Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Working With Brands & Not Underselling Yourself As A Blogger

Working with brands is something that many bloggers aspire to do, and is also the cause of many a debate in the blogging community.

Some believe that working with brands is "selling out" and whilst I personally disagree, they are of course entitled to their opinion and to keep their own blogs collaboration-free.

But if working with brands is something that you wish to do, then read on.

When I first started my blog I honestly had no idea that brands worked with bloggers at all - I didn't read any blogs at that time and so I had no knowledge of how the blogging worked - I simply wanted to start an online writing space after falling out of love with LiveJournal.

So when the brand opportunities started to come in, I was surprised...and completely lacking in any knowledge on the subject at all.

When the email offers started I was honestly so flattered that these companies wanted to work with me that I was ecstatic to receive even a packet of toilet rolls to review - I paid no attention to what the value of them was and how much of my time it would take to review them, I was simply glad to be given anything at all for "free".

For a while I thought that getting freebies was the best thing ever. 

Within a few months I had amassed a collection of goodies that you wouldn't believe (or maybe you would if you're at the start of your journey too!) - the entire underneath of my bed was FILLED with products and there were boxes climbing the walls - my partner & I joked about how we could open our own shop and make a small fortune from selling it all.

But soon, the pressure started - when there are 30+ boxes of things to review arriving every week, you end being unable to keep up with the demand. The time that goes into photographing those items, writing about them, emailing back and forth with the PR person about the review, and actually trying them out is phenomenal and, quite simply, it was all too much.

I was soon spending HOURS every day trying to keep on top of it all, and two things happened...

1) I wasn't enjoying blogging as much anymore because all of my time was taken up with writing about products instead of writing about what I wanted to

and 2) I was struggling so much to keep up, that I ended up neglecting to actually write about the products - resulting in lots of chasing emails from PR people wanting to know where their review was, and a lot of anxiety for me about how to manage it and keep them happy.

One day, Jon said to me "You've been working all afternoon on these reviews and what for? Two bottles of Radox shower gel and a packet of whitening toothpaste?"

He was right. The value of those products was less than £10, and I'd just spent around 3 hours writing about them and promoting them. Which means that I was effectively working on behalf of those companies for around £3.20 an hour. 

Was it worth it? Wouldn't it be so much easier and more cost effective to just go and buy the shower gel and toothpaste myself?! And if I was honest...they weren't even products I'd have chosen to buy for myself anyway, which made it seem all the more pointless.

Here is a breakdown of what I've learnt as a blogger about working with brands, and some tips for those still unsure:

Setting A Minimum Product Value

From that moment on, I vowed to limit the review work that I took on to only products of a certain value and only those that I was genuinely interested in.

It was difficult to force myself to stick to that rule at first - the phrase "Never look a Gift Horse in the mouth" kept coming to mind and trying to train myself to believe that it was ok to "turn down a freebie" took some doing - but the truth is, these products are NOT freebies.

 They are sent to you for something in return - a review which will take up your time, and exposure to your audience  - an audience that you have earned through hard work and dedication.

Why would you give your hard work and time away for so little in return?

Now my minimum review value is set at £50 (Unless I have a particular interest in a lower value item, which isn't often) and I find this works so much better for me.

Of course it means that I'm turning a lot of lower value items down, but I have to remember that the time spent reviewing those items could mean turning down a far better item down the line...the less review work I take on, the less time pressured I am and the more freedom I have to write my own material and save my review space for bigger items.

Of course every blogger is different and we all need to start somewhere, many people believe that they need to accept low value items to begin with to make themselves known to PR people and there is an element of truth to that - of course its great to get familiar with a PR person by working with them in any way you can, but don't let them use you for less than your time is worth.

By all means take a low value item once or twice to showcase your review skills on your blog - do the best damn toilet roll review there ever was! - but don't allow it to happen continually.

Unfortunately there will always be people out there who will take advantage of you - don't allow them to.

To Be Paid or Not To Be Paid?

The next thing to come along is paid work - usually in the form of sponsored posts, sponsored tweets/facebook mentions/instagram posts, etc  - these come in many forms, and there is all the debate that goes along with them about follow links, no follow links and so on - I'm not going to get into that.

What I am going to talk about is negotiating a fair price.

Often you will be contacted out of the blue by a company with a campaign outline and a price will be stated - when I first started taking on sponsored work I assumed that this was the available budget and there was no flexibility on that - it did not occur to me to even ask the question of whether the price could be increased. I was offered £50 and I took it gladly! No questions asked.

You will also often be emailed without any price being mentioned at all, or worse - people will try it on and ask you to post in return for "promotion on their clients social media sites...great exposure!" or "Quality back links to your blog - great for your DA!"

To be frank...this is largely bullshit. They want you to promote them, link back to them, write about them...whatever it is they're asking for...because THEY need YOU. What they are offering in return is usually worth very little. YOU do not need THEM in these situations.

Ok so they have 50,000 Facebook fans and they'll promote your post to them - but ask yourself, how many of those people are your target audience? How many of them are going to click the link and then bother to read anything else on your site? Are you really going to gain any long term followers from their promotion of your post to their fans? And how engaged are their fans anyway?! It's all well and good having several thousand followers, but how many of them are actually bothering to look at the content?

If they're offering you a link back, is ONE link going to make such a massive amount of difference to your DA that you can't turn it down?....No, not likely.

Don't let them mess with your head - chances are they are just trying to get away with paying you or offering you product in return. DON'T LET THEM DO IT.

Negotiating A Fair Price

It's so difficult, even 3 years in, to know what a fair price is - it all depends on so many factors - how much work the post requires, whether it's written for you or by you, whether they want social media promotion included, whether it's something you feel comfortable promoting, what kind of link they want (Always charge a lot more for gambling or e cigarette links if you accept them, as they can damage your site and lower your future work potential. I did accept a Bingo link last year but I wouldn't budge on a £500 fee - some people wouldn't even accept that price for the risk those links carry - it's a personal choice but be aware of the damage they can do. I certainly wouldn't be accepting a gambling link for £30, as I've seen advertised in some groups lately).

And also - your own personal circumstances come into play too. It's all very well me telling you not to accept less than x amount per post, but everyones financial situation is different and what one person will happily walk away from, others simply can't afford to turn their noses up at - I get that.

BUT keep in mind that the lower the price you accept - the more you're letting these companies know that they don't have to pay a higher price.

If they can get bloggers to post for £15 they will, and then they will never need to re-examine their offer - whereas if everybody refused to work with them at that price, they would HAVE to offer more...right?

Also keep in mind that a lot of companies keep a record of the fee they pay you - so even if they have a campaign come in with a much higher budget, do you think they're going to tell you that and pay you what they're paying everyone else? or are they going to just tell you "Yep, same price as last time" because they know you'll accept it.

I can guarantee it's the latter - it's happened to me plenty of times - friends of mine are paid £300 for a post and they won't offer me more than £30 because I used to accept posts for that price. So my past willingness to offer low prices has come back to bite me on the bum, quite a few times.

For every paid post you accept, take into account the work involved, the time it will take, the relevance to your audience, the link included (is it damaging?), the extra social promotion being requested  (I charge separately for this), and the fact that the price you quote is setting a precedent for future commissions - and based on all of those things, charge what you think is fair.

(Note: If you want a guideline, my DA is currently fluctuating between 29 and 31, and I currently charge around £100 per blog post on average - this is a mid-range price amongst bloggers.  I know a LOT of bloggers who charge 2 or 3 times this price, or even more. I charge extra for social media promotion, and a higher price again for videos. Don't be scared to ask for a decent price - at one time I would have been terrified to ask for more than £50 per post, but my fee has been £100 for a year now and I have earned over £1000 every month since then, people do pay it.)

Reviews Can Pay Too

This is something I honestly wasn't even aware of until this year, and I feel kind of silly when I think of all the reviews I used to accept in return for a couple of bottles of shower gel.

Quite often, a company will approach you with a review opportunity - they'll make it sound like something you absolutely cannot refuse! And maybe the product/products is really lovely - maybe it's well in excess of your minimum product value - BUT around 50% of the time, that company actually has a budget to PAY you to review that item as well as gifting it to you.

Since learning of this, I've forced myself to respond to ALL review request emails with the question "Do you have a budget for this?".

Here Are Some Of  My Recent Surprising Experiences With This:

  • A company representing a well known cereal brand got in touch to ask me if I'd be interested in trying their new cereal - I asked the budget question, expecting a no - the e-mail had made it seem that all I should expect in return for the post is a couple of boxes of cereal.
Minutes later, the reply came back "Absolutely, we can pay you £150 for the review".

Well...wasn't I glad I didn't just snap up the cereal and ask no questions?! I've since found out that other bloggers haggled on that price and were paid significantly more....So there's a lesson there for me, too!

  • Another cereal company emailed recently and asked me if I'd like to work on a campaign with them in return for a nice little personalised item for my little one - I asked the budget question. 
They responded to tell me politely that there was no budget, only the lovely gifted personalised item - I'll be honest, I was almost tempted to agree as the item was sweet and I knew my son would quite like it - but I thought about the time that it would take to write the post and decided it wasn't worth it, so I politely declined.

A few days later, the company emailed again - a budget had been found, would I do it for my usual £100 fee?

Good job I stood my ground, right?!

  • A company recently sent me a very standard looking email, no personalised greeting - just a short blurb about their company, who they were, what they sold, a link to the site and that was it.
I VERY NEARLY pressed delete, thinking it was just more spam - the same emails I get 20 times a day from companies hoping for a bit of free publicity.

But I didn't - I sent my standard "Do you have a budget" reply.

The response came straight away - "Of course! We'd love you to choose £150 worth of products from our website which we will send for you to keep, and we will pay you £250 for your review."

...And to think I almost deleted that opportunity!

My top tip would be to reply to EVERY email you get - even if its 50 a day, even if it's just to say "No thank you, I don't think that's the right fit for my blog but please let me know if you have any future opportunities that may be suitable" - you never know what it could lead to.

I feel like I've babbled enough in this post already so I'm going to leave it here, but I feel like there is so much more I could talk about.

I hate to think of newer bloggers being short changed by companies when it comes to blog collabs, and I often see bloggers doing some of the same reviews I have been paid well for and I wonder "Where they paid too? Or did this company pull the wool over their eyes and offer them just a box of cereal?!"

And so that's my reason for posting this - I'm by no means an expert when it comes to blogging, but I do want to be as helpful as I can to any other bloggers out there - I see the blogging world as a community and I hate the idea that we're all clambering over each other trying to "get to the top" or win opportunities over somebody else  - I feel that when we work together and help each other out, it makes us stronger as a collective...and that's why I won't hold back on discussing any of these things.

If you would be interested in a post detailing HOW I earn over £1000 per month blogging (including exactly what I do, sites and apps I use to increase earnings, etc) - please comment and let me know.

Or if you have any questions you'd like answered about this subject or any other, again - just let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to help.

Now...go get 'em! ;)

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  1. I love these kind of posts from you, so helpful. I've been blogging for 2 years now and I'm still learning. I would definitely be interested in what you do to earn so much per month x

  2. Absolutely brilliant Hayley. It's so interesting to see how other bloggers work - I'm not particularly confident so I often reply "no thanks" rather than try to negotiate higher so I will try to be more brave in future!x

  3. Hayley, thank-you so much, this is just what I needed! I'm all at sea about what I should be replying to people so I'm just ignoring emails at the moment! Fab article, thank-you and yes please to the post about how you earn £1000 a month blogging- that's my aim this year! Thankyou :-)

  4. Yes please to the detailed post Hayley!

  5. Love posts like this Hayley so I'd definitely be interested in more. I am so with you, I used to accept all sorts because it was exciting getting parcels left right and centre. But as soon as I turned down a few it was like I'd told the universe that I wanted better paid opps- and they started coming. I always reply to all emails too, just polite I think. But again agree I need to be better at haggling!! xx

  6. I want to now everything of course x

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and posting this. I'm just getting to the point where I'm thinking about whether I might be able to monetise my blog and I probably would have undersold myself had I not read this! I would love to read a post about how you earn money from the blog. I'm absolutely loving income report posts at the moment, but they're mainly from US-based bloggers.

  8. A very useful post. I know i have accepted low paid posts as money has been tight while being on maternity leave. I would be very interested in a post on how you earn over £1000 month. I would love to earn more from my blog so i don't have to go back to work full time xx

  9. Amazing post Hayley, thank you for sharing!

  10. This is so helpful, I find pricing so difficult, I have only done one sponsored post, and I was happy with what they offered. Review wise I have definitely been taken advantage of over the time when you make comparisons to what some other companies are willing to offer. I would love more info on how to get sponsored posts, as this is something that I don't really know how to get into. x

  11. Such a cracking post Hayley and a very useful one too. I came to blogging after working as a freelance journalist and am a firm believer that every blogger and writer should be paid and treated fairly. Working for free or very little very rarely works out and like you i've found on many occasions, that when I know my worth, a brand may surprise me and suddenly find some budget. I'd also add, that if an opportunity comes through and your gut doesn't scream YES, then it's best to turn it down. Not only does it give you more time to spend on your blog it also feels so much better. ;-) Well done on a cracking post, off to share now. x

    Kate / Pouting In Heels

  12. This is so helpful for me - thank you so much! I really want to ditch my office job and earn from my blog but I have no clue how you can make that kind of money so I'd love to read more about it pls - A Mum Track Mind

  13. Love reading post like this, as someone new to blogging its really eye opening and interesting to read. I would love to read more please x

  14. Brilliant post Hayley helpful to new bloggers and the ones who've been round the block a bit ;-) I am the same and have a minimum value in place for review items of £50.00 and even then I spend some time thinking if I REALLY want the item. I won't haggle on my rate either. I've noticed that quite a few brands have really big budgets this year and that they are well prepared to pay for video and special posts to Instagram. I think we all need to value ourselves highly and also work out our fees in proportion to how big of an audience we have built over the years on the blog and on social. Thanks for taking the time to share xx

  15. Hayley, what a superb post- by far one of the most useful and honest posts about blogging Ive ever read. Thank you so much for sharing. I know I, and many others, will REALLY appreciate reading this. I would love to hear more... xx

  16. Really interesting post and I've got similar minimum thresholds as you. My time is valuable. And actually, I might increase the thresholds as I am far too busy...

    I'd be interested in the post about £1,000 per month!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am starting to review products and didn't dare to ask for money. But this post made me realise that my time is worth money! Frenchie Mummy #brillblogposts

  18. I have a minimum value in theory and have asked about busget/paying to make a review value to my minimum (which is less than yours) and not once has someone said yes. I also have a DA of 3i and my few rate is the same as yours. But I'm finding people will rarely come up to my few. That's despite people offering me higher a couple of years ago. I do turn a lot down but I don't get many worthwhile offers when I take into account my time, and I've never had anyone say yes to a budget on the basis of a response to a press release eye. I obviously don't get the same offers as you.

    Great post by the way.

  19. Thank you for writing this Hayley! Such a great post! I'm just starting to work with brands so it's come at the perfect time. I'm going to book mark it. I'd be interested in hearing more about how you earn through blogging. Tor xx #brillblogposts

  20. Oh what an absolutely fabulous post. It's made so much sense and things are looking a bit clearer now! What a great idea to set a minimum value - I hadn't even thought of that! Thanks so much for sharing and I would love to read more posts similar to this. #brillblogposts from Cherry at TheNewbyTribe

  21. Gosh I'd love to hear about how you earn that!! I'm a relative newbie and have just been sent two items (unpaid) to review so this post has certainly opened my eyes already! Thank you #ablogginggoodtime

  22. I think you are so good and generous to share such helpful advice. Bloggers can sometimes be painted as quite manipulative and money-grabbing, trying to keep all the best perks sewn up for themselves and you have shown this not to be the case. And I sometimes wonder if the blogging superstars are all to good to be true and actually only make it because they are related to someone in PR or publishing and it's all a gimmick from the start. So thanks for an encouraging and inspiring post. #Stayclassymama

  23. In the beginning of my blogging career I did a few reviews just for the exposure. Once the review was done, however, I never heard back from the companies. I even had one company contact me and I wanted to do the review because it was cake company and my son's birthday was coming up. What's better than a free cake? Except after I accepted the offer, they rescinded the offer because they didn't know I was an American blogger and they were in Ireland. Well, isn't that something you should look at before asking someone to do a review? To be fair though, I guess I never put it in my bio so how would they know unless they read some of my content, which of course, they most likely didn't. I've had quite a few bad experiences and I hate that reviews take away from my writing, which is why I started a blog in the first place, so unless a company is a REALLY GOOD FIT, I don't accept any anymore. I do love your tips though. I didn't know any of this myself and now that I do, next time I get contacted, I will know how to respond. Popping over from #ablogginggoodtime

  24. What an informed post! Like you I'm also careful with what to accept and also decided to have a minimum product value to accept. I once helped out this "starting company", while I explained that I normally don't accept below a certain amount, they assured me it would be of a certain value, but was so disappointed with what they sent. It's disheartening when brands go against the agreed amount/value... but I've learned my lesson now :) #sharingthebloglove

  25. This is a great post so useful as I've been only going since late last year so it's a whole new world to me. Will follow your progress! Thank you x

  26. Haha love the quote from your husband about the radox and toothpaste.. I think it's all very well reviewing a product you enjoy but a jar of Branston pickle? What's the point ? Very interesting read , thanks #brillblogposts

  27. Such a useful post - thank you! And I'd love to learn more from you! Thank you X

  28. This post is brilliant! I love that you've been so open and told us exactly what you expect for your posts and time. I wouldn't even know where to start and would likely have been chuffed with the cereal and bubble bath. You are however correct, as a collective we're much stronger and I wouldn't want my newbie status to hinder others.
    A post about how you earn on a monthly basis would be of great interest to a newbie like me.
    Thanks again for sharing!
    #Sharingthebloglove xxx

  29. Great post. It certainly shows that you can earn money from blogging whilst still retaining control over your content.

    I'd ded be interested in a post showing how you make a grand a month from blogging.

  30. Really interesting read thanks Hayley, I'd definately be interested in a more detailed follow up post please. I wish I had people emailing me requesting my reviews but not quite there yet!!! :) #brillblogposts

  31. Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with brands and PR. I've just started getting a few offers and wasn't sure how to approach this. Some have been great and are more long term, others are cakes and books, so its quite varied but great to know some tips and advice going forward! Thanks so much for sharing #ablogginggoodtime

  32. Hayley this is super useful and id definitely be interested in your follow up blog post on earning each month. where do you stand on being a brand ambassador? should that be paid? And what about collaborative posts? very interested to find out more :) x #brillblogposts

  33. This is such a useful and eye opening post - to hear the nitty gritty of your negotiations is really helpful to someone like me who is just starting out really and has done a couple of paid posts and wondering about what kind of fees are thought of as normal. Do you read Skinned Cartree? Not a parenting blogger, but she does a monthly income report which is always really interesting - I'd love to see you do something like that for what you're doing.

    Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  34. This is so interesting hun! I love the image of your drowning in loo roll! I never ask about a budget for reviews as like you felt cheeky but I may at least ask never know eh? Such brill tips and well done you on being so successful with your blog.Hard work pays off. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  35. This is really, really helpful. As a newbie blogger, I see others in forums talking about charging, and I've always wondered how much I need to do before I charge, and where to pitch it. Thank you for your honesty and clarity. I really appreciate it, and would love to see more! #SharingtheBlogLove

  36. Just whizzing back to say thank you again for this brilliant read. #ablogginggoodtime #effitcrew

  37. This is a great post Hayley and so useful. I've basically just been saying no unless I really want something but I might start getting a bit more ballsy. Thanks for your tips. #KCACOLS

  38. Amazing post and you have made me see I am seriously cutting myself short. I know I should turn down low laid posts but I don't work so I really can't say no to the offer. I clearly need to try negotiating more and stop agreeing to low paid posts. I've just been offered a post with a budget of £125 and I was so shocked..I never expected to get that for a post but your post has shown me it is possible. I would love to read how you make £1000 a month! I'm sharing this fab post xx #KCACOLS

  39. This is a brilliant read - so useful! I also want to grow my blog and work with brands but have never been sure how to go about it or where to start. I love how transparent you are about it, a huge help for us newbies :-) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday xx

  40. The k you so much for such a detailed Post. I would love to soon work with brands a d the like, as a new blogger I just don't know where to start, look forward to reading more posts like this one from you #KCACOLS

  41. This is an amazing post. I have pinned it so that I can refer back to it at a later date. My blog is only small, but I am aiming to work with brands in the future. Thank you so much for this post.

  42. Thank you SO much for this!! It is SO useful. I read it earlier in the week and thank you to you, I didn't press delete to an email I received. I asked the simple question of whether there was a budget, and surprisingly, there was. Even though they were only advertising it as a free product. This is such an informative post. And well done to you for making such a success of your blogging! :) #Sharingthebloglove #KCACOLS

  43. I think the big learning from this is to know when to say no to products that are not right for your blog, otherwise you end up filling it with crap that doesn't merit the time it takes to write about. Personally I go by editorial value rather than monetary value - if there is plenty to say about an item and I think it will make a good blog post then I will write about it. The problem with setting a minimum value for review items is that you then risk alienating your readers if you are constantly writing about things they can't afford. And without the readers, where would we be?

  44. This is brilliant, absolutely amazing! This post is so full of wonderful advice, I think I'm going to bookmark so I can come back and read a few more times. I think it is SOOOO important for a blogger to know their worth from the get-go. I remember the shower gel reviews :P Thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

  45. we use the term "just ask" in a dad blogger group I belong to. The worst thing you will ever hear is no, and then you lost nothing. #KCACOLS

  46. Hi this a great post thanks for sharing. It can be such a tricky thing to navigate because there are no rules or guidelines! I did a lot of free reviewing at first, which as you said actually drove me crazy in the end! Its important to know the value of your time and not allow yourself to be used. We also shouldn't feel embarrassed talking about money and negotiating ! #stayclassymama

  47. I am just popping back to say Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove I have also been sharing your post with people, as I think its fab! x

  48. Thank you so much for writing this post. It's the exact sort of guideline I've been looking. I guess as a new blogger I have to learn to use my confidence as a writer and blogger to get my worth. Thank you #KCACOLS

  49. So important that everyone knows their worth, absolutely. Big, big budgets out there and bloggers and vloggers are the most powerful digi influencers. Thanks for linking up x

  50. I think this is a cleverly written and very helpful post.I was the same as you and you just have to make a change don't you?!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  51. I have been waiting for someone to tell me this!! Thank you so much I am pinning it so I can come back to it again and again as I am sort of halfway through this process and just thinking about getting into sponsored posts. Honestly thank you xxx #sharingthebloglove xx

  52. Oh my goodness, I just can't imagine ever being in the position to be able to ask that sort of price! I've been blogging 3.5mths and I haven't worked with any brands yet, because, like you, I didn't even know it was a thing when I started. I just wanted a space to write.

    I've had the internal debate about whether it's selling out to work for money, but, as a SAHM, finances are tight and a bit of extra cash from my hobby would be a real help. This post makes it seem achievable so thank you for being so honest! Any extra info would be gratefully received, so yes please on the more detailed post! #SharingTheBlogLove

  53. What a brilliantly useful post! I'm nowhere near any of that stuff yet but all sounds very exciting for the future and will definitely take your advice on board (assuming I ever get any offers!!). #KCACOLS

  54. Brilliant post! I don't do sponsored posts etc but I do reviews. Like you I'd set up a minimum value of £50 but I got a bit greedy for freebies and did some for a lot less and have ended up with a backlog of reviews to write argh!

    So now I'm back up to my £50 minimum value with 2 expections:
    -if it's a big brand/PR agency I might take something smaller with the hope that I'll get something bigger in future
    -if it's something I'm interested in trying but wouldn't buy - eg recently tried some new baby bottles

  55. What an absolutely brillant post. Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us all! #Sharingthebloglove

  56. Love this. Really interesting for someone like me who is fairly new to blogging. x #sharingthebloglove

  57. Love this. Really interesting for someone like me who is fairly new to blogging x #sharingthebloglove

  58. Thanks for sharing this, really interesting for another newbie blogger. Well done you #Sharingthebloglove

  59. Thanks for this post. Really interesting and useful! #KCACOLS

  60. This is really useful and even though I'm not really going for paid work etc at the moment I've accepted some stuff that I thought fitted and or wanted. I've definitely sold myself short!! That changes today! Thanks again well done for featuring on #sharethebloglove

  61. This was a real eye opener fro me. I still think of myself as that newbie blogger who doesn't have much to offer but after reading this I really need to rethink my pricing and reviews I think. While I am still happy to accept lower value items I have never thought about asking for payment for reviews etc and now my da is higher I have a good base and idea of what others ask for. Thanks #kcacols

  62. This is so useful,thank you! And yes, I would be interested in a follow up post! #KCACOLS

  63. I'm loving these posts Hayley!! So honest and informative :) you're a lovely girl to have in the blogging world xxx

  64. God I am missing a trick! Thanks for this! I have ignored so many emails and not asked the question. Now my youngest is starting school I really need to make a proper income from blogging so will start replying and make sure I don't undersell myself!

  65. Great post Hayley, it's taught me so much as a new blogger, thank you!

  66. Amazing post! Tell us more!!! Please xx

  67. So helpful. I'm still such a small blogger. How long do you think I should wait before I start getting more demanding?

  68. Great post - would love the detailed one on how you make £1000 a month - hope I haven't missed it.....

  69. This was such a helpful post, thank you so much for all the info you have shared! I'd definitely be interested in post about how you earn with links and so on. Also what you think makes a persons blog/site attractive to brands i.e design, how professional it looks.

    Lou xxx

  70. Fab post :) I would love a more detailed post as well just because I am nosy - I do think that you can tell when a blogger is accepting anything and everything offered to them and when a blogger is being more selective in the quality of the post and the content. I personally really dont like to see bloggers promoting online gaming or short term loan / payday loans - but thats just me and I have to be honest if I saw several of those posts on a blog I would prob stop following it.

    With regards to random people contacting you - a guy contacted me and asked if I would put a post up on my blog about something for payment at the time I was skint and thought why not? but he actually wrote it and wanted me to post it as if I had written it - it was awful so not my kind of post - really over the top and fake so in the end I declined lol - first and only time anyone has offered anything like that :D

  71. Brilliant post! I can't tell you how helpful I've found this!
    My blogs been running for 6 months now and I'm just starting to get review emails popping through. As you can imagine it's just s massive confidence boost at the moment but I also don't want to be taken for a ride!
    I don't think I'm the next JK Rowling but I'm pretty sure my writing isn't complete garbage!
    I'll definitely keep your post in mind over the next couple of months. Thanks for sharing your helpful tips xx


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