I don’t want to sound like a dick head by saying this, but I’m going to do it anyway—advertising on my blog is a fucking privilege.
Two weeks ago I was approached by a company based out of the UK about placing a full page ad on my blog for rates that were ridiculously low for such a thing. For those of you who don’t know, search engines work by finding links and seeing keywords to categorize those thinks and the amount of links they have across the internet increases their value—so to speak. First off, I don’t do full page text advertisements that aren’t in the form of blog entries—anything that sits in my menu navigation is immediately a no. My visitors expect me to maintain a certain quality of content on this blog, and full page text advertisements are trashy.
I don’t host trash.
Let me disclose the rates they offered me: 125 dollars a year for a “telecommunications, beauty, health, tourism or finance client” or $140 a year for an “online gaming client (poker, casino, bingo etc).” I immediately rejected the offer because those rates are too low for an entire page of links and keywords—and I don’t do those types of advertisements anyway. They came back with an offer for $180 dollars a year but told me that my site was best fit for an “online gaming client.”
Huge red flags, y’all.
They completely ignored my response which told them I wouldn’t work with any online gaming client and that I didn’t do that form of advertisement. I responded to this email with a clear statement of the forms of advertisements I offer for what rates. And what did they respond with three days later?
A FUCKING PREWRITTEN FULL PAGE TEXT ADVERTISEMENT THAT THEY WANTED ME TO PUT ONTO MY BLOG. (With a promise of $180 dollars in my Paypal account upon publishing. Which is still too fucking low for this sort of thing.)
Before this email, I was annoyed. Now I’m fucking pissed.
If you want to advertise here, go for it—but it will be under my terms which are not unreasonable. Also, I do and will not work with online gaming clients for any amount of cash.
I’m not trashy.
P.S. If you would like to know what company this is, comment or tweet at me.
Edit—Actually, here is their email footer. No need to tweet at me.