Another Day At The Office

On Mar 21, 2013, at 6:42 AM, Shaun xxxxxx <xxxxx> wrote:

Hi Joe,

I am a blogger(writer) by profession and I love to write articles on financial topics. So, I would like to contribute something for your site: ( absolutely at free of cost. Each of my content would be unique, analytic and 100% relevant for your site.

Please let me know your thoughts. Waiting for your positive reply.


I’m just curious….did you get this spiel out of a book? I receive a similarly worded request about 20 times a week.


How to write guest posts:


1) read my blog.


2) know what the hell I write  about.


3) maybe comment a few times so I have a clue who you are.


4) …then ask me if you can write on my site.


Joe Saul-Sehy
Average Joe’s Money Blog / 2 Guys & Your Money Podcast
TheFreeFinancialAdvisor LLC
joe at thefreefinancialadvisor …dot…com


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  1. HAHA! Yup.

    I’ve always wondered who sends out these emails because they are always the same yet they are from different “people”. Obviously it’s someone without any sort of a clue on how to actually get a guest post spot.
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    • You think they’d be a little more creative, don’t you?

      Dear Joe,

      I just love your incredible blog: THEFREEFINANCIALADVISOR and would love to give you a guest post about SAVINGMOREMONEYQUICKLY.

      Thank you,


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    • I’ve been afraid of that so I haven’t replied….until today.

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    • I actually never respond to any of them….until today. Every once in a great while I decide it’s time to f$#% with the idiots.

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    • As well as you’re doing, Jose, they’re right around the corner!

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    • Unfortunately, I get those, too….for some reason today was my trigger moment.

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    • Ha! You’ll always be special to OG & I…..(I know…warm fuzzy feeling, right?)

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  2. “Every once in a great while I decide it’s time to f$#% with the idiots.” Lol! I LOVE this Joe! It always makes me wonder what on earth these people think we must be smoking to think that we’ll gladly accept their posts. I even had one tell me a few months ago that they would start commenting so they could guest post. I just had to tell them not to bother with wasting my time as well as their time.
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    • I’m dumb enough that if they commented a few times I’d probably let them guest post! …just don’t tell me your “strategy” ahead of time.

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  3. I was just complaining about this to another blogger! I have a canned reply to these canned emails, but once I tell them my rates for sponsored content (you can almost 100% of the time tell if it’s a post you should charge for or not just by what they put in the email), I only get a response back about 5% of the time. I don’t even know if it’s worth responding anymore…
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  4. This is so funny! I just started getting these emails, so I’m new to this craziness :) I especially like the ones that don’t even address me by my name! Just “Hi, we like your blog and….”
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  5. Haha, those emails are funny. Well, they dont’ really want to guest post, in so much as they want a link back to their own sites. They’re hoping you won’t see through it and give it to them for free, but these types of people end up doing sponsored posts, I think.
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  6. I’ve been getting crafty requests lately. They actually do research me and the blog and find a way to relate. Which is great! Except then they want to place affiliate links and pretend like they’re not affiliate links. And I’m not posting that without a fee. And I’m not posting anything you write ever after you insulted me by thinking I was so stupid I wouldn’t notice you were trying to dupe me.
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  7. I think there is a script on the bathroom wall that they follow! LOL! The second act is when they send you a sample article, if you ask. My response is the third act which is usually no thanks.
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    • Ha! Exactly. You just crank out the form letters. It must be a best seller, William.

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      • People should demand a refund if that’s the case, it clearly isn’t working!

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  8. I guess I should stop sending you emails then…

    Seriously though, I’m sometimes tempted because I have this goal of publishing guest posts on my site, but I just can’t bring myself to even consider a post from someone who writes “…absolutely at free of cost. Each of my content…”
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