How to get your first free product to review with your new blog

We’ve all read or been told to wait until we have upwards of 1,000 page views per day before reaching out to a brand to review a product, right? If you’re like me, you’ve been busy doing your homework: researching on Pinterest, stalking other successful bloggers, eagerly searching for tips to monetize your blog. And like me, you’ve probably been a little disappointed that the big bloggers suggest waiting until you somehow manage to score 1,000 page views a day. Some may call that success, but not me.

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Granted, I’m like you. I’m new to blogging. My blog went live January 1, 2016. I have 24 email subscribers, 342 Facebook likes, 251 Instagram followers, 169 followers on Twitter, and 154 Pinterest followers.  If you’re new to social media, those aren’t exactly WOW-factor stats. Considering I grew these numbers in six weeks is awesome but still, they certainly don’t have that wow-factor that most bloggers tell you brands are looking for.

I’m expecting my second child in three weeks and my husband and I have been working tirelessly trying to get our almost three-year-old to sleep in his new big-boy-room. This has been an arduous task, to say the least, so I thought if I brought in something really cool and creative, maybe he’d be more willing to change rooms.

For Christmas last year, I purchased a toy from a company. You can read about that post here. My son loves it and the quality of the product is awesome! I went on the company website and found a product I know my son will equally LOVE! I was tempted to quickly purchase it, but instead, I sent an email to the company. I explained how much my son loved their toy and how much joy it brought him (and me). Then, against all odds, I made a pitch.

I explained that I was redoing my son’s room and asked if they’d like to partner with me. In the email, I explicitly stated what I would give the company in return for working with me (i.e. blog post, Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest updates). I never asked for the product and I didn’t ask to be compensated for my time. I just asked if they’d like to partner with me.

And guess what? They responded within 24 hours AND they offered to provide a giveaway to my readers as well. How awesome is that?

If you want to know how I found an email for the company or what my email contained, then subscribe to my weekly newsletter (I don’t spam and I only send out newsletters once a week, I promise) and I’ll send you all you need to know to help you pitch your own request to partner with a company of your choice.

Debra

I'm a fast-talking high school English teacher, mother of two boys (the 2nd due in March), wife to an Army Lt., and photo-journalist for the Army Reserves. I'm slightly addicted to office supplies and I easily get carried away with projects and ideas; especially for the playroom and my classroom.

18 thoughts on “How to get your first free product to review with your new blog

  • February 17, 2016 at 12:51 pm
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    I agree. You dont need huge number to start pitching, it just has to be the right fit! Your numbers are really good for 6 weeks! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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    • February 17, 2016 at 1:29 pm
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      Yes, I know some of the larger companies want to see numbers but others care more about the fit and your intent.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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    I would love to know how you worded the email! I have been blogging since November, and have similar numbers. After doing a few book launches, I feel ready to tackle a sponsored post, but was reluctant because of my numbers. Thanks for the encouragement to just go for it!

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    • February 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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      Absolutely, just go for it! I think you’ll be surprised at your success.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    Good for you! You have to be fearless when it comes to pitches. You also have to have the drive and believe in yourself. I am very glad that you were able to partner with them so quickly.

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    • February 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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      Thanks Mayra! I wish you equal success!

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  • February 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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    I’ve been wondering how people got free products to review! I didn’t realize it was as simple as just reaching out

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  • February 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    I have been blogging for over a year and definitely do not average 1K pageviews a day (but do average between 10-20K a month) and have been able to work with a ton of companies and brands! It’s more important that you have an ENGAGED audience, then a ton of people that don’t really care what you have to say!

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    • February 18, 2016 at 5:49 am
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      Absolutely Chelsie, solid point! Companies want to know that your readers care what you’re reviewing. One great way for them to see that is through your comment thread.

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