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1. Can you guarantee me free stuff? I want free stuff!

We cannot guarantee you free stuff, though we want marketers to understand that you blog because it's a passion, and you're going to be much more inclined to review or mention a product or service you've personally experienced. The likelihood of a marketer contacting you with offers of review items is higher if your blog is well-read by people the marketers specifically want to promote to.

2. How old does my blog have to be?

Your blog can be any age with any number of posts on it, though marketers are more likely to want to contact you if you have an existing readership base. With that in mind, expect more contact the older and better-visited your site becomes.

3. I don't write about anything in particular – should I still sign up?

Yes. Even if your blog is a personal blog and you tend not to talk about any particular industry or sector in particular, you will still be of interest to marketers, as they may have products or services they'd like to promote to the general public. Also, you should sign up if you'd appreciate the opportunity to make requests of marketers. For instance, you might want to write about a subject but would like an expert to give you a quote, or perhaps you're looking for particular items to review.

4. I have a blog but haven't posted on it for months – should I still sign up?

Absolutely. Who knows? Contact from marketers may inspire you to start blogging again as you'll have content to blog about. Alternatively, we're looking into ways in which blogs that already have content but are no longer posted on can be monetised in a way that benefits the blog owner and the marketer. Watch this space.

5. I have more than one blog – can I sign them all up?

You certainly can, you can sign up with as many blogs as you please, in as many different sectors as you like.

6. Can I remove my blog if I decide I no longer want to be contacted through bloggabase.com?

f you're unhappy with the service or the level of contact you're receiving from marketers – whether it's that there isn't enough, or it's that there's too much - contact us and we'll try to help you. Alternatively, if you'd really like to remove your blog, you can do this simply by logging into your account and selecting 'Remove blog'.

7. Can I report people who send me irrelevant messages?

Yes. In fact, this is one of the most unique things about bloggabase.com. Our aim is to improve the relationship between bloggers and marketers in a way that benefits both parties. If you feel that you're being inappropriately targeted, please first ensure that you've given us all the correct information about your blog. Marketers can only go on what you've told them, so check there first. If you're sure that you are being emailed with products or services that don't fit in with your blog readership or interests, please click the 'this email isn't relevant to me' button in the message you received. If more than three separate bloggers identify one marketer as targeting them irrelevantly, that person's account will be frozen and they will be unable to access the blog database for a period of time, giving us the chance to contact them and get to the bottom of the issue.

8. My blog is about a very niche subject – should I still sign up?

Of course. You'd be surprised at just how niche certain products and services can be, and while a blog about carp fishing might seem incredibly unlikely to be of interest to marketers, there will be companies with products aiming specifically at people with this interest.

9. Won't accepting products to review or money for posts impact upon the credibility of my blog?

At bloggabase.com, we strongly recommend that bloggers disclose in the actual post if you accept payment for an article, by stating it is a 'sponsored post'.
As for monetising your blog, this is a slightly more complex issue and one you should understand fully if you hope to make money from your blog. Any inappropriate actions on the part of the marketer can be reported to us simply by clicking the 'report' button you'll find in each message sent to you.

The issue of being paid to blog is a big one in the industry, but we appreciate that many bloggers want to make a living blogging and actively encourage them to do so. There is nothing wrong with accepting money from marketers asking you to promote their own or their clients' products and/or services. However, there is an issue when it comes to linking in articles you've been paid to post.
In short – if you're being paid to post, these links should be 'nofollow' links. Google (and other search engines) like websites that are linked to by other sites. It means they're both relevant and trusted enough to be linked to. As such, Google will reward sites with many links to them by awarding them better search engine rankings. However, Google doesn't count 'nofollow' links, as its bots just crawl right on past them.

Google doesn't want companies with more money essentially buying their way to the top of its natural search engine rankings. A good ranking should be based on how relevant a site is to the searcher's query, not how much money that site has to spend getting there.

If you decide to accept money to link without including the 'nofollow' tag, your site may well be penalised by search engines, and as such, it won't receive traffic you may have otherwise received.

With regards to accepting products to review or trialling services or experience, readers should not mind, as it's better for them to read your content if you have first-hand experience of whatever it is you've been contacted to post about. As always, if you (as a blogger) don't want to post about something, tell the marketer it's not for you. It'll help ensure a better ongoing relationship and will enable them to know what sort of things you would like them to contact you with.

Click here to read more about 'nofollow' links on Google's webmaster content guidelines.
Google guidelines also state that including a ‘follow’ link alongside reviews about free products ‘can’ negatively impact a site’s ranking in search results. Again, this is at the blogger’s discretion and we’d always recommend disclosure. Readers appreciate honest reviews, positive or negative.
If you have queries about paid for links or articles that haven't been answered here, please do contact us by emailing hello@bloggabase.com and we'll do our best to help.

10. I have another question you haven't answered here – who should I contact?

Please contact hello@bloggabase.com with any further questions.