I’ve been blogging for well over three years, and for the past 2.5 years I’ve been making money with the blog. I haven’t made as much as I possibly could have made due to being stubborn and insisting on doing things my way. I haven’t listened to bigger bloggers who have gone before me. Now, I’m here trying to tell you not to make the same mistakes I’ve made.
Here’s the mistakes I’ve made:
- I accepted to many cheap sponsored post opportunities.
- I did product reviews of cheap items.
- I did too many sponsored/product reviews.
Didn’t Realize My True Blog Time Worth
I took on sponsored posts too soon. When you’re a newbie blogger eager to make a buck from your blog, you think it’s an excellent thing to make $20, $40, and even $50.00 a post. As a result, you end up devaluing yourself and your blog.
Accepted Cheap Products in Exchange For Review
I was so excited to get products for free that I didn’t worry about the value of the products. Doing product reviews are very time consuming if you do them correctly. You have to use the products, take quality pictures and/or videos of the product in use, and then write up the review on your blog and/or another site(s). I never paid attention to the amount of time I spent doing product reviews until this past Christmas when I became overloaded with them.
Did Too Many Sponsored/Product Review Posts
As a result of doing these little-ended posts, we got into the habit of me writing a lot of sponsored posts a week. In the process, my blog got overrun by sponsored posts and very little quality content for my readers. Our pockets were full, but my soul was empty. All the reasons behind why I started Tidbits of Experience went out the window. My readers weren’t blind or stupid, and they stopped coming by as much.If you liked this post, please Pin it. Thank you so much for your support.
Realize YOUR Worth
I’m writing all of this to tell you to realize your worth. Blogging is an enjoyable hobby. Yes, you can get a lot as a result of blogging. However, in order to be able to work with the big companies and be given the chance to make the big bucks YOU have to appreciate your worth.
[tweetthis]You teach others how to treat you. Show the world your blog time worth.[/tweetthis]
The recent Learn to Blog Hangout with Tiffany Romero was very enlightening. I learned to be able to work with the companies that I value and really want to work with that I need to be more selective. I also need to stick to my guns about my worth. The magic number for pageviews is at least 50,000 a month.
You’ll notice that in most campaigns that come from other blogging programs the average rate of pay is between $100-350.00 (or even higher) per sponsored post. I feel it’s safe to say that if they can offer that price point then we should be able to ask that too.
What If You’re NOT There Yet
If you’re not at that magical 50,000 pageviews mark, then I would suggest that you spend more time creating quality evergreen content with noticeable images. Also, work on building relationships with your followers across all of your marketing channels that you’re active on. Be sure that you’re 100% wherever you are online.
I also HIGHLY recommend you that you consider taking the Pinning Perfect Class from Blog Clarity.
If you do take on sponsored posts be sure that you only take on 1-2 a week at max. Make sure that you do it at the amount you’re truly worth. Don’t short change your Internet impression rate.
Keep in Mind
When you truly reach the point of making an impact with readers across the world the sponsored post opportunities will come knocking on your door. If you don’t want to wait for the that day, here is a list of 100 places to sign up for sponsored posts.
Am I Making These Changes?
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed it, but since 2015, I have cut back on the amount of sponsored content I’ve placed on the blog. I’ve invested in a new design from Engine 1 Media because I wanted you to know what we’re about. I also did it because I want us to have a clean slate. There WILL still be sponsored posts, but we are going to be way more selective on who sponsors us.
What Tidbits of Experience Is About
We’re also going to be your go-to resource for encouragement for marriages, parenting topics, traveling, homeschooling, blogging tips (as I have them), and entertainment reviews (movies, video games, and books—based on the ones we are interested in.) I will still remain an advocate for helping those who have been abused or are dealing with an abusive situation. If it can’t fit into those realms then chances are really high you won’t find it here anymore (unless it’s already on the blog.)
What is your blog time worth to you?