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Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 ways to make blog sponsorships as successful as can be!

If you have actively pursued the growth of your own blog at all, you have most likely dealt with sponsorships in some way, shape, or form. You have probably sponsored your favorite bloggers, and you may even host sponsorships of your own! I have shared before how I keep my own sponsorships organized, so today it thought I would share some tips on really getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to sponsoring other blogs!! Shall we?

Post on your blog
As a "customer" sponsoring another blog, you want to be sure that you are getting your money's worth and the only way for a sponsor to give you what you paid for is to post good content! As I touched on the other day, there is nothing wrong with taking a breather now and again and giving yourself some space to recover and become inspired again. However, if you know that you have a super crazy month coming up "in real life," then maybe take a step back from blog sponsorships for the time being. Your sponsors will only be able to use what you give them and there's only so much you can do with old content!

Plan "power posts" around your features and guest posts
This is a very helpful, strategic thing that you can do to boost the number of people that visit your blog due to a feature and actually stay around. So, for example, if you have a post going live on a blog whose marriage posts do really well, try to write something that deals with relationships. Take your time, edit the post, and include a fabulous pinnable picture!! Show off what you've got when you will have more eyes on your site than normal! I always send out the dates of features to sponsors for this reason, and if a host doesn't give you a date, just let them know that you are trying to maximize traffic and I'm sure they will work with you!

Only upload banners that fit the ad spot
A lot of bloggers (including myself) don't accept ads that are not the correct dimensions. This is something that keeps the site looking good, but it also is something that benefits you. I don't know about you, but I am much more likely to click on a cute ad that draws me in, rather than one that is stretched, squished, and distorted. For a lot of people, your ads are the first impression they are getting of your blog, so put your best foot forward! If you don't have an ad on hand that fits the size, just put a random photo in there to submit your and and then go in and change it before your ad is approved/begins. If you need help creating a banner that fits the ad spot, reach out to the host! I would always be more than willing to help a sponsor get an ad set up that rocks my sidebar, and I'm sure most ladies would be the same way!

Change your ad halfway through
This may seem like a really weird tip, but it really does seem to work wonders!! When I have a new ad starting up, I make a note in my calendar to change my banner about 15 days in. Since I have been doing this for a bit, I have a good little rotation of different ad sizes to pick from, so doing this takes almost no time at all but really makes an impact!! 

Stay in contact
This is mainly the responsibility of a "good" host, but I have found that it really helps things when communication is open both ways. Be quick to respond to emails and do your best to ask your sponsor directly if you have any questions!! Most hosts also jump at any links that you want to send over because it helps them know that they are promoting the posts that you want promoted the most.


Meet Elizabeth from Elizabeth Loves

A loyal follower and blog friend, Elizabeth, is the encouraging girl behind Elizabeth Loves. She recently re-branded her blog and I love the new direction she has been going! She has also recently opened up an Etsy shop offering affordable custom designs for all of you bloggers out there! I love the tutorials she shares and following along with all of her adventures. 
Here are 2 of my favorite posts from her:


Now that we've been on the subject of advertising your blog and you've met an awesome blogger, how would you like to win some free ad spaces? Free ad space on 7 awesome blogs, to be exact. What if that prize also came with a $100 Etsy gift card and $45 PayPal cash? Where do you sign up? Oh, just use the Rafflecopter below. :) Be sure to say thanks to all the beautiful bloggers who made this possible!

Win ad space on 7 blogs, plus an Etsy gift card and paypal cash!

Ad Space prizes include:

1 month of Feature Ad Space on Life Could Be a Dream 1 month of The High Life Ad Space on Life With Amberly and Joe 6 months of Sweetest Ad Space on Ruffled Paper 1 month of Large Ad Space on Two Places at Once 1 month of Large Ad Space on Chez•Nemmar 2 months of Small Ad Space on A Beautiful Exchange 1 month of Small Ad Space on Wetherills Say I Do

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What's in my closet?

I love when the seasons start to change, especially around her in the blogging world. All of the new styles for the upcoming season start to show up and it get me so inspired to do a little purging and updating when it comes to our closets. Last spring, I shared some of my tips on keeping your closet in order and today I'm going to share a little bit more of the "behind the scenes"--my 2 favorites from my closet right now!

The 2 items I'm loving are...

My new pair of TOMS. My mom found these at a crazy good steal of $15 and I have loved adding them to my little shoe collection. I like to just throw on a plain cotton tee a lot of times if I am running to the grocery store or something, so these are great to slip on with a pair of shorts or jeans! I have a pair of lace up TOMS that I haven't really worn as much, but they are a basic gray color, so it's nice to have something a little bit more bold!

These jeans from Express (similar). You guys have seen these quite a few times and probably think that I wear them too much (if you do, you'd be right), but it's because they are the perfect pair of jeans.. They are so comfortable and because they are a little shorter and "skinnier" than most jeans, they roll up nicely and can be worn well with heals or sandals! I don't really like to wear them with boots a whole lot, though so I'll probably be packing them up with the summer/spring things once it's cold again. Pretty much all of my jeans are from Express and it's because they are so comfortable and high quality. They are a little expensive, but fall somewhere in between department store prices and designer prices, so it's perfect for me--I still have some going strong that I bought back in high school! Plus, if you time it right, you can stock up during their BOGO 50% off sales throughout the year!

What's your favorite item in your closet right now?
Linking up today with Jenna.