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Nice Girls Don't Talk About Money

To put my money where my mouth is, I’ve drafted a document that sits on my desktop titled, “TGR Income Statement.”

When any corporation contacts me for product reviews, product giveaways, advertising or publicity exposure I simply copy and paste this document into a reply email.

I’ve already decided. I don’t have to make a decision every time I’m contacted.

Women have been living with this myth that we shouldn’t talk about money or tell others what we’re making and charging. Which totally sucks – because we’re operating without adequate information. In Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life one of the secrets is to talk about money so we can get the support we need.

Jessica Gottleib and I exchanged letters after I wrote 10 Reasons Mommy Bloggers are Broke. She wrote back that I should double my fees and not do a review for less than $250. I immediately edited my letter. I thank her for pointing out my true worth.

Dear Marketer,

Thank you for contacting me about your product or service. I’m so glad to see you wish to participate in The Girl Revolution. It’s wonderful that you value girls and women and what they can offer in all aspects of life, including business and the economy.

The Girl Revolution has a very loyal and receptive audience. In marketing terms, they are Thinking Parents.

I would love to review your product, especially while it’s in the development stages. I’d also love to consult on effective and ethical marketing practices in regards to how it impacts children, especially girls.

I adore books. As an author myself, I want to see the publishing industry make money and do well. As a blogger, reviews are very time consuming and labor intensive. Therefore my regular rates apply.

My rates are $120 per hour for consulting and $250 per post. Each post gets one full day of exposure, including links on Twitter and Facebook pages.

Sidebar advertising and spokesperson opportunities are negotiable.

Thank you for contacting TheGirlRevolution.com.

Sincerely,
Tracee Sioux
Executive Director
The Girl Revolution
traceesioux@gmail.com

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87 replies
  1. Krystal Grant says:

    You have no idea how much your post has helped me. Since I’ve been blogging I’ve wondered how much I should be charging for my services. I’ve asked around but haven’t received any concrete responses. Your letter has given me the guideline that I’ve been searching for. I’m so grateful for your openness. Thanks again.

  2. Mrs. Potts says:

    THANK YOU for this! I have been concerned about this issue because as you said, “Women have been living with this myth that we shouldn’t talk about money or tell others what we’re making and charging.”

    I come up with numbers out of thin air for the cost of doing a giveaway or sponsoring my blog. I don’t know if I’m charging too much or too little, and there’s no way to compare because other bloggers are so secretive about it.

    Do you mind telling us how many readers you have? Does that affect your prices?

  3. Jonna says:

    What’s funny is that other professions don’t work for free (or next to free), or even they do (think lawyers doing pro bono work), they jump up and down patting themselves on the back and calling attention to how generous they are with their time.
    I have to admit, money should be the FIRST issue to resolve. I am a woman who earns a six figure salary, and it’s the subject broached by head hunters within the first five minutes, salary, so that book is dead-on correct.

  4. Tracee Sioux says:

    Does it work and do the numbers matter?

    I don’t know.

    I know this:

    If you keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result it’s insanity. What we’re doing isn’t working. Someone has to try something different. Here’s my contribution to that.

    The number that matters to me right now is: How much does it cost us to live? Eat food. Live in a house. Drive a car. Provide health care. Operate a business. Build a dream.

    I started with the math and worked backward to come up with the number per posts. Just like they tell you in business books. I was surprised by how high the number is. But, that’s just me facing reality.

    I suppose there are a lot of marketers out there for whom the important number is . . . how many people will see my ad?

    I have the respectable number of 16,000 page views last month.

    I have a lot of very loyal fans and followers who act on my recommendations.

    I know this: If YOU too start asking for enough to eat, live, build a business – then we’re both more likely to get what we ask for.

  5. Elle says:

    Wow! I love your letter! Every word, every sentence, and every under tone. I’m glad I stumbled on your blog tonight; I’m inspired.

    Thanks!

  6. Rachel says:

    Hi — just found your blog this evening while reading responses to the “Sarah PR” issue.

    Anyway, I have a (hopefully) quick question: how does charging for reviews work with FTC regulations? I understand you’re not charging for a “positive” review but for your time to review the product; do you have to disclose that you were paid to do the review or just disclose that you received the product.

    I’m not a review/giveaway blogger but do have occasional opportunities come my way. . . just curious how it works!

    Thanks. 🙂

  7. Tracee says:

    Full disclosure all the time is the basic rule that will keep us out of trouble. Same for if you don’t charge – full disclosure all the time.

    Honestly, I’m not charging at all, mainly because no one is offering to pay me. LOL. 🙂

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