Remember when advertisers would simply pitch their product or service openly? When ads were… ads?
A few still do it this way… but the new way is to smuggle a product pitch into an “article” written by some hack/shill working for a search engine advertiser or similar. The company employing the hack/shill will solicit a publisher (me, for example) and attempt to get the publisher to post their shit “content” (that is, an ad) masquerading as an article in return for – and this is the kicker – a pathetically small fee.
I mean, c’mon. If I am going to whore my ass out, it’s not going to be for $45 (really; see below).
I’ve been a professional writer for 25-plus years; it’s taken me decades of hard work to earn the trust of my readers (note – this doesn’t mean they necessarily agree with me; just that they know I am not peddling them something because I’m being paid to do so) and these assholes want me to compromise that – flush my credibility down the terlit’ – for $45.
It makes my teeth hurt.
For the privilege of being featured on your site, we would be happy to offer a fee in the region of $75.
My reply to this Peter dude:
On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 8:12 PM, Eric Peters <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Hi Peter,We’d be happy to discuss selling ad space.
And Peter the Whore-Shill Monger replied thusly:
To give you an idea on what we do, we would be looking to write sponsored content for your site. This content would usually come in the form of a 500-word article. The writer of the article would spend time on your site and get a feel for tone, style, and the type of content you usually post. They can go and write a tailored article for your blog. You can review, edit and reject the article if you find it not suitable. We want to contribute to your site and pay you for the privilege of posting it. We don’t divulge the name of our clients or brands at this stage – normally only when the articles are sent over for review.
In this regard, would you accept sponsored posts? As a verification and confirmation, can you send me the specific name of your site/s if this is something you would be interested in? If the price we offered in our previous email ($45 per post) is not acceptable to you, how much would you charge?
I sent him this in reply:
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