Building Relationships

A few weeks ago, I talked about how it’s okay to say no in order to say yes to other things. Well in the upcoming weeks and months, I’ll be preparing for finals, enrolling in a new semester, and really cracking down on my poor study habits.

In order for me to say “yes” to studying and doing well in school, I have to say “no” to other things. As of December 1st, I will no longer be offering sidebar ads on my blog. This was a difficult decision to make but I honestly believe this will be for the best. My schedule is getting busier every day and I just don’t have the time it takes to dedicate myself to promoting 10+ sponsors each month.

To me, sponsorships should be about more than paying someone to promote your blog or shop. It’s about building a relationship with that person. In fact, one of my very first sponsors, Tookies and I built a wonderful relationship that still exists today as she continues to come back month after month to advertise with me.

So although my right sidebar will be empty, there will be TWO ad spaces available each month. I’m limiting the number per month in hopes of really building relationships and doing everything I can to promote you. To make sure your money and my time are both well spent!

I’ve answered a few questions below, but just e-mail me if you have any other questions! I’ll update them here as more are answered.

What ad spaces will be available?
1. Ultimate ad space ($50/month) – located at the bottom of every blog post for 30 days.
2. Special Sponsor spotlight ($30/month) – located in the LEFT sidebar for 30 days.

Do these ad spaces come with “perks”?
Both of these ad spaces will have the option to host a solo giveaway and/or write a guest post. They’ll also get unlimited social media mentions and have the option to participate in a collaboration.

What is a collaboration?
A collaboration is something that the sponsor and I will work on to promote their blog or shop. Anything unique that we can work on together to bring new people to you! Here are a just a few ideas of what you can do…

  • Host a Twitter party with a unique hash tag to talk about your brand.
  • Create Your Own Marsh contest or something similar for my readers to weigh in on.
  • Host a Pinterest contest in which my readers must pin a certain number of items, etc.
  • Special Facebook sale on my page to sell a few of your shop items at a discount
  • Hosting a special link up party for my readers, centered around a certain topic

Will there still be group giveaways?
Unfortunately, group giveaways will be no longer. Instead, each of the two sponsors will have the option to do a solo giveaway.

When can I purchase one of these new ad spaces?
You can purchased an ad anytime you’d like! Just head on over to my Sponsor page.

{This month’s advertisement}


  1. says

    I, for one, love this idea. I think the blog world is so overwhelmed with sponsors that you lose out on reading about the actual blogger. Way to go!

  2. says

    great idea, girl! i feel like lately the blogger world has turned from a personal way to connect with people and share/swap stories, to a slight popularity contest and business arena. i hope the focus starts to shift back to creating those relationships with other bloggers and interacting in new ways! thanks for the inspiration.


  3. says

    I think this is a great idea and very smart. It can be overwhelming keeping up with it all, and developing relationships should be the main focus. Good for you! Best of luck with your studies this semester!
    Angie @ Swede Dreams

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