If you are the author of a popular blog, especially one that receives a lot of traffic (of which you can use a online rank tracker to keep on top of it all), or do product reviews, giveaways, sell advertising, or are a brand ambassador you no doubt get tons of emails. I get so many emails every day I can barely sift through them all but over the years my blog has become not only my hobby of documenting my every day life, but a way to make some cash. If you run your blog like a business its vital that you have policies and you not waiver on those policies. For example if you are a blog that accepts sponsored posts, state that clearly in your media kit or disclosure policy. You don’t have to indicate that a certain post is a sponsored post although it may be required by company standards and FTC policies, but treat your blog like a business and don’t be wishy washy on your standards.
I can’t tell you how many times a day I get an email saying something along the lines of “Heather I was very impressed with your blog and found your content to be interesting and I would love to provide you with free copyrighting services for your blog upon any topic you choose. These posts would be your copyrighted material, all we ask is that you provide a link within the article to our client’s website.” That link is usually to a retail site. So if you like using your blog for the personal gain or monetary fulfillment of others, have at it.
But if you are trying to turn your blog into a business, do not fall victim to this scam. The person behind these emails is using your blog traffic to create revenue for themselves but they want your blog statistics because they are too damn lazy to create and drive their own traffic to their own site, so this is an attempt to high jack your blog and you benefit from this in no way. In some cases the email indicates that the post will receive hundreds of thousands of hits and blah blah blah, but in reality I have yet to have anyone who has emailed me inquiring about providing copyrighted material for my blog show me any proof of the mass amounts of traffic “they claim” I will receive. If they can’t provide the info, usually its a lie. So this is just a friendly warning to all my bloggy friends out there. Don’t let others make money off of your blog or website. Keep your standards high and if you accept a guest post from someone make sure it links back to their personal blog and that it looks like a blog, not a website that sells anything. If you are interested in seeing how to monetize your blog thru sponsored posts please see my affiliations tab on the menu at the top, otherwise don’t sell yourself short.
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