The questions for this week are: do you belong to any affiliate programs? If so, recommendations? Have you worked with brands (free products, sponsorship, paid posts)? What tips do you have? Have you personally reached out to any brands? How/Who do you reach out to? Tips for being successful in reaching out?
Here's the thing, I don't have super blogging tips for this. In the past, I have been contacted by companies, mostly online stores from China to review their sites. They pay 15$ ish a post, but I have stopped doing those as I didn't really feel like they fit in this space and it didn't seem sincere. I think mostly I was excited to be making money blogging, which was up to 100$ a month for awhile. The worst are the companies that ask you to do a post for free but they will "promote" it on their social media and then they get all picky with how you word things.
I have now decided to only do sponsored posts for companies that provide me with product so that I can give a real review for something I have actually experienced. I have one of those reviews coming up on Friday for some art I received. I am also a member of organizations like BrandBacker or Influenster and will occasionally receive product to review.
There is also Izea which pays for posts on blog or social media and shopsensestyle which is an affiliate program that gives you $ per clicks or purchases from your clothing links. I have had very small success with them, but enough success to fund some Starbucks, so hey, that's a win, right?
Wanna know my dream world for working with companies? I like clothing and I like sharing that with friends (okay, mostly I like telling my friends and family what they should wear) but I want to work with the companies that I support, like the Bay or Simons and neither of them have affiliate programs so that leaves that dream in it's little world. Although, I just googled the Bay affiliate program and apparently they have something, so I am now looking into it. See, that's where the whole vicious cycle of gaining followers comes into play, because the more I have, the better chance I have of working with the companies I love.
In my ideal world I would just wear clothes and get paid for it, being one of those high earners on Liketoknowit, yup, that's my blog dream world. If you could get paid to blog about anything, what would you pick?
Hope on over to Jill's blog to see what she has to say!