There has been a huge community over competition movement in the blogging world and I’ve been loving it. When I started blogging (and even up to a few months ago) I learned really quickly that I would need to navigate around the cattiness and competitiveness in the blogging world.
Don’t get me wrong, the blogosphere was full of great people back then, too, but things have been continually getting better and better and more people have seemed to realize the importance of building each other up to build the industry up as a whole.
Bloggers are sharing their tips and trick, cheering each other on, and coming up with amazing collaborations now more than ever, and it has been making my heart sing.
The number one question that bloggers new to monetization ask is: “How much should I charge for sponsored posts?”
And for good reason. I remember when I was starting out with monetizing through brand partnerships and sponsored post I walked a tricky line trying to strike a balance between valuing the work that I put into my posts and not scaring brands off with my prices.
Ultimately I ended up undervaluing myself for far too long and sold myself short for months. It is in a brand’s prerogative to get the most bang for their buck, so by undercharging yourself for sponsored posts you’re not only selling yourself short, but you’re also setting a precedent for that brand and in the future they’ll only want to work with bloggers that have a small price tag.
WHY BLOGGERS NEED TO CHARGE FOR SPONSORED POSTS.
You guys, the most common question I get is from bloggers asking how they can start getting page views. When you’re pouring your heart and soul into blogging, of course you want people to see all of your hard work, but sometimes it’s tricky actually getting people to your site.
I am always more than happy to talk to readers and give them my advice, but I’ve realized that I’m constantly telling the same things to people, and a lot of bloggers really only need to make a small tweak here and there to see real progress.
I thought that because I am giving a lot of the same advice – a lot of bloggers must have a lot of the same questions. So I buckled down and planned out an awesome webinar scheduled for this Saturday at noon central!
You might know that I got my start as a college blogger, and the college blogging niche is still very near and dear to my heart. I get a lot of emails from fabulous students saying they want to start a blog in college but it’s always paired with something along the lines of:
“I’m afraid I’ll be too busy, or I won’t know what to write about.”
Well no worries, my dear! If you have the desire to be a college blogger let me tell you right now: You’ve got it in you. You will find time and you will find success if it’s something you truly want and you put your mind to it.
When I started blogging, there really weren’t a ton of people who branded themselves around being a ‘college lifestyle blogger.’ While I don’t think I was the first, I was one of the first to see huge growth and I was really able to pave the way for the niche. Looking around the college lifestyle community I can say I guided a lot of other college lifestyle bloggers to success, which is an awesome feeling.
I’m not saying this to brag, I’m just saying it to show that I know my stuff. I know what it takes to grow as a college blogger, and I’m all about community over competition so I want to teach you all of my tricks on how to start a college blog and find success.