I was thinking about writing, link ups and this very link up – Laugh Link.
Then I started thinking about blogging.
Then I started thinking about how people make money from blogging.
Then my nose was itchy.
Then I thought about how one of the main ways bloggers make money is from sponsored posts. So I decided to take a look at a few recent sponsored posts by bloggers and see if I could ever write one (on the rare chance my stats are ever high enough for a brand to want to pay me – ha!).
Here are some of the most commonly sponsored-blogged about product categories and what I would say about them:
Something Related To Clothes Washing
If y0u’re anything like me (I hope not, for your sake), my washing piles in a basket until it either overflows or this happens: I’m wandering aimlessly around the house, thinking it’s time to go to bed…I see that it’s 10pm and I think, “Oh, what am I doing tomorrow?” I realise that I’m working tomorrow and all of my work clothes are hidden in the basket, still dirty. At which point words slip out, I throw the clothes in the wash, go to bed and tell Ben that since he doesn’t have to leave home early like I do, he gets to stay up for an hour and put the clothes in the dryer.
If this was a sponsored post, Brand XYZ would leave my clothes smelling so lemoney fresh that I would actually be inspired to do my own laundry ahead of time, just so I get to sniff it. So really, Brand XYZ is just like crack*!
(*I don’t actually know what crack is, I’ve never been cool enough to understand slang, drug related or otherwise.)
Something Related to Makeup
You deserve love. You deserve to be pimple-free. You deserve to smear me on you! Smearful, the new concealer by Brand ABC, is the revolutionary new make up that will solve your concealing fears forever.
Something Related to Children
Children are messy/picky.
Wait, a product doesn’t change that? Never mind. No brand can wrangle children.
Something Related to Cleaning
Cleaning is the chore that never ends. Thankfully, Brand LMNOPQ has invented the SUPERWipes, which mean that all of your wiping and cleaning problems are gone. Forever. SUPERWipes can be used on literally any surface and come in a handy package of five, because it will take at least that many to wipe up each spill.
Note: SUPERWipes by Brand LMNOPQ is a partnership with Brand ABC, who are the creators of Smearful.
Something Related to Grocery Shopping
Shopping used to be be a pain, but Shop HIP has changed all that! They have stores in every suburb! You can shop online and they deliver! This is revolutionary stuff and I’m so happy to be a part of this life changing brand.
Wait, most grocery stores are everywhere and offer online shopping? Shit.
The Anatomy of a Sponsored Post:
- Rambling story of how BRAND makes my life better
- Competition/Discount (or, worst, just a link to the brand’s website)
Now, this is all tongue in cheek. I actually think it takes a lot of writing skill to make a sponsored post interesting, and many bloggers do it well!
So…now that this post has put off any brands that may ever want to pay me… What do you think would be the hardest product to write about?
(Keep it nice – I don’t want to hear any bitching about people making money off blogging: a) freedom baby, b) they’re probably not a slave to their day job like you and me, c) you aren’t forced to read sponsored posts if you don’t like them.)
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