I’ve put a great deal of thought into this and looked at several of the sites which claim to be Top in their field. It has not been an easy decision, I must admit, but some things have to change and this, I feel, is the best option available to me.
As I’ve said many times before, I’m not going to have advertising on my blog. Those banners and links which flash and glitter and invite unsuspecting visitors to click through to another web site are not my thing and, from my point of view, a very insecure means of earning money. I would much rather have some form of control over what appears here and have everything in-house. I will continue to reject those offers which appear in my inbox with amazing regularity, mainly because they are really not suited to this blog and just attempts to build back links which could, with Googles’ latest search engine ranking amendments, bring more harm than good.
Thus my decision to take a look at some of the agents who provide opportunities to write articles and reviews on other sites and their products. I’ve done it off my own back a few times, not necessarily favorably for those chosen – or targeted! – but with a certain degree of success as far as I am concerned. And, let’s be honest, as a student I do need a little bit of income; my trust fund is for college and basic living necessities, it doesn’t cover additional expenses such as this blog.
As I say, I’ve looked at several sites which promote or provide sponsored post opportunities. Those I have seen are pretty limited in scope. This blog would be considered unsuitable for their clientele simply because it includes adult themes. In our modern day and age a site which promotes family matters, health and beauty still hasn’t come to terms with the fact that in order to have a family people tend to indulge in sex. It is pretty much a taboo subject across the Internet, despite the number of sites which cover and discuss sex and adult themes.
However, I think that I’ve found one and I’m going to test it out for a while and see how things go. Whether it works or not depends on two major factors: the offers available and which I receive; the quality of my writing and acceptance by those contracting out for an article.
At the same time I am a firm believer in honesty, thus the Disclaimer on this site which has been there since I first began. I believe in blog integrity, thus the link to the blog integrity site in my sidebar. I believe in personal experience, so no sponsored posts will appear here which have not some form of actual experience on my side, some form of personal knowledge. And I am unlikely to overwhelm readers with a whole mess of sponsored posts, that simply isn’t going to happen. Firstly there aren’t all that many suitable offers available and, secondly, I simply do not have the time to write decently on every single thing which might be offered or available. I am going to limit my writing, my sponsored work, to specific areas of interest, ones which I have covered here already.
Thus the new link in my sidebar, in case anyone happens across this blog and decides that it might be a good idea to have me write about them…
and the creation of a new page called Sponsoring, where potential sponsors and their agents may read further information. We shall see how it goes and whether it is worthwhile or not. But, don’t worry, the bulk of posts here are still going to be directly from me, on things which interest me and, hopefully, you too.
Love & Kisses, Viki