Some people who do not have any other way to make a living, create websites with attractive names, example Architecture blog, Fashion blog, Health blog, etc, hoping that third-party businesses will write on their website an article with links promoting that business. This is called guest post / sponsored post / advertorial, and cost usually $10 to $100+ depending by popularity of each blog.
But NOT ME. My name is Teoalida and www.teoalida.com is my PERSONAL website dedicated exclusively to articles and projects made by me, by the way I make a living from sales of my projects, few thousands $ per month, consequently ads are NOT required to cover server costs, I am NOT looking for third-party writers. I do NOT want to turn my PERSONAL website into a cheap advertising place for other people.
How I started being spammed by guest post requests
Shortly after moving to .com domain in 2012, I made a page traffic stats where I also stated prices in case someone want to post a link or banner on my website. That times my income was low and any extra $ was welcome, despite of this, just 1-2 people each year contacted me for advertising purpose.
Before changing WordPress theme in March 2020 which add anti-SPAM code for every email address, I had an spam-catching email written in HTML code with white text to not be seen by humans but only by bots, while Contact page showed a different email address in image format to prevent bots from reading it and receive only human-sent emails, which I was replying.
Several people asked me to write about certain products/services, for example in Chatting with website visitors containing my story how I found Zendesk Chat, some people commented asking me to write about other chat software. I replied that I only write about services I personally used. They did mentioned anything about $.
In May 2018 I got an email asking me to post a link to ArchDaily.com while my website already had a link to this website placed from personal interest. I was confused especially after his 5th email offering me $65/link to post 3 more links. I though that is a JOKE, I wanted to ask friends for an opinion before replying him, and lacking reply from my friends I forgot to reply him until 2 weeks later when he didn’t replied anymore. Lost a great offer! (a year later I re-read emails and came in conclusion that he didn’t wanted to pay for links to ArchDaily but found me while looking websites that contains link to ArchDaily to pay them for links to 3 other websites that he is managing).
Since 2019 I received few similar emails, checking Clicky I could see that their IP visited a random page of my website, next seconds clicked Contact page and emailed me without checking website any further to realize that this is personal website. They requested me to post a full article instead of a simple link, and surprisingly, paid me $50. One of them accidentally forwarded me entire communication with customer (about 15 emails), a music artist who wanted to post on a music site, but don’t know how after ~10 emails the music website URL been replaced by my website URL and the artist paid me for posting his music article on my real estate website (I posted it into /weird-stuff section).
I continued to reply emails requesting sponsored posts and created a section www.teoalida.com/guest/ and realized that I made a huge mistake, some idiot probably shared my email address to many guest post providers and within first 6 months of 2020 I received (and replied) over such 100 emails, many mentioning adult / casino websites which I DON’T want to have links to (they probably purchased a list of emails, never visited my website to see its topic), out of 100+ spammers contacting me, only 3 actually gave me an article to post, articles outside my website topic, and paid me only half of the price I was asking.
Been replying them a copy-paste text (modified over time) usually like this “Why do you choose my PERSONAL website to post your stuff? I don’t need third-party content but if you really want to post an article on my website, I can post in www.teoalida.com/guest/ section and will cost you $50, if is too expensive please find other websites to post your stuff“
Most replied that is too expensive, some said that cannot pay at all and just wanted to give me a free article, some asked discount promising me 4-6 articles/month, I said $40 but they still have not given me any article to post. One person sent me over 10 emails over a month “I can pay you $10”, “any update?”, “plz tell me last price”, “I pay you $15 please reply” even if I replied only his 1st email, and 3 months later started emailing me again. Surprisingly nobody care about how much traffic I have, nobody provided a clear explanation why choose my personal website, these guys must be really desperate for getting links purely for SEO purposes!
In 2020 I asked on a Facebook group dedicated to SEO for advices what to do regarding shitload of emails requesting sponsored posts but not giving me anything to post, talked with SEO experts and I came across people who made a couple of blogs purposely for guest posts, also having contracts with major news websites to give them sponsored posts, by this way I understood how guest posting is done and wrote this article to warn others to not fall in same trap.
Conclusion: these spammers are SEO companies (most of them from India), building a database of websites that allow paid posts and present them to their clients, this does NOT guarantee that someone will pay for posts, instead I risk getting more similar emails and I waste time replying spammers instead of replying actual customers who want to buy my products! Depends by clients where they want to pay, naming my website according my real name is NOT attractive, an architect seeing a list of websites where he can post, is more likely to choose Architecture-Blog.xyz rather than on Teoalida.com.
Due to above bad experiences I decided to NOT accept guest posts anymore. I still accept paid links in existing posts ONLY FROM people saying for example “I am the owner of http://www.example.com, can I have a banner ad on https://www.teoalida.com?”
2018 ArchDaily email
Subject: Request for collaboration on Teoalida
Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 8:48 AM
I recently came across your website and noticed you have previously linked to archdaily.com and I was wondering if you could add one more link to this article for a reasonable fee?
This is the article I am talking about: https://www.teoalida.com/design/housing/
I can pay straight away via paypal if you can send me an invoice.
My marketing budget is not big at all, but hopefully we can agree on an amount of money that makes it worthwhile for you to take a few minutes to add one more link to the article.
Have a great day and let me know if you have questions.
Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 2:15 PM
Found your email in SPAM folder
How do you know that I previously linked to archdaily? The link is STILL on website, in this paragraph:
I found that the lack of customers in 2008-2011 was unclear introduction of website. I got comments like “Thank, great collection of plans” or questions like “Do you also design houses?” and “Wow these houses are designed by you?“. Conclusion: people confused my PERSONAL website with the numerous architecture websites who just collect photos and house plans found on internet and do not offer services, example ArchDaily.
So you are going to PAY me to keep this link? Just say your budget.
Do you want to add link somewhere with a special paragraph for advertising?
I usually charge $20 per month for banner ads (400×200 pixels) and I have few advertisers in real estate. If you want a link and not banner, maybe half price is OK.
Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 9:56 AM
Good day! It’s great to hear back from you.
We’re not affiliated with https://www.teoalida.com/ in any way.
Would it be possible to add links to any of your existing posts on your site permanently? I am willing to pay for a small fee for the link inclusion.
Let me know if possible. Looking forward in collaborating with you.
Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 6:08 PM
Why did you said “We’re not affiliated with https://www.teoalida.com/ in any way.” it’s obvious that you are not affiliated with me. May I ask you if you are from ArchDaily or what is your relation with them?
The link is added on my website since 6 years ago. How do you benefit from this link, just SEO? since you aren’t a company providing services. Do you want to pay one-time or per month?
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 11:59 AM
Good day, it’s great to hear back from you.
We’re not affiliated with http://www.ArchDaily .com/ in any way rather.
I was thinking if we could place my links to your existing articles for a one time fee of $65 per link. I have at least 3 links in here.
Let me know. Looking forward in collaborating with you.
Sat, May 5, 2018 at 9:47 PM
Sorry for not replying at your last email but I am a bit confused about this…
You have 3 links from my website or WANT me to post 3 links? If you can suggest where in articles, on what pages do you want me to post the links, what anchor text or maybe few rows of text with link somewhere inside, let me know! or you let me to choose where to place links?
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 5:50 AM
Still waiting for some reply…. if you really want something with links. I find your emails a bit dubious. Why someone would pay a huge sum of $65 per link?
One of the MANY guest post spammers
Subject: Post Blog Post Proposal
Date 2020-10-01 19:42
My name is Jane and I am a representative of the Authority Builders Outreach Team.
I’m sure you get a ton of spammy submissions so I’ll get straight to the point – our clients would love to submit a post for publishing with a permanent do-follow link through the article on teoalida.com/.
Your site would be added to our platform for more than 25,000 clients and open for choosing in our inventory at any time.
Please let me know your thoughts and fees – I’d be happy to move forward with this collaboration!
All the best,
Date 2020-10-02 11:55
No thanks, I don’t want 25,000 clients to SPAM my email begging for posts.
Some poor people make blogs purposely to get third-party people writing articles on them, charge $10/post and hope to get 1 per day to make $300/month. But NOT ME. If my website will be listed on your platform, what would mean “Teoalida” for your clients? How do they know what articles can post here? Probably it have no meaning, so I would not get any submissions. Let me answer you: Teoalida is MY NAME and teoalida.com is my PERSONAL website dedicated exclusively to projects made by me and makes $5000+/month from projects and property sales thus advertising is NOT necessary to cover server costs.
How did you got my URL / my email address? If you reached me by buying a “list of websites that accept guest posts” from another spammer, tell him to remove me from list because teoalida.com is personal website and DOES NOT ALLOW GUEST POSTS.
Date 2020-10-02 19:12
I acknowledge your concerns you have, but none of our clients would contact you directly you would be only in contact with our marketing team that take care of orders, secondly we take guidelines that you give us and our professional team of writers always writes the content strictly by the guidelines you gave us and also on our platform sites are categorized by the sites niche.
Hopefully i have made the things more clear, we respect your decision but if you ever decide to change your mind, please contact us we would love to work together.
Date 2020-10-03 08:26
This started in 2018 when I got an email asking for a link to ArchDaily.com, I replied that I already have a link to them, he replied offering me $65/link to add 3 more links. I though that is a JOKE, I tried to consult with friends and when I replied him after 10 days it was too late, no more replies from him. (after a year I re-read emails, he mentioned that is not related with ArchDaily and probably he wanted to pay for links to other 3 sites he own)
Since 2019 I received few similar emails, this time I replied all asking for $50 to post links, and now I realized that I made a huge mistake, some idiot probably shared my email address to many guest post providers and since beginning of 2020 I received (and replied) over 100 emails like yours, many mentioning adult / casino which I DON’T want to have links to, and only 3 actually gave me an article to post, articles outside topic of my website, and paid me only half of the price I was asking.
I posted this https://www.facebook.com/groups/990388724322456/permalink/3736241949737106/ hoping to get an expert answer, but nobody replied. Due to above BAD experiences I decided to NOT accept guest posts anymore.
Since you DID NOT mentioned a specific website you want link to) you are probably a SEO company building a database of websites that allow paid posts and share it with others, this does not guarantee that I will get paid posts, instead I risk getting more emails like yours and I waste time replying spammers instead of replying actual customers who want to buy my products!
Date 2020-10-11 21:00
I just wanted to follow up and check if you got my previous email?
Please let me know your thoughts!
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Date Fri 21:00
I was wondering if you had the time to review my email?
Our company – Authority Builders is working with our clients that are interested in placing
relevant non-promotional content with do-follow links on teoalida.com/.
Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Date Sat 15:03
I know that 25,000 clients won’t contact me directly, they will contact you and indicate which websites they want to post, unlikely to choose to post on mine, and you will give me articles, but I just DON’T want articles written by other people on my PERSONAL website. Read more www.facebook.com/groups/990388724322456/permalink/3736241949737106/