As with everything, when it comes to being a blogger there are positives and negatives. Today I'm going to talk about the positives and tell you which websites to use to utilise yourself and grow as a blogger. I would be lying if I told you I didn't get excited about blogging opportunities, whether it be a product to review or a sponsored post - of course it is a fabulous bonus when that email pops in your inbox. It makes you feel that little bit extra special as a blogger, right? At the end of the day, we all put so much time and effort into our blogs, that I believe we all deserve little rewards now and then. I should also point out that I don't blog for the opportunities or PR samples, I blog because it is such a fun hobby.
Now, Facebook is one of those sites where I don't use it personally. I got fed up of seeing people bragging about things they've done etc, nosing into everybody's business so I gave it up a while ago. However, when it comes to blogging it's actually pretty nifty. A lot of bloggers have an actual Facebook group set up for their blog, where people can join and keep updated with the blog through Facebook. This is an option you can definitely consider, but I personally join in with other groups and 'get my name out there'. When you sign up, be sure to register your profile to your blog, so other users know where they can find you. To find out about blogger opportunities on Facebook, there are lots of blogger groups where you can simply request to join in. I recommend 'UK Bloggers', 'Blogger Opportunities' and 'UK Blogger Opportunities'. These groups all post different blogger opportunites they have found and you'll often find a variety of things to find out about such as beauty, parenting, food and much more - there's something for everyone. Let others know if you're interested in said opportunity and wait to hear back. Don't forget to share opportunities that you hear of too. I'd like to make a quick shout out to Rachel as she first introduced me to these Facebook groups - thank you!
I love using Twitter for my blog, it's great. I get to chat to loads of other bloggers, post my new links and generally keep updated with the goings on. To find out about blogger opportunities, Twitter is pretty easy going. You should keep an eye out for these hashtags - #prrequest, #bloggerrequest and #bloggerswanted'. Being a beauty blogger, I love scrolling through #bbloggers to find new blog posts, brands and much more. Also by showcasing your blog and links to new posts, you never know who might pop you an email if they're impressed by your blog.
Bloggers Required. - This is a really easy to use site. You'll receive a regular newsletter, showcasing the latest opportunities for you and your blog. You can pick and choose and apply for as many or as little as you like. You simply submit a form, along with a quick pitch to the brand.
UK Bloggers Forum - This forum was created by the lovely Facebook users over at the UK Bloggers page. It's currently not updated an awful lot as it's run by volunteers/bloggers, so keep an eye out and check back daily for new updates.
ProBlogger - I personally don't use this website as I like to focus on my blog only. However, this site is perfect if you would like to make a bit of extra cash writing for other blogs and websites.
etailPR - A blogger network with lots of different brands to work with. You can apply for campaigns where you may earn commission, such as placing advertisements on your blog or you can apply to review samples and much more.
BzzAgent - I joined up to this network quite a while back and have since taken a back seat. (No real reason why!) You can sign up and become a BzzAgent. This involves reviewing products within a certain timescale.
Make a move.
There's nothing stopping you contacting a brand that you love, introducing yourself and your blog. Try and make it personal, tell them why you love their brand, what products are your favourites and more information about your blog. Some bloggers frown upon this and think you should wait to be contacted, but in my eyes, you may well be waiting a very long time! There's nothing wrong with maybe tweeting a few beauty brands and asking to be added to their mailing list.
One last word.
Before I finish rambling on, I just want to point out that I do not blog for the opportunities - they are just bonuses, and who doesn't love bonuses eh?! Try not to focus too much on getting involved with opportunities, enjoy your blogging, try your best and your time will come.