SO you want to work with brands

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Now don’t get my wrong, I would like to have written this post from perhaps, a more experienced point of view [well hopefully  I will be able to one day]. BUT, having only ever worked with three brands [in my little blogging lifetime], I am perhaps not the most expert at this [no actually I am definitely not]. But I wanted to share my newbie experience and what I have learnt from it.

I think the most important concept to note here, is that if you are a newbie blogger DON’T EXPECT it. If you are expecting it, let’s face it, you are probably blogging for all of the wrong reasons [blogging is SO SO much more than this]. Whilst it is nice, and makes it feel like all your hard work was ‘worth’ it. It is not the be all and end all. My two most recent partnerships [the other one was a long time ago on an old blog] were fairly small, I was approached by the brand and it was unpaid apart from some affiliate links [go on high and mighty blog police – tell me off for ‘undervaluing’ my time and effort].

The next thing that I would recommend,  especially if you at some point you would like to make some money from your blog, is to get your own domain [I www. bit]. Don’t me wrong I am sure some brands will and do accept .wordpress.com or .blogger.com domains but even for your own successes a domain can help you SO much. In fact I think I could write a whole other post on this. If you search through the bloggers required hashtag on Twitter, you will see that lots of brands ask for a certain DA [domain authority score]. You can only start building your score with your own domain. Basically the quicker you make the jump [it’s not that scary I promise] the better it will be for your blog. You can read more about going self-hosted here.

Finally, join websites such as Bloggers Required – they are really SO great for finding brand partnerships. It is also free to join and anyone regardless of their size can join. If you have slightly more followers [3k over one platform] another great platform to find collabs is The Blogger Programme.

Have you worked with brands before? If so, what are your top tips?

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4 Comments

  1. July 16, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    It’s so true that when you are a newbie blogger, brands won’t tend to go for you. I had no idea that brands would actually send me anything and it was a surprise that they did after a year of blogging. A domain helps but back then I didn’t have one. Loved this post x

  2. July 17, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Having your own domain is such a good thing, especially if you can to it from the start. But as you say, if you’re getting into blogging in the expectation you’ll be sent lots of stuff for free then you probably shouldn’t be blogging. Great tips here, Soph, looking forward to more of these posts in future! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  3. July 17, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I loved this post Soph! Having my own domain has helped me so much and I’m actually in the process of working with two brands (even though my DA isn’t the highest).
    Please write a post on blogger plugins and helpful tools as I’m loving all of your blogging posts, they’re so helpful☺️
    Brooke x
    http://www.brooke-pearson.co.uk

  4. July 24, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    I would love to collaborate with brands but I literally just started my blog (My baby is almost one month old!), so I think it’s a bit too early for me unfortunately. I have only 20 followers on my blog so far. I guess it’s not too bad for one month blogging though… 🙂

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