Blogger Rant Alert – I Don’t Work For Free

Excuse my rant, but I have to get this off my chest. This post is a polite reply to all the many emails I get from brands and PRs trying to get me to provide some form of free advertisement. I DON’T WORK FOR FREE.


Fashion and Style Police is my baby, I dedicate a lot of my time and money to keep it running, I won’t provide any sort of advertising on my blog in exchange for retweets, shout-outs or exposure, I am going to need other forms of compensation. I am unable to pay my bills with retweets or social media shout-outs unfortunately. Would you go to the grocery shop and offer the store manager retweets to get your weekly shopping? Will you offer your nanny exposure for her work? I bet your answer is a big fat No. So why offer me that?

I spend hours every week, writing and scheduling posts in advance, only for me to keep receiving annoying emails from brands/PRs, trying to get me to do more work, that will benefit them more than it would benefit me, for free. I know many bloggers work for free, or for peanuts but I am not one of those bloggers. Working for free tells a lie about what you are worth. I know what I am worth, and I know what you are worth so let’s keep it real. I refuse to devalue myself and my blog. I am happy to help small and upcoming brands, but when the luxury brands tell me they have no budget, that really gets to me. I wonder if they would work for free.

Rant over, back to work.

18 responses

  1. I like getting free stuff sent to me but I usually dont sign contracts to make mine own rate. None of the things sent me that are asked by email require me to do reviews or anything either. How does a beauty blogger do this when stuff is just sent to them in the mail.?

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  3. This is a very good point. Some bloggers don’t word this quite as well and they come across as greedy for expecting to be paid (though I know that’s not the case!) your post really explains WHY they want (and need!) to be paid. I hope you can refer those brands to this post!


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