We have put a little FAQ together to help you get the most out of Bloggers Required. Bloggers, all of your questions are answered below.
Q. What is a blogging assignment?
A. This is something that you can create here via a simple, intuitive form, to help connect you with relevant blog owners. The brand assignment gives the blogger enough information on how you would like the blogger’s assistance. After submission the assignment is published to the Bloggers Required homepage, weekly newsletter, tweeted and added to our Facebook page and Google + for bloggers to review and respond to.
Q. What types of assignments should we add?
A. That’s up to you, anything you need a bloggers help with. The assignment can be extremely flexible in scope, ranging from the promotion of products or services, attendance at events, to running giveaways or competitions, or even job offers.
Q. What sort of bloggers will respond to my assignment?
A. The type of bloggers responses you receive depends on how precise your blogging assignment is. Make sure within your assignment you ask for any key desirables that you would like your bloggers to have in order for them to be considered.
Q. How much does it cost to add a blogging assignment?
A. We ask brands to pay a small fee to add assignments, to help with the up keep of the site. Payment is taken via PayPal.
Q. Why you should use the Bloggers Required ‘One assignment’ option?
A. Brands, business and start-ups who use Bloggers Required can expect an average of 25 responses to their blogging assignments. Additionally your brand will receive a huge amount of exposure from being featured in our weekly newsletter which is sent to over 4,500 opt-in bloggers, and via our ever-increasing social channels. Overall, we offer you the chance to work with targeted bloggers and gain significant exposure, all for one small, one-off cost!
Q.What is the ‘One assignment’ process?
Q. What is in it for brands, businesses and start-ups?
A. You get to make contact with relevant bloggers, build relationships and get published.
Q. What does an assignment look like?
A. Please check out the example assignment we have provided.
Q. Can I keep my assignment private?
A. Your assignment can be made public or private. Read more about why you would want to keep your assignment private here.
Q. Once we have added an assignment, how long will it be before it is added to the site.
A. Your assignment will be up within 24hrs, but in most cases within a few hours.
Q. How do bloggers get in contact with me?
A. When we add your assignment, we also add a contact form that goes directly to the email address you initial supplied on your blogger assignment form.
Q. What happens if I get inundated with responses?
A. We recommend that you only pick the best responses that are most relevant to your campaign. But it might be worth keeping in contact with the others for future campaigns. It’s polite to say thanks, but no thanks. Never promise bloggers anything you cannot deliver on!
Q. Should I reply to all the bloggers that have made contact?
A. We advise you to thank bloggers who have made the effort to contact you. It’s polite to say thanks, but no thanks. At the very least, send a tweet to thank all the bloggers who have applied for your assignment.
Q. Should I be offering bloggers any form of payment or incentive?
A. This is at your discretion. Generally speaking, bloggers have their own agenda and do not expect payment. However, if you are looking for bloggers to review a product, in some cases, a requirement may be that they keep the product.
Q. Why do assignments have to be moderated first?
A. We just want to make sure that we are delivering complete, and high quality assignments.
Q. What assignments are not allowed on Bloggers Required?
A. We do not allow assignments asking for guest bloggers, there are plenty of other sites that do that!
Q. What role does Bloggers Required play?
A. We act as the facilitator. We add your assignment to the site within 24hrs of you posting it. Once the blogger has made contact, it’s up to you to follow-up with them individually.
Q. Can Bloggers Required create the assignments and manage the blogger relations for us?
A. Of course we can. Check out our consultancy options for more details.
Q. How are featured assignments promoted on all blogging assignments?
A. They are added to a content slider, which is visible at the bottom of every blogging assignment post.
Q. How can I get access to the PR friendly directory?
A. Sign up to the Business or Agency plan. Please get in touch.
Q. Do you offer any other services?
A. Yes. We also run Twitter parties, you can find out more here.
Q. What is in it for the blogger?
A. You get to work with brands, businesses and start-ups relevant to your blog and interests. The author of the assignment might also provide some sort of compensation for your time, which could be payment, or to allow you to keep reviewed products.
Q. How do I find out about new assignments?
A. You can do this in a number of ways. Visit the site every day, subscribe via email or RSS, follow us on Twitter or by our hashtag #bloggersrequired, or join us on Facebook.
Q. I responded to an assignment and did not hear back.
A. The brand/business could have been inundated with responses, so they most likely cherry-picked the best ones. Don’t worry, concentrate on improving your blog with engaging content and you will be picked next time for sure!
Q. What happens when we respond to a blogging assignment?
A. It is then up to the brand or business to contact you and follow-up. Bloggers Required has no further input at this point.
Most blogging assignments are very competitive. We advise brands to respond to you if you are successful or not. However, don’t be put off if they don’t. Just work on making your blog better for next time!
Q. Should I contact the brand/business with my blog details even if they are not a match with the assignment?
A. NO. Never submit your details for assignments that are not a good fit with your blog. This will only end up annoying the assignment owner and could get you blacklisted from this site!
Q. What is the best way to search for assignments?
A. Either search using the categories on the sidebar or via the search bar.
Q. I have just found an assignment that my blog is a good fit for, but there are no contact details on it.
A. All assignments have a cut-off date on them. Once this has passed the assignment is ‘closed’ so you cannot contact the brand or business. The brand could also have found enough bloggers already and decided to close the assignment. However you can register your interest to work with brand or similar assignments should they be posted again.
Q. What is ethical blogging?
A. Our assignments may contain opportunities which involve the receiving of products for review (which you may be able to keep), the offer of complimentary services, free trips or event tickets, or some sort of financial renumeration, in exchange for publishing a piece of written or photographic content on your blog.
How you keep things above board is an ever evolving topic, but with the growing level of influence that bloggers are having over consumer decision-making and purchases, it makes sense that you fully disclose any incentive or payment that you’ve received as part of a written review. Read more.
Q. What happens if the blogger and brand get into a dispute?
A. We don’t want to know! We just act as the facilitator, a kind of introduction service.
You should always let the brand know your own blogging T&Cs before you commence work with them.
Q. Why should we sign-up for the newsletter?
A. Get a round-up of our featured assignments that have been published this week to see if any are a good match with your blog. The newsletter will also feature EXCLUSIVE blogging assignments not featured on the Bloggers Required site.
Q. When is the newsletter sent out?
A. You will receive the newsletter once per week. If there are no new assignments to showcase the newsletter will not be sent out.
Q. Who writes the blogging assignments?
A. The brand who submits the assignment. Bloggers Required does not have any input into the blogging assignments submitted and published.
A. Yes. Please read our T&Cs
Q. Do you have a cookies policy?
A. Yes. You can find it here.
Q. Where can we get more help?
A. Use the contact form provided.
Q. Can we follow you on Twitter and find you on Facebook?
A. Check out the footer.
Q. Can we partner with you?
A. If you’re interested in partnering with Bloggers Required, please get in touch. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org