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How I Made a Free (and Attractive!) Media Kit and What To Include In Yours

Graphic design has never been one of my strongest points. In fact, up until this year, everything I’ve tried to design for my blog has been pretty dire. That includes my media kit. Last year when I realised that I probably should have a media kit to hand just in case, I attempted to make my own. You know what program I used? Paint. Let that sink in.

A photo opened on a media kit, stacked on some books

It was awful. At the time I thought it was banging but looking back it was well and truly awful and it’s no surprise I never got any response from brands when I sent this monster to them! I then had a media kit made for me by a great designer but as my blog grew and my stats constantly started changing, I figured I couldn’t keep asking them to update it for me every week. I couldn’t do it myself because I didn’t have the program they had used to create this particular media kit.

So earlier this year, I decided to try my hand at making my own. I downloaded The Bloggers Blueprint from Dana Nicole Designs, a fantastic free resource that any blogger looking to work with brands NEEDS to take advantage of. Within this blueprint, she provides you with a free template of what an effective media kit could look like. I took that template and proceeded with trying to create my own.

What is a media kit?

A media kit is basically a CV for your blog. It contains all the vital information that brands and PR’s need in order for them to know if they want to work with you and if you’re suitable for their brand. A media kit it a great place to showcase your talents and skills and sell yourself to brands as well as conveniently having all the information in the same place.

What program did I use?

Canva. You need to make use of Canva because it’s an amazing website where you can create really pretty and effective graphics and the best thing? It’s free! You can upgrade your Canva account but I never have. All this time I’ve used the free features and had plenty of choice.

Step 1: Type ‘media kit’ into the search bar

Step 2: Pick your template (note that some of the templates you do have to pay for however they are mostly less than $1 so even if you do find one you like which you have to pay for, it’s super affordable)

Step 3: Create!

Okay that might sound a bit vague but really with Canva, it’s all about playing around and learning as you go. You can delete elements, add elemetns, change size, fonts and colours with complete ease. As well as moving things around to exactly where you want them. Down the left hand side of the page you’ll see you have tabs such as ‘templates’, ‘upload’, ‘text’ and ‘elements’ and these are basically the only things you’ll need in order to create a free and effective media kit on Canva.

 

What do I include in my media kit?

A little bit about yourself

A brand will be looking at your blog mostly but it’s also handy to include a little bit of information about you as a person. Who you are, where you’re from, your hobbies and interests and things like that! Make it personable. Brands don’t want to work with robots.

A little bit about your blog

This is obviously more important than the above point so this section can be a little longer. You need to talk about your blog, a bit of history, the topics you blog about, what makes your blog unique and special and anything that will make brands sit up and pay attention.

A photo of yourself / your blog logo / your blog banner

A photo of you is always better because like I said, it’s much more personable and brands can see they’re dealing with a real person. You can always add your blog logo or blog banner if it fits in with your template and suits the theme of your media kit.

Your blog and social links

This is obviously an important one as brands will want to take a look at your blog and perhaps your social accounts before they work with you. Make these clear under a heading.

Your blog and social stats

Another very important element to include. You can always include your social links and stats under the same heading, like I have. Or have them separately. As long as they’re there, that’s the important thing. Include your blog views and followers, DA score as well as all your social stats.

What you offer

What services do you offer to brands? Include a list of everything you offer so a brand knows whether you offer what they’re after. No point going through the whole rigmarole of back and forth emails only for them to ask you to do the one thing you don’t offer. It’s much more convenient to have it all there upfront.

Brands you’ve worked with previously

This is always a handy section to have because it can certainly be a place to show off (no harm in showing off a little) but also a great way for brands a gauge whether you’re suitable, depending on the types of brands you’ve worked withe in the past. For example, if the only brands you’ve worked with are beauty brands but you’ve been contacted by a car tires supplier, it might not be a correct fit.

A personal touch

And make it personal. Make it you. Don’t make it look like everyone else. You can of course base your media kit off of a template that someone else has created but that doesn’t mean you can’t add your own colors, fonts, designs and personal touches to it!

Creating an attractive media kit definitely doesn’t have to cost a penny nor be a huge hassle. Canva is a fantastic site with a multitude of design options, is super easy to use and reliable! Have you created a media kit for your blog?

Wanna get involved? Join my supportive Facebook bloggers group, Starlight Bloggers!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

123 Comments

  1. A media kit is so important to have as a blogger, yet I have not created one. I didnโ€™t think to use Canva to make a media kit. Thanks for the tips!
    Kendra๐ŸŒธ

    1. Youโ€™re welcome ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  2. A media kit is so important and Canva is amazing!

    Love, Amie โค
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Sure is x

  3. Okay, can I just say how impressive your pictures are?? I have serious flay-lay envy from your pics! Anyway, that is such a helpful post! I’ve heard so many good things about Canva and that’s so cool that they have free media kit templates! I’ll definitely start using them and experimenting with media kits!

    1. Awh thanks so much! ๐Ÿ˜Œ Glad you found it helpful too!

  4. I love that you put together a media kit. I’ve been trying to make one but never really liked the format. I liked how everything turned out for your media kit. Thanks for sharing all of these tips! Definitely keeping them in mind for the next time I try to make one, hehe.

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

    1. Thank you x

  5. Canva is definitely the way to go when it comes to making an easy media kit. I recently got mine done and was surprised at how simple it turned out to be. I have never looked at the blogger resources you listed though and will definitely have to check it out!

    1. Hope you find them helpful!

  6. Great job Jenny. I haven’t put together a media kit yet because I don’t think I’m there yet but I’ll definitely keep these in mind when I do. I’m trying to improve my DA and views first. But I absolutely love this.

    1. Hope it comes in handy when you do! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  7. Handy post! I do love Canva ๐Ÿ˜€

    Rebecca | thediaryofrebecca.com

    1. Itโ€™s great x

  8. This is brilliant – I’ve never even thought of making a Media Kit, but this sounds great. Thank you for sharing.xx

    1. Youโ€™re welcome ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  9. Speaking Bipolar says:

    I was just thinking about this subject and didn’t know where to start to create my own media kit. I never thought of Canva, and I use it every day. Doh! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Haha, well Iโ€™m glad you found this post! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  10. Michelle Blackadar says:

    this is such a helpful post jenny! iโ€™ve been meaning to make a media kit for a while now but just have never got around to it. I love that you used canva to create it, itโ€™s amazing how much you can make on that site. A few months back I made a sign for a sale we were having at my job and all my co-workers were blown away by it, thinking I had some special web design software. i would truly be lost without canva! lol xx

    mich / simplymich.com

    1. You can literally make anything on Canva itโ€™s so good!

  11. aimsysantics says:

    I created my first media kit in January this year, but never sent it out to anyone. I think it definetly needs a re-haul! I think i used canva and my free editing software to make mine, but definitely going to look into Dana Nicole’s tips and tricks!

    Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

    1. Youโ€™re welcome ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  12. I never thought of using Canva to make it! I created one from scratch in InDesign and it’s quite a pain to update it regularly

    1. Itโ€™s definitely a pain to update it! But itโ€™s fairly easy to do with Canva ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  13. Thaks for this one Jenny. I am about to make my first Media kit and was struggling at what to put in. I have a great record at writing great CV for people so that might help me in creating a good Media kit even thought they are a different thing. I find your tips usefull and will take your advice when making mine ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Hope it goes well! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  14. I use Canva for everything ๐Ÿคฃ

    Lola Mia

    1. Itโ€™s such a good site x

  15. Canva is actually the best! I use it for a lot of my blog graphics. This post has definitely inspired me to update my media kit. It really comes in handy when reaching out to brands/businesses. Great post!

    1. Sure does ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  16. nicolaniemc.co.uk says:

    I’ve just started to use Canva – with Adobe Photoshop – to update the shockingly amateur images on my website (which, yes, were made using Paint ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ)

    1. Ah I still use paint on occasion! Itโ€™s a classic ๐Ÿ˜‚

      1. nicolaniemc.co.uk says:

        Yes, it is still useful sometimes!

  17. This is so helpful! Have bookmarked this post so I can start mine when I get a free moment. Such a great post!

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  18. Sarah says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I need to update mine xx

    1. Youโ€™re welcome x

  19. I couldn’t imagine blogging without canva. It’s amazing! I made my own too and as you said, it’s so convenient for updating stats and I love that you can make them ‘on brand’ with your design x

    Sophie

    1. Absolutely ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  20. I wrote a post like this too and it’s so easy to create your own isn’t it – Media Kits are so vital x

    1. They sure are! Itโ€™s surprising how many people arenโ€™t aware of how important they are but more posts like this will hopefully help!

  21. Very helpful. Saved it to Pinterest.

    1. Thank you very much x

  22. Great post Jenny. I need to update mine, I also made on Canva but didnโ€™t realise was templates so will definitely look at updating this way. Love the ease of Canva and how professional you can make documents look. Great tips too ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh totally even the free templates can look so progressional!

  23. It’s probably bad that this isn’t something I’ve ever really considered before. I definitely should. You make it sound so easy doing it this one. I’m signed up for Canva but as of yet, haven’t really done much on it – I keep trying it for Pins but haven’t figure out the best way yet, oops. This is great advice, thanks!

    1. Youโ€™re welcome! Canva can take a bit of getting used to but have a play about with it and youโ€™ll soon get to grips! Itโ€™s so much fun designing things when you get into it ๐Ÿ˜Œ

  24. I’ve used Canva to make mine too – so easy x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. It sure is x

  25. I always use Canva for mone, so easy to use xx

    1. It sure is x

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