By Cara Sutra: I believe we all know people that we genuinely like – but wow, their social media updates really push our buttons. I know I do. And if you’re thinking it’s you, it’s probably not you. I’m talking about people who seem to spend the majority of their time venting on social media. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s Twitter, Facebook or any other social media (does anyone even bother putting text updates on any other social media platform?) – their feed is just vent after wail after whinge after whine.
Buzzfeed published a piece entitled Here’s How To Shop For Sex Toys Without Being Embarrassed which was put together by Emma Cooke. This article has advice and tips on how to shop for sex toys from three experts in the world of sex toy shopping: Rose Compton from Harmony, the multi ETO award winning Renée Denyer from Sh Women’s Erotic Emporium and Eve Fifer from Ann Summers.
By Cara Sutra: Social media can be intense at the best of times. As this certainly isn’t the best of times, social platforms have fast become hot hubs of fear-mongering, panic and the high emotion that comes with them. For those who need to use social media like Twitter & Facebook as part of their job – or those who just have the 21st century addiction – it can be near impossible to visit socials and remain unaffected by the constant stream of negativity.
Social media is an effective route to take when trying to get word of your new blog out to the world. It's often a blogger's biggest source of traffic before they become established in search engine rankings. So, once you've created your new sex blog, how do you get started in the world of social media?
As a sex toy reviewer, there may come a time when you can't provide the promised review in a reasonable time-frame. Or perhaps you feel that actually, you now can't complete a product review at all.
Once you have established which people are the leaders in the sex toy reviews and sex toy shopping fields, you may wish to send a couple of polite (not demanding) emails asking for any help and advice that the person or company can spare time for. Example questions you may ask another reviewer are, “Which companies do you recommend approaching for a newbie toy reviewer?” and “What are your top tips for writing great sex toy reviews?” Questions you may like to approach sex toy companies with, to their customer care email or similar, are “Do you have any community schemes in place for sex toy reviewers?” and “Are there any products you are seeking honest, well written reviews for at the moment?” Avoid begging for free sex toys or making demands for high priced products; this screams ‘greedy’ and ‘newbie’ and may well dissuade the company from working with you right from the start.
Fancy becoming a professional sex blogger? Once you've decided to 'go pro' as a blogger, you'll likely be brainstorming for the most effective ways in which your sex blog could pay the bills. The immediately obvious one is to place adverts - but how do you get advertisers on your blog? And how much should you charge?
Companies need copywriters. They are important not only to help turn their site visitors into customers, but also to help their website rank higher on the web. Effective copy on a website, known as ‘optimised copy’, will not only persuade the natural visitors the website gets to make a purchase, but it will also efficiently tell Google and the other search engines information about that page to help it rank higher for relevant searches by people on the internet.
Writing is one of the most undervalued jobs out there and on top of that, it’s hard work. Yes, it is a vocation to some, but that doesn’t mean that it’s merely a hobby. We all have bills to pay so you need to set your prices and avoid letting yourself get bartered down to a disrespectful amount for your hard work, time, knowledge and experience. This is especially true in the adult industry where you build up a specialist knowledge of products, anatomy, personal and physical safety, sensuality, BDSM, industry contacts and much more. We’ll get on to prices in a future part of the course.
I'll be providing the best sex tips, giving sex toy advice, calming concerns and presenting guides on how to help you make the most of your love life in this new column here at CaraSutra. Whether you're single, with a partner/partners or venturing into the world of orgasms with sex toys, you'll find the answers you're looking for here.
As I was schooled in the days where computers were a ‘new’ thing that only the posh kids had, I did all my coursework and exams with pen and paper - actually giving myself a ganglion on my right wrist which I still have to this day. Trust me to study all the heavy writing subjects: English Literature, Philosophy and Theology. I believe this is why I need to form my writing pieces with pen and paper first; writers’ quirk borne of familiarity.
Many websites and businesses create lists like this, which can be anything from a simple list of linked blog names to a more detailed article with a brief blurb on each blogger. It's natural to feel proud of the recognition and respect you've earned by making a company's best sex blogger list.
Hi readers! I'm back this week with a new instalment of Sex Blogger School. This week, I'm taking a look at another question from the sex toy reviewer community: Should I let a company approve my sex toy review before I publish?
At some point in your sex blogging journey you might be asked about your Alexa Rank or Google PageRank. What are they? Do they matter? Should sex bloggers care how their website measures up with these website rank trackers?
A frequent question I get asked is, "how much do I charge per blog post?" Whether the post is going to be on your blog or on a client's website, what should freelance bloggers charge per article?
By Cara Sutra: I doubt there’s any business out there that has never experienced unhappy customers at one point or another. As genuine and admirable as your company values may be, unhappy customers are part and parcel of being in business.
By Cara Sutra: The sex blog genre is full of people writing about top shelf sexy stuff, whether it's their real life sex diaries or articulating mind-blowingly hot fantasies conjured by their beautifully perverse imaginations. But even when sex bloggers aren't writing, they're busy bonking super sexy strangers all day and posting pictures of their gorgeous bodies on social media for the world to admire. Right?
...are there any blog memes out there specifically for sex bloggers? Which ones are worth considering for your blog? Here’s a handy list of sex blogging memes which I have compiled from the ones I’m aware of - feel free to add yours or ones you know about/take part in in the comments below.