Something has been bothering me for quite some time and today, in my blogging group, someone posted the very thing that’s been bugging me – Sites that are promising review leads to people if they sign up – for a FEE. They promise to match you with the brands that are looking for you and so on.
Now don’t get me wrong, I give kudos to these site owners for finding their niche and trying to make some money, there is definitely a market for these types of sites BUT I personally don’t think blogger’s should shell out money for something they can very well do on their own.
When I first started getting into reviews/giveaways, I busted my butt contacting companies, sometimes 25 a day, and pitched to them why I thought I would be a great fit for their company. I didn’t have anyone holding my hand or finding leads for me, I searched them out myself, wrote what was probably a very amateur pitch email and hoped for a response….. and guess what? I received many return emails, some not interested, and others very willing to have me review a product.
Yes, it takes some time, but you owe it to yourself to be true to who you are and the only way to do that is to represent yourself.
- Contact the Brands you want to work with and simply ask to review a product.
- Review items you already have, then make sure to tag the company on Facebook or mention on Twitter.
- Search for opportunities on Twitter or Facebook
- Create a Blogging Group – Know a bunch of bloggers? Start or Join a group on Facebook and share opportunities. (Most bloggers get pitched to at least 5 times a day or more, and are willing to share the opportunities, just make sure you have permission to share from the Brand or PR Rep, it’s not cool to share something without asking PLUS if it gets back to the rep it could cost you a connection).
Sign up for the following sites for opportunities like reviews/giveaways, sponsored posts, Ambassador programs, etc. (Some you will need to apply for and be accepted, but they are FREE to join):
BZZ Agent – Products to review. BzzCampaigns are how our BzzAgents discover, try and share popular new products and services (often for free) and influence big-name brands with their valued feedback.
Mom Central - Mom Central Consulting is currently engaged in messaging, marketing and reaching millions of Moms nationwide every month on behalf of clients including Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Mattel, Dunkin’ Donuts, Frigidaire, FedEx, and many more.
MyBlogSpark – MyBlogSpark provides bloggers with some of the newest products on the market, along with fun and innovative ways they can share that news with their readers.
One2One Network – Reviews, social media campaigns, sponsored posts. Members receive free products, exclusive offers, discounts, freebies and special perks from the companies and brands that want to introduce you to their newest products to drive awareness, engagement and if you love it – spread the word amongst your social circle.
Pitch It To Me - Pitch It to Me is a place for bloggers & companies to connect! It is also a great place to get started reviewing products and ask questions!
SheSpeaks - Reviews, social media campaigns, sponsored posts.
Social Spark – Earn money blogging about interesting products & services (Sponsored Posts).
Tomoson – Tons of review opportunities. Tomoson.com gives bloggers and promoters (companies) a chance to exchange a product for a product review.
AND the number one way to get more opportunities…….. Do a great job reviewing the product, don’t just slap up one paragraph and a stock photo, take the time to really present the product to your readers.
In the end, THAT is how you will get you more opportunities (and for FREE).
**Do you belong to any FREE groups or sites that offer review opportunities? Please leave a comment and share. Thanks!