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Sponsored Conversations – Oh my!

All you hear on the web as of late is how evil sponsored conversations are and frankly, I am getting a little tired of it.  If you don't know what a sponsored conversation is, well, watch this video:

Basically, a sponsored conversation is word of mouth marketing. If I like a product, I am going to write about it whether I get paid to do so or not.  On my review blog, I own the majority of the products on there — as in, I wasn't given them for free or paid to talk about them.  I have two kids, trust me, I have enough toys and books to keep me blogging for years without an advertiser giving me a product.  That being said, I have received lots of great products that I wouldn't have even laid eyes on if it wasn't for someone contacting me and asking me if I'd like to try it.  And guess what?  I have bought from a lot of these companies since!  If you have a great product, I am going to be a repeat customer whether or not you give me a product to try!

I understand that there are a ton of unethical people out there.  I am not one of them.  If I don't like a product, I am not going to write that I do.  Most of the bloggers I know feel exactly the same.  However, you can't dismiss an entire industry just due to a few bad apples.   I am not the blog police nor do I ever plan on telling someone else how to blog.

Have I tried sponsored conversations before?  Yes!  Did it drive traffic to my site?  Yes!  Was it worth it?  I have to think so.  ROI is hard to determine just due to me not selling products, but I like all eyeballs on my site as possible.  Would I do it again?  Yes!

(And yes, this was a sponsored conversation and 100% my opinion).

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