My Stance on Pay for Bloggers


The relationship between bloggers and companies is a tricky one. While there’s nothing better than working with a brand on an amazing collaboration, I can’t be alone in also being tired of endless ‘we’ve not got a budget, but we’ll share your post on our social media’ and ‘the post will get you an entry into a free prize draw’ emails, and that’s before you even go through the demand for follow links and non-disclosure, or even the funny ones where they’ve spelt your name wrong and have clearly never read your blog before ever. All fun and games.

I 100% believe in fair treatment for bloggers, but I know different people have different beliefs when it comes to how bloggers should be treated for our work, but here’s my take on how I approach PR work.

Sponsored posts and guest content

If I’m publishing a post that contains sections that I did not write myself, I expect some sort of payment, and I will ALWAYS disclose that it is sponsored and/or guest content. Its not fair for companies to expect me to compromise my integrity as a writer, and I don’t believe that a little disclosure note at the bottom of the post is going to make any difference to the message conveyed in the post.

I don’t have any problem with people publishing these posts – I mean, a girl’s gotta get paid! – but I’ll also never take one that isn’t relevant to my audience!

Free products for review

9 times out of 10, if I’m being sent a free product to review, I’m not gonna be asking for any other form of payment. I know I’m still fairly small in the grand scheme of blogging, so I’d never expect anything on top of the gifted products and I’d certainly never ask for it unless I believed that I was putting in considerably more work than I normally would.

Again, I won’t accept products that I don’t think fit my content – in the past I’ve been offered children’s books etc which I’ve politely declined. I also won’t accept products that I’ve done too many times – no more matcha green tea for me!

Affiliate links

I know this one is controversial with some people, but I really don’t see these as being an issue! Quite frankly, if a blogger posts a link to a product that they love, and 50 people buy it as a result, damn right they should be entitled to a bit of cash! For a blogger, they can be a huge source of income, and it makes me happy to see companies appreciating how much of an influence we can be, and I’ve used them myself with great results.

Free work for little/no payout

When I first started out as a blogger, I did take a few of these projects, but now they’re a no-no for me. My time is worth more than the chance of exposure via social media or a possibility of a prize draw. I do have some exceptions however..

If its a charity collaboration, I would never dream of asking for any payout. I’ve worked with awareness and fundraising projects before, and those are worth the time I put into them as I always love helping a good cause.

Small businesses are another exception. As a small business owner myself, I know that having budget available for advertising isn’t always an option, and I know that they are always so much more grateful for the exposure you’re giving them. I always try to promote smaller businesses as much as I can!

I think my biggest pet peeve on the subject is seeing PR companies and brands try to walk all over bloggers, thinking that its free and easy advertising and exposure, especially when I know how much time bloggers take preparing, writing, photographing and editing posts, and that’s before you think about the time spent promoting each post. There is nothing more off-putting than a company that doesn’t show respect for the people they want to do their work for them.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

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Blogger Interview Tag

Thank you to Danielle for tagging me in the Blogger Interview Tag, its a great way for me to share a little bit more about myself and the motive behind my blogging!


How did you get into blogging?

When we booked our 2014 Disney World holiday, I started researching ways to make the trip even more special, and I discovered that there is a whole world of Disney bloggers out there, and they inspired me! Plus, after spending the amount of time I did preparing for my time in the most magical place on Earth, I figured I might as well share my secrets in the hopes that others can enjoy it as much as I do!

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

Do it for yourself; you’re not gonna become huge overnight, it takes time and effort, and if you don’t love doing it, you never will.

Also, become part of the community. Bloggers are great people, and blogging isn’t a competition, so make friends and have fun!

What would be your dream campaign?

I think this depends entirely on what is meant by ‘campaign’.. If we’re talking brands, obviously I’d love to get involved with Disney, or RunDisney, or anything Disney related really! But realistically, there are loads of great brands that I’d love to be able to work with: Asos, Lush, Barry M, Fabletics, I could go on..

Alternatively, if its not about charity campaigns, Children in Need and Parkinson’s UK are two hugely important charities to me, so the opportunity to raise funds and awareness on their behalf would always be welcome!

Do you have a plan for your blog?

Yes and no. I love my blog so much, and its growing so much which is amazing. I’m currently playing around with the idea of a slight rebrand for 2016, but its still just a vague plan, and nothing’s set in stone right now. One thing’s for sure, I will be blogging!

What do you think about rankings?

I like numbers, especially when they’re good ones! I check my blog stats daily, but its not a contest for me – every view, every visitor and every follower makes my day. I see stats as marks of my improvement, not medals.

I tag Amy, Lizi and Shawnee, and if anyone else wants to share their answers, drop me a link! 🙂


Friday Favourite Five – Everyday Bloggers

New series, yay! Each Friday I’ll be sharing five of my favourite ‘insert weekly theme here’, and this week I’m starting off with what I call my ‘everyday bloggers’.

Now I try to keep up with a lot of different blogs, but when I say everyday, these are the blogs that I check without fail every time I hit the internet, to see what’s new, and I think you should too! It also just so happens that these are all really sweet girls with slight Disney obsessions..

1. Cocktails In Teacups

Amy’s blog is the perfect combination of lifestyle posts, from fashion and beauty to home and outdoors, and a lot of Disney! She’s also an inspirational single mother to a totally adorable little girl, and I always love reading about their adventures!

2. Underland to Wonderland

A more recent favourite, I admire Natalie as a blogger so much! She’s totally dedicated, an amazing photographer and such a lovely person!

3. Blog of Shadows

Kayleigh was the first blogger I ‘met’ when I started LottieDoesDisney, and Blog of Shadows was the first blog I read and checked regularly. She’s a super talented make-up artist and while her blog focuses around this, she also shares a lot from her Disney World trips!

4. Briar Rose Blog

Another newer favourite, Briar Rose is quite possibly the prettiest blog ever! From dreamy fashion posts to cosplay and shopping hauls to die for, as well as a lot of real life, and all beautifully written, I definitely recommend it!

5. Paintpotted

Paintpotted was another early favourite of mine, after discovering Amy on Instagram. As well as beauty and lifestyle, Disney is high on the agenda, and if you read nothing else, check out her amazing Disney World proposal story – its perfect!

Who are your favourite bloggers?


A Quick lottiedoesdisney Update :)

Well lovely readers, now I’m back from my trip this blog is going to transform into a beautiful website of Disney World information, from top planning tips and park secrets to restaurant and show reviews! Pretty please bear with me, its going to be a lot of work and take a while before everything’s totally up to scratch, but with any luck it’ll be worth the wait 🙂

As well as all this, I’ll be posting my regular Disney-addict musings to the following schedule:

Fashion Fix Tuesdays – Adding a little Disney to your wardrobe has never been easier!

Disney DIY Wednesdays – Creating your own Disney magic!

Foodie Thursdays – Recipes, how-to’s and ideas on making Disney-deliciousness!

DisneySide Saturdays – Everything else!

I’m super excited to get started on everything, and would love any input so please get in touch if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see, and remember you can also keep up to date with @lottiedoesdisney on Instagram 🙂