What to Do if a Sponsor Disappears… and You Get SCREWED!

Most bloggers are paid for sponsored posts after they publish the post, which means there is an opportunity for your to get… SCREWED!

Listen… we’ve all been there. If you’re reading this post, it is likely that you’ve been screwed by a sponsor or client in the past, or you are dealing with a jerk who is trying to screw you right now. I’ve been freelancing for over a decade and blogging for nearly as long, and I can tell you that this is unfortunately a reality of the business.

But you aren’t without recourse! Let’s talk about a few things you can do if a sponsor (or client) disappears without paying you:

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Blogging Advice I’m Glad I Didn’t Take: The 7 Worst Recommendations “Pros” Have Given Me

Blogging Advice I'm Glad I Didn't Take: The 7 Worst Recommendations "Pros" Have Given Me

I honestly believe that no matter how long you have been blogging, you need to keep learning. When I was a new blogger, I spent about 75% of my time just learning about blogging. Now that I’ve been blogging for over a decade… I still devote about 25% of my workday to learning.

That said… not all advice is created equally.

It can be overwhelming. I’m not a parent, but I suspect that running a blog is like having a baby. Everyone… and I mean everyone… is going to give you “advice” whether you want it or not. And they think you are a fool if you don’t take it!

At this point, I’ve gotten pretty good at spotting obvious bad advice and scams. But it has been a process of trial and error! I have definitely made mistakes along the way, and sometimes those mistakes happened because I was following the advice of experts in the field of blogging. The “experts” don’t always get it right.

Without further ado, here are the 7 worst pieces of blogging advice I ever received from so-called experts.

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The World Doesn’t Need Another Online Biz Coach (But Here’s What We DO Need!)

I have launch fatigue.

Maybe it is because I am part of at least a dozen online business and blogging groups, but… is it just me or does it seem like someone is launching a new online business coach program EVERY WEEK?

Sometimes, EVERY DAY.

And here’s a little secret…

As a freelance copywriter, I’ve helped some of these coaches fine-tune their copy and develop launch plans… only to see them not make a single sale. I have talked to other copywriters who have shared similar stories.

I’m 100% confident in my skills as a sales page writer and launch consultant, because I have also assisted coaches with six-figure launches – not that is what I call a successful online launch!

So why are most launches a complete and utter FLOP FLOP FLOP? (I call them “dead fish launches” because flop like a dying fish.)

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