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I Don’t Want or NEED Your Content

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Please excuse this short rant. I just need to vent a little.

Recently I posted a few guest posts on my blog Roni’s Weigh to help keep content fresh as I transitioned to life with a new baby. I reached out to fellow bloggers I know, trust and have some kind of relationship with to provide these posts. Since publishing them I’ve been inundated with guest post requests from complete strangers. Many of who don’t even have blogs of their own. They simply want to use my site as a means to publish content with inline links that will hopefully increase the page rank of whatever it is they are selling.

I’m not sure why but this annoys the CRAP out of me. My blogs are very personal in nature and the posts I publish are not just “content.” I communicate with the readers of my blogs. I’m creating a relationship with them and I take that relationship very seriously. It’s insulting to me that these “guest posters” think I would compromise that relationship by publicizing generic content to the community I worked so hard to create.

Ok, I’m done. I just needed to get that off my chest. Thanks for “listening.” :)



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Discussion

There are 14 comments so far.

    Jack Sh*t

    April 5, 2011

    Okay, okay… I get it; I’ll quit begging to do a guest post…

    Rose McIntyre

    April 5, 2011

    Hugs, Roni. So frustrating!! You’re doing great and did exactly what you needed to do. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the guests, although I miss you!

    I have a question – have you ever blogged about your weight loss journey and a stomach bug? I was hit by a terrible one and have actually gone now four days living on crackers and bananas. Was wondering your thoughts on that.

    TIA!

    Alysa (Inspired RD)

    April 5, 2011

    That is definitely frustrating. I keep getting requests from a certain women’s health magazine to post their content on my blog with a link back to their subscription page. Feels like a strange request to me.

    Caria

    April 5, 2011

    I get these same requests by the ton as well so I know precisely to what you’re referring. Beyond. Annoying.

    deana

    April 5, 2011

    thanks roni, glad that you did have your and our best interest at heart. People that have read your blog religiously know what you are about (hugs)

    Eileen

    April 5, 2011

    Well that is pretty skeezy. I didn’t realize until we talked in person how often stuff like that happens. I had a website contact me about doing a guest blog and it sounded interesting but after we talked they never got back to me. I guess it wasn’t important to them. Oh well.
    Just like Deana said–anyone that reads your blogs knows where you stand and how you operate. Rants are totally allowed;)

    Julie

    April 5, 2011

    I know you where venting, but since i just started my blog, this is good info to have a head of the game.
    I think venting is good, you just have to let it out sometimes. ;)

    Katy

    April 6, 2011

    WELL SAID.

    As always, I temper this with a bit of “well, maybe they didn’t know they were doing something wrong” but in general, I hate when people make their first approach to me with an ask. Leave me a comment or two! Email me just to say hi! Tweet me!

    Methinks a post is brewing on the right way to ask for and offer guest posts. Thanks, mama!

    roni

    April 6, 2011

    Rose – I can honestly say that’s a topic I haven’t breached. Not that I can remember anyway. Hope you feel better.

    Tami@nutmegnotebook

    April 6, 2011

    Even though I am a new blogger I have gotten a few of those offers and I thought why would I want some strangers content in a post on “my” blog!

    Patty

    April 6, 2011

    WELL SAID indeed!

    Now I’m getting requests where they just want me to give them a few phrases on a random topic so they can put my bloglink in their article, which will be written by someone else.

    I almost wanted to write back, “Seriously are you crazy?” I just hit delete but its so frustrating.

    Love that you put this out there!

    Nina

    April 6, 2011

    Don’t be too annoyed, it’s just the way it goes sometimes. Although I completely understand what you mean, it would annoy me, too. But many website-owners are just businesspeople selling stuff. They even hire authors via SEO agencies to write their website texts, I do this to earn some extra money sometimes. What they are trying to do is place crosslinks on your website to rank higher on search engine pages. The more crosslinked keywords they get for their products, the better.

    Do you know someone who knows about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to handle those requests? Maybe there is some tool in HTML or whatever to send those mails directly into a “SPAM”-folder.

    Look at your kids and enjoy your wonderful family life, that’s so much better than reading annoying mails.

    Love,

    Nina

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    April 7, 2011

    I’ve had crazy ass requests to post stuff on my site too. Mostly it’s people trying to sell “lose weight quick” stuff or to promote their own site and I’ve never even heard of these people/sites before. Now I don’t even respond anymore! I couldn’t agree with you more!

    Donna D

    April 8, 2011

    I am never certain if requests are coming from genuine people, SEO optimisers, or spammers when I get these. It was really strange the first time I got a request to publish on my site – but I always suspected it was part of a bigger game (for sites, bloggers, you name it). I just treat the professionals as they treat me – courteous but matter of fact. Thanks but no thanks. And my replies are in the same way I want to be treated – with respect.