I just want to start my post by saying that I have been blogging for one month now! It may not sound like a big milestone but hey, I just want to celebrate the fact that I've successfully stayed on one platform. Remember my "blog wandering" syndrome? I totally surpassed that period, guys!
I know that I only posted a couple of articles last month but I'm honestly happy about my progress. For the sake of transparency, I have to admit that I am really working on making this blog profitable. I want to gain more traffic and I want to build a larger network. That's where I'm at. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Unbeknownst to many, I've been doing a lot of blogging work behind the curtain to promote my page. I've mentioned before that it's a mistake for a new blogger to yearn for overnight success. However, after reading hundreds of blog posts during my internship downtime, I realized something - it's never too early to grow your brand.
Now, we move on to the fun part! My relatively short blogging stint has already attracted some partnerships. I know it sounds a little fabricated knowing that I've only been here for a month but it's true, you guys. I can't believe it either! Is it okay to confess that I totally get excited every time I open my email?
So, what did I do differently this time that made these companies consider my page? Here's a rundown!
1. CREATE A CONTACT PAGE
I only have 5 blog posts so far - newbie status, remember? So you would probably notice that I don't even have a category list set up yet. But you know what I have instead? That's right - a contact page! Let everyone know that you're open for sponsorship and collaboration. Don't forget to include your email address!
Pro Tip: Embed a contact form on your website. I use FoxyForm and I love their service!
2. SHARE BLOG POSTS ON PINTEREST
I began receiving marketing proposals after reviving my old Pinterest page and creating my own brand. I learned this tip from the successful bloggers that I've been shamelessly stalking online. Many marketers are on Pinterest right now to conveniently search for potential blog partners. So, pin your most popular content to attract future advertisers!
Pro Tip: If you want an in-depth tutorial, Melyssa Griffin of The Nectar Collective offers an online course to help you master some killer Pinterest strategies.
3. JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS
It's nice to be a part of a creative community. I've recently joined some Facebook groups for bloggers as a way to build my own virtual support system. I love that these groups have their own weekly promotional roundups where I get to boost my latest blog post. I also get exclusive access to some great partnership opportunities! For instance, I've been tapped by a company to feature their product thanks to a fellow blogger who was generous enough to share her advertising connections.
Pro Tip: Join groups like Blogging Boost to help you with your blogging dilemmas. Always respect the group rules, guys! Avoid unnecessary promotions. They hate that!
P.S. Are you a member of any local blogging group? I would love to know!
4. SEND OUT A MEDIA KIT
Okay, let's say that you have done everything on this list but your target companies still haven't contacted you yet. Maybe it's time for some role reversal! Yes, I know that contacting a company can be a little daunting (who are we kidding? it's freaking scary!) but let's not forget that you are doing this to grow your site. Be proactive and sell your brand! I don't want to go all Machiavelli (or Ovid) but in this case,yup... the end totally justifies the means.
Pro Tip: Create your own media kit to make you look more professional. Don't forget to include important blog milestones and significant blog statistics.
I've prepared an editable version of my media kit for you to download! It's just a template so feel free to tweak the document. Hope you like it! Download your free media kit here.
, by Sheen Concepcion