1. As a blogger myself, I’ve never had an agenda for my blog other than to have it read by people. And it is read. I’ve had 28 pageviews today (so far, considering the day’s halfway over) and the total amounted to 96 yesterday, even though I didn’t post. If I’m averaging 100+ views a day, that’s a lot for my amateur blog.

    A lot of bloggers I know (and, in come cases, like) have a lot of advertising on their blog. I don’t know if this is an effective way of monetising or not. I will review products if they are sent to me, but very rarely do I get such offers. I am on some sort of list, it seems, of people asking me if I will do inline links or even publish guest posts on my blog. That’s a real no-no.

    I’m experienced enough with SEO to know well enough that (as well as things like meta tags and slug keywording) links are perhaps the best way to get your site linked to on Google. There’s only so far that /addurl/ will get you. But I’ve never aimed to make my blog commercial. Recognition is nice, but there’s nothing there to earn me any money. I’d be compromising my standards and, besides, I think most of the logos sex toy companies provide are kind of ugly, and don’t make blog sidebars look too pretty.

    But I think that you sometimes have a need to blur the lines a little if you’ve decided upon your mission. My aim is to make people laugh and/or think (and occasionally masturbate, but that depends). I don’t see why there should be any problem with promoting yourself sans commercial links or monetisation; if you just want to get your stuff read, with no hidden agenda behind it, then there are thankfully ways to do that.

    Providing content for anyone else is tricky because it essentially places the content in the hands of another party. If you are an amateur blogger, then I think it’s easier – although if you’re a professional blogger, it should either work better on your own site or be a commissioned piece for which you’re paid a fee. Copywriters will have something specific that they have to write, but for essentially free lance e-journalism the rules aren’t so rigid, and therefore you could produce something completely off-the-wall – it’s just a matter or who will pick it up, if your aim is indeed to be picked up.

    I’ve never actually provided content for any other sites. It’s a step that I’d like to take at some point, but haven’t yet. But I have been a volunteer copywriter once – for a web design company – and I really liked writing those articles (which they printed on their blog – I didn’t have access, but sending them a Word Document did the trick). It didn’t do me any good (apart from something else to add to my CV), but it was great to see a byline… at long last!

  2. Great post Cara and I think you are spot on. I have been contacted by so many sites asking for me to provide them some content but I have chosen to refuse them…. as they all wanted it for free and if that is the case I would rather publish it myself on my own site. I even applied for a position with a company in the UK who shall remain nameless. They sent me an offer of 6 months ‘voluntary’ work… cheeky buggers. I have since written back telling them my fees but it is not surprise that I have yet to hear anything from them.

    There are too many people giving away their content for free, especially to big companies. Which is not the same as guesting on fellow blogs or for sites that are being run on a no-profit basis. The biggest problem it causes is that it basically devalues all our work.


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