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Please! No More Guest Posts Accepted Here!

guest postsBack in the day, I’d look forward to the occasional email from a fellow writer asking if they could do some guest posts for me. Often it would turn out to be an exchange – they’ do one for me and I’d return the favor.

Sure, we knew it might give us more ‘google juice’ and raise our rankings a bit. But the primary reason was mutual support.

Some place along the way the spirit of mutual support has been replaced by a rampant commercialism. Which shouldn’t surprise me but it has. In fact if you google paid guest posting or who pays guest posters etc. you’ll begin to understand my problem.

Like many bloggers I’m a one woman band. These days in spite of posting some pretty clear rules about how I will accept guest posting, it’s obvious most of those who submit queries have never looked at the site, in spite of their assurances to the contrary. (That page will soon be changed to refer people here – I’m hoping at least a few will learn from this and quit spamming.)

In come requests to add guest posts here by the dozens – literally – in a month. If I don’t respond many of them will continue to fill my in box reminding me I haven’t responded. I guess whoever teaches these folks doesn’t include the idea that if a blogger doesn’t respond, hit ’em up again and again until they do.

Directing them to the directions has not resulted in any increase in quality of submissions.

When I’ve said yes, the quality has been, with a few exceptions, poor.

If you want me to teach you how to write I can, but I charge money for that.

So as of today, no more guest posts. Find another way to try to earn a living writing or give up writing altogether.

If I want a post from you I’ll reach out to you. Save  your time and mine and move on down the road.

Write well and often, but for yourself or someone else, not me unless I ask,

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  • I’ll look at real pitches.

  • Hi Anne,
    I am so sorry to hear that you have been spammed to the point that you no longer wish to receive guest posts. I have very strict spam filters, and the good news is that they no longer bother me. However, every once in a while I check my spam filter and pick out the occasional newcomer with a great pitch.
    If I could ever interest you in a pitch – very much related to freelance writing – please let me know. My name is Gwendolyn, and I work together with Tim, who writes for Live Lingua, Teacher Indie and Twiducate. I hope my message doesn’t bother you. I do care about valuable content.

    Warmest of warm regards,

  • You got it! I should have stopped sooner.

  • Hi Anne,

    Almost every guest post requests I receive are from those people who want to build links for their clients and they think bloggers are dumb to not recognize it. I’ve stopped accepting guest posts/sponsored posts long ago!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Good for you, Ramona. Maybe the people who use boiler plate like that don’t believe we writers can recognize it every darn time!

  • Yes, I’m getting a ton of those too… they must have auto email bots that just email that to any site in the world. Yes, I’d love a tech to work with, and I have some… I don’t think I’d ever try someone who emailed me about problems on my site. Not unless it was obviously specific to my site and not a ton of others.

  • I wish I knew who was selling a make-your-fortune-with-guest-posting that results in all this… ah, but all I could do is yell at them… and I don’t like yelling at people much.

  • Hi Charlotte, exactly! I’ll let you know if this page helps reduce my requests. Maybe if we all did it…

  • That will be my next ‘solution.’

  • Amen to that, but I’ve run out of patience – I just delete those emails now. 🙂

  • I get tons of these requests every month, too. I especially love how they say they’ve read my site (which is about writing) and then proceed to list topics they could write for me which don’t have anything to do with writing! And the persistent follow-ups are really annoying. I hope this page helps!

  • AMEN. I get six or more a month, not to mention the follow-up reminders that I’ve not yet responded to their awesome requests. Any email that starts with just “Hi” and no name is automatically deleted. The one yesterday from “Usama” said this: “I came across this page http://wordsonpageblog.com/2018/03/a-freelancers-guide-to-setting-your-damn-price-already.html
    which says you accept guest posts and I would like to submit one for your consideration.”
    No it doesn’t. It’s a blog post. It’s not the guidelines, which Usama clearly didn’t read. This one is a tech blogger. I don’t write about tech.
    If I had time, I’d write back and straighten them out, but why? They’re just going to be replaced by the next round of people who have read the same stupidity about guest posting or have been hired to spread some company’s arbitrary message to blogs that have nothing to do with their business.

  • Hi Anne, My issue more often is from “clowns” who offer to “fix” my website because it’s missing this or that, and near the bottom is that never-ending statement that goes something like this…”oh, we only charge you $XX, a small price to pay for success.”

    I do sometimes get requests to allow people to do guest posts on my site, but I do all my own work so I always say no.

    I swiftly delete all such emails as spam anyway and I have never been followed up, only confirming the spam element. If I want to change things on my site, I’ll do it myself or ask my webmaster.

    Thanks for sharing as it’s “nice” to know I’m not the only one getting these spam messages/requests.


  • Oh, I know what you mean, Anne! My stock answer to the canned request is, “I write my blog alone. If you had looked at it you would know that. Please don’t waste my time again.”

    I’ve taken a few guest posts but they’ve been by people I know or who have been recommended by someone else. Most of the unsolicited requests are boilerplate, sent by the dozens, so there really is no need to respond, other than to just say “No!” Lol.

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