Meet the blogger Jordan Rowland

I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog every day since many people I’ve came in contact with said they did not have a lot of WordPress friends.

Why not share the love you give on my blog with her blog? You can check her blog out here. A like,comment and follow will bring many smiles 😀 Remember how you felt when someone did it to you? No? Then you should probably read this post if you want to promote your blog on my blog for free. 🙂

And a big thank you to Mr. Militant Negro who offered to then re-blog your post on his blog to even more viewers!

Now *drum rolls please*

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Meet Jordan Roland

  • What’s your blog about?
  •  I’ve been using the Daily Prompt suggestions and giving them my own twist, but I’m not sure what direction I’d like to take. I think my primary focuses would be that of being a college student or writing, but I’m not sure…
  • Would you consider yourself a
    • I’m definitely a beginner blogger, as you can see by my indecision lol
  • What is your vision for your blog?
    • If I can provide any sort of encouragement, empathy, or relatability for someone who needs it, that would be my goal- to get my thoughts and passions out there, but in doing so positively impact the world around me.
  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
    • Wow, um, my blog would of course be famous- but for the right reasons, for being known as “that girl who I can relate to, who inspires me to pursue my dreams”.
  • What is your worst fear about blogging?
    • I guess my worst fear would be that this becomes something I use for vain purposes (think of people’s “finstas” solely for ranting) or that it ever discourages someone- including myself.

WILD CARDS

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
    • Visit every zoo in the country. E.v.e.r.y.
  • What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
    • Hopefully this is a rarity amongst the majority, but stopping in the acceleration lane is a habit that I believe needs to be kindly murdered.
  • What skill would you like to master?
    • Drawing for sure- I’ve been drawing since elementary school, but never taken a class for it and would LOVE to learn all I can.
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Should beginner bloggers do free promotional posts?

As bloggers we work our butts of creating content, taking Instagram worthy pictures and occasionally cleaning our sunglasses to carry on writing. So, is it worth it to do a free promotional blog post for companies?

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A while ago I wrote a blog post about how much money beginner bloggers should ask for sponsored blog posts.

I thought this next post will be fitting.

If you are a beginner blogger should you do free promotions?

If you are thinking that companies are not even contacting you to do free promotion on your blog, think again because chances are if you’ve been blogging constantly for 6months, have been tagging your post and left your email on your contact page, that these companies would have found you by now or will in future.

Here are 3 different examples from 3 different companies contacting me.

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The email normal starts of by them telling you that:
They’ve read your blog and they like it.
They have a blog idea for your blog.
They would like you to promote their website.
If you agree, you write the post and send it to them so they can check it and change a few things.
With these type of promotions, you don’t get paid, or send any products. Basically, you give the company free publicity. Some of the companies enter you into a ‘draw’ and you might be chosen to be featured on their website.

Firstly, pat yourself on the back, you’ve done it. A company recognized you. Secondly, don’t pat yourself on the back too hard because they’ve recognized you and 100 other bloggers. They are not paying you, they want free promotion from you.

They know a few things about the blogger psyche:
They know that we love to be recognized by a company or brand.
If they’ve checked out your blog they know that you’ve never or seldom worked with a company before, so you don’t know what to expect really.
They know that flattery gets them a free promotional blog post.

How can you use this situation to your advantage?
You can tell them that you will do the post, but in return, you would like them to give you a review of your post. What do I mean by a review?

They can say something like “Very insightful, clear and funny blog”- Coca-Cola (or whoever)

Then you take the quote they have given you, add a page to your blog called ‘Testimonials’ and write the quote there including the company name etc.

This will help build your blog profile. When potential advertisers visit your blog, they will see that you have worked with different companies and this raises your credibility.

Should you accept all free blog promotion offers?
No. Try to do 4 or 5 ones that you really like. And get the reviews for your blog then don’t do any further. Why? PR companies talk. If they realize you are doing free promotional post all the time, no one would want to pay you to write a post in the future.

I think doing a free blog post does have benefits.
You get to experience working with a brand
You get a ‘review’ to build your blog
You build professional relationships
You get exposure to other parts of the blogosphere.

But do keep in mind, that you’ve worked hard for your blog. It takes time and effort to build a relationship with your audience and create great content. Don’t overwhelm your readers with so many promotional blog posts that you lose their interest.

If you liked this post and would like to read more beginner blogger tips, click here. 🙂

What do you think? When given the chance, would you do a free promotional post?

Happy living 🙂

Chantal

How much money you should charge for sponsored content? Beginner blogger tips.

I got my first paycheck after 3 months in 2010. It was 500$. But I didn’t know how much to ask so I let the company decide for me. I under sold myself.

So, how much money should you charge as a beginner blogger for your content?

Let’s get into it!

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I know now that I was underselling my blog. I asked too little and they took advantage of that. Does that mean that they are evil? No, just good business people. When it comes to business, there are no hard feelings. Don’t take it personally.

However, after 7years I’ve learned enough to know how much to charge for my blog content. Here’s the down low.

How much you should charge for your blog content:

There is no set amount that you should charge for your blog content.
people make it up as they go. (Later in the blog I will tell you how much I charge)

Here are two popular methods people are using:

First method: Take the number of page views + the number of social media followers divided by your page rank times $0.1 divided by 2.
That equals the amount you should ask

If you want to check out your page rank click here.

Second popular method:
Number of hours spent on writing the post times the number of hours you spend on taking pictures, editing, styling, curating pictures + your rate for your blog (Minimum is $50)
This equals the amount you should ask sponsored blog posts.

Why I don’t follow those rules and still get paid
1) If you follow those rules as a beginner blogger, you will barely get enough money to survive.

Those calculations were made by big time bloggers for big time bloggers.

2) There is no set rules for how much you can charge, why sell yourself short? If you have worked hard on your blog, interactions, views, and content, you deserve a decent paycheck per post.

How much I charge for sponsored content:

This is my personal method.
I charge $100 per hour for creating blog content. It takes me about 5hours to write a blog post.

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I charge $120 per hour if I take the pictures myself and edit them. Normally it takes me 5hours to take pictures and edit it.

If I don’t take the pictures and the company provides it then I don’t charge for the pictures of course.

Then I charge my blog fee which is $500.

Why charge a blog fee? When I’m not writing blog posts I’m promoting my content, building relationships with other bloggers/partners etc. I do this daily from Mon-Fri. I work hard to make my blog successful. So when I write a sponsored blog post it does very well and it’s because of my hard work.

I plus all of that together and then I charge that amount. So on an AVERAGE, a sponsored I charge $1500 per blog post, depending on what the company needs.

This is a business transaction. They give you money, but what do you give them? What can your blog offer them?

Have you built trust with your audience so if you promote content will they trust you enough to buy it? Or are you just blabbering on when you can and not really putting in work on your blog so they see you as ‘a wanna be blogger?’

Your social media:
Are you active on social media? Do you have anything to offer to companies?

If you feel depressed after this post just remember:

1) You can work on getting interaction on your blog. It’s not that you suck at blogging, it’s perhaps that you don’t put in enough of effort.

I know not everyone can afford to spend as much time on their blog. If you spend only 1hour on your blog per day then you cannot expect people to interact with you like they do with Beyonce.

What you put in is what you get out. But you know that. Don’t be depressed. Do something about improving your blog.

If you take just one month to really focus on growing your blog, setting time aside for it, you WILL see improvement.

Here are tips to help you with that. Click here 🙂

If you learned anything in this post, please let me know in the comment section. It helps 🙂

Happy living,

Chantal.

 

MEET THE BLOGGER CLAIRE PFEFFER

Two weeks ago I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog twice a week since many people I’ve came in contact with said they did not have a lot of WordPress friends.

Why not share the love you give on my blog with her blog? You can check her blog out here. A like,comment and follow will bring many smiles 😀 Remember how you felt when someone did it to you? No? Then you should probably read this post if you want to promote your blog on my blog for free. 🙂

And a big thank you to Mr. Militant Negro who offered to then re-blog your post on his blog to even more viewers!

Now *drum rolls please*

Meet Claire Pfeffer 

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What’s your blog about?

My blog is about my life as an undergrad student. I also post studying tips, life tips, organizational strategies, and my beauty tips.

What  type of blogger would you consider yourself? 

A blogger who  tries to blog but life gets in the way.

What is your vision for your blog?

I want my blog to be a way to get my thoughts out but also to share what I’ve learned so far and my experiences.

If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?

My blog would be somewhere that I can share what I’ve learned and have others contribute as well. Being a millennial, a college student, and super girly all offer a unique perspective that I want to be able to share. I want to interact with my readers as well. 

What is your worst fear about blogging?

That no one reads my blog- or worse, they read it and hate it.

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What is the most annoying habit that other people have?

Being late. I hate when people are late because it’s so rude and inconsiderate. 

What skill would you like to master?

I would like to become fluent in sign language. 

If you want to get to know her more, please follow her here.

500+ followers in 2 weeks

About two weeks ago I decided to start the “beginner blogger series’ and share all I’ve learned over the period of 7years of blogging.

This has gone very well since now I have 500 subscribers more than I used to. Some of you even emailed me to tell me ‘thank you’ because you applied what I shared and got some followers etc.

I work Monday- Friday 8hours writing those blog posts so imagine my happiness when I receive the emails and comments. 🙂

So, I think this post is needed to explain my ‘absence’ during weekends.

There’s a simple reason for that. Which is I take weekends off 🙂 I’m reading some books, sipping some wine and getting loved up with the husband.

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If you are blogging this weekend and want to check out some blogger tips, then click here.

Otherwise, see you Monday 🙂

PS: What are you doing this weekend? Blogging? Family time?

 

 

MEET THE BLOGGER ABBEY ROBINSON

Two weeks ago I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog twice a week since many people I’ve came in contact with said they did not have a lot of WordPress friends.

Why not share the love you give on my blog with her blog? You can check her blog out here. A like,comment and follow will bring many smiles 😀 Remember how you felt when someone did it to you? No? Then you should probably read this post if you want to promote your blog on my blog for free. 🙂

And a big thank you to Mr. Militant Negro who offered to then re-blog your post on his blog to even more viewers!

Now *drum rolls please*

I introduce to you Abbey Robinson

What’s your blog about?

My blog is about Lifestyle, Fashion, Beauty and Travel. I post blogs about the latest makeup trends, bucket list ideas and my experiences in different countries around the world, and more personal topics such as myself suffering from anxiety, and just trying to put the word out there about it and hopefully help people who go through the same thing. My blog is hopefully inspiring people in different aspects of life and I hope to extend my blog with other topics of discussion too in the future. 
 
  • Would you consider yourself 
I’m a beginner blogger. 
 
  • What is your vision for your blog?
I would love to grow an audience and form a community where we can all help each other with different things in life and allow us all to have someone to talk to. I just really want to inspire and help people throughout the process of doing what I love. 
 
  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
I would love it to become well-known. 
 
  • What is your worst fear about blogging?
Putting myself out there and making myself vulnerable. I use my blog like its my own personal diary. 
 

WILD CARDS

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Eat, blog, exercise, hang out with people, travel. 
 
  • What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
Rude manners and eating with their mouth open. 
 
  • What skill would you like to master?
Juggling!
 

How to make money as a beginner blogger (How I got my 1st paycheck after 3 months of blogging)

In this post, I’ll say things that other bloggers advise against, such as, ‘as a beginner blogger you should not put ads on your blog.’

I say put ads on your blog.

Their reason to not put up ads: When you put up ads too soon on your blog it will be a distraction to your viewers. And as a beginner blogger, you will not make enough money anyway by putting up ads.

My reason to put up ads: We are used to seeing ads on blogs. Our eyes are not distracted by it so much anymore. Keep in mind to put the ads, not in the way of your post. If you put it in the middle of your post, that will distract readers, but if you put it out of their way, they will still have an enjoyable experience.

Second reason: You won’t make a lot of money with the ads you put up. How much? About 2cents. It will teach you to get excited about 2cents and then it will go up to 5cents, 10 cents, 20cents and when you hit that $1 you’ll feel like a boss. Also, 2cents is more than nothing. When the $1000, $2000 starts coming you will appreciate it more because you know where you came from.

(I look back at those 2cents going up and up. I remember when I first reached my $100. And then the bigger checks.)

Third reason: You need to think for yourself. As I’ve mentioned the majority of people advise to only put ads on your blog after a year or two. Their reasoning behind it is valid and it has worked for them. But will it work for you? Your personality? The way you think and act. You are not them and they are not you. ‘Miracles’ can happen for you that did not happen for them. I received my first paycheck after only 3 months of blogging on WordPress (not my Blogspot blog) in 2015. I speak more about it later in this post.)

But then again, if you cannot get excited about your posts getting 2 cents in the beginning, then perhaps you can wait until after a year.

How to get ads on your blog?

Adsense: You create an account with AdSense. It’s free and easy.
When do you get paid? Many people just say when you’ve reached the threshold of $100. I found that that’s true if you are American.
But for other countries, you get different thresholds. Here are some:

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Note: You only get your money when it reaches the threshold.
Something cool about AdSense: You can monetize (put ads) on your blog and other websites like Youtube. Then your threshold will be reached sooner because you have two places you put up ads instead of one.

How do you get paid? Check or bank account?
In the past, it used to be in a check like this (Here my surname is my maiden name)

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But nowadays Adsense deposits it directly to your bank account.

Adwords:When you upgrade your blog to premium, you can use AdWords.
Adwords places ads on your blog and when you’ve reached a threshold of $100 they deposit into your bank account or PayPal account. I chose PayPal.

Note: You cannot have Adsense and Adwords. You have to choose one.

Promoted content

This is where you start seeing the dollars $$.
When a company approaches you to do a blog post for them advertising their brand on your blog. This can either be a post that you have written or a post they have written. Or advertising space on your blog.

This is an example of a company contacting me to advertise on my blog. This was after only 3 months on WordPress.

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How do you go about getting brands to sponsor you?
Finding brands that want to sponsor bloggers is not difficult. They even find you. Brands want to advertise their businesses.

  • Make sure that you:
    Have a contact page with your email address, social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube etc. Preferably the ones that are doing good. No not Beyonce good, but your good.
  • There are different types of companies, a lot that’s looking for smaller bloggers because they charge less (not cents, dollars) and often would work harder on a post and advertising.
  • Don’t be afraid to turn down offers if it doesn’t fit well with your audience and blog. Other offers will come. Be patient.
  • Know how much you will charge for sponsored content. How many hours do you have per day to spend on your post? Will you promote it also on you Facebook? Instagram? Snapchat? Other social media?
    (If you want me to write a post about how you know how much to charge, let me know because that needs a post by itself)

What are businesses looking for?
They are looking for a blog with interaction. Why? because if they are going to pay you to promote their content, they have to be sure your audience will check out their business.

That’s why it’s important to build up your audience. Just be sure that when you do accept a sponsor that it is something your audience will benefit from. You have worked hard for a relationship with your audience, don’t lose their trust.

Be honest and upfront. Your audience is human. They understand that you need money to live. So don’t bullshit them. Say straight up ‘I’m doing a sponsored post because I don’t live on comments alone, Mama is getting that money and I’m bringing something useful to you.’ … Or in any other way you want to let your audience know it’s a sponsored post. 🙂

I think I will stop here otherwise the post is going to turn into a book. Would you like me to do a more in  detailed post about how much money you should charge as a new blogger for sponsored content?

If you have learned anything in this post let me know, also let me know any other questions you have or want to see a blog post on.

As always, if you are interested in more beginner blogger tips like these, I wrote a bunch of them here.

Until tomorrow.

Happy living!
Chantal

PS: Don’t forget to be a human being and step away from your laptop to get some fresh air and live. Work hard on your blog but also live life.

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