It usually doesn’t come into my Inbox once or twice. Usually, I get the same spammy pitch at least three times. I’d love to be able to respond to the first one and simply say no thanks but often it’s easier to just hit delete and hope they never contact you again.
I also recently had someone contact me about a pitch they received that was very similar to one I’ve received multiple times (most recently being TODAY). They wanted someone (me) to help them determine if it was something worthwhile to consider. I didn’t mind because I seriously love this stuff.
Her particular pitch came from a Catholic dating site. My spammy pitch came from a Christian dating site. The premise and language is almost identical.
I’m happy to research and compose an original article specifically written for your site, on any topic of your choosing. I hope you’d let me put a discreet link to my own website, Christian dating website name, at the end of my post.
All that would be required of you is to review/approve my completed article to make sure that it coincides with the theme of your site.
Please let me know if you’d like to see samples of my work or accept my offer.
- She got my blog name right.
- She has correct spelling and grammar.
- Look at the email information. See where it says “via wufsd.org”? That’s most likely a third party email service which simply confirms this is a generic email sent to hundreds or thousands of bloggers.
- No personalization in the header. My blog name is all.things.fadra and I pretty much have my name plastered all over the site
- The email subject (which you can’t see here): “Free Guest Post?” I wouldn’t pay for a guest post. Ever.
- Lack of research. My blog does not, nor never has, accepted guest posts.
- The theme of my site is me so unless she knows me personally, I doubt that any theme she researches will add value or interest to my readers.
- Christian dating sites have absolutely no relevance to me or my readers
- This is what I would call anchor text spamming which I consider unethical
- If you proclaim yourself as a religiously affiliated site, I just might hold you to a higher standard of ethics
Yes, I know this one was brutal but as I mentioned in the beginning, this kind of “pitch” really steams me. I did actually respond to the email this time telling her pretty much everything I mentioned in the bad and the ugly.
I also asked her not to contact me again and that I would be advising other bloggers out there to avoid these types of “pitches.” Consider yourself warned.