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Tired Of Getting Free Stuff and Just Want the Cash?

Hey Influencer! How are you doing? With so much going on in the news, I’m sure you just want to take a minute to breathe, have a glass a wine, and just chill the F* out. Oh…did I mention it’s only 7:35 a.m. as I’m writing this? Yeah lately, I feel like the world as a whole is extremely tired which is leading to a lack of motivation but I’m here to tell you to WAKE UP!

If you’re an influencer, content creator, copywriter, it’s time to listen up because I have some really good tips to help you out if you’re tired of getting free stuff and just want to get paid.

Let me talk about my backstory just incase you are new here. If you’re not, thanks for hanging out on the blog and taking the time to read my stuff. Love you forever and always for it.

Some of you might know, I’ve decided to walk away from working on sponsored content because I want to help the next group of Influencers to share their stories and help guide you to start creating meaningful content.

During my days of “Influencing” the traditional way; getting paid for posting on Instagram, writing blog posts about products, and going to events, it involved a lot of hard work but honestly, for working only two hours on a project creating and getting paid $450 for a post, it wasn’t a bad life at all.

I know right, $450 for an Instagram post? Yep it’s true. Slide into my DMs and I will show you.

But it took a lot of hard work. Actually 3 years before I could start monetizing my social platforms but it was worth it.

The Work You Didn’t See

The best way I can describe digital marketing is it’s just networking on the internet. I started to build by following back in 2015 and that meant, building real relationships with people I didn’t know. I still do the same practice today where I would take the time to engage my audience. see how they are doing, and just start becoming friends. Just like any relationship, it took hours. I was able to grow my page from 600 followers to 10K in 8 months so you can imagine me making meaningful relationships with people constantly and although I loved it, I did end up getting dumped because I was too young to know what time management meant. Poor guy. But I’m engaged to an amazing person plus I’ve grown from that experience. Anyways…

My point is before thinking about trying to monetizing social or your blog, I want you to really ask yourself if you are building real relationships on your all of your platforms.

HELPFUL TIPS (WRITE THIS DOWN): Dm 5 of your followers just to spark up a conversation. Don’t expect anything back. Just say hi.

My Secret Sauce

My connection with my followers is what gave me the edge I needed to pitch to brands. Just like how your IRL relationships do not grow overnight, so does your relationship with your followers. It takes time. By having a great relationship with my now friends not followers. Calling others your followers is so belittling. Can we as a whole try not to use that term anymore?

P.S. I have a blog post coming up chatting about how to grow your following on IG but really, it’s how to grow your influence. Stay tune for that. Need this next article? Enter your email here.

When pitching to brands, I was able to use data to help me create leverage because my friends felt comfortable giving me their feedback. This is what brands love to see because you have to understand. You are an ROI- Return on Investment – and they are taking a chance on you in hopes you are going to make them money with your content.

Did I just blow your mind a little. Well let’s keep going.

Show them what you got!

Other Helpful Tips to Get You Started Today

If you’re ready to up level and tired of just doing trade collaboration, I’m not going to lie to you, you’re going to still need to do those but you there’s a way to utilize it to help you monetize your social media.

Oh, I meant to tell you, I’m hosting a live training which goes over all of this and really helps you focus on how to pitch to brands but I’ll give you more deets towards the end.

Today, I want you to start thinking about your friends (old term- followers). What are some products, tips, or services that you use in your everyday life that can benefit theirs?


Then write down how it has helped your life and start visionally your friends on how your friends can use the product or service to make their lives easier.

Boom, you have the beginning of your pitch.

Work on this exercise for at least three of your favorite brand. You will need this to help you get started on pitching to brands.

Getting Ready For the Mini Lesson

Like I said before, I decided to leave the Influencer space to help new up and coming influencers to start creating meaningful content but also help them land brand deals. I am hosting another Mini Lesson: Pitching to Brands at the end of March and would love for you to join. We cover a lot in this hour training but I made it affordable and if you take the time to implement my strategies, you will be able to make your money back.

There’s limited spots for this course and if you’re truly serious about going to the next level, you won’t want to miss out. Make sure you work on the exercise above before taking the training because it will be extremely handy.

Are you ready to make an investment so you can start making money for your blog or social platform?

Let me know when the next mini lesson is!

Truly from the bottom of my heart, I hope this blog serves you to help you grow your brand and help you achieve the life you always wanted. Because of your support, I am able to provide meaningful content. I love you all and if you have any questions about anything, don’t hesitate to email me at simpleandprettyco (at)


Mandy Nicole

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