Is it Wise to Use Our Free Time Writing Guest Blog Posts?

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Is it Wise to Use Our Free Time Writing Guest Blog Posts? Requests by Other Professionals We Meet on the Internet

I’ve suffered two losses this year, although minor in the larger scheme of things. I was asked to write guest, blog posts for two different blogs and two different groups of people that I had formed relationships with on social media.

The first deleted my post along with the other guest bloggers’ posts after only a few weeks live on the net, and ne’er without so much as an explanation. No return emails, complete and total silence. For whatever reason, I know it’s not because of me personally, as I was in good company. In the future I won’t be able to justify spending precious time writing blog posts only to have them sent away somewhere into the blogosphere filing cabinet.

The second request and group, as it turned out, didn’t have a valid copyright license, so anything with my name connected to their name would be, well, taking future liability risks. Getting involved in a legal tangle is not my idea of promoting my blog writing or professional opinions. See Lenn Harley’s blog posts tagged copyright. Save yourself legal troubles and money, and learn about copyright infringement.

So, as the saying we’ve all heard many times before, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” Beam me up, Scotty!

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Rainmaker
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Lisa Wetzel
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Pamela ... thanks for the wonderful insight!  What a great blog!

April 21, 2012 06:08 AM
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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Bob, not many of us do not have much free time, but we have choices to do what's important to us. Thanks for your comment,

Lisa, thank you! I appreciate your saying so. Have a great weekend.

April 21, 2012 11:40 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Wow, doesn't seem to be any courtesy for your valuable time involved either? I think that actually it's a good idea in the long run as Lenn has mentioned but you never really KNOW what or where your posts will end up.  I've personally asked many people that would find it personally hard to do their own blog to just do a guest spot on mine.  They've gotten great benefits from it.  I just think of it as 'diversity' for my blog with differing opinions or perspectives.

April 22, 2012 05:41 AM
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Matt Robinson
Pensacola Real Estate (850) 292-4000
ERA Emerald Coast Realty

I wouldn't let a couple of bad eggs spoil your opinion, because guest blogging is a great way tap into someone else's readership and following to drive traffic to your own blog.  You may just need to do a little more research to make sure they get enough traffic to make it worth your time, and that they are a legitimate group.

February 15, 2013 10:44 AM
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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Hi Lyn, I don't mind if someone wants to post on my blog, but I've decided I'm not going to blog on any other blog. It doesn't seem like it pays off. I don't appreciate having to spend time writing a post and then have it deleted. People can post on my blog though. 

Matt, just not for me, unless it is someone who is notable and has a notable blog.

February 15, 2013 11:23 AM
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