Quit Blogging for Free!!

Quit Blogging for Free!!

I apologize in advance if anybody finds this post offensive. I was once one of those bloggers that would do things for free/product/exposure/etc. While I don’t disagree with doing those things entirely, I have to say, Quit Blogging for Free!!

Quit Blogging for Free by Life as a Convert #knowyourworth

I get emails all the time asking if I will publish a post to my blog because “my readers will find it fascinating!“. Sometimes the posts are pre-written. Other times, these individuals are asking me to write the content myself. If it is something I am truly interested in, I will reply with my rate and state that I look forward to working with them.

Their response?

I’m not working with a budget.” or “We will tweet your content.

Guess what, guys? A tweet won’t pay my bills! I kindly tell them that while I appreciate their offer, I can’t work for free (a tweet won’t pay my bills) and am sure they understand. They tend to get the point pretty quick after that. I can only imagine they move on to the other bloggers they emailed.

Know Your Worth:

I am writing this post because I want to encourage fellow bloggers to stand up for yourself. Know your worth! And QUIT BLOGGING FOR FREE!! These kinds of emails are still happening because so many bloggers are accepting these pitches and blogging for free.

If you are truly interested in a product and/or it is something you use and think your audience will like, then by all means, go for it, but don’t think that you are only worth a product or tweet. Do you see Wal-Mart or Target employee’s working for social media mentions? I don’t think so!

The average rate for a sponsored blog post is $150. A social media push? $25.

Don’t be afraid to state your rate and say “No” when somebody is not willing to meet it. Don’t lower your rate for somebody’s budget. If they truly understood the value of your work and the influence you have, they would be more than willing to pay your rate. As bloggers continue working for free, these companies will continue asking for free work. So, bloggers I beg you: quit blogging for free!

Quit Blogging for Free

47 thoughts on “Quit Blogging for Free!!

  1. Sylvia

    I get these “spectacular” offers, too! I do the same thing you do. I respond with my rates. Most of the time it’s people just trying to sneak in an advertisement in disguise as an article of interest to my readers!!! Sometimes it’s even websites trying to illegally sneak in links to their site, which I believe google frowns on.
    Good advice, Courtney! I didn’t know the going rates!

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I get those emails every single day and delete them. The PR reps don’t work for free, so why should I?

  3. Sylvia Jules Kal

    Well said Courtney. Its something else to Guest blog as a personal choice. Its another to be approached to post a blog or create content for FREE…!

    As a New blogger though I think one can pick a few of such requests to build their brand and reputation. Just saying!

  4. Pam

    I occasionally do charity tweets or posts for causes that I feel strongly about. I don’t like when people assume I will post anything at all for free!

  5. Jeanine

    THANK YOU. I just said I was writing about this next week because I’m so sick of these emails wanting so much for FREE. I highly doubt any of these PR reps or companies work for free why should we? It’s crazy. I love this.

  6. Gingermommy

    I stopped posting for free just a few months after I started. I make a FT income on my blog and have developed many great partnerships with brands who value us as bloggers

  7. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I totally agree with you. We should all stand firm and quit blogging for free. It is a job, not a charity we’re doing! These PR people should at least consider sharing a part of what they are earning with people who will do to the job for them!

  8. Pam

    This is good info for bloggers who are just starting out or are unsure and don’t have other bloggers that they can ask questions of. I totally agree with you. If you are providing a service, you deserve to be paid.

  9. Amanda Love

    I stopped working for free a long time ago. The only thing I will consider doing for free are charity events. If you’re getting paid to contact me then you can pay me to promote your services. Exposure and products can’t and won’t pay my bills.

  10. Melanie Burbage

    It’s actaully how I lost a lot of PR, not doing things for free. I have worth and I put a lot of effort into what I do but it seems it’s going to be just a hobby that pays a bit each month. I wish I could get those rated posts but companies don’t seem to want to do it much these days.

    1. LifeAsAConvert Post author

      That’s my point.. They won’t do it because they can find others that want to do it for free. As bloggers we all need to demand pay. If we don’t get paid for our work, then we shouldn’t be doing it.

  11. mary

    I spent almost a full year blogging for free…or for “a bag of chips”. I dind’t know any better. 8 years later, I have a canned response set up for every request that arrives in my inbox

  12. Travel Blogger

    Great post! It can be a very difficult and confusing world to navigate. Very inspiring! I need to approach my work more seriously instead of bending to what everyone else needs.

  13. Heather lawrence

    I just got one of “those” emails the other day and had no clue how I was going to respond to them.
    Now I do :) I have always wondered what to ask for payment but didn’t know if it was “appropriate” to or not so thank you for sharing your numbers!

  14. Jeanette

    It took me a very long time to get there, but once I did I learn how to say no to a whole bunch of stuff it made my life so much easier.

  15. Heather Pfingsten

    I couldn’t agree with you more. This is a hard lesson to learn in the beginning and I know it is harder when one doesn’t have a larger audience but our time is worth compensation; just like the person sending the email. Great post!

  16. Rosey

    There are a lot of companies who do value bloggers. I love to work with them. The ones who clearly don’t, I realize are not a good fit and I move on. :)

  17. Rebecca Swenor

    This is a great post for all bloggers indeed to read. It is not right to work for free because they than take advantage of you and others. Thanks for sharing the blogging information.

  18. Lisa Rios

    I totally agree with you, that it is always good to quit blogging for free. But I think mostly new bloggers get in to such options that comes on their way to make sure they get some good visits for their site & it is important to realize not to go for free all along.

  19. ashley

    Love this post! This is the first year I’ve really valued my time when it comes to blogging. So far, it’s meant a few less opportunities but the ones I do have – I know I’m being properly paid for!

  20. Melissa

    I am learning to ask for what I am worth the more my blog grows but in the beginning I just wanted to make any money so I took even small amounts for large jobs. Now I know better and so I do better, this is great for the new bloggers.

  21. Britni

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I think many people thing people blog just for fun and don’t understand that while we enjoy what we do that it is also our job.

  22. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    This is a great article! It really brings to light some of the issues bloggers go through and are expected of them from sponsors not wiling to pay for their ‘advertisement’. Bloggers need to make a living too!

  23. Jaime Nicole

    I really like this article and think it is a good reminder for many of us. What we do is important and does have value and we should definitely appreciate our worth.

  24. Digna

    I am sure most bloggers could relate to this. I find myself deleting offers like this on a daily basis. I have never posted for free but I used to reply to these requests with my rates. Not so much anymore as I find it a waste of time.

  25. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    I have finally had to stop taking all the free stuff. It was fun for a while and it gave my family a lot of good things they could use. But, it was so time consuming I could not keep up. I was working more than the product was worth. I also did freebies and donated them. That didn’t bother me so much.

    I do think that it is a good way for new bloggers to get their feet wet and use the free products to learn how to write a stellar review, but once people start to notice, they should notice their worth, too.

  26. Eileen

    Finally! Thank you for this article. So many times we get tempted to accept offers just because they are from big corporations. However, this should not be the usual practice. It takes time, effort, internet connectivity and electricity to create a blog post. At least reimburse for those!

  27. ricci

    I have been wanting to write a similar post for a long time!! I am so tired of getting emails about working for free and they have been coming every day lately!! UGH!!

  28. Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Thanks for this post! Generally I do blogging collaborations and there is a fee. But sometimes I am already an avid user of the product that I would blog about it even if it was free.

  29. Tiffany

    I’m a VA, so I am not quite sure what the rates are, but I have my own blog that I stopped working on to work for others. I hope to one day have that up and going and will not blog for free!

  30. CourtneyLynne

    Omg yes!!!! It’s ridiculous how many emails I get asking for freebies! I’ve gotten to the point where I ignore most, but if something sounds interesting I have a pre drafted letter I send off with my rates. No time for freebie nonsense!

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