I’ve been trying to get my blog stuff in order recently, and I am pulling together a binder to keep track of everything. Most free printables out there have great things in them. There are calendars, to-do lists, goal sheets, sheets to keep track of the people who are sponsoring you, and more. One thing that I wasn’t finding – or finding a version that I liked – was a way to keep track of the people who you are sponsoring. After getting frustrated with Pinterest and Google, I ended up making my own.
The first version has 2 on each page. It is the quick and dirty version, designed to just keep track of everything.
Fill out all the information on it, including circling if you bought social media shout-outs or participating in a giveaway. There’s a place for the straight ad price and one for you to write down any extra giveaway costs. Then at the end of your sponsorship, you can write down how many visitors the sponsor sent your way (this involves math from looking at your traffic sources).
The second version has 1 on each page. It is more detailed as also doubles as an evaluation of your sponsor to determine if it is worth renewing it or not. You can also use this evaluate yourself and see if you’re living up to your cost!
Like the other version, you fill it out with the usual information. But you can also write out how may social media shout-outs you were promised, how many you received, the number of followers you gained from each link in a giveaway, any other notes you want to write down, and circle if it was worth it or not. The notes section might be used to write things like, “Great to work with,” “I had to email them asking for some of the information,” “Death in the family took them offline for a week,” or “Gave me coupon code ‘Thank you’ to use later.”
I’m trying to be very deliberate with my sponsors (especially for those spots that cost more than $5), and so I’m planning to use this to help me decide where is best to spend my money in the future. I’d rather spend $20 on one ad that brings me a lot of traffic and helps me to grow as a blog and a brand than $5 on 4-5 ads ($20-25 total) that don’t bring me much at all.
Today, I also bring you the awesome Jenn from Hello Rigby!