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Saying NO! | Bloggers

Saying NO! | Bloggers

‘Would you like to review a £1.29 bottle of water on your blog?’


Saying no, especially when you’re starting out with blogging can be harder than you think. You’ve set up your blog and promoted a few posts around, received some good feedback from friends, family and other bloggers then DING!

Email: Would you like to review something for nothing?

You’re generally so happy your immediate response without thought is ‘YES PLEASE!’ And guess what, that’s OK. In the beginning I don’t see any problem with taking on a little work for not much in return. I say not much in return but actually you get more than you’d think. You gain a little knowledge into how the process works. You get some experience in reviewing products which will help you further down the line and you get your foot in the door with a PR. Who knows what that could lead to in the future.

Months later…

After building up a little portfolio, experience and confidence in the world of blogging you get your 50th email…

Hi, would you like to review a £1.29 bottle of water on your blog? We have no budget but would love to send you a sample.

This is where in my opinion some people get it wrong. The email is either responded to with a straight ‘No thank you’ or is deleted. In my experience both can be mistakes.

Here’s how I respond…

Hi XNAMEX how are you? Thank you for reaching out with this opportunity but I’m going to pass on this occasion. Genuinely appreciate you getting in touch! If you’d like I could share this with a few other bloggers I know that might be interested?

Words to this effect anyway.

Sometimes I get no response, which is cool. Other times I’m asked not to pass on the information. However usually and in a very recent experience I was asked to pass it on and come back to the PR with the bloggers email addresses. Now some bloggers are busy people and simply don’t have the time to be playing piggy in the middle. However, my style is to pass on this info in the hope to help other bloggers that would like such opportunities, in the further hope that one time this will in turn help me too, WIN WIN.

This actually happened to me today! I responded to a PR that a particular opportunity wasn’t for me but would pass it on to a few other bloggers I knew. I did and went back to the PR with a list of emails. Upon doing so the PR then came back to me and said she’d love to sort me out with some tickets to a show for FREE! This has now turned into an amazing opportunity for me and the family and we’re really excited about it.

Would this opportunity have come about anyway, possibly. But what if I had just replied ‘NO’ or even worse, deleted the email?

For me this has taken very little effort in return for several massive rewards…

  • The PR wins because she’s found some recommended bloggers to work with.
  • The other bloggers win because they’re happy to get involved with the initial opportunity.
  • I win because the PR knows I’m helpful.
  • I win again because the bloggers now know I’m happy to help where possible.
  • My family wins because we’ve now got an opportunity that is fantastic for us.

This isn’t a post to show off how I feel I’m winning, because this might only happen once every 20 times I play piggy in the middle. It’s simply a post to share my experience in not just saying no, but how to say no.

I genuinely hope this helps some if not all of you reading this, I’d love to here your ‘Saying No’ stories!


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  1. 26th July 2017 / 11:51 am

    How did you start to get brands reaching out to you when you were just starting out? Or was it you that emailed them in the beginning?

    • DadvWorld
      26th July 2017 / 11:59 am

      Hi mate! In the beginning I joined FB groups where opportunities are posted, I wrote a couple of posts for other websites to get my name around and approached companies I thought might want to work with me.

      Facebook groups are very good tool. So much talent and experience in them. Connect with others, make friends, generally network with as many people as you can.

      It doesn’t happen overnight. Make sure all your website and social channels are looking well, plenty of content, good content and then eventually they find you.

      Being pro-active though will always be the way to win. While you’re waiting for them to find you, go find them! Email anyone and everyone that you’d like to work with. I’ve sent out 100s of emails for DadvWorld and BPN and now and again you get a great response.

      Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. 26th July 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I think I know which opp you’re talking about and I said yes to free sample – love the stuff so meh why not!

    But yes I always try to respond. I know there’s a lot of people who say that bloggers shouldn’t do stuff for free but sometimes it can lead to bigger things.

    Which show are you going to? OHH!! Just realised!

    • DadvWorld
      26th July 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Yes! I think bloggers absolutely can do things for free. Many times I have and it’s led to bigger things through building a relationship. If I get offered some cool tech stuff that I like I rarely look at the price because I really like tech products.

      Well hopefully, Disney on Ice! Just need to confirm a few details and it’s on! Can’t wait. 🙂

  3. diynige
    27th July 2017 / 6:32 am

    This is a great post and it’s so important sometimes to do something for nothing for exposure and you don’t know where it might lead. Great lesson for new bloggers. It’s patience and the brands will start contacting you.

    • DadvWorld
      27th July 2017 / 9:39 am

      Thanks Nige! You’re right, doing something for nothing is never actually FOR NOTHING. It’s working for me so will definitely work for others 🙂

  4. 3rd August 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I agree that good karma goes around, as your example demonstrates. 🙂 Positivity and kindness make a huge difference in the world. x

    • DadvWorld
      3rd August 2017 / 10:16 pm

      Agreed! Thanks for reading and commenting, appreciate it 😃 Hope you’re well… 👍🏻

  5. Anonymous
    21st August 2017 / 3:37 pm

    Saying no is sometimes necessary
    Saying yes and not fulfilling your end of the deal is just rude though don’t you think?

    • DadvWorld
      21st August 2017 / 3:40 pm

      It is yes and most definitely it is yes… 👍🏻

    • DadvWorld
      21st August 2017 / 4:30 pm

      I can’t help but feel as you’ve not left a name or anything this is possibly a dig towards me for something I’ve possibly forgotten to do? If this is the case please do email me ASAP and let me know 👍🏻 david@dadvworld.com

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