Now, I have your attention! Oh, Tonya speaks about checking your ass over at Budget on the Beach, you should get there next. My easy girls are related to blogging news. I want to talk about selling yourself short. I know many bloggers would take anything advertisers offer, because ‘’$20 is better than nothing’’. Well, it isn’t necessarily. Remember that girl in high school that you could get to spend the night in the back of your car for a couple of beers? And the other one you had to buy flowers, and chocolates, and a heart shaped balloon just to be granted permission to hold hands? Who do you think wins? Who would you rather be? I know I’d rather have the courtship and be showered in presents. Don’t sell yourself short. Inquire with your peers about rates, and know what you are willing to accept.
For placement of garbage links, I have been offered
Nothing: ‘’Hey, we have a super cool product, would you mind taking 2 hours of your time to check it, review it for free, and recommend it to your readers?”. Another one was an ad rep saying his client has ‘’no budget’’. I wish I had no budget, ad reps working for free, and websites advertising for me for free. And we would all be unicorns.
Links to a link farm: ‘’Hey, put a premium banner for us on your homepage, and we’ll put you on a random page with 200 others on our site’’.
Quality content: ‘’Hey, our ghost writer is better than most and will write a 300 words article about PF, something he knows nothing about, with even more English mistakes than you. Expect the topic to be 5 ways to save money, spun 200 times over the PFsphere!’’.
$10: Oh sweetie… Where to start? With the time to read and rewrite the crap you are sending, argue on the links you want to place (for which you are charging your poor client ‘’on a limited budget’’ $200), find a picture that makes up for the terrible post, upload, format, and offend my readers by imposing them your work? Totally worth $10.
Side note: I happily accept guest posts from fellow bloggers, with links to their non commercial blogs or sites, contact me if you would like to guest post on RFI.
Bottom line: do not sell yourself short. Yes I said that three times already. You are not doing yourself nor your fellow bloggers a favor.
On life news, I am giving the garden a second chance. I mentioned previously that it has been an epic fail so far, but in spite of it being a time suck and money drain, I enjoy gardening and want to try again. Safe for the plants that we brought grown already, like basil and oregano, nothing has grown in two months. The seedlings have a hard time growing, because they either burned by the sun, drown by the heavy rains, uprooted by the wind or eaten by the chicks. Not much I can do about the weather but increase the watering when it is very hot. I plan on fencing around the patch so the hens can’t come eat the plants. They also like to dig a hole and sit there when it is hot, I guess because the freshly watered patch makes the earth cooler and refreshes them. Thanks to many gardening posts this week, the garden 2.0 is taking shape! I have sown lettuce, coriander, tomatoes, broccoli and spinach so far. Fingers crossed!
I published four posts this week
As well as a guest post on I Heart Budgets about how to have your own best interests at heart, financially and otherwise.
On Rather Be Shopping, Kyle published a fun interview of me, if you can’t wait to see what my favorite brand of cereal is, head over there.
Thank you to everyone who mentioned RFI this week, I really appreciate it.
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