This is a travel blogger rant. The question … “Do you accept guest posts”
Answer : No!!! See that … I emphasized the “No!!!” with three exclamation marks and bold.
I’m so sick and tired of getting emails from SEO “firms” and “Travel Bloggers” who want to write content or a guest post for my site. I don’t mind being pitched from real bloggers at all. In fact, most times I’m asked for a guest posting spot from a real travel blogger, I’ll happily give some space to them, especially if I think their blog is entertaining and informative.
The people I hate are the SEO firms and professional link builders. Take a look at the following emails, they’re so typical of these “link builders”.
I’ve been blogging consistently for the last 8 years and I put hours and hours into it. My blog might not be a world beater but it’s the blog and message I want to craft. What irks me, is that each of these requests lead to, is then asking you to post their content with a link or two to some other commercial website. This is what my mailbox looks like, when I look at advertising.
What drives me a little nuts is that people seem to think there is some magic formula for getting your blog out there. Since I don’t accept advertising or have banner ads, I can be as honest as I please on my blog. My readers trust that if I give something a “Thumbs Up!”, then that recommendation counts for something.
I’m in no position to criticize how someone makes their money or funds their travelling. If someone can sell tons of ad space on their website to fund further adventures, then I’m all for it. In fact, I encourage anyone who wants to travel to look into those types of revenue generation.
I also don’t really accept guest bloggers because people usually come to this blog to read what I have to say. If I don’t have anything particularly interesting to say, then I don’t write anything. Other blogger have guest bloggers to ease the pressure of posting and keeping a schedule.
Here’s another reason that I don’t have guest bloggers is that it might annoy followers who came to the blog to read whatever thoughts I came up with.