So this came in over the transom back in January:
I’m currently working with a brilliant business who operates in the education industry. I noticed your site has published a very interesting article, dustbury.com: Almost Yogurt Archives, which is why I think a collaboration between us could work well.
We would like to feature a bespoke piece of content on your site, which we think would be of great interest to you and your audience. For the privilege of being featured on your site, we would be happy to offer you a fee of $50.
We hope to hear back from you soon.
Obviously she picked a link at random to throw in there. When I ignored her, she repeated her request, a little louder.
At the other end of the spectrum:
I’m a freelancer who works for … an online media agency. Would you be interested in writing and posting an article for a fixed fee? The article should be relevant to the category and to the readers of your site.
If you are interested, please let me know and I’ll provide you with more details. Also, if you own other sites please send me their URLs, so I can review them.
It’s not like she thinks I’m swell or anything, either:
Depending on your local law, you may need to make it clear that the links you use are in fact adverts.
But of course they are.