I guess “Katrina Manning” (write her, please: [email protected]) didn’t get the memo that EPautos doesn’t publish “guest posts” – i.e., product pitches purveyed as articles.
This bimbo shill – who wanted to pay me to put her scheisse in front of you – couldn’t even construct a grammatically correct sentence in her pitch (or follow up) letter:
“It’s not a fake article but high quality, original article that your readers will enjoy to read. Please choose from the topics I’ve suggested in my 1st email to you and i will write for it. Rest assure and guaranteed that the article will not promote or mention any business , products, or service.”
Oh, really, Katrina? I mean, I did “enjoy to read it,” but what do you mean by:
“Not a product placement but a guest post article (including one link back to a site in the article body or in the author bio) That’s it. Let me know if this okay with you and tell me the rate for this. To simplify, i will write an article (including one link) and you will be posted it in your site.”
So, the link is not a product placement, eh? Not trying to sell the readers anything, huh?
“Katrina” (per Bat Guano… if that really is your name) tells me:
“After carefully browsing your Eric Peters Autos website, I’ve prepared some topics that might be appealing to your audience, please let me know which topic you would like me to cover and I will be happy to start:
Topic 1: Maximizing Fuel Efficiency
Topic 2: 10 Tips for New Drivers
Topic 3: Accessories for Your Cab Interior”
I marveled… and replied thus:
Dear “Katrina” –
Play straight, ok?
You’re trying to place an ad. You want to use an “article” (or “guest post” or whatever slimy term you want to trot out) as a vehicle to convey a link to the readers – to pitch something that you’re being paid to pitch to them.
And that is an ad.
Nothing wrong with ads… unless they are purveyed as “articles” or “guest posts.” That is dishonest. And that’s a problem.
Again, we’d be happy to discuss rates, but whatever it is you/your client are trying to sell or promote will need to be clearly identifiable as advertising.
PS: You’re not a journalist; much less an automotive journalist. I am; have been for 25 years… if you were, I’d know who you are. I don’t. Because you’re not. You’re a churnalist working in an SEO sweatshop.
Trust me, it shows.
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