Sometimes I wonder if some of my readers aren’t stupid… oh, not you guys and gals, but the ones who send guest posts that are obvious advertisements for sites and stuff and those who post comments that are poorly written and are linked to something that is nothing but a sales pitch for products that have noting to do with writing or reading.
Over at AllFreelanceWriting Jennifer Mattern posted What Does it Mean for a Freelance Writer to Sell Out? While it doesn’t cover bogus guest posts and bogus comments by name my hunch is if anyone working as a writer would pay attention to the article they’d use their talents more wisely. Maybe I’ll just start responding with links to that article and some here and elsewhere.
Of course, many of these folks give themselves away with writing that is less than stellar. Recently I got a so-called guest post submission and it appeared that the end of the article had been written by someone with an entirely different style than the one who began the article. What had been a fairly decent, straight forward approach suddenly, in last couple of ‘graphs, turned into academic stiffness.
Another had only one link and that was to a website that offered a paid service.
The poor language that sometimes shows up in comments makes me wonder if there isn’t some software that posts poorly written comments automatically. I’m afraid, however, that they’re people who are just now learning English and somehow think posting with a link to who knows what makes them a writer. I don’t know, really, quite what to make of some of them.
Geeze would these people stop please!
I used to treat them with some grace, but I’m getting really tired of it.
Yes, there are ads on this blog, but they’re in your face. They’re in your face so the reader doesn’t mistake them for anything else but an ad. I’m not opposed to advertising, I’m opposed to advertising that tries to hide as something else.
As a reader I often fine advertisements interesting and full of information I want. But when I’m fooled, thinking an ad is something else, I’m furious when I discover the truth. I usually manage to live my life without ever buying the product or service that use hidden ads.
I suspect I’m not alone in this and wonder when, if every, the attempt at this sort of scam will ever end.
Your turn: Have you ever written for these types of scams? I did, once, before I understood what was going on. How do you feel when you read a guest post or common that’s really an ad? What do you do about it? Tell us about it in comments, and don’t forget, please, to share this article widely.
Write well and often,