Odd Guest Post Inquiries

Last Update: May 15, 2017

I have started accepting guest posts on my website and sometimes get messages from people in niches nothing like mine asking to post on my site.

These messages seem to be increasing. I used to respond to them but have stopped and made that clear on my guest post guidelines.

Here is an example of a message I got a few hours ago. My niche is child development.

Hello,

I am Abe Whitney editor at https://premiumchefknives.com

I have been following your blog for quite some time now and I love your content and lessons you share with your readers. Every time I read a post, I feel like I’m able to take a single, clear lesson away from it, which is why I think it’s so great!
I believe I can add value to your audience on a few different topics and so I’ve included those topics, I think would really resonate your readers here:

1. 7 Best Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Needs

2. The 4 Kitchen Knives Every Home Cook Should Own

3. Top 4 Best Electric Knife Sharpeners of 2017

Let me know if these titles seem interesting to you.
Thanks so much for considering my request! And I assure you, I will make this process as seamless as possible for you by sending you a formatted document with links included that you can copy and paste directly

Regards
Abe Whitney

I don't understand the point of this. Clearly this person has not been following my website. Are these people copying and pasting this message and sending it to any website accepting guest posts? Seems like such a waste of time.

I would love some thoughts on this. I assume I'm not the only one getting these messages.

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mickeyb123 Premium
I am going to agree with the majority of those, below.

This is spam, plain and simple.

Several of the buyers I have worked with until they told me what they were actually doing, were doing this; Justing sending mass posts out to whoever may be interested in guest blogs!

I wouldn't even think they are good backlinks as they may be authority sites, they are not authority sites in YOUR niche, which may actually help.
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Rbobejr1960 Premium
He may be trying to develop back links to his site, if you need them as well you may consider this.
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TanjaRita Premium
Yes, he is clearly looking for backlinks. I like backlinks too, but they have to be good. I wouldn't go searching for backlinks for my site from any random site.

I would never offer to write a guest post article about child development on a site that reviews chef knives.

But I guess some people will stoop to that level.
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BGough Premium
There are software solutions which take input from the "writer", search for websites advertising they accept guest posts and then forward the email templates to them. These type posts could be from these blogs trying the shotgun method of finding a guest post opportunity.
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TanjaRita Premium
I didn't know this type of thing existed but it makes sense. And this isn't the first message like this I have received.

I responded to the first few but now have stopped because it's clear they are not genuine. I have also noticed that a lot of these messages are cut and paste as I received one from someone in the pet niche and the email was almost word for word the same. Other than the article suggestions.
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BGough Premium
The ones that are word for word the same except for the niche specific words are either software driven or fill in the blank templates, both can be bought.

If it were me I would just ignore them.
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TanjaRita Premium
That is what I have started doing. Once I realized these were cut and paste emails.
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WaynePro Premium
Wow, I agree with you. Seems like he's using you to advertise his site and products.

Wayne
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TanjaRita Premium
Yes, someone clearly looking for backlinks.
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JLister Premium
Looks like copy and paste to be honest
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TanjaRita Premium
I think it is what BGough above wrote about.
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