If you take this post as a rant, I won’t take it against you But it will only happen if you are just starting out with your blog.
Otherwise, you will definitely “feel our pain”, pick up on this tip and use it because it will save you time, while dealing with SEO companies and other spammy people.
I get at least 3 emails a day from people asking to guest post on my blog. So it used to take time to reply to all those, explain what I will and will not post on my blog and so on. It didn’t take me too long to realize it is definitely not good use of my time so I had to cut it.
Now don’t get me wrong, everyone deserves a reply to a guest posting inquiry, and I do reply to them all.
But when you get 3 emails a day and they sound exactly the same (in bad English if I may add), but one is from Jane Smith from Canada, one is from Joe Black from UK and one is from Kristen Bailey from California you know you are dealing with a spammy SEO company.
Usually from India or Bangladesh from my experience.
So how not to waste time on these?
First write a guest post requirement page. List what you expect from people and what you are giving in return. Here is my guest posting policy.
Then go to your Gmail or which ever mail you are using and create a template response. I use Gmail and to do this in Gmail, type your message and click the Canned Response option. Then create a new canned response.
Mine looks like this:
So now, every time I receive a guest post inquiry, I just hit reply and insert this canned response. It only takes me 10 seconds to reply to those emails.
Sure, it is a bit impersonal, however, most of those companies/people start the email with Dear Editor anyway, so why not reply in the same manner…
If a person does take time to mention me by name and sends a more personal email, I will usually add something to this response to make it more personal.
Note that I always include the response because I want to make sure everyone reads the rules and agrees. Which means if you don’t follow them, your links are gone…
If you just started this blogging “game”, you may not even realize you are dealing with those mass link builders, so here is a video I recently made about how I use Rapportive in Gmail to see who I am dealing with.
Time is money and you don’t want to be wasting yours! So use these tips to save time on people who don’t deserve it.
Most of the time, you will get really crappy posts anyway so setting priorities for your online business is really important here.
How are you dealing with these?