So I fell into a bit of a trap with blogging. From the moment I started blogging I knew that the day I started a sponsorship program (and people actually bought spots) it would mean I was finally a real blogger. When that day arrived and I sold my first spot I thought I was going to have a stroke from excitement. Now that it’s been two months I’ve learned something, I don’t like offering sponsorships.
Edit: After years of working in a cubicle (as a social media and marketing manager), I’ve broken free and am now writing on a separate site. If you want tips for growing your blog and/or business. Head on over to Winn Creative Co.
I’ve really enjoyed meeting the bloggers who have sponsored my blog. They have all been very wonderful and I am so thankful to have received their support and to provide them with mine. But at the end of the day, it’s a lot of work. I was constantly worrying that I didn’t tweet about a sponsor enough, or didn’t promote them enough. I wanted to send my sponsors millions and millions of views, but at the end of the day, I can’t make people click a link if they don’t want to. I wasn’t offering bloggers what I was best at, I was offering them what I thought successful bloggers were supposed to do.
It took the experience, but I’ve learned my lesson.
You don’t have to have a sponsorship program to be a successful blogger. They’re a lot of work and there’s a lot of pressure on you to give people what they paid for. You have to gather information, stay on top of what they’re posting and be sure to promote their content through social media often. I often felt like I wasn’t promoting enough, but at the same time felt like I was being spammy.
It’s taken this experience to learn that where my talents lie is exactly what I should be offering to bloggers. I can’t guarantee millions of views, but I can guarantee I can improve your blog to bring in more views. I mean, it is what I do from 9-5 and have a degree in. I want to help bloggers improve their websites and their social media. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and I think it’s past time to get the ball rolling.
Shortly after my wedding I will be launching KatieWinnderful.com to offer my blogging and social media skills to bloggers and small businesses. I’m offering a few packages at an introductory price before the official launch. You can check out my Work With Me page to see how I can help improve your blog and social media. Feel free to comment or contact me with any questions you might have or if there is any services you would like offered.
Where do you feel you need the most help when it comes to blogging?