The emails are relentless sometimes. Three or four a day and I’m not even that big of a blog yet. If I’m getting this many guest post requests from lame commercial sites now, I perish to think what it will be like when I actually have enough readers to warrant the term audience.
Let me set you apart. Odds are, if you are reading this, you are welcome to email me about guest posting. You’ll likely even get a response. I’m talking about the people who are only interested in what I can do for them and then try and play me like they are doing me the favor.
Most bloggers have seen the emails I’m talking about before. If not, sooner or later you will. Luckily, they all sound the same so they are easy to spot. It’ll go something like this:
Hi Admin (because I’m too lazy to even look at the signature on all of your posts),
My name is Moon Unit and I’m a freelance personal finance writer. I just read your site (aka found out you have a page rank of 5) and think you have some really great information on it (I haven’t read any of it, can I take your page rank out on a date?). I was wondering if you’d be willing to publish an article that I would write exclusively for My Family Finances (few people ever fall for the articles I plagiarize anyway). I promise that the content will be unique (and when I say unique, I mean no one dare write anything this obvious or boring). The best part is the content will be completely free of charge (Strangely, I feel unmoved by the “best part” of the offer). All I ask in return is that you’ll let me include a few links back to my site ChaseYourReadershipAway.com.
I refuse to respond to these emails and neither should you. There are no upsides to accepting these types of guest posts. In fact, there are only downsides.
Accepting a Post from These People Can Hurt Your SEO
Last Spring Google introduced a new algorithm into their assessment for Page Rank. Those updates created a penalty for sites that link to other sites with poor quality content. I can go into some more specifics if you’d like (just shoot me a request in the comments section), but based on the dozens of sites I’ve checked out from these writers, every one of them has had the potential to hurt my page rank. Why would I take the risk?
I Refuse to Publish Copy on My Blog
I used to get paid to write copy; I refuse to publish it. If you don’t know what copy is, take some obvious content and try to write 400 words on the topic; make it as boring as possible. Only once in my life have I enjoyed reading copy and it’s not likely to ever happen again. I would never subject you to reading copy on this blog.
Some “Freelance Writers” are Making Money Off of You
Companies pay online marketers to improve their site’s SEO. Often, these “freelance writers” spamming your email earn a paycheck for every link that they place on your blog. Perhaps this is little consequence, but for me, it’s like rubbing salt into the wound. First they want a link to boost their SEO and then they collect a check for it behind the scenes.
They Know All of This, but Conceal It From You
For me, this is the worst part. They are aware that your SEO can be hurt. They don’t care about your readership. It’s all about getting the link on your site to boost their presence on Google or collect a paycheck from the company they are working for. It’s a scam and they want you to be the sucker.
Hopefully, I haven’t chased you away from guest posting. You actually read this blog and care about the content here. You’ve left me thoughtful comments. I’ve read your work on your own blog and it’s very engaging. We are friends and your articles are welcome here.
Top Family Finance Posts of the Week
It’s good to rant sometimes. Before I go ignoring 35 percent of the emails I received this morning, here are the top family finance articles of the week!
- If you are disciplined, credit cards can be a great asset to your family’s finances. Work Save Live has the details on why credit cards aren’t bad.
- You can’t put your student loans into deferment forever and when you do start to pay them back, you need to know where to send the check. Narrow Bridge provides a great rundown on student loan servicers. Take a moment and get to know the companies you’ll owe money to for the next 10 years.
- Ever wonder what happens to the people who take from the mini bar in the hotel room and don’t have a clue that they need to pay for it? The Free Financial Advisor gives his personal experience with the goodies that are temptingly stashed away in your hotel’s refrigerator.
- What’s the biggest expense for soon-to-be-parents? It’s usually a toss-up between car seats and the crib. Femme Frugality walks readers through important considerations to avoid overspending on a crib.
- It’s usually easier to marry two people than to marry two people’s finances. Finance Fox runs through the big issue with couples and managing the family budget.
- If you want to work in a professional career, you need to have a college degree. However, the degree won’t get you a job. You’ll need to get experience. Money After Graduation shares a great tip on how to gain the experience you need to get the job you want.
- Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel on your financial responsibilities? See Debt Run talks about conquering the temptation one tasty bite of elephant at a time.
- Getting more out of your budget is all about managing your expenses. Married with Debt has a trick for getting ahead on your credit card payments.
- Add Vodka knows lots and lots and lots of people selling stuff. Check out her unsent letter addressed to all her favorite would-be entrepreneurs.
- Fido costs some serious money. Eyes on the Dollar explains why your pet costs way more than you think.
Those Who Have Graciously Linked this Week
- Rule Your Wallet – Weekly Roundup
- Finance Fox – Finance Fox Weekly Recap
- The Free Financial Advisor – Blog Post of the Week
- Wealth Artisan’s FinCarn at Wealth Artisan
- Carn. of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
- Carnival of Retirement at My Family Finances
- Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Simple Finance Blog
- Carnival of Financial Planning at Broke Profession