Do you receive solicitations by people or companies who ask to collaborate with you? I’ve been getting a few each week. What they want mostly is for me to post something they send me or for me to write about their company.
It’s interesting to see what they are proposing. Sometimes they are off the mark. For example, one woman sent me a link to their website and asked if I’d like to post their article about healthy pets. I clicked on the link and it was a parenting article. Oh well. I passed.
Once I was asked to add a link to a certain post and I did that. But I’m not comfortable with posting a company’s press release.
Once I posted a guest blogger. It was a friend of mine who I love his writing. It was a fellow swim dad and swim parents was the main topic I was writing about. It was nice to get his perspective. Also, I thought it would be a welcome break for my readers.
What are your thoughts? Do you get solicitations by email to include articles or links on your blog? What type of collaborations do they ask for? Do you feel that your blog should only be your own content? What do you think about bloggers who post other people’s material?
I used to, but not as much these days. Many of them, I believe, end up in my spam folder. I believe many of them gave up since I don’t have a large social media presence. That’s OK with me. 🙂
I always wonder how they found me?
They’re like solicitors who ignore the “No Soliciting” sign on the door.
Me too. I have rid myself of many followers and keep my load down to a minimum. I do not want my blog to turn into a Facebook page, where you have so many followers it becomes overwhelming. I have less than 20 DEDICATED followers, so that is just not enough to draw outside interest.
Once in awhile I look through my followers and find some are spam.
I find many of mine are more…spasm….than spam.
None. See my reply to Writer McWriterson….
Nope. I go through my Followers periodically. My rule basically is if you are a business I have no interest in or you don’t have some type of picture, you’re out.
That makes sense.
Nope. Long, long time ago when Skins was first airing I was asked to watch and review. That’s it for me.
I get those all the time and I usually delete them. I’ve had guest bloggers occasionally but they were people I know. I’ve also had a few requests to write an article for a website but, after further investigation, it wasn’t a fit.
I delete them too.
I have no problem with sharing a blog I thought was wonderful. However, if I read a blog I would like it to be original content 99% of the time. Guest bloggers are great, but I read blogs because I like the writing of the blogger. Hate solicitations…
No one has asked me yet but if it were a product that would actually fit with my blog and it was a legit company I might do it. Like a scrapbooking product or something.
That’s what I think. too. But when they send information not related to my blog, I realize they are spamming.
Evidently I don’t appear in many of those circles! I’m all over the board with what I write about and, lately, have not been very consistent in writing or reading blogs. I love to write, but my muse has temporarily been on a hiatus.
I love to write too, but at times I’m not feeling inspired.
I don’t get any solicitations? What am I doing wrong? I have had a guest blogger or two over the years but I agree with LA, I go to writers because I enjoy reading their words. Hugs, C
I definitely follow bloggers like you and LA who I enjoy their writing.
You are being way too nice! Be careful clicking on links from people you don’t know. (even from people you do know, for that matter!) I don’t get many requests like this on my personal blog (I don’t post very often), but at the newspaper where I work, I do regularly get emails from people asking if we will link to their products or article in previous stories. It seems to be a marketing strategy at best; phishing at worst. I hate to ignore them, but if you respond, you will just get more and more requests like this.
Thank you for your advice. I never thought about the phishing danger aspect!
My blog is not large enough to receive requests like this. I look forward to them. It means someone thinks my blog is important enough to get a link from. Sign me up for that.
I came across this video that talks about value exchange with link building. The concept is still new to me. The video does call out solicitations like you experience and why those don’t work.
I really enjoyed this question.
Thank you for taking time to answer.