Many of these sights are started by other bloggers with the intention of mentoring and offering new bloggers assistance. These sites should be an encouraging place for bloggers but unfortunately it really depends on the caliber of the administrators. So I learned.
When I first joined Pitch it to Me I started a reciprocal thread; details would be lost on you guys, this thread grew rather large and one of the administrators needed to restart a new thread to accommodate the interest. I continued to be a big part of that thread.
My last visit I discovered the thread had been moved again and this time I had been completely removed from the thread. When I tried to remedy this situation my request was initially ignored and then I was met with a lame straw man as opposed to just rectifying the situation. It was a constant evasion of the actual issue that would of taking all but one second to fix. Sadly, this just validated my suspicions of the quality or lack there of in the mommy blogging community.
When I first started doing product reviews I didn't want to be lumped together with the "blogger/mommy blogger" community. I wanted to stand out as someone with a little more credibility. I did this by seeking out products that I believed in as opposed to jumping on every offer that presented itself to the world of blogges. I have to see the value in a product. I can't compromise the integrity of my blog, regardless of the price involved.
There are some really great companies that see the value in online promotion and I have had the privilege of working with quite a few. However, I find a lot of the companies that strictly use middle man sites to be less than desirable trying to promote some really useless junk.
I don't know if Pitch it to Me is considered a middle man site as much as it is a forum for bloggers, either way it is not a site that I benefited from in any way.
My advice for bloggers that want to get into doing product reviews is to seek out companies of products you already use and love. You enthusiasm for the product will come across and they will most likely take notice.
There is My Blog Spark, since joining in late July I've had four offers presented to me in which I accepted two of those offers.
Please note I am not aware of any other middleman sites that I could recommend to beginners. The companies that strictly use these sites need to have bloggers that have been active and around long enough to have established a strong following. They desperately need high numbers because their product is weak. Avoid them like the plaque!
Establish credibility and don't compromise. The progression of your blog may be far slower but it will be well worth it in the end.
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