Thus read the title of an email in my inbox this morning. The message continued:
Hey,I consult for a Canadian immigration lawyer who is looking to expand her presence online. I am interested in having a mention within one of your upcoming blog postshttp://vwxynot.blogspot.com/ leading back to my client’s website, in the form of an unobtrusive text link.The post should not mention that it is sponsored or paid and should appear as natural as possible.If you could help me out, I would be more than willing to compensate you.Let me know if you are interested.Thanks,Lindsay
Where to start?
Maybe with why not to begin a business proposition with “Hey”? Or the fact that the Blogspot incarnation of this blog has been dormant for well over a year now? And that the only times I’ve ever blogged about Canadian immigration, it’s been abundantly clear that a) I never used an immigration lawyer, and b) it was in a “YAY, I’m a citizen now and don’t ever need to deal with Canadian immigration ever again!” kind of way?
Well, those are all good options, but I’ll go with this: I’d like to promise my readers that I have never, ever taken money, goods, or anything else in return for linking to external sites on my blog; all links are 100% “natural”. I’m not going to rule out, say, writing a review of a product I’ve been given for free, but it would have to be a very special product – and if such a thing ever happens, I promise to clearly mention the freebie at the top of that hypothetical post.
Last time I received a similar request (in this case to put a link to a tuna recipes website on a project description page of our department’s website), I replied “if you can explain how tuna recipes are relevant to the study of the hormone signalling axis in cancer cell metastasis, then I’ll consider it”, and never got a response. I’m tempted to do something similar this time… any suggestions welcome!