Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Tips: Don't be a sponsor slut.


Hooray for another edition of Tuesday Tips!  In case you don't know, Tuesdays are where I give you the low-down on all things blog related.  I'm no expert, but I like to think I know a thing or two about this whole blogging thing.  So I get to act like a hot-shot guru and you get free advice.  Win/win.

Today's subject was brought on by a few emails I received over the weekend.  Now, I'm not saying that I'm the best blogger out there and my blog is the blog to follow, but I do feel like I have enough clout to expect a certain amount of compensation around here.  Kanye-fidenceLmao, thanks Chris!!

Now for other blogs and bloggers, I'm all about support and swapping buttons and guest posts and giveaways and the whole shebang.  Bloggers get other bloggers.  You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.  That's not what this post is about.  You guys are awesome.

What I'm talking about is companies, brands, and "others" who boast compensation to write about their random sites and products.  Now I'll admit that when I first started getting emails from potential sponsors I jumped at every chance I could.  I whored my blog out there like its vagina was going to fall off the next day.  (Yes, of course my blog is a woman.)  I'm not going to lie, my Paypal account really enjoyed the multiple transactions it received.  The down side was that I was losing respect from my readers and followers.

I came to realize that my blog was looking more like a generic commercialized site than a personal blog.  I was writing posts about shit that I didn't really give a crap about (disc burning software, seriously?) and that was lame.  This year I turned my whole blog around - design, focus, content, etc., and I've been wayyyyy more selective of what I put on here for you guys.  Basically I stopped being a sponsor slut.

I still do sponsored posts, product review posts, sponsored giveaways, and other stuff, but I only work with brands/companies that fit this blog and fit you.  Yes you.  You're the reader.  So if a company reaches out to me about a post for a product that doesn't relate, no thank you.  And even if it could relate somehow, I'm not going to change my point of view, the way I write, or the rate per post I charge just for the sake of a one-time transaction.

So about the email that spurred this whole sponsor slut subject:  I was contacted by a certain online wig company that sells wigs, extensions, weaves, etc.  My first thought was "wtf, I don't wear a wig" but then I started thinking about Halloween (and the Halloween party we're throwing this year) and I thought, "hey, this could be fun" so I responded to the email with my rate for 150-200 words.  Here's the response I received:


I basically laughed out loud when I saw that she tried to pressure me into it with "we have cooperated with many bloggers under $30".  Hahaha.  Sorry bro, that shit don't work no more.  We're fancy now.

And trying to make me feel bad about it with "just forget it"?  I will forget it.  But not before I tell everyone about it first.

Moral of the story:  Don't sacrifice your credibility for a one-time transaction.  Sure, it feels good while you're doing it, but is it really worth possibly losing the respect of your peers?  Think about it.

And if you do go through with it, make sure you use protection.  And by protection I mean a signed agreement or contract.  But if you didn't use one, always have a back up plan.  And by back up plan I mean write a post about your bad experience and warn other bloggers not to work with them.  Like this post.

You're welcome.

14 comments:

  1. "Just forget it." Wowwwwwwwww. How professional. -_- lol

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  2. What reputable company can't afford spell check? Her email is littered with grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. When she asked "...how do you think?" your response should have been "I think with my brain. What about you?" Telling a potential client to "just forget it" - that's real professional!

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  3. I'm super selective about my sponsors nowadays. I only do posts that relate to what I'm doing. It has to be relatable to my readers. Which is very important to me. If it's not beauty, or fashion, I have to find a way to incorporate it into lifestyle. And if it doesn't fall into my lifestyle posts, I will just flat out refuse to do the post.

    xxDenysia Yu
    http://thatlaitgirl.com

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  4. haha just forget it ... priceless!

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  5. You better use protection! HAHA! I love the honesty. Thanks for the shoutout!

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  6. So glad we found each other! Ha....I haven't hit terrible sponsored post status, but that too shall come.

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  7. Her misuse of proper grammer really made my skin crawl. "Please tell me how you think?" This post is an awesome example of how Not to sell your soul for a few bucks. Thanks Duckie!!

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  8. just forget it? my jaw dropped. how rude!! and yay for not being a sponsor slut.

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  9. LOL. Just forget it???? Yeah bitch, ok! Oh my! Just reading the first email, I would have had a hard time wanting to do it because hello....grammar? How do you think? Clearly she does not! Maybe she should be more worried about that.

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  10. Just forget it! hahaha.

    Please.

    If they use poor grammar I never reply in the first place.

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  11. Wow! And I totally I agree. I don't mind sponsored posts, just some bloggers that post only sponsored posts gets annoying and not genuine.

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  12. And she went from the highest we can go is $30, to highest we can go is $40. She also stopped capitalizing in the follow-up email. Unprofessional!

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  13. Great tip for bloggers! Thanks for your transparency :) Also, I have gotten WAYYY too many junky emails like that. It kinda makes me sad/laugh when I see other bloggers working with companies like that...because I know they accepted such a low rate from a scamming company, it kinda makes me lose respect or feel wary of the blog.

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