Guest Post

Hello Ms. Rivas,

I would be interested in a post that details why allowing random people who solicit you via email to guest post on your blog is a terrible idea.



On Feb 24, 2012, at 5:38 AM, Katheryn Rivas wrote:

Hi Tom,

I hope this email finds you well. I only recently started reading your blog, I am a freelance writer, regularly write for I was wondering if you would be interested in publishing a guest post on your blog.

Here are some samples:


I could write on any topic you wish, or I can simply come up with a post that I believe would supplement your blog. I just need a link to my homepage ( on my anchor text in the author by-line. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this; please let me know if this is something you might be interested in.


Katheryn Rivas

Comments on this post

  1. Alan Levine said on February 24, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I love the articles from! I hope Katheryn takes you up on the offer.

    I sometimes reply that my starting rate for a link placement is $25,000 per link. I do have standards.

    • Tim Stahmer said on February 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

      And here I thought mine was the only site in which Ms. Rivas was interested. How disappointing. 😉

    • Ben said on February 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

      I never thought about going on the offensive and asking for ridiculous fees. I usually just delete those emails, but I like your strategy a lot more 🙂

  2. Graham Wegner said on February 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I love the fact that they believe my blog is a great platform for promoting US education policy, American online accreditation and other information graphics about the state of play in the US of A. But I suppose Australia could be known as the defacto 51st State, so the randoms may be onto something there.

  3. Ben said on February 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    This post has caught me in an interesting cross-roads. The cost of my hosting has been increasing due to increased traffic, and I’ve always been willing to do “sponsored” links in the sidebar of my blog to cover those costs, especially with my wife being laid off for almost 2 years and having to significantly cut back on expenses.

    While I always delete the “guest post” emails I get on a regular basis, I’m now considering if whether I should be doing the same on those sponsored links. Despite the fact that I’ve felt they are harmless in the past, I’ll have to reconsider what they do to dilute the message I’m putting out there. Thanks for the good thoughts, and the humor!

    • Tom said on March 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      @Ben I’m thinking of taking the hippy hosting plunge. I don’t think I’d every make enough money for inline ads to matter. You may very well get more traffic than I do. I don’t think anyone would think any less of your information. I’ll even click on some links in the hopes that you’ll get some extra money.

      • Ben said on March 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        The traffic on my site doesn’t always denote the kind of attention I’d like. I would much prefer having a higher level of discourse and comments that higher hits. Although I love that you’d be willing to help inflate my clicks, I’ve always done them as bulk buys so I can better budget my web hosting costs.

        The Hippie Hosting is going well so far, can’t wait to see how quickly we can kill that server with insanely great blogs 🙂