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A few weeks ago I received a Formspring question which I wanted to address not because it annoyed me but simply because I wanted to clear a few things up and also hear you opinion. I am sure a lot of people will not agree with what I have to say but I still would love to have your input, I even accept anonymous comments so you don’t have to leave your name.
The question was ‘Do you think PR companies really look if people have PR at the top of their blog? It annoys other bloggers that don’t have them, it’s like people are looking for freebies’
I quite openly state numerous times on my blog that I do accept press samples, I try to only accept products which will appeal to my readers and which I think will benefit my blog. I do not expect companies to send me products and am flattered every time a company does.
Do you think PR companies look for the ‘contact me’ section on your blog?
When I first started blogging I didn’t even mention PRs, I simply had a contact me section for my readers to be able to contact me, ask questions and request posts however PR companies started to contact me as well. My email isn’t there to advertise for samples but if a PR company is on my blog they might be looking for it.
In response to the line ‘It annoys other bloggers that don’t have them’ I would say that I to was once a blogger that had never received any free products, and if you are blogging in the hope to receive free products then you are doing it for the total wrong reason. Although I do receive some products which I don’t pay for I wouldn’t call them freebies. Although I don’t pay for them I do spend a lot of time and even money to make this blog as good as I can. It is very time consuming to take photos, crop them, resize them, upload them and then write a review including links, information and prices. I also spent quite a lot of money on my camera mainly so my readers could have clearer photos, if I didn’t blog I could have spent this money on beauty products. The reason I do spend all this time is because I love blogging and I love sharing my experiences & opinions with you not so I can receive PR samples!
I could stop accepting samples but this would mean far less posts and far less diversity in the products I show. I am a student living in London living of my student loan if I didn’t accept samples then I would probably only do a post every week and my blog would be far more boring. I could also talk about new collections and products which I haven’t tried but me trying them and sharing my experience can save you from buying products that may not work and bring your attention to new great products.
Does the fact that I received a product for free affect my review?
No not at all, I wouldn’t ever claim to like a product if it wasn’t the truth and I feel that my review go into depth about why I like or don’t like the product, why it worked for me and what type of person I would recommend it for. I will also say that sometimes I do chose not to review a product if I don’t have too much to say about it or if it didn’t do much for me. At the moment I have no sponsored posts on my blog but if I were to decide to do some it would only be about products I truly believe in.
Every time you open a magazine you are constantly marketed and sold beauty products which you may go out and buy however no one ever questions or even thinks too much about how truthful their reviews and recommendations are and in my opinion bloggers are more likely to give their true opinion.
I am going to leave it there for now but I might do another blog post relating to the same topic, please leave all comments and questions below. Remember you can leave anonymous comments if you don't want to leave your name. Feel free to leave a comment disagreeing with all or some of what I say but please share your opinion.