Spam marketing emails are bad, too.
So when I get emails from people who want to write a “guest post” on my website because they want to get a backlink, I’m automatically suspicious. I don’t mind linking to something valuable, but I’m not dragging my site into the mud to link to someone who clearly doesn’t know what they’re doing.
Spam Marketing Emails: They Don’t Work. Really.
I get a lot — really, a lot — of crappy email proposals asking me if people can write here for a backlink to their own sites. The main problem isn’t always that they’re poorly written (although many are); it’s that they’re not even bothering to target the right people with their mass marketing efforts. (Okay, it also pisses me off that they send marketing junk to my work email.)
Today, though… this one! Something in it struck me as a bit similar to military stolen valor but in the writing world. (Shameless plug for my favorite stolen valor website of all time: Military Phonies. These guys do excellent work busting out people who have no guts but want the glory, which is a pretty shady thing to do.)
Back to the marketing email, though: