Being that I host one of the biggest cricket blogs in the world, several times a week I receive some form of correspondence that claims it will help my readers.
They are usually something like competitions, books, other websites, or mobile phone gadgets.
This is pretty common for larger blogs.
PR guys get some lackey to go through and find all the blogs on their product’s field, and then they send a patronising bulk email and assume the bloggers will fall over themselves to flog the product.
The great kiwi blog sportreview has talked about this before.
But recently I received one that I just had to repost, mostly because it goes further than just saying my readers will like it.
I have deleted the name of the company, because fuck them if they are getting a free plug (even if I am bagging them), for nothing.
With the ashes fast approaching I thought you may be interested in having a guest blogger, who also writes on blah blah, write some articles for your site.
By the way, how are you enjoying the World Twenty 20 so far? I’m still in shock after the Netherlands defeat!!
Obviously this would be free to you, all I would ask in return is to place a few links, leading to the most appropriate pages of betting.betfair.com, within the article.
Let me know if you are interested and we can start talking in detail.
Let us talk a fine look at this.
- Anyone who has ever even glanced at my site will know I write 4 or 5 times a day and don’t need anyone to fill the column space, these PR hacks have not looked at my site. FAIL
- Then the personal touch about the dutch win, which would work great if this was not an obvious group email as it is not personally addressed to me, and I have been BCC’d in. FAIL
- Look how this is marketed to me, ‘this would be free to you’, are there amateur blogs who pay corporations to write for them? Even if I was a major professional blog, if a corporation came to me and offered to write for me I wouldn’t be fucking paying them.
- The catch: This is an ad for their corporation (even a blind deaf mute boy band member could work that out), which is fair enough, so why dress it up as a favour to me. If you want to advertise on my site, fair enough, but don’t pretend it is anything less than that. This isn’t a favour you fucken tightwads, this is a free ad for you guys. And by taking these free blogs from this corporate writer I am a chance to alienate my fan base as the uber talanted John found out.
Blogging has now become a business, but trying to find anyone who will pay you for it is hard.
These big companies think we are all fucken retards who are walking around with our heads up our own ass bumping into shit.
Sure I bump into things from time to time, but generally I take my head outta my ass when I am reading emails from parasetic corporations offering me free services.
Blogs are our generations pop culture newspapers, and fuck this mob if they want to shit over my piece of popular culture with a poorly written boring unpaid for ad.
Be proud of your blog, bloggers, you are creating a piece of something, and you don’t need some corporation’s bag man to make it any better.
Don’t let anyone piss in your face and tell you it is raining, unless you like that sort of stuff.