I love hearing from other hobby lovers around the world who are passionate about their hobbies. There is no way I can be an expert at every hobby. I’ve never ridden a camel while touring Egypt, climbed Mt. Everest or gone hunting for big game in the wilderness. I’ve never published a manuscript or made a macrame creation. But ,recently I was made aware of a problem. Can you tell the difference between ghost writers or guest post submissions?
Ghost Writers or Guest Post
I think it is an amazing experience when I talk to people who pursue hobbies that I know nothing about. I welcome these blog posts from other readers around the world. Allowing guest writers to talk about their passions here on Hobbies on a Budget opens our world up so we can experience new things.
My Ghost Writer Wake Up Call
I regularly receive emails telling me they love this site and are willing to write about ‘whatever topic I choose’. They assure me the posts are going to be 100% original and unique to my site. I NEVER accept these requests. I usually just hit trash immediately.
There are some emails that I receive that are interesting though. These are from people who use good grammar and spell correctly. They tell me they have a great article that follows up on a particular topic that I have posted about. I will often follow up with them.
But here’s what I learned today: Some of these articles are coming from companies that are hired to place guest posts on blogs. The company uses pseudonyms for their team of writers. Then they have one person who builds a relationship with the blogger and emails back with something like this, “I have another great article I think would be great for your site.” Because I’ve already been building a relationship with this name, I usually follow up with them.
Did you read that? They receive money to find a blog that will post an article for free with a link for a company’s website.
To their credit, these articles are usually great. The links aren’t obnoxious and are usually only in the bio line at the bottom of the articles. But I have posted them under the assumption that I was posting a great hobby idea from someone who loves their hobbies.
I have to admit that I feel a little foolish.
Somebody is getting paid to find a free blog like mine that will post their articles and give them a free backlink.
I love this site! I am passionate about sharing hobby ideas and tips for pursuing those hobbies without breaking your budget. However, I will now follow a more stringent policy on guest posts.
You can read my Guest Post Policy here.
Who can guest post?
In a nutshell:
- Real People who really love their hobbies!
- Bloggers who love their hobbies and want to share their ideas. (Bloggers will gladly receive a do-follow link!)
- Real companies who have something fresh and legit to bring to my blog.
***If you are a business and want to promote your company by writing a guest post, you are welcome to submit an idea. But you will be required to pay the sponsored post fee and you will get a no-follow link.
I don’t like ghosts of any kind! And I sure don’t want my blog to be haunted!
Any thoughts? What do you think? Am I wrong to not want ghost writers? I’d love to hear!