Friday, June 7, 2013

Bloggers Wanting Connections


When I was just starting out as a blogger, I would see all these fabulous posts on other blogs about events they had attended, products they were reviewing, and advertisements they were supporting.

And I wondered, how do I get on that gravy train? The fact is, I love playing with new toys, trying new things, socialising with other blogger and mums, and it's all even better if it comes with financial remuneration or incentives.

Slowly, slowly, I have picked up on some of the connections to be made. So I thought to myself, self, why don't you write a post for other bloggers looking for connections?

So here it is, my list of companies to enlist with, follow on twitter or Facebook, or just generally stalk. This is by no means an exhaustive list, I am still new to this game, so I will be interested to see more suggestions.

-Nuffnang. One of the sources of advertising you see on various blogs around the traps, they also do blogger events at times. Brands approach them, they control the ad that appears on your site, and you are paid according to the stat returns you provide.
-Passionfruit Ads. A more direct source of advertising. You set the price and terms, the brands can either buy an ad slot directly from your blog, or can source you via the Passionfruit Marketplace page
Digital Parents Collective - An offshoot of the Digital Parents community, home of the DP Con, this can be a great way to connect with brands
Blogs and PR - With a $40 sign up fee, it's source for making connections with brands
Kidsbusiness - A fabulous source of blogger events, as well as a toe in for reader/blogger events.
Social Callout - A little different, this acts almost as a job board. You checkout the available callouts, and submit applications for those that you are interested in
Brand Meets Blog - Another great connection for brands to find bloggers. Source of events, products, and plenty of help in working with brands the right way.
Blog Chicks - Not a PR agency, but a listing of blogs run by women. Funnily enough one of the key ways that PR companies track me down to approach me directly.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are also so many PR companies out there that don't seem to have a way to enrol or register, but source and approach bloggers directly. And the truth is, once I got brave enough to approach brands myself directly I started getting more opportunities that way too. Pick the ones you love that you have a vision for working with, and send them your pitch. If it's good fit for you both, there could be a win/win in it for you.

Know of  more companies working with Australian bloggers? Share them in the comments below.

Linking today over at With Some Grace

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips - not heard of Passionfruit ads...

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  2. This is a great list! It is hard to get on the radar of PR companies. I do think as well, talk about brands you love, they will track you down!

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  3. There were one or two here I was unaware of, so thank you :)
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

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  4. Great list - thanks. I signed up with Nuffnang a while ago, but no ads on my blog yet. I don't think I get enough hits for them :(

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  5. I have signed up with most of these, but some only recently. They have definitely helped me to link up with other bloggers and build my traffic. There were a couple on the list that I hadn't heard of so Im going to check them out too. Thanks for the tips!
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young

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  6. Thanks for sharing your hard work and research :) This is a handy list to check out. FYBF

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  7. That's a really helpful list. It would be really interesting to know which of these people prefer or feel works best for them.

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  8. It is really good of you to share this list, there are a few on there I haven't heard of and will definitely check them out.

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  9. Thanks for the list have set this page in my favourites and will be returning to access all your good links.

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  10. Excellent list, thanks for sharing it!

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  11. Brilliant! Have checked out most but still have some signing up to do!
    Thanks!
    http://countesschrystobel.blogspot.com/
    Six Little Hearts

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  12. This is a great list - I'd heard of most of them, but haven't explored many yet. For someone who has blogged for a while, I'm still a newbie with respect to PR :-)

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  13. Wow what a great list - will print these off! I want to start getting in to this more! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This is fabulous! I'll be saving this list for future reference, still too new to be of any interest yet, I think :)

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  15. Oh thank you so much! This is a wonderful list!!!

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  16. Thanks for sharing this link to me. Hopefully I'll get some hits out of these PR spots. cheers!

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  17. Thanks for referring me on to Jack at First Digital Marketing! :-)

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  18. This is a great post and truly useful - thanks for posting!

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