This thought has crossed my mind (and many bloggers' I presume) many times before, but I used to always dismiss it. Every blogger's dream would be to make a living from their blog, and I don't deny that this sounds very tempting to me.
Anyway, I know for a fact that many companies (and individuals) have been very interested in the Lebanese bloggers and blogosphere, and this Aggregator has provided them with the right tool to look into this blogosphere and see what blogs are popular, and what blogs draw the attention of a certain type of audience etc...
2 ways to deal with this whole online marketing:
- We as bloggers in Lebanon are being heard, we report what we see as is, we don't sugar coat or lie. We have become a sort of united voice on many fronts (Municipal elections, Leb Laique secular march, environmental, blog in Arabic initiative, billboards critiques, justice, ICT Law in Lebanon, etc..). Consequently, there is a high possibility that many bloggers wouldn't mind testing products, trying out restaurants, reviewing services etc... (you get the drift), but you should also note that an honest opinion will be given here.
- Our blogs (some of us) have a wide range of audience, they either come regularly on their own, or they come after we promote our posts through various mediums (e.g. facebook, twitter, email, ...) and these mediums result with a very high turn. Therefore, our space is out there for the world (Lebanon) to see, and I suggest you contact those bloggers, and check whether you can place an ad on their blogs or not.
Another point I would like to make is that, this post is completely my own doing, I did not involve any other blogger in this brainstorming, nevertheless, the idea of selling space on a blog or viral marketing is not new, and that's why I thought it would be a good idea to point it out to the Lebanese market. Please take note that some bloggers would probably not be interested in selling space.
Good luck with your online marketing, I think you should just go ahead and realize that we are in the social media era and it is time for you to get going.. digitally.
p.s. I am offering my online services if anyone's interested ;) (you saw that coming no?)
p.s.s. Oh and we do it with passion