This is not a credit card blog!

Miss Thrifty5 February 16, 2009

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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 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.
Best regards,
[name redacted].

(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.

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5 Responses to “This is not a credit card blog!

Holly says:

I so many of these that I’ve started just deleting them straight away. They wind me up so much and I agree that it’s disheartening to see a money saving blog plastered in adverts for credit cards.

February 17, 2009 at 12:23 am

RateNerd says:

These are just automated emails – there are lots of SEO packages that seek out links and send this kind of spam. Delete, and move on!

keep posting your savings methods – we all need them!

February 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Chris says:

There is worse. Frugal sites that advertise “get rich quick” schemes. I see one of these, I delate that site pronto. I am left speechless at this sort of advertizing on any site but on a frugal site! Pass go, straight to hell and stay there while you are at it.

February 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Nick says:

I run a number of different blogs and get these messages all the time. The fact that webmasters are seeking out your blog as a potential target for links illustrates that your doing a good job. Google loves blogs that are natural and organic and are not manufactured in any way. People are simply trying to capitalise on your success. So, take it as a compliment!

I’ve read your blog a few times now, I think the first time was something about La Taska a month or so back, keep up the good work : )


May 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Hi there, I’ve accidently stumbled upon this site while searching around the Internet as I’m looking for some info on debt relief!. It’s an interesting blog so I’ve bookmarked this site and will revisit you another day to enjoy a proper read when I have more time.

November 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

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