but I love your take on blogging tips! It definitely has me thinking.

    Public CommentUserThese are awesome tips. Most people give the typical tips but I love your take on blogging tips! It definitely has me thinking.
    • says

      I’m glad you’re finding them useful. :)

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorI'm glad you're finding them useful. :)
  10. says

    WOW – this is an amazing amazing resource – thanks so much for compiling and sharing!

    Public CommentUserWOW – this is an amazing amazing resource – thanks so much for compiling and sharing!
    • says

      Alfred,

      Glad you found them helpful. I try to compile the unique blog tips that aren’t highlighted as much as other things are. That is one of the reasons why it doesn’t get posted every Thursday. It takes time to read and do research, but I do love it. I love all things blogging.

      Member of Tidbits of ExperienceAdministratorAlfred, Glad you found them helpful. I try to compile the unique blog tips that aren't highlighted as much as other things are. That is one of the reasons why it doesn't get posted every Thursday. It takes time to read and do research, but I do love it. I love all things blogging.

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