I have been fortunate to work with several brands and companies through blogging. While making LOLZ blog a full time job is not something I’m interested in, blogging has led me to incredible companies and people. Blogging full time is a lot of work. I feel like I spend a lot of time and effort blogging and I still have so much to learn!
A few readers have asked if I would do a post about brands I’ve specifically worked with. I thought it was a great idea! I’m proud of each brand I’ve worked with. I don’t hide it! I wouldn’t get to work with any brands if I didn’t have readers.
I prefer to work with a specific brand or product versus running ads or pop-ups. I love Amazon more than most people but I can never justify earning roughly 40 cents per 1000 views. The general rule for an ad is the more intrusive it is, the more they will pay. A pop up video ad that scrolls halfway across the screen as you try and catch the X probably pays the most!
I do understand many bloggers make a full time income from that sort of thing but it’s not my thing. I prefer to work with brands I already like or are a good fit!
I’ve contacted brands and companies and they have reached out to me. It’s a two way street.
Companies I use with Referral Programs:
Technically I don’t “work” with the brands but I actively promote them because I like them. They are brands I use and if I refer people then I get a discount. It’s a win for everyone! Anyone can join a referral program but it’s pointless to do so if you don’t actually like the product.
Netrition Home Page
When I buy supplements, protein powder or snack bars in bulk, I buy them from Netrition.
Right now I take a multi vitamin as well as a calcium supplement. I just looked at my invoices for Netrition and they go back to college in 2010! I went to school in upstate NY where the closest specialty shops were 2 hours away. I began using Netrition to order protein powder for swim team but eventually discovered other products I liked too.
Netrition generally has the lowest prices and their shipping normally takes 1-2 days at most. I don’t work directly with them but I like their products a lot so I joined their referral program.
I can’t say I’m a fashion blogger but I love shopping at Ruelala. It’s an interesting concept.
They release clearance clothing three times a day every day. Sometimes it’s last years BCBG dress for 75% off or sometimes it’s Gucci or Chanel. I won’t pretend that I can afford clearance Gucci or Channel but it is there.
I have bought several pairs of nice pants, tops and clothing. I’ve bought BCBG dresses for $40 dollars or tops and pants for $20. I’ve even bought Sperrys for $30 before too! I like to think of it as TJ Maxx but online.
They have also have sports brands such as Saucony, ASICS and CW-X tights. Last week they had CW-X tights for 40 dollars (the ones that were normally 120+). To be honest, I get about 90% of my real life clothing at Ruelala because you can’t beat the sales.
Brands that are currently using Sidebar Ad space:
Fit frame: (Phone App)
The Fit Frame app was created by personal friends Mike and Alison. It’s a great 3rd party photo and training app to use on Instagram. It allows you to upload your photo, edit and add your workout, pace and time. It’s a really cool concept!
Shameless plug: Currently I do have two ad spaces available so if you are a blogger, company, brand or service interested in advertising don’t hesitate to email me. I can provide you with a media kit, pricing, ect.
Brands I’ve worked with through posting:
Injinji is my sock of choice. About 2 years ago I posted about my favorite socks. It was an unsponsored post and I discussed which socks saved me from blisters. Injinji reached out to me and asked if I wanted to exclusively use their socks. In return they sent me quite a few pairs of socks. They are comfortable and I haven’t gotten blisters on my feet since. Plus I can wear them with flip and sandals and look super fly!
Janji I wrote a post for Janji a couple of weeks ago. I had been following them for a while through twitter. I like their company and everything they stand for. I also really like their products.
I was part of the “Sears Blogger Team” last year because it’s one of my favorite department stores. I remember receiving the email and thinking it was too good to me true! While the campaign is over, I still shop at Sears for a lot of my appliances, clothing and whatever else.
One of my better Sears campaign creations:
Long Story short:
I use each brand that promote. Blogging is an extension of my personal life and a hobby I enjoy.
I believe that working with companies is a two way street. As a blogger you have to let brands know you like them. There are plenty of bloggers in the sea of the internet. A brand cannot possibly know who all of their fans are. At the same time, over promoting brands that aren’t relevant to your website only makes you look greedy and fake. I mean if I posted a product review for tea you guys know that wouldn’t be real life. #coffeeforlife
Working and discovering new brands is something I like to do.
Questions for you:
Bloggers do you work frequently with brands?
What is one brand you would love to work with?
Wawa would be the best for me.