It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good ole-fashioned rant. Normally I live in a zen-like state where nothing gets to me. This was harshly interrupted the other day by a dishonest, stupid person who asked to do a guest post for my site. (I guess he didn’t read this guest posting guide.)
Guest Post Thursdays
According to a During the last month, I’ve been really happy to see an increase in the number of people wanting to do guest posts. This shows that people deem my site good enough to give me free content. In fact, the response has been so large that I’m now devoting every Thursday to a guest post.
(For more on this type of traffic generation, read up on this guest blogging book.)
Now when it comes to guest posting, I have a few simple rules:
1) Provide a unique article that hasn’t been published elsewhere
2) Check for spelling and grammar mistakes
3) Give quality content that’s helpful to my audience
Doesn’t sound hard, right? I’ve had over a dozen guest posters who understand these rules. That is, until this knucklehead emailed me the other day…
Enter, “The Stupid Guest Author”
For the sake of simplicity, we’re going to shorten “The Stupid Guest Author” to TSGA. At first, TSGA seemed like a decent fellow. His emails were pleasant and polite. His post topic seemed like something really beneficial to my audience. So I looked forward to seeing what he had to say. What I received was way different than what I expected.
To put it succinctly, the article was complete garbage. There was a ton of spelling mistakes and the grammar was god-awful. A five year-old would be ashamed to have written this post.
But stupid me decided to edit the article instead of emailing and telling TSGA to fix it. In fact, I spent almost an hour on rewriting this piece and searching for a related image.
Once I was finished, I was still left with this weird hunch… not only was the original article hard to read, it looked like it when through one of those automated “article spinner” software programs. So I did a Google search on the title…
…What I found really pissed me off. Basically this jackass ripped off someone else’s article from EzineArticles.com. And he didn’t bother to change the title or rewrite most of the content. Honestly, I was speechless at the nerve and sheer stupidity of TSGA.
Enter, My Rant
I can’t begin to describe my angry at this point. Here’s my exact response:
Dear Stupid Guest Post Author,
I’m sorry…I’m not going to publish this article. It’s full of grammar and spelling mistakes. Plus it’s oddly similar to an article that’s published under someone else’s name. See for yourself:
No offense, but this really strikes me as complete plagiarism. Please don’t waste my time with stuff like this.
They say you never write anything in anger. I disagree with this statement. Once in awhile you encounter certain individuals that deserve the full wrath of your anger. Actually I wish I waited an hour to respond… only because I would have crafted something a lot harsher.
Guest Posting is an Honor
I feel it’s an honor to guest post on another site. In a way, a blog owner is saying that your content is good enough to be seen by their audience. It’s not about backlinks or other SEO junk. It’s about giving your absolute best to blow away the reader with awesome content.
I’m not going to mince words here. If you don’t take the time to create something unique your online business will fail. Idiots like TSGA won’t succeed because he takes shortcuts. Instead of taking the time to build a legitimate business, he’s taking the hard work of others and calling it his own.
I’m Preaching to the Choir
I feel like I’m preaching to the choir here. A lot of people reading this post have excellent blogs/sites full of useful content. Some of you have even posted on this site. So this rant is being thrown in the wrong direction.
I guess my overall point is to take time with your guest posts. Sure it’s tempting to take a shortcut because it’s someone else’s site. I urge you to think differently. Consider guest posting to be the one chance to attract a different type of audience.
Guest posting is like a first impression…you have only one shot at it. Take time to create an incredible piece of content that goes way beyond a typical post. This kind of strategy will benefit you, the blog , and the reader. It’s the best example of a win-win-win partnership. What do you think?
Finally, to learn more about guest posting and how it can grow your site, check out Gerald’s article about guest posting services.Take Action. Get Results.