As my email inbox and social media accounts tend to hum a bit more these days I wanted to pose this question:
“What makes you say Yes or No to a blogging opportunity?”
I regularly get pitched for various opportunities.
Some bloggers want to guest post on my blog.
Other bloggers want me to submit guest posts to their blogs.
Other bloggers want to interview me or feature me.
Other bloggers want me to drop their links into my post.
Some bloggers or business owners or travel agents want me to hop on board with their business ventures, offering me affiliate earnings potential.
My criteria is really, really easy to understand.
Either I see an immediate match or non match.
I have a pretty dang strong spiritual basis to my blogging business.
I do not feel heavily dependent on people or conditions for my success.
My source originates through a higher power.
So I can release non matches quickly and seize matches just as quickly.
Things I Almost Always Say “Yes” to
- interview requests
- feature requests
- guest posting requests
Things I Almost Always Say “No” to
- people asking me to guest post on my blog (guest posting is closed on Blogging From Paradise)
- people who ask me to be an affiliate for their opportunity
- strangers who ask me for endorsements, or who ask me to drop their links into my blog
Here’s an easy way to sift through emails clearly: if you know a person for months or years, and count these individuals as friends, spend a few minutes thinking through if you have a match.
Does the opportunity benefit both parties?
Does it align with your brand?
What’s the energetic workload required to bring the idea into fruition?
Are you doing it for money? Or for fun?
Answer these questions honestly before you accept or reject the offer.
If I do not know the individual – meaning, it’s a cold email – I tend to release these emails quickly.
Here’s why: most times, these strangers aren’t bringing anything to the table.
They want to earn some coin or gain readers or cash in through my blog but they don’t have the skills or writing voice to wow my audience.
In most cases these folks don’t even use my name with their pitch emails, meaning they didn’t spend 10 seconds of their time to find out my name.
Obviously these folks do not care about me or my audience.
Easy to trash these emails quickly.
But if influential bloggers with proven track records connect with me I’m willing to look over these potential ventures, even if I haven’t met these bloggers before.
Money Making Opportunities?
I say no to 99% of affiliate opportunities because everything that I promote has to align 100% with the Blogging From Paradise brand.
I have 126 eBooks, 20 audio books, 2 courses now (2 more to be released soon), and on top of that, I am an Amazon affiliate, earning a percentage on all my Amazon product sales.
The 1% of affiliate opportunities I say “yes” to originate from dear friends I’ve known for years who offer me something that benefits my audience.
What About Yourself?
What criteria do you use to accept or reject opportunities?
Do you tend to gobble up all interview requests like me?
Or are you picky?
What about affiliate opportunities?
Do you promote anything that comes down the pike?
If you are confused about how to accept or reject a blogging opportunity you can check out my audio course to work on your blogging mindset here.