Today I decided to get moving on those big items on my to do list. The ones that always seem so overwhelming that we sort of shove them to the side and busy ourselves with the smaller things hoping they are just as important. Usually they are not and the weight of that one big project keeps weighing us down more and more.
One of the big items I’ve been putting off is creating a printable for myself to track my product reviews and sponsored posts for the blog. No matter how much I try to do my tracking in a digital format, I’m stuck on having a physical, pen to paper method. It’s faster for me to grab a binder than it is to wander through the magnificent maze of files I’ve created for myself on my computer. Speaking of those files, I think that’s going to be the next big organizational project added to my to do list.
Now that I’ve created a printable document I can keep better tabs on my upcoming sponsored posts as well as my payments for those posts. If you’re like me and want to track these things by hand instead of digitally, then you’re in luck because I’m providing my printable to you free of charge! It’s nothing fancy, but it will accomplish it’s purpose. You can print it double sided or leave one side blank if you need space to write additional notes. It’s up to you! Just click on the image below and it will take you to a printable pdf.
Here’s an overview of what each section means (in case you are unsure, I think they are fairly self-explanatory).
- Date Assigned: This is the day you are officially assigned a campaign.
- Due Date: The day or latest day the blog post should go live.
- Expected Date to be Paid: If the network or brand gives you a timeframe you can enter it here so you know to check back if you haven’t received payment by this date.
- Date Paid: The actual date the payment reaches your account, or date you receive a check.
- Post Scheduled checkbox: When you have finished writing the post and you have it scheduled to go live.
- Campaign Title: Any title to help you remember which campaign this is.
- Network/Brand: Include the blog network you’re working with and/or the product brand.
- Type: This just means is it a sponsored post, affiliate or product review.
- Expected Pay: This means the dollar amount you expect to be paid for the post per the agreement.
- Payment Amount: This is the amount you were actually paid. Rarely should it differ from the Expected Pay amount, but one offs do happen. Keep good documentation in these cases. If you’re doing a product review, record what product you received and the retail value of the product.
- Pay Method: Were you paid by direct deposit, check, PayPal, gift card or something else.
- Status: I plan to leave this blank until I have completely closed the campaign, meaning the post is live and approved and payment has been received.
How do you track your sponsored posts and product reviews. Share any tips or tricks with us in the comments below.