5.18.2010

Advice on Being Sponsored by Trishie


I have been following Trishie's blog Under Lock and Key for many moons now and I have really learned a lot from her.  She has been such a great example when it comes to blogging and when it comes to supporting and encouraging other bloggers.  Her posts are charming and full of dainty pictures.  Some of my favorite posts of hers: Cool Collections, On Aging, An Orange a Day, and Florals. Go and check out this lovely lady's blog.

She has had sponsors now for about four months (sponsors from an etsy site to a photography site to a clothing boutique and others).  There is a constant debate on whether bloggers should be sponsored or not and how it effects their blogging.  Here's a little about Trishie and her take on the subject.  (Being sponsored is when you get compensation for advertising on your blog for a company or website).

1. What inspired you to create the blog "Under Lock and Key"?
Under Lock and Key came about because I realised there were so many beautiful things I love and so many memories I want to keep under lock and key, like treasures.

2. What advice would you give to bloggers who wish to "stand out" in the blogger world?
Keep things simple, make friends, be nice to other bloggers.

3. What photo sites are you favorite for gathering images for your posts?
4. You are sponsored now, what are the benefits of being sponsored?
It's rewarding! Some sponsors have been so generous to offer their products as giveaways for my readers, so it's a win-win situation. My sponsors get the exposure they need and my readers get rewarded for reading.

5. Can you tell of any sites that would help market a blog for being sponsored?
Project Wonderful. I haven't actually used it myself, but I've heard its wonderful!

6. What are some of your favorite blogs or sites that you read for inspiration?
I read so many blogs, it's hard to name favourites. But can I say I'm particularly partial to:



To answer some questions from readers that came up: 

I asked Trishie how many followers she had when she started getting sponsors; she said around 300 followers.

Also, a good way to approach sponsors is to have some stats of how many hits your blog has daily, weekly, and monthly.  You can get free site counts at sitemeter.com. She also said some sponsors approached her and others she approached.

One more thing: most bloggers ask a minimal fee for a certain amount of time of hosting a "button" or "link" to a sponsor site; anywhere from $20-$60/ 3 month period.  This depends on how successful the blog is and how many hits it gets a day.

Do you have an opinion on being sponsored?  Do you have any tips to becoming sponsored?

Thank you Trishie!  You are lovely and admirable.

42 comments:

Wild and Precious said...

Love Trishie. Love this post. I'm in the sponsor quandry myself. I think I want to, but don't know how to go about it or if i even have enough followers to be attractive to advertisers...

tywo said...

She is so adorable!
I clicked the link, her blog is lovely.

LOVE!

Simply Mel said...

Trishie is adorable and her blog is always a delightful read! Good points in regards to sponsorships.

Free Pretty Things For You said...

the first time i got sponsored.. i cried i was SO happy!! lol i know ..such a dork!

Café Bellini - Beauty. Yoga. Kids. Life. said...

An interesting post, thanks for sharing the info!

Diana Mieczan said...

She is such a great girl..I love her blog!
Thanks for this post...
So interesting:)
Kisses :)

Carina Joana said...

Oh, shes so cute ^^

Erin Wallace said...

Her blog is wonderful! I'm glad she talked about sponsership; it seems likt it's this thing that bloggers just won't talk about. Thanks for interviewing her - love her!

xo - Erin

Josie said...

What a doll! I'm definitely going to be popping over to her blog to check it out.
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Yelena said...

going to check out this blog now :)
sounds great :)

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Lovely interview!
Her blog is full of inspirations & visual delights!
Wow, so honored to be mentioned by trishie~

Liesl said...

Thank you for introducing me to Trishie!

Also, I just awarded you a blog for your lovely blog...

http://fabulousfashions4sensiblestyle.blogspot.com/2010/05/and-award-goes-to.html

...have a Wonderful Wednesday ahead, Rachael!

Liesl :)

Pippa said...

Lovely blogger now ive looked :)
And who doesnt like weheartit :)
xox

trishie said...

Oh my!! I'm blushing as I read this post and all the lovely comments from your readers. Thank so much for interviewing me!

Angelique said...

Great interview :].. I love how you've been displaying different bloggers <3

The info about the sponsoring is very useful.. thanks!

Jen in the Purple Pants said...

being sponsored does look fun and rewarding!!! nice interview!!
--Jen

BonjourRomance said...

Thank you for this fun and informative post. I guess every blogger wonders about this. I've been approached by a few sponsors wanting to advertise, but I guess I just "feel funny" about it. Perhaps this interview make it all more clear!
Happy week,
Mimi

Mary said...

I'm a fan of Under Lock and Key, and your blog is lovely as well. Although I've had my blog for a couple years now, I still consider myself a novice, and I only have a handful of followers. It's great to learn more, though! Thanks!

Liz said...

What an AWESOME interview and insight to sponsorship from Miss Trishie, wuv her bunches.

Your blog is so lovely.

ox

Aimi Boutique said...

She is an awesome person!! I'm one many people who sponsor her blog. She is always kind and not only that but she tells you what her readers like and what are the best pictures to feature in her blog.

- Aimi
www.aimiboutique.bigcartel.com

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Fabulous post! Enjoyed getting to know a little better and getting introduced to this blog!

Great tips!
:) Anna

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Fabulous post! Enjoyed getting to know a little better and getting introduced to this blog!

Great tips!
:) Anna

Marcie said...

I love your posts like this. Thanks for interviewing and introducing me to another great blogger.

:) Marcie

Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said...

I think if you can make money while doing something you love, go for it! xoxo

Beatriz said...

You are so right. She has a Lovely blog! I like the idea of sponsors... I just also like the look of a clean blog... so I'm still on the fence about it! Maybe one day :)

B.

red ticking said...

fabulous post.. and i will go and ck out all trishie's blog and the others... hope you are well xx pam

Ken said...

really nice blog~

Juanita Tortilla said...

Hey, I happen to be one of Trishie's sponsors, and I am so thrilled to have you feature her blog with this interview!

You have a really lovely blog!

Best,
Juanita

shari @ little blue deer said...

Ah, I am loving these, Rachael! Good to know, and I will be popping over right now to say hello to Trishie and check out her sponsors! Hope you have the most fabulous day!

shopgirl said...

Cool interview! She sounds lovely and helpful and so do you.

Thanks for sharing!

xoxo

p.s. great blog!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh Trishie is a sweetheart, lovely post.
xxx

dieter michalek said...

great.

Jessica said...

This was great info. Thanks so much for sharing this interview!

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

nice post, darlin!

i have a few sponsors for a very small fee.

however, i am thinking of doing away with it. not sure why...

xo

Summer {Bisfor...} said...

ps - just checked out her blog and adore it, just like i adore you!

Chloe said...

Such a good post! I love the interview, really insightful and really helpful for those looking to become sponsored!

Chloe X

CHANTELLE said...

both trishie and your blog is amazing! lovely interview, i really enjoyed it :) hope you're having a lovely week ♥

Moosette said...

Lovely interview! I love both Trishie's blog as well as your blog! Two of my favs!

The Constant Complainer said...

Good post. I'm on Trishie's blog as we speak too to check it out.

Getting sponsors shouldn't taint your blogging, in my opinion. Unless they are paying you to review a product, normally in the blog world, they're simply there to gain exposure from your audience. So good for Trishie.

Most sponsors will want to know your Alexa ranking, unique visitors, returning visitors, page views and length of stay, among other things. At least that's been my experience.

Again, great topic!

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

Good on Trishie, that's awesome! I'm (obviously) far too new to the blogging world to know much about this stuff, but I say that if you have the market for a particular sponsor - then why not?

x Jasmine

Rhianne said...

lovely interview. I totally agree about sponsors being win/win its nice to help out shops as well as provide something for your readers.

The Zhush said...

New to this blog, will be checking it out next, thanks for all the great tips and info!

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