You’ve probably seen this banner hanging on some of your favorite blogs recently. And you’ve probably read some articles some good, some not so good. But the not so good comments are coming from those who don’t really understand what this new service is about.
The thought behind this is sort of ‘leveling’ the field, as I see it anyway. They’re a free service to bloggers, and businesses alike. They provide access to paid writing opportunities, that most of you didn’t know were available until they were gone. But the key feature is that you DON’T HAVE TO BE AN A-LISTER TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY. You do need to keep up with your emails from them, because the opps go fast! If you accept an opp and follow through properly, do honest and forthright reviews, your chances at future opportunites should grow!
Now all this sounds easy enough right? After all, you’ve signed up everywhere else and felt left out because you’re not “hot” enough in the blogging world. Well Holly, Shauna and Jay have solved your problem. Solved it IF AND ONLY IF YOU follow through. (From personal experience with bloggers I can tell you most of you don’t follow through.) So you’re being offered a chance, a grand chance..Get over there and sign up. Watch your email for notices from Jay (I dare you not to giggle at least when you read them, he’s very funny!)
Now you’re not left hanging when you sign up. First don’t worry about being spammed a thousand times a day. There are specific Terms of Service for both bloggers and businesses to follow. They even include the FTC disclosure policy for all bloggers to use on all campaigns and even provide a video and some examples of how to write a disclosure policy. This is all too easy folks. The rules are straightforward and easy to follow. The only thing standing in the way of your success with this program is YOU.
Now, are you going to make a fortune by using this service? Probably not. But being in touch and getting to know advertisers and pr folks is vital and YOU will need to grow the relationship. It is a two way street. Remember …It’s about the conversation!