Some people don’t know this about me, but I actually spent several years working with a major blogging conference. During my time there, I served in multiple roles, and I learned a lot about networking at conferences.
There’s an art to it, but more importantly… there are some secrets about attending conferences that most people don’t know.
This is not a list of things like “don’t forget your business cards” (even though you totally shouldn’t forget your business cards). And I’m not going to tell you to pack comfortable shoes (even though you totally should pack those shoes). Those kinds of things are no-brainers, and I see conference attendee tips all the time that list stuff like that.
This list of tips is for people who are ready to hustle. It’s for people who want to squeeze every single opportunity out of their time at the conference. It’s for bloggers who are ready to make things happen.
If that’s you… I’ve got some secrets to share!
Whether blogging is your side hustle or a full time job, I think all of us have one thing in common: there aren’t enough hours in the day for us to do everything we want to do.
I could work 24/7 with no sleeping or eating and still want to do more!
Over the years, I’ve figured out how to stretch my time, so I can do more in fewer hours. Really, there are three MAJOR things that have changed my life when it comes to getting stuff done, and I’m going to share them with you at the end of this post.
When I say “changed my life,” I’m not exaggerating. As recently as a few years ago, I really struggled with managing my time. Then I got a job as a blog manager for a manger company and suddenly had 30+ people working under me and a to-do list a mile long. I had to get good at it!
But before I give you my three mega-major-mondo tips…
Let me start by giving you a bunch of little hacks that are going to add up to save you a ton of time as you’re blogging. You’re seriously going to kick yourself for not doing these things sooner.
Okay, on to the hacks…
Over the past year, I’ve written about how to set your sponsored post rates and how to write ethical sponsored reviews… but I haven’t covered how to find blog sponsors in the first place. So, today is the day we talk about getting sponsors for your blog!
First and foremost, I will mention that you can take the “if you build it they will come” approach. This does not meant that you can just start blogging and suddenly have sponsors emailing and calling you. You have to have a significant amount of traffic for that you happen. In my experiences, sponsors start reaching out when you have around 1000 pageviews per day and at least 5000 social followers on any given account.
Follow this link to learn more about the blog traffic guide I recommend if you want to start getting more pageviews today: How I Went From 17K to 350K+ Monthly Page Views in 9 Months – I’m an affiliate for this ebook, and also purchased it myself. It is packed with great advice!
If you’re proactive about finding sponsors instead, you can make a nice chunk of change, even if your blog is fairly new. Plus, you’ll be working with sponsors you actually like!
So… let’s play offense and find sponsors for your blog…