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Gue$t Po$t Controver$y

Gue$t Po$t Controver$y

LISTEN: I love to leave comments on other blogs and 99% of the time they are simply adding to the discussion, providing positive encouragement, or asking a question. I try to avoid “getting into it” with other readers who leave comments because 1) it’s usually futile, and 2) there’s just not enough time in the day. But once in a while a comment gets my attention and I can’t resist. This happened the other day over on my friend Danny’s blog – FirePole Marketing where the question was posed: should blogs charge for guest posts? Would you pay to guest post? A lot of comments were left but one in particular caught my attention and ended up in several exchanges. The text of that thread is below.  After you read it, leave a comment and let me know: What do you think about big blogs that charge for guests posts? Would you pay someone to let you guest post? What is your opinion of the discussion below? I’m a big boy… if you disagree with me, tell me why. The Topic: Should blogs charge for guest posts? Would you pay to guest post? The Comments: Jeremy wrote: No. And I would stop reading any blog that did this. Such a tactic screams of money-grubbing-self-important-too-big-for-their-britches bloggers. Blogging and writing needs more honesty and humility, so that people who make it to the top of the pile actually help those who are trying to climb up, rather than come up with schemes to get rich off of all the “little people.” – – – – – – – – – – Brent Riggs  wrote: “Such a tactic screams of money-grubbing-self-important-too-big-for-their-britches bloggers.” No, such a “tactic” screams of someone who owns their own blog and has the freedom to do with it as they please. If they have worked their butts off for years, built up an audience, and choose to charge for guest posts, it’s only the “little people” (little in free market and business intelligence) that jump to arguments of class warfare and call them egotistical and greedy for choosing to do what THEY want with THEIR blog. When a blog reaches a certain size and status, it becomes a product and commodity in and of itself, a result of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice. If you want to create a successful blog solely for altruism and not business, go for it. That’s your freedom. Best wishes to you. But if a successful blogger decides they want to charge for guest posts (which is simply now a product they offer) it serves two purposes: 1) they profit from THEIR hard work and perseverance, and 2) they...

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If You Have a Blog, You Must Have Customer Service

If You Have a Blog, You Must Have Customer Service

From Brent Below is an UNSOLICITED guest post from Melinda Fargo. She wrote it in response to some customer service I provided her one fine day. If you have a blog, you have to have customer service. People will have questions, make suggestions and need clarification. You’ll get inquiries about things YOU think are so simple and obvious but people need help with it. If you respond quickly, personally and friendly, you’ll endear people to you personally which in turn fosters loyalty and word of mouth promotion of your blog. Don’t underestimate the powerful marketing influence that good customer service has. Take care of your blog visitors no matter what kind of blog you have, or how “casual” your blog is. If you don’t care about responding to your visitors, trust me, they’ll find another blog that will.  Be sure to check out Mel’s blog… it’s a hoot.  You’ll love it. Here is the post from “Her Melness” – Melinda Fargo: What Good Customer Service Looks Like Like bolts of lightening, I have been struck a few memorable times in my life by good customer service when I thought it was nigh-on impossible to talk me down from the ceiling because I was SO VERY ANGRY. Me. Irate. I know. Hard to believe. But there you are. Having spent most of my life in customer service, I am sensitive to the subject and it is, necessarily, one of my pet areas. As a regular visitor to HerMelness Speaks…Out, you will know that, in my regular Make It Stop! Friday series, I recently waxed lyrical on Bad Customer Service. Today though, I am equally struck by the great customer service I received from Brent Riggs of Linky Tools.com. I sent a rather abrupt missive as to why my account was not working and asked for a speedy resolution. This was the message I got back. Your Majesty, Thy account is updatedeth. I am your humble servant, My Lady. Lord Brenteth I burst out laughing completely forgetting how annoyed I was that a tool I needed was not available. In that instance I became a fan for life. Why? The response was speedy. When you suspect a tool has failed not just you, but perhaps thousands of others, you wonder how quick the response will be after you hit the send button. Quick responses for technical support issues tend to be automatically generated. This was a personal response to a real person from a real person. The response was humorous – for retailers who are, or need to be, funny bone deficient for whatever reason – read genuine. Genuine is good. The retailer had taken the...

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Brainstorming Topics – Get Out, Watch, Listen

Brainstorming Topics – Get Out, Watch, Listen

Today we have a guest post by Julie Sanders.  Visit Julie’s blog “Come Have A Peace” and see what else she’s up to.  Julie says: “I hope you’ll be a regular visitor to my blog and share in the ordinary reminders of God’s extraordinary plan for us to experience His peace!” – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – At first I didn’t know if the voice in the bathroom stall was talking to me, but it was asking for my help.  Before I knew it, I was shopping for stretch pants and explaining to customer service why I needed to take unpaid merchandise into the restroom. In order to brainstorm new posts, you have to get out, watch, and listen. Instead of sitting in front of a computer and waiting for inspiration, writers find ideas and direction from discovering the felt needs of people in everyday life and in everyday places.  Simply getting out in a thoughtful way helps to overcome a writer’s season of drought. Getting out, in itself, may be little more than a way to consume large quantities of caffeine and overstay your welcome during “high traffic” times in lunch spots with free Wi-Fi. However, when we get out with a plan to watch and listen, we gather fodder for writing and inspiration to fuel the words.  While it’s certainly comfortable to “get out” in a setting with pastries or a good view, writers find motivation and ideas may be gathered anywhere that a variety of life and people is encountered. Great places to get out and gather ideas: A park A coffee shop A market or grocery store A hardware store An entertainment venue A museum A post office A place of worship A sidewalk An airport A car dealership Anywhere people do life generates ideas by watching and listening to what the needs are and how people respond to those around them. I wasn’t actually “eavesdropping,” but the couple at the table beside me wasn’t worried about their volume or editing their content.  I soon realized they weren’t a “couple,” and the male was intent on convincing his female companion that he was not only highly qualified and sought after, but he would succeed in finding the answer to her problem. She was concerned about a pending job loss, and he was determined to ride in on his proverbial white horse. I had the urge to rush over and tell her this trial could be a turning point, help her identify her strengths, encourage her with options, and pay for her bagel. Instead, I scribbled notes about fear of unemployment and...

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