Blogging Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday 10/21/13 – Starting a Blog

Mailbox Monday via @chgdiapers - starting a blog

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Valerie asks:

How do you get started as a blog? How do you get companies to send you things to try?

My blog started as a hobby 4 years ago, and I never expected it to be what it is today. Blogs as a business are much more common today, and you have the benefit of being able to plan things out rather than scramble as things change for you! I’d recommend getting reliable hosting and a great theme/design from the beginning. Choose your URL and blog name carefully!

Decide what your niche will be. What is your style? Why would people come to your blog (and stick around?) For example, my niche is cloth diapers & “green” products, though I do occasionally post about other mom/baby topics. My reviews are photo heavy, and my intention is to make the reader feel that they are looking at the product with me. Dirty Diaper Laundry creates incredible videos. If a company I am working with is looking for a review, she is definitely at the top of my list! Most importantly, be you and be original.

Once you have your blog set up and looking spiffy, start writing. Develop your style. Find products you already own that fit your niche, and write fabulous reviews. Show companies why they should work with you! Eventually, as you build a reputation, you may consider approaching companies, or they may approach you to offer review products.

Make sure you read up on FTC guidelines for disclosing material connections, and be sure that you are only accepting products that really fit you and your blog. Though it is exciting to finally feel like you’ve “made it” when someone sends a free product, it’s easy to get burned out when you are spending hours photographing, researching, evaluating, writing about and promoting a product that may have only cost a few dollars.

Don’t be afraid to work affiliate links into your blog posts (with proper disclosure.) Money made from affiliate sales can enable you to purchase additional items to review, so you can continue to build your blog.

Have you thought about starting a blog?

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
1 Comment
  • Hana Boccella
    October 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Thanks so much! I am also very interested in starting a blog of my own, I’m going to be cloth diapering for the first time and all of the options and brands were a lot to take in! I want to be able to help other newbies getting started and help make things easier
    For them. plus I found that I have enjoyed learning about CD and i still have a lot left to learn.Thanks again!

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