You do not have to “monetize” your blog with only money. You can also earn products by doing reviews. A review is when a company sends you a product and you tell your readers about it. Some reviews also include a giveaway for your readers.
Ever see a blog that says “PR Welcome”. They are advertising that they like to do product reviews. Representatives can contact them to see if they would like to run a review. Reps will contact you even if you do not have the “PR Welcome” notice so eventually you are going to have to decide if this is something you want to do!
Try not to sell yourself short. If it is something you would like to post then go for it. If you are on the fence about it then make them an offer. The worst thing that will happen is they turn you down (which shouldn’t matter to you if you were on the fence about it in the first place). I very seldom post a review without a giveaway. If there is a product that I like, but does not offer a giveaway then I will ask. Most of the time the rep agrees to add whatever it is I ask for. Occasionally they say no and I then decide if I am going to do it as a plain review or not.
The other way to get review products is to sell yourself and your blog to a company. Find a product you would like to review and contact the company with your offer. Include what you would like to review, why, and the stats of your blog (page and unique views per month, page rank, alexa rank, demographics, etc). We will talk about how you can get those stats next week.
Try not to take it to heart if your offer is rejected. Some offers will work and others will not.
For great information and to find general pitches that you can apply for go to The Product Review Place.
TASK – Decide if you want to have reviews on your blog and set your standards (how many will you do, what sorts of products, how often, any rules that you have). This part is hard! Periodically review it to see if you want to make changes.
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Tomorrow we will discuss attracting traffic to your blog using comments, carnivals, awards, and guest posts.