Thursday, January 23, 2014

What I've Learned this Week

Life As Always

I'm linking up again this week for Live & Learn Thursday!  I learned something really important this week.

One of the reasons I switched to Blogger last January was so that I could have the opportunity to have people sponsor my blog.  I had sponsored others' blogs, and I wanted the chance to have that type of interaction with other bloggers.  I did have a couple of sponsors: Ashley from A Party of Four (her blog was "Simply, Ashley" at the time) and Elizabeth from The Young Retiree.  After their sponsorships were over, I didn't get any more sponsors, and then Passionfruit changed their policies, and I knew I couldn't justify spending money each month when I wasn't earning any!

Fast forward to a few months ago.  I decided to set up an ad shop with PayPal and get going again, but I haven't had any takers.

SO I tweeted some of my favorite bloggers who offer sponsorships and asked for their advice.  The general consensus was that I needed to include stats on my Sponsor page.  I also decided to get back out there and sponsor a few other bloggers!  One last suggestion was that I give away some spots to allow people to experience a sponsorship with me and encourage them to stay on after their "trial" is over. 

That is exactly what I'm going to do, but first, let me show you my revamped sponsor page:
Looking for a blog to sponsor?  I'm your girl!  My blog is growing, and I'd love to help you grow your blog, too!

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Current Stats:
100 Followers via GFC
46 Followers via Bloglovin'
49 Facebook Followers
69 Twitter Follwers
2,814 Page Views last month

I am currently offering just two options:

Ice Cream Sundae $4.00
1 spots available/month

Featured Sponsor: Banner included in EVERY post
Size: 500 x 100 px
4 social media shout-outs/week
2 posts pinned to Pinterest
Guest post
Baker's Dozen $2.00
3 spots available/month
Size: 200 x 200 px
3 social media shout-outs/week
1 post pinned to Pinterest
Guest post
Please note: In order to place your ad on my blog, you will need to e-mail me after you make your purchase with the HTML code with the appropriate sizing for your ad.  If you need help with this, please contact me!

Ad Options

And's the giveaway!  Enter to win a Baker's Dozen ad space!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Sarah Alway said...

Sponsorships are such tricking business... I'm kind of in the same boat! I'll email you offline about this. Anyway great lesson and thanks for linking up! :-)

Julie said...

I love supporting awesome friends!

Susannah said...

Yay!!! I'm glad you took our advice. :-) I hope this brings some great sponsorship opportunities to your blog. :-)

Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart said...

I'd love to do some sponsor stuff but not only do I NOT have a sponsor page but I don't get any of it. I need someone to help me. And you know what-- I don't want to make money-- I just want to get my name out there so that I can meet new people whose blogs I might like and vice versa. I'm not blogging to make money.. I'm blogging to vent, etc and make connections.

Elizabeth, The Young Retiree said...

I just made the plunge to add sponsors and have "one bite" (other than myself, hahaha!) It's such tricky business. I think hosting a giveaway is a good idea for it though! I'd love to have you over on my sidebar to get you out there! If you use "WinnaWinna" you can get an ad for free with me and try it out this month!

Kristin said...

I know that I probably couldn't be bothered to "keep up with it" if I promised sponsors certain things. Sad, but true. Overcommitment scares me.

Lindsey @ The Crafty Practitioner said...

I have been working on my sponsor page lately too! I need to add stats, just haven't done it yet. Thank you for linking up =)

Jenni@FlyingOnARainbow said...

Sponsorship kinda scares me! Like Jamie, I'm not here to make money, so I'm not sure if I'll ever try sponsorships out. Great lesson though, thanks for linking up!

Rachel Ross said...

I've gone back and forth about sponsoring too/having sponsors. I really need to re-vamp my page before I try any of it though, I think! Good luck to you, I think they gave you great advice! :)

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