I originally had a whole different post for today, but this one is much more exciting (for me anyway.) I have been accepted into rewardStyle!!! RewardStyle is a premier affiliate network for fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Affiliate networks enable bloggers to create links to retailers websites. When a person buys through one of these links, bloggers receive a small commision at no cost to the buyer. By being accepted into rewardStyle, I also gained access to the LIKEtoKNOW.it app! This app allows people to shop a blogger’s outfit through their smartphone.
Becoming apart of this program has been a dream of mine since I first began my blog a little over a year ago. There were many days where this goal of mine seemed so far out of reach. You see, most people who apply to this program don’t get accepted the first time. I spent many hours researching and reaching out to other bloggers to find out what I could do to achieve this goal the first time around. I took all the advice that I could get and set up an action plan. With a lot of prayers asking God to keep me motivated and determined, I dedicated hours to editing pictures, writing posts and being engaged on social media. Finally this past week, I prayed for the courage to apply. I reached out to a fellow blogger, to ask for a referral and to guide me through the application process. I hit submit and Friday morning, my prayers were answered when I received my welcome letter.
Tips on getting into rewardStyle
Here is some of the advice that fellow bloggers gave me as I studied how to be accepted into this program. I hope this helps for anyone asking the same questions I was!
1. Be Consistent
rewardStyle looks for people who are serious about their business. Post consistently on your blog three times a week for three months. Once I became serious about my blog, I worked to have a least two posts a week, with my goal being three. I also became consistent on Instagram and posted at least once a day, if not more. Of course, there are always exceptions where life gets too busy, you get sick and stuff gets in the way. Don’t panic if you have one of those weeks, just pick yourself up and focus on the week ahead.
2. Be Engaged
This is a huge one for me. rewardStyle does not solely look at followers, instead, they focus on engagement rates. This means they look at how much interaction your Instagram is getting through likes and comments. Having high engagement rates means that you are connecting with people, which is what social media is all about. A lot of my time has gone into commenting on other people’s Instagrams. This part has probably been the most rewarding because I started to really connect with people and I have made some good friends along the way.
I also began to comment on other people’s blogs. As I made friends through Instagram, I wanted them to know that I genuinely cared about them and their work. One of my favorite parts of my day is when I get the chance to go on someone else blog and read their latest posts. It is like catching up with old friends, even you haven’t met them in person.
3. Post Quality Work and Images
Find your theme and stick with it. You want to create a beautiful feed that seems to tell a story. I know that this can be frustrating at times. It took me months to figure out just how I wanted my pictures to look. Although I did invest in a DSLR camera, I don’t believe that is necessary. iPhones have amazing cameras these days and with the right light and editing, you can create beautiful images. One thing that I invested in, which helped me greatly, was Lightroom Presets. I am a terrible picture editor and presets do most of the work for me.
4. Ask for a Referal
This goes along the same lines as being engaged. I don’t believe that I would have been accepted the first time around without a referral. However, just because you have a referral does not mean that you will be accepted, but if you are doing all of the things above then your chances of getting in are much higher. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, if you have any questions. I am more than happy to refer you and help you through the process.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your encouragement, comments, and support. Also, thank you for considering shopping through my affiliate links here on Peaches To Palmettos and LIKEtoKNOWit! None of this would be possible without you!
All Of My Love,