I get so much spam. Because my name is on the about page for Freethoughtblogs as some kind of official leader (really, I’m not — I keep telling everyone it’s total anarchy here, with all these writers going their own way), I get all this email from commercial outfits that want free advertising — they tell me they have written an article that is just perfect for our site, and they’re willing to let me publish it for free (sometimes they even offer to pay me for the privilege). It’s often clear that they have no idea what they’re doing, they’re just looking at traffic rankings and trying to get their site injected into the stream. They’re pathetic. Like Patrick here:
My name is Patrick, I am the main editor at redacted.com
Hi, Patrick. Did you know that redacted.com is a shit site selling worthless or dangerous diet pills? Aren’t you a little embarrassed to be a shill for such patent garbage?
While browsing your site, I noticed you have an amazing article from this page:
Yes. It’s a good post. She writes lots of interesting things, I’m glad you noticed. But did you actually read what she wrote, or, Patrick, were you just randomly requesting attention on sites that used certain keywords? It’s all about how you shouldn’t judge people based on their bodies.
My team actually just published a comprehensive article on 44 Quick Effective Weight Loss, Body Shape Exercises for Women which I think your visitors would truly appreciate and add value to your awesome article.
You can check it out here: http://redacted.com/weight-loss-body-exercises-women/
Gosh, Patrick, it looks like you didn’t even glance at Yemmy’s article. You just saw the magic phrase “losing weight” in the URL.
If you were willing to add our link to that page, I would be more than happy to share it to thousands of our social followers to help you gain some visibility in exchange.
Ummm, no. We gain nothing by shilling for your crap page. You’re not looking to help us out at all — you want to tap into our readership to get more traffic to your worthless site.
I’m doing you a favor by not posting a link, because I don’t think our readers would like you very much.
Let me know what you think and thank you for your consideration!
What do I think? Fuck you, Patrick.
And then there’s Sam.
It’s disappointing to see that we have not been able to (re)connect in the last several months even after so much outreach.
We thought this would be an easy win-win considering the success we’ve seen in the past with publishers like yourself. We’ve been able to utilize the scale of our network to generate a higher ROI and much more.
If you can spare a few minutes I would appreciate knowing what your priorities are so I can reach back out should we develop new offerings that are relevant to you.
You’re disappointed, Sam? You’re trying to play the guilt card? You’ve been working so hard to be my profitable friend?
Fuck you too, Sam. Better yet, how about if you and Patrick get together and fuck each other for me.
I know, you don’t have to tell me. I’m a terrible CEO for FtB. I’m just not diplomatic at all.