Saturday, May 1, 2010

Giveaways/Reviews, etc

I have been debating about doing giveaways and reviews of products on my blog.

I haven't decided if this is a good or a bad idea.

I have talked to a few "companies," and it appears that they would like blogs to have more followers, which I can understand.

But, I don't just want to get followers because I'm giving something away. I want followers with whom I have something in common with or because they like to read what I write. This is why I follow the blogs that I do, because I enjoy reading them.

I laugh with ya, I tear up with ya.

Plus, no one wants to be the first one to give me a chance at a review. Another thing I understand.

Then there is the issue with ads. I don't really want to go that route. I have seen some blogs that are so clustered with google ads that it is hard to read.

I'm considering trying that "link within" widget that I have seen on quite a few blogs that I enjoy. The ones that use it, do you like it?? I know it only links to similar posts, which is a good thing.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.



parenting ad absurdum May 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

It's tough to decide, I know. My husband was all for me monetizing my blog, and I was unsure - I do read others' reviews and enter giveaways, but wanted to focus on writing on the paper I blog for doesn't allow me to monetize or do reviews, so that decision was made for me. I'll be interested to see what you do going forward!

Anne May 6, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

I know, this is the eternal debate amongst bloggers. My mantra is that I want conversations not coupons. But that is just me. I do not follow the giveaway blogs. But it's SO much of a personal decision. You will know what is right for you! Good luck!!

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