The latest spammy blog query

Kenton washing carStop spraying the spam

I love it when a good example of a bad query falls into my lap. You betcha I’m gonna blog about it.

I got this email the other day – only the name has been changed to protect this “professional blogger.”

Her email to me

My name is Spamela and I’m a Professional Blogger. I have more than 3+ yrs of experience writing for the web and have covered plenty of interesting topics.

I came across your blog and was wondering if you would be interested in allowing me to write relevant & useful topics on your blog at no cost.

At this point of my writing career, I simply want to get more visibility for my writing and I will write for free as long as you are fine with me adding a small author bio section following the blog post about myself.

Please let me know if you are interested and if you’d like for me to submit a sample blog post for your approval.

Spammy and generic

Spamela’s email – she could have sent it to a hundred different bloggers.

Nothing specific – no mention of any of my blog posts or even what my blog is about, no specifics on what she’d like to blog about for my page or how it would be helpful or interesting to my subscribers.

Stop speedingKenton and boys

Don’t be in a speeding hurry to pump out 50 emails (all the same email) to 50 bloggers. Slow down, do a little research on a few specific blogs at a time, make a few considered comments on these blogs.

Specifics of landing a guest blog spot

Found your blog – Explain, if you can remember, how you came across the person’s blog; i.e., you were looking for editors or proofreaders, you were looking for examples of blog guidelines, you were looking for word origins or vocabulary.

What do you like about the blog? – Add a few blog headlines from the host’s blog and say what you liked about those blog posts.

Relevant and useful topics – Explain the “relevant and useful topics” you’d like to blog about and how those topics apply to the host’s audience.

DSC01656Spamela asked for a bio spot – If she had visited my blog and looked at a few of my guests’ posts, she would have seen that I make this a habit – I always post the guest’s bio, a profile photo, and the guest’s social networking links.

Compliment – One compliment for the host blogger goes a long way – I love your Shark theme and design, I loved your portmanteau blog, I loved your Poetry Week – include a comment or two to indicate you have actually looked at the host blog.

My guidelines – Spamela did not mention my blog guidelines. Did she read them? Would she be willing to work within those guidelines?

See also my How to play well with others series – blog guidelines, hosting a guest blogger, the guest blog query, your guest post.



I can live for two months on a good compliment. ~Mark Twain


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27 responses to “The latest spammy blog query

  1. Touche! It is amazing the lack of effort people put into these “inquiries” and how much more productive their queries would be with just a little time and research. Goes to respect for your blog and their own work…..

  2. I laugh when I get those for my blog that I don’t even post to anymore and haven’t for I guess a year now- huhn.

  3. Funny, I got the exact same email from Spamela.

  4. I also received a similar email and when I questioned the intention, ‘spamela’ became quite irate.

  5. Lots of “professional” bloggers doing this lately or perhaps I am a Spam Magnet!

    • I think anyone who has a blog has probably received one or two or a dozen or so. The more popular my blog becomes (more followers), the more junk I get. If you are serious about guest blogging, I think it’s important to learn how to query.

  6. I get them too. The ones that tickle me the most are the ones purporting to be from SEO (search engine optimization) companies offering to make my blog more visible. I send those to my daughter, who is, as I write this, preparing her presentation for an SEO conference next week.

  7. I have had a few of these too. I just simply hit delete. Love the Mark Twain quote.

    • Normally, I hit delete too, Darlene. But this one – she called herself a “professional blogger” so I had a few words in response. If you are going to call yourself a professional or an “expert,” know of what you speak! She hasn’t written back. Go figure. I love that Mark Twain quote as well – and it’s true!

  8. A wise and considered response to her query.

  9. Scary, irritating, disrespectful, patronizing – these are the words that come to my mind when reading about Spamela and her tricks. I do NOT like being hit on by a stranger who doesn’t know who I am, what I stand for, but she/he/it still ‘wants’ to be on my blog…??!! Great post, Karen, highlighting these spammers.

    • Pfft! Duh-lete! Right? I don’t like being hit like this by a stranger either. Better to see a few comments on my blog – he/she gets to know me, I can get to know them, etc. Instead of someone who justs wants to get around. And she was going to do it for no charge – ha!

  10. I LOVE this post, Karen! Spamela never had a chance with your sharky insight into her motives…lol…

    I knew when we first started talking about your doing a post on MY blog for my WRITERLY WISDOM series that you were thorough in researching the people you work with regarding your blog and Spamela would have known that as well if she really cared about seeking to connect with you…;~)

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin

    • Thanks, Donna! And, absolutely, I check people out. I want to make sure that the guests I have on my blog are here for the fun of it, to help others, not just promote their own bloggy careers. There might be some promotion, but I usually ask people to provide a take-away in their guest blogs – give us something that will help others.

  11. Good grief! And don’t you just love the ones that make no sense, obviously written by someone who doesn’t speak English as a first language?
    Wow! Well good for you to call her out on it!

  12. I get these all the time. First off, if you really read my blog, you’d know I only write about historicals and mysteries, and since I write medieval mysteries, anything medieval is best of all. Secondly, I invite guest bloggers or authors I know. This isn’t a paying site. Thirdly, this spammer is just that. Possibly trying to hack their way into my blog or some other nefarious thing. Or clueless. Either way, it’s no sale.

  13. Reblogged this on Cape Town Proofreader and commented:
    Brilliant article…

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