Or to put it another way, this blog is not a free advertising platform for your business that is making far more revenue than I ever will….
Ok, that sounds harsh and probably a bit petty. I will clarify.
I do host and post blog posts that are paid for, and I am scrupulous about sticking to the rules for advertising, and disclosure. There are rules and regulations, which I will always stick to. (Please don’t ask me to break them!) I also host some content that is free, either written by myself, on behalf of someone else, or by someone else, usually a guest post about a topic we think might interest our readers, or for charities or organisations that we want to help and promote.
I am NOT a money grabbing blogger, very few of us out there are. We do all however, work very hard, and love what we do, and our blogs for some of us are a source of income, or our pride and joy, or both, and when we get mails asking us to host a blog post, with links to an organisation, that with a little bit of internet sleuthing, clearly pulls in a fairly reasonable amount of revenue, but seem to think that by asking me or other bloggers to host what is basically free advertising on our blogs for them is doing us a huge favour.
It’s not. My blog is not a free advertising platform for your business. Don’t insult me or other bloggers, by asking. If your company doesn’t have a basic budget to pay bloggers for their work or for promoting your business, then perhaps you need to consider who you work with. Bloggers work hard, we don’t work for free, and we put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into our blogging and writing, and no, the line “well, other bloggers do it for free, it’s good PR” doesn’t always work. Sometimes it is good PR, but you need to remember that we are a fairly tight knit community, we do all chat to each other, and work together, on a lot of things, and spend time on social media, so we do know when we are being taken for a ride. Sometimes something is good PR and sometimes it’s basically treating us like we owe you. We don’t.
I will always consider all offers sent to me, and we DO work with a lot of organisations, and I am not going to demand ridiculous fees or go all diva on anyone, but if you send me a mail, telling me you have an amazing blog article you want me to share, you will get a reply with my rates and conditions. No budget, yet the company you work for makes x amount of revenue per year? No thanks.
Harsh, yes, reality, yes. We don’t work for free…
Are you a blogger? Do you agree? What does “work for free” mean to you?
PS just to clarify, I LOVE blogging, I would blog even if I wasn’t fortunate enough to be asked to write reviews, sponsered posts, and to work with some amazing companies, but I feel frustrated when I get a lot of mails approaching me asking me to work for free when in reality, companies wouldn’t expect that of other businesses.