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Offline dinostodivas

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Sponsored Product Reviews
« on: May 10, 2016 @ 09:34 AM »
I'm hoping some long time bloggers can help me out here. I recently had a company reach out to me wanting me to write a product review.  They agreed to send me a sample of their product for a "sponsored" post.  When I explained that I charge $50 for sponsored posts, they said they were surprised and thought the product I was getting would be the "sponsored part".  I'm very new to this and this would be my first sponsored post. Every website I have seen regarding product reviews have said "don't write for free!"  Am I wrong here? How in the world do you review a product if you don't get the product to review? They have asked me to send it back which I will gladly do.

Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated as to how product reviews normally work?

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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2016 @ 04:11 PM »
No worries,

Like any other negotiation you have to know what you bring to the table.

What are your daily unique visits?

How large is your email list?

How many followers do you have on your social media?

If you have a significant number on one or all of these these then stick to your guns.

Also, are they a big brand?

Could day possibly help push your review post to their social media?

This kind of info is crucial in creating your negotiation anchor .

Let me know if you have any questions.

Best of luck 

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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2016 @ 05:18 AM »
First off, you are right, don't write a post for free!

Second, like someone else said, you have to look at what you bring to the table, how far is your reach? How many views with the post get? Will you promote it on your social media? How new are you?

All of these things will help determine how much you can charge. I have 2 options, a product review in which the company sends me the product and I charge a nominal fee, and a sponsored post which they do not send the product to review,  but costs more.

You may have to come down on your price a little for your first couple of posts just to show what you can do. Once you have a couple of examples, you can charge more.

The thing is products don't pay the bills, so you can charge to review a product or post a sponsored post.

Just know that there are companies out there who will try to get a link on your site for free, and often times that means making you feel bad for charging, but stick to your guns. Like I said, no matter how much the product costs, it won't pay the bills!

Good luck!

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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2016 @ 05:00 PM »
That's right, charge for the product review.

How much? Well that depends on your site stats.

But you do have the high ground, they did after all reach out to you!

play that up, in a nice way of course. Let them now that you wield influence over their demographic and that you're an authority.

Have a great day!

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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2016 @ 12:37 PM »
This is a great topic ladies. Great point about products not paying the bills. Time is money.

I spend hours sometimes putting together a post. If there's a giveaway, even more time promoting it. I don't charge for posts (I should) but have definitely taken the cost of the item much  more into consideration. I never post about something I didn't really like and want to share but still, spending 2-6 hours creating a post for a $15 product really isn't worth it. I've worked on crunching my writing/photo editing time down immensely. My accountant husband points this out very often: Great job Karen, you made $2.50 an hour today on. And you pay taxes on that so it's even less!

That's another thing to think about is that you need to report products received in your taxes as income. You're paying taxes on it. Here's a great question/answer thread about product reviews for a blogger and taxes. It really breaks it down (to long to put here).

My advice for the future is if you're charging a fee, it needs to be  very transparent and agreed upon before a product is sent out. Did they not know about your fee before hand?


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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2016 @ 05:20 AM »
@Karen {Admin} ,

I agree! Often times in the first email they say just send over your address and we will send you the product. I never give them my information without first verifying they are OK paying for the review. I send them an email with my T&C of the review and when they accept them, then we move forward.

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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2016 @ 08:13 AM »
Oh yes! That's true. Good tip @Cassie_rae , address and terms should be sent together.

I just got a great email where the company offered payment OR item OR giveaway. Their offer was very clear which is so helpful. Often  I'll get an email with a link to a product to review and then they send something else or tack on other requests after I've written the review. It's nice when the offer email is very clear too. We can't control what their emails look like so asking questions and filling in the gaps of unanswered questions at the beginning pays off.

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Re: Sponsored Product Reviews
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2016 @ 02:11 PM »

I have been ask to do products reviews and usually they pay at least $50. I know  companies hire people to do review, but when I looked into it the amount was not worth it. I guess you have to look at the value of your time. If they are not willing to pay you that then I would let them know what you would do it for. If they do not agree move on. :)

 


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