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?