-Start by reviewing your own finds. As soon as I did product reviews on my site, a few months later they were knocking.
-Go directly to PR departments to get reviews – most want numbers, though, so be sure you can give them exposure to make it worthwhile
-Be honest, but try to find positives
-If it is obvious that you are not honest in your reviews, your readers will quit reading if they think you are writing reviews just to get free stuff.
-If you don’t like a product that you’re reviewing, tell them first privately.
-Follow companies on Twitter with products you love
-If I don’t like a product, I don’t post the review unless the company insists. I’d rather only spread the word on products I like.
-Signing up with http://www.one2onenetwork.com/ will also get you in on product reviews.
-Don’t forget to note that the IRS sees review products as income if not given away – need to be claimed on taxes!
-http://www.bzzagent.com/ is another great place to get products to review
-I started reviewing products on my own that we used, loved or featured items I “stalked” (aka cound not afford!) online
-Read @ToThink’s post on stepping outside the mommyblogger box http://snurl.com/5ccnk & head to @jessicaknows #15days to kick it up a notch
– Re: ads on site: Might want to start with Google Adsense, but you may not like the ads. Try a network like BlogHer.
-The best way to start allowing ads is http://www.scratchback.com/
-Re: drawing advertisers: I’m finding out that a lot of it has to do with actually putting up things like “your ad in this space – email for rates
–Bloggers: Have you tried Project Wonderful ads? I’m loving them for frugal bloggers and Etsy shops to get adspace on my blog – Project Wonderful is ad space based on competitive bidding http://projectwonderful.com/
-Re: Blogger to paid blogger…. use all channels, affiliate, add networks, click ads… It take a combination to do it
–Bloggers interested in media coverage should sign up at Helpareporter.Com and follow @skydiver
@JessicaKnows uses three on a daily basis: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn – Better to use a few and be really active.
@KatjaPresnal I only use LinkedIn, Facebook, and my favorite, Twitter, for social networking. Focus on quality not quantity.
@GeekMommy It’s not as much as a secret as it is a matter of time and listening. I think it’s more important that I follow over four thousand. I don’t have 4200 followers so much as I have 4k+ people I get a chance/privilege to interact with on Twitter
@jessicaknows My number of followers is high because it grew over time and I’m an avid twitter user – over 3500 now.