Here’s the honest to goodness truth… Some of us bloggers make money and/or receive product in exchange for a review. It sounds all glamorous, but it’s not as much so as you’d think. I’m not going to blather on about how much work blogging is, because I genuinely enjoy it (most of the time).
We don’t HAVE to have ads on our blog, and truthfully I don’t love how cluttered it makes our site look. But it helps us cover the cost of some of our creative endeavors… so the ads stay. With regard to product review, we’re very selective with the products/companies we choose to review, because our integrity is important to us and we want to put our name behind products that we actually love. We turn down more companies than we actually work with.
Here’s how the majority of advertisements work… we get paid from ad networks based on how many pageviews OUR site receives everyday (not how many clicks our ads get). This means our site traffic is important to us! If our readers aren’t enjoying the content, feeling engaged, and sharing with their friends… the blog doesn’t grow. If you think a project is cute, or love an innovative idea you see (on any blog), pin it or share it with your FB friends! Such a simple thing can help the bloggers you’ve grown to love!
On the flip side… if you see a project that’s featured by someone else, go to the original website to pin it. SURE, it’s one more click. But it’s good etiquette, and that blogger deserves the pageviews for his/her hard work and great picture-taking! You might not think that little-old-you would make a difference… and think ‘this one time won’t matter’ but check this out:
This one pinner (who doesn’t have much of a Pinterest following) pinned my Kitchen Glossy Swirls project… and it was repinned TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND times. Just from this ONE PERSON! Those pins translate into site traffic. We received thousands of pagviews because this one person decided to pin.
Now imagine if that person pinned this project from somebody else’s site who was ‘featuring’ my kitchen project. I could just cry thinking about it. But it happens all the time! ALL THAT TRAFFIC goes to somebody else’s site. Somebody who didn’t spend all those hours tediously painting glossy swirls on the top of a ladder. Granted, being featured on bigger blogs is an honor and brings some traffic… there are always pros and cons. But there are those that take photos without linking back, and worse… take credit for your project as if it were their own.
But even if you put these reasons aside… as a fellow ‘pinner’, isn’t it just annoying to click on a project on Pinterest to see the full tutorial, and be directed to a site that didn’t complete this project themselves, and there’s NO TUTORIAL? You don’t know how the original person achieved the final look, or where they bought their supplies. I’ve spent hours on the internet before trying to find the source of a certain project. It’s infuriating.
Pinterest is a blessing and a curse. It’s helped bloggers build traffic over the years… but all this miss-pinning is enough to make some bloggers throw in the towel. It’s painful to see other sites being applauded for YOUR IDEA. I could go on and on.
For me, growing the blog isn’t the number one thing on my mind. It’s been fun and mind-blowing watching it grow… but if I focused on growth and numbers, it would suck all the fun right out of it. I blog because it’s fun to document my life, and I love being creative and sharing my projects!
Before we wrap this up… let’s talk about COMMENTING. Commenting on a blog doesn’t help the blog grow in any way whatsoever. BUT! It just simply feels good for the blogger who spent time building a project, photographing it, editing pics, composing a gripping post, etc.
This is a public service announcement for all bloggers everywhere:
Dear Blog Reader… taking a moment to pin, share, or leave a comment ACTUALLY does have a profound effect on the bloggers you’ve grown to love.
That’s all! Virtual group hug?