Every week I get a number of e-mails like this one:
Dear Site Owner,
My name is [name redacted].
We would like to say that your blog is well-written and it contains lots of useful and up-to-date information.
We really got interested in your web resource http://www.miss-thrifty.co.uk and we would like to cooperate with you in future.
Our website is devoted to credit cards and it’s at the top 10 in Google for the keywords ‘credit cards’. (Note: I looked and it isn’t.)
It’s a high traffic site with PR4 and it contains loads of useful financial information presented in news and articles
that highlight the most much-talked-of issues such as credit cards, debt solutions, financial crisis, ways out of it, and many more.
We believe this information can awake interest in your guests as well.
We would like to purchase some links at your site.
We thank in you in advance for your cooperation.
(Translation, for the uninitiated: they want to pay me to publish a link to their credit card site.)
As you can probably guess from the “mass send-out” nature of this e-mail, I’m not the only moneyminded blogger to get these offers. I’m interested to note that not everyone ignores them though. I find it quite discombobulating when I pitch up at a blog offering advice on personal finance and/or a frugal lifestyle, only to find it proudly displaying ads for get-into-debt cards.But maybe that’s just me?
While it’s always nice to have peeps vying for advertising space on this blog, I can’t help thinking that missives such as the one above are missing the point somewhat. I mean, the clue is in the blog name! Maybe I should set up a evil twin blog called Miss Spendthrifty, splash credit card ads all over it, then rake it in.