I used to love getting free products in exchange for a blog post. Over the years, I’ve received tons of free product and I became obessed with it. I saved money on soap, clothes, food, etc. doing posts for brands. One year, I didn’t have to buy a single toy for the kids because I had so many free toys I had done a review on. It was fun and I thought of it as a sort of “profit” because it did save me money.
Over the years, I’ve realized the value of my time and even though it’s nice to receive free things, they really aren’t free. Brands demand a lot in return for the product they send and in the long run, I wasn’t saving money. All the time spent promoting (nowadays, most want Facebook, Twitter, and other promotional tools used) a $4 bottle of Tide was crazy. Heck, I could go work somewhere at minimum wage for just an hour and buy it with money left over.
One incident in particular is what had opened my eyes to how I was selling myself short:
I had received an email from a pr person asking if I would review a children’s ebook. They weren’t offering any pay, but as a fellow author, I agreed to do it to help them out. It wasn’t until later that I realized that the book was only a dollar on Amazon. I was still ok with it at the time because like I said, I wanted to be nice and help them out.
The person was nice at first, sending me an email thanking me for offering to do a review. I was super busy that day, so it took me until the next day to return the email. She replied with an angry tone, stating that if it takes me that long to reply, how long will it be until I post the review?
I was a bit taken back, but figured that maybe it had been a bad day for her, so I shrugged it off and did the review anyway. I thanked her for the dollar book and figured I was done. She wrote back a kinder email and this time, asked if I would do a Facebook, Google+, Twitter and another book review site post as well?
“Come on, lady! The product is only worth one dollar!” I yelled at the computer screen. Just then, I realized I had been doing this all along. It was just for things a bit more value.
Products don’t pay the bills.
Now I insist on a fee on top of product for my time as a reviewer blogger. The only time I will still do a product review without pay are the following:
-It comes with a giveaway-this helps to bring in traffic.
– I am helping someone out-this is a network opportunity.
– I’ve already been with a company for years to build a relationship with in hopes to someday do hired work with them.
With that, if you are to a point where you feel you should be paid for your time as well, here are some great paying sites to join:
This is a great site to join because the payment is quick-every two weeks. I have earned around $1000 so far. Here are their rules:
- Register your blog(s) with SponsoredReviews.com.
- Each blog needs to be at least three months old, with at least ten posts of real content.
- Each blog you register needs to have unique, unshared content, and the reviews you post must be of your own creation, not copied from another blog.
- All reviews must appear on your blog homepage the day you submit it to us, and remain there for at least 24 hours.
- Your blog must be indexed on all of the major search engines, including Google
This company sends an email every few times a month. You can apply for a job and if the brand thinks you are a good fit they will contact you. One thing I don’t like about it is you don’t receive any denial email, so you won’t know if you weren’t picked, or if they haven’t decided yet. They have decent pay per post.
I love Blogher! If you want to join a wonderful community, you should check out Blogher. They also have a publishing program that pays well if you are chosen. There’s stiff competition because of the awesome payment and opportunities. I have made over $1300 recently (yay!), but lately, their campaigns have been region specific and I live in the Midwest.
I hope these programs can help you add some mula in your pocket-as well as a free product!