You want to write for me?

It’s always been amazing to me how people seem to be queueing up to write guest posts for this place in exchange for an unspecified quantity of coin of the realm. I used to turn them down politely; after the first hundred or so, I started kicking them into the spam trap.

Patrick says he’s faced similar issues:

[L]ately, I’ve received some solicitations from people wanting to write guest posts for this blog.

One in particular recently involved posts on the subject of wholesale warehouse selling tips.

I’ve been writing this blog for 13 years now, and after more than 5,000 posts, I don’t remember the specifics of each individual post for obvious reasons. But still, I’d wager that if you were to go post by post through this blog, you’d find that not one time in 13 years have I ever written about wholesale warehouse sales.

Based on my experience over here, if he’d written even once about wholesale warehouse sales, he’d have gotten not only a guest-post offer, but a request for a link from someone who routinely writes on the subject and thinks “this would be a useful resource for your users.”

And if all these requests seem to look the same, well, there’s a reason for that:

[W]hen multiple emails start arriving, all with the similar form, and all proposing unrelated topics or no topics at all, it’s difficult to ignore the pattern.

Maybe this is some form of blogger spam.

Bingo.





6 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    27 July 2017 · 11:00 am

    I once in a while get these. I roll my eyes and delete. I’m too broke to pay someone to write for me even if I wanted someone to.

    For a while, I was getting these requests regularly from a moving company. I don’t know why. My plans at the moment are to only “move” out of my current house to take up residence inside a pine box.

  2. McG »

    27 July 2017 · 3:40 pm

    I once let Emperor Misha write a post for blogoSFERICS, but I was getting more out of the deal than he was.

  3. Mike aka Proof »

    27 July 2017 · 4:14 pm

    Blog based infomercials.

  4. Mike G. »

    27 July 2017 · 10:22 pm

    Ken White at the Popehat law blog gets these all the time. He has a good time with them. If you get the chance, go to his blog and do a search for “ponies.”

  5. The Other McCain »

    27 July 2017 · 10:39 pm

    In The Mailbox: 07.27.17

    Dustbury: You Want To Write For Me?

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