Thursday, January 13, 2011

Now Why Would I Want To Do This?

I guess the glass-half-full view of this is that it is pretty straightforward.   I'm posting it so readers who aren't also bloggers see what kinds of offers we get:

Hey there,

We have been reading the articles on your website <> and are very impressed with the
quality of your information.  [These things always say how great your blog is without anything that is directly related to the blog.  Here at least they stuck in the url.]

We have a team of copywriters who specialise in writing articles on various topics and would like to write an original article for you to use on your website – this article will not be used anywhere else on the Internet.  [Possible translation: We're an advertising company and are looking for cheap web presence. The articles are about travel and driving trips with links to travel insurance or or lube.

In exchange all we ask is that we can have one or two links within the body of the article back to one of our sites. You can view a sample of the quality of our articles at  [I've left the links out and changed the urls, I really don't want to encourage them]
If you are interested in having us write an article for your website please just let me know and we would be more than  happy to have one written for you within two weeks.

Kind regards,

This post is to remind you that I only put in links because they're relevant to the post and/ I find them useful and/or interesting. If I do post something someone asked me to post, I'll let you know. If I were to accept some sort of kickback (I never have) I'd let you know. But not all bloggers are like that and people like this are trying to take advantage of them. And you.

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