Monday, 11 February 2013

Blogging competitions



Now I don't know about you, but I am getting pretty sick of emails offering me the "WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY" to write a blog post for a company, with about thirty million links included for the CHANCE to win a prize.


To me this just reeks of advertising, and not only that but free advertising at that. Now I know that there are bloggers out there that get involved in things like this, and I am not here to judge you for it. (I will a little bit, but hey, that's just me, I'm a bitch)

BUT, it isn't for me and I get mortally offended each time one of these emails hits my inbox with all the subtlety of a Katie Price wedding dress.


But I am starting to fight back, I've decided that what I am going to do is compile a list of all these companies that want to put links on my blog for free (and then just try to sweeten the deal by DANGLING the chance to win products in front of me, like I am some sort of donkey-quiet you) and when I have enough of them, I am going to send them THIS email.



DEAR Company (They call me blogger, I will extend them the same courtesy)



I have an exciting opportunity for you, don't thank me yet, but you will, yes you will. Here at Big Fashionista we like to recognise companies such as yours (and try to screw every last bit of publicity out of them.) so I am offering you this ONCE IN A LIFETIME (or until the next time I want some free publicity) opportunity to work with me with absolutely NO BENEFIT to yourself whatsoever.


What I would LOVE for you to do is, use your hard-earned time to write an article about just how AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL I am, therefore sending shit-loads of traffic to my site, increasing my chance to charge for advertising, and get YOUR readers to discover just how super I really am and spend all their money with me.

And what, I hear you ask, is in this for you? Um, well I hadn't really thought about that. (Looks around desk for a voucher just laying around) Well I am giving you and a hundred other companies who will write about how great I am, the chance of winning some STUFF!!!!

I know, I know, I am just TOO good to you. I will also repost the WINNING post onto my blog, and expect you to retweet the SHIT out of it, therefore driving even MORE traffic to my site.


If you would LOVE to enter my competition, then please reply to my email and remember companies, this is a WIN, WIN situation.

Obviously, I win, and um........... did I mention there is a chance to win free stuff?



Big Fashionista x x x




What do you think? Anyone else fed up of being treated like this? Do those emails make you feel as if you are being taken advantage of, or do you like to enter these competitions, free links and all?



Let me know



Big Fashionista x x x

36 comments:

  1. I don't even reply to those emails, then I see bloggers writing about the companies and they probz won't even win the stuff

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  2. I've never replied to them!
    I dare you to post on the blog any possible responses you might get!!

    Lil
    hazyfairyland.blogspot.ie

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  3. There are far too many of them about now! A lot seem to come from the same company too......

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  4. Haha spot on! It's rubbish but there are enough idiots pit there willing to do it to make it worthwhile :-s I'm not a fan of reviews anyway even when they are paid-for - these are barrel scrapers.

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  5. I can confirm that... This is the earliest I have LOL'd on a monday morning in ages! You soooo need to send that email!

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  6. It's not right. And it's not only blogger either. I have been asked to write for free as a full time copywriter on so many occasions. They say they will give me a byline. I'll take that to Tesco and see if they will take it in exchange for my next grocery shop shall I?

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  7. THIS! I actually replied to one recently saying 'I don't do blogger competitions, thanks' and the PR actually wrote 'suit yourself' in reply. I bloody will. Oh and go f*ck yourself. Grrrr.

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  8. Too bloody right.. it's such a bare faced cheek!!!! I don't even bother replying any more - DELEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETE!!!!!!!

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  9. LOVE THIS POST! I actually shouted "Oh hell yes!" at the laptop LOL There are SO many emails like this and I reply that I don't do competitions like this and mention my rates should they want me to publish a sponsored post. These companies are clearly taking the p*ss! Good on you for having a rant and saying what we're all thinking xx

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  10. I've never had such an email!! But if I did, I'd want YOU to reply for me! :) x

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  11. LOL!! I can't wait for you to send this email out and see if you get any responses :)

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  12. Oh Big F... you do kill me with these posts! You are absolutely right however.. these companies must think we are all a sandwich short of a picnic to fall for that bull***t! The rude thing is they have the budget to pay.



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  13. Hmm.... I am actually the other side of the coin and I am fed up with bloggers asking me for free full size products to "review". Only they all say in advance they won't "publish anything negative". And they then give me a huge list of what they want... How can that be impartial?

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    1. You have the option to delete, Cebra. If you send products under those circumstances, more fool you, frankly.

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    2. Steady now. No reason to be hostile just because I state my side.

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    3. Oh this exchange makes me very sad. I welcome all comments but lets keep them constructive.

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  14. And this is why I love your blog!!!! You always hit the nail on the head :)) Fab post as always!!

    Maria xxxx

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  15. GAH, I have had SO MANY of these recently. They are beyond annoying. x

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  16. what annoys me more are those ones that clearly have never read my blog but start by saying they love my blog.

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  17. This seems to be becoming more and more frequent these days. It's annoying. Er and does anyone ever actually win...?

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  18. I've never received any of these, but if I do, I will delete! Most of things I receive through my blog I do delete anyway, because most of it is impersonnal. The things I'm actually looking at are the personnalized emails or press release I received from PR I have already met. We can say we are fed up with these emails, but there is nothing that says you have to give in!

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  19. Interesting post & comments! I've seen a lot of these competitions pop up recently - it's almost always from the same PR company.

    I've been on both sides, but from brand side I've noticed a huge increase in bloggers asking for products from my store for review. I always thought the brand was running a competition like this because like me, they can't afford to work with everyone? They must get a lot more product requests then I do. Or maybe I'm just being naive and they are trying to exploit you.

    Instead of a chance to win something, they should really they should offer a fee/commission for any sales bought in - like an affiliate program. That's a much fairer way to compensate the blogger and both parties are getting something out of it. And then the competition on top as a bonus.

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  20. Coming from both sides of this debate (I'm a personal blogger AND I work in PR too!) I completely understand how all you ladies feel. Which is why whenever I do an outreach I try to be as honest as possible.

    That said, like a lot of the other ladies have said, I know it's annoying but if you don't like the propostion its a simple thing of deleting the email and if you like, respond! That's what I do :). I know it seems that a lot of companies are out there to exploit but there are actually a few goods one there, I would know because I ensure I have a certain standard when doing such competitions or outreach AND I've also been approached by decent and real PR companies too...

    So its really just about seperating the seperating the wheat from the chaff I guess... :)

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  21. Just catching up Kellie...Brilliant ;) and yes, I just delete all those. xx

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  22. I get this all the time. I was sent an email by a guy last week saying he had found me via my friend's blog (he mistakenly addressed me with her name too) and he asked if I would be interested in a writing gig. He went on to explain what he would like me to write about. I replied asking where the article would appear and how much he would be willing to pay for my work. To which he replied that the article would appear on my own blog and he was not offering payment! What a "gig"! These companies really must think we are stupid!

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  23. I have to be honest, I was of the same elk until I recently took part in one of these competitions and won ( ... a nice cash prize too). The entry was about something I enjoy doing- travel- and I really enjoyed planning a trip, researching places and costs. Writing it down has given me some impetus to actually do the grand adventure I wrote about.
    I think if it's a topic you enjoy and would normally be a topic you blog about, then it's fair to write about it. State the reasons in the beginning.
    However when I read a post recently about packing for a holiday and found a rouge line about injury lawyers towards the end I totally lost interest in the post and am more reserved about reading that blog again.

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  24. I enjoyed that post! I don't mind the competitions, essentially because I blog about competitions. I can kill two birds with one stone - enter a comp, and create relevant content for my blog readers. If I didn't blog about competitions, they would drive me crazy I'm sure. The comps with low value prizes are just patronising and embarrassing.

    I did win a pair of iPhones in a bloggers competition once, sold them for £800 and bought an iMac. If I read the brief and think I have a chance of winning then it would be daft to turn it down...I also entered the comp that Monika won - and my research for my own entry (Sri Lanka) will be invaluable when we travel there next year.

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  25. Hear Hear!

    I think I will copy your response and send them that email myself ... Usually I just mark them as spam but they always open new email addresses and find their way in to my inbox.

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  26. Aside the fact that the whole competition thing requires you to do something with no guaranteed return on time invested, I am kinda bored of reading the same competition post over, and Over and FUCKING OVER.

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  27. great article :) there no point replying to them emails just delete

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  28. I always delete those requests and never reply. I almost never do comps on my blog because that's not how I want to bring readers in.. I'd far rather they discovered my blog organically and stayed a while than just come in the hopes of the prize and never come back. As for bloggers sending their shopping lists.. times have changed and it's really time for PRs to get a grip on this and just say NO. End of, no messing, no niceties, just no. It's one thing to ask for a product to review in an open and honest way and another to make your way to Ebay with a haul of full sizes that you've promised to be positive about as an exchange. It's like one big bun fight out there with everyone wanting something for nothing, and I don't just mean the SEO companies. I had an email this morning asking me to be an ambassador for a range..no fee, plenty of use of my time and lots of posts for me to write about a product I'm not even very interested in. It's kind of insulting to spend five years building a blog to then have it brought to something so worthless that they really think I can live on air and haven't got anything much else to do! Arghhh

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