Is this For Real? - My Website Got Noticed - By Whom?
I don't know whether to be excited or not. This is all new to me, so I would like some advice or suggestions please.
I was babysitting my friend's small warehouse, so I haven't been that active in the last two days inside WA.
Yesterday, I thought I should check on my website emails, to see if I got any notifications from any Affiliate Programs telling me some good news, but I did not.
What I did receive, however, was a little strange. An unusual email from, the Marketing Manager of the New Zealand School of Food & Wine.
She asked to meet me in person because they noticed an unusual bump in their Google Analytics reports that showed many of their online site visitors came from a little website, and in further investigation found out it was mine, so they wanted to know more about me and wanted to meet me to discuss something.
Let's back track a little here and let me explain why, I got this email.
Just before I joined WA, I had enrolled at the School of Food & Wine to gain my Food and Health Safety Certificate, to allow me to bake and sell my cakes from home.
When I was creating my niche website, I decided that I wanted to help other home cake artists do the same, and added the Food and Safety Course link inside my content, as one of my recommendations.
It was just an external link to their main page and I had only inserted, two or three links within my first post. I knew that I wouldn't get any money, as they did not have any affiliate programs.
Now, back to the email that I had received. I was actually quite afraid that I had done something illegal and was quite stressed. So I quickly replied that I was sorry and I will remove all the links, as soon as possible.
Fortunately I did not act on this thought, because, today, still very apprehensive, I checked
my site email again, to find that I had received another email which, this time came with an attachment.
You can see the response yourself here:
The attachment was an invitation to a formal lunch presented by their cooking students. I am asked to attend and to have a look around. They would like me to create a blog about their school.
I accepted the invitation - although I feel excited, I have no understanding of why I am.
Now, this is the part, that I ask you all, please to advise me on?
Has anyone here been asked to write a blog for a company? or has any Marketing experience?
So many questions running in my head, like: Do I ask for payment? Am I to expect payment? Or should I just build relationship first...
...shucks I am so nervous, and I have never done any sort of marketing either...please help me...
I will appreciate any advice or suggestion my friends :)