If you're a faithful follower of She's Candid, you probably know a little something, something about pitching brands and companies; whether it's the structure or the simple fact that pitching is totally a thing, my previous blog posts on this subject were created with the intent to help people pitch to perfection.
I was talking to my girl Jaleesa the other day and she asked me about my content; more specifically, how do I come up with my blog topics. Let me tell you, there's definitely a method to my madness here on She's Candid.
One of the reasons I rebranded was because I wanted to be authentic, real and an actual "influencer" instead of someone who just produces fluffy OOTD posts every once in a while (which was me the majority of 2016, let's be honest).
To keep it one hundred, I've been irritated...truly irritated deep in my soul by the inquiries and emails I've been getting from some people recently.
You see, I like to think of my blog as a resource for smaller bloggers who are really trying to do the damn thing and make moves in the blogosphere. So when people who just started come up to me solely looking for how I do sponsored content, get free products, etc., I'm slightly taken aback.
As a recent college graduate, I look around at all the up and coming talent that's currently enrolled in higher education; quite honestly I see so much potential with what my fellow millennials have to bring to the table in the future.With that being said, I'm going to need you all to GET IT TOGETHER and quickly.
It's safe to say that in the world of content creation, a lot of what's floating around the internet isn't "original". Think about it, whether it's your website and graphic design or your actual content, there was something that inspired you to the time out of your day to create something and put it out to the world.
So many people have watched my growth from blogging as The Budget Divaa to now having a somewhat decent idea of how to master this thing we call "blogging". Through my journey I've definitely learned the do's, the don'ts and just about everything in between.
Can I just start this post out with business has been booming? I love that I'm able to help so many of you pitch the brands of your dreams with my letters in addition to helping you all elevate your sites. What better way to make coins than to provide a genuine service and help people?
Want to know the biggest tip for blogging success? It's quite simple really, but heavily overlooked. In order to climb your way to the top of the blogging food chain, all you have to do is one thing...Indulge in more content than you produce.
When I think of everything last year had to offer, I realize there was so much mobility in everything that I did. From traveling to Washington, D.C. to accept blogging awards to going jetskiing in Bermuda, there was so much that happened in one year and the majority of it stemmed from blogging. Whether or not it was evident, blogging and bloggers were key factors in everything I did last year....literally.
By now I'm sure you all know that my services page has fully launched and is packed with quality services for all my blogging boos. Whether you're a fashion blogger, business blogger or a brand new blogger, I've crafted my services to be able to help YOU. With the first month of being up and running, I can honestly say I couldn't be happier with the amount of sales and love I've received.
In blog world, your content can be amazing, your images on point, but there's really only one thing that matters: your followers. Whether it's a company investigating how many you have or a simple blog post you want to move people, the audience that all your content is reaching means EVERYTHING.
It's 2017 and I am back with a master plan. I ended the year a little more reserved, but I was for sure plotting and scheming about what I was going to do in the near future. We're only the first week in, but trust me when I say there is so much I plan to attain this year and many of these things require some good ol' pitching.
I know what you're thinking, this is such a cliche blog post that everyone does around this time of year. You know what I'm thinking? As a reader you should know by now I never give you all the cliche content you can get from anywhere. No, I'm more dedicated to making sure I keep it real with you and remain the one of a kind woman I am.
I've never done monthly income reports, nor do I plan to in 2017, but I thought I'd share what happened with my blog financially this year. Realistically, this year has had so many ups and downs that weren't shared on the blog. I finished up college, I went through a period of depression and a few other things, so let's just say I wasn't consistent all year long with my website.
As an entrepreneur, success only comes when you put in the work. Sometimes that means months or even years of putting in long hours without feeling like you've seen immediate results, but nonetheless we all know success is at the end of the road which makes the journey worthwhile.
Wouldn't it be great if your blog went viral and you could quit your nine to five? That's honestly the goal and mindset most bloggers have nowadays, and rightfully so! Think about it, we have all this content we're curated and perfected so eventually we'd like to make some coins. Am I right or am I right?
In my previous post on Pitching Brands as a Smaller Blogger, (primarily talking to bloggers with under 5,000 monthly views), I got into how to pitch and even offered a free email course on how to craft the perfect pitch letter. Pitch for your lives ladies and gents, because as I said the worst they can say is NO.
As an entrepreneur I think it's safe to say we all love the content we produce and believe it should be on the Instagram feeds of everyone around the world. We all want to be the Kim Kardashians of the world to the point where even if we post something not so relevant, it's still a trending topic on Twitter.
I've been in the blogging game for over two years now and I must say, pitching has become a way of life. In my years I've learned you can pitch just about anything from product to travel and everything in between, but there is definitely an art to it all. I won't say I've "mastered" the art of pitching, but as a smaller blogger I've definitely been able to land a few successful partnerships from pitching and want to share my nuggets of knowledge with you.
Before I even get into all of the ins and outs of blogger etiquette, understand my blog is called 'She's Candid' for a reason. I'm not here to beat around the bush or sugar coat the truth. You clicked on this post because something about it enticed you, so now I will TRUTHFULLY be sharing what I believe is appropriate blogger etiquette.
The day you decide to be a business owner, blogger, or an entrepreneur of any kind, you've decided to present a particular image to the world; that image is your brand. From graphics, to image colors to fonts alike, everything you put out correlates back to the overall brand you are trying to showcase.
In a previous post about entrepreneurship, I mentioned it being somewhat of the new trend and it's continuing to be THE THING for millennials to get involved in. That being said I think one attribute I love about the few entrepreneurs I look up to, and try to emulate, is their transparency; with them there’s no secrets or keeping certain pieces of information reserved.Now I’m continuing to keep it all the way candid with you all and let you know the things no one told me about entrepreneurship. Yep, there’s some major key things that I wish someone let me know way back when it all started...