Today I would like address something that a lot of YouTubers choose not to talk about, me included. But I have stuff to say now so I guess I might as well say it.
All YouTubers who try to make a living off of what they do (me included) do make sponsored videos. That means that we either get free items to review on our channel (or blog or Instagram etc etc), or we get free items + get paid to do it. I have made a lot of sponsored videos in my day, but what you guys don't see is the amount of offers I turn down because I don't like the product or they just have absolutely nothing to do with you guys. I don't share stuff with you just 'cause I get paid to do so. I share them with you 'cause I think it's something you would be interested in.
And most importantly you have to understand that as a YouTuber you do sell your time and a spot on your channel. You never ever sell your true opinion. Companies just want you to review an item and I for one have never been told what to say! I have always been 100% free to say exactly what I want about what I am reviewing and if that wasn't the case I would never agree to work with that company. So please understand that I have to make a living somehow and if I can make a video for you guys sharing a product that I actually think is good, that is what I am going to do. And you don't have to use it or buy it or anything! I'm not asking that of you ever! I just want to share it in case you are interested.
Now moving on to companies: I think it is extremely rude and bad mannered to expect a YouTuber to advertise their items for free. No. We have worked hard to build up our audience and just 'cause it's not a conventional advertising spot like TV or a magazine, doesn't mean our voices are free! We reach out to thousands and thousands of people and that I'm sure you can spare a little cash to get access to. I know I did a lot of freebie-advertising in the beginning 'cause I was just excited that someone wanted to give me stuff, but sooner rather than later you have to realize the worth of your voice and platform! You deserve to be paid!
Then there is the difference between products that you really really really want and products that you think might be okay. There are companies that I am more than happy to promote for free/get products from because I truly love their products from the start. But that is up to me as the "marketing spot". I get to decide what I want to share and for how much I am willing to do it.
I hope you guys understand where I am coming from and the most important thing for me is that you know that you always get my 100% honest opinion about everything. Never doubt that! xxx