Recently I’ve been getting more and more c**p emails in my inbox. I read them and they go straight in the bin. I also know that it’s not just me who gets them. We all do, loads of them. I think my inbox is currently sat at about 4365 unread mails, yet I know that these are not important, or junk mail. The important ones will have be read, prioritised, replied to and then sorted into a folder. But, even a small blogger like me still receives on a daily basis a lot of c*** emails that I steer clear of. So here’s a guide to the type of c*** emails to avoid as a blogger (from my point of view).
- The emails that aren’t addressed to you. If they start with ‘Hi’ or sometimes nothing at all, or just launching into content, these often go straight into the bin. However I do read them to make sure that there’s nothing of value included. If you get these type of emails then it’s best to remember that this email has probably also be sent to hundreds of other people as well as you.
- The badly written emails. Sometimes I can’t quite believe the grammar and spelling in some of the emails that I receive. Sometimes my name has even been spelt incorrectly. I had an experience where I agreed to take paid guest content from an initial email that had errors in it. Big mistake. The guest content arrrived and guess what, it was riddled with errors and didn’t make any sense. I never published it or got my fee, but to be honest it wasn’t worth the effort. That’s my lesson learnt, avoid emails where the sender cannot spell.
- The emails from SEO or website companies wanting to improve your Google ranking. Go away. I’m not paying a company in India money to sort out my site, I can do it myself. A lot of these emails go into my spam, but occasionally a couple come through into my email. Like the above emails with spelling errors, it’s best to avoid these too. Also don’t listen to the c*** that they are saying in the email about low ranking on Google, these emails have been sent out to hundreds of people.
- The guest post emails. I get so many of these, where somebody wants to provide content usually containing a follow link for me to publish on my blog, for no budget. They’re only looking for publicity and a link to a random webpage. I do often reply to these with my fees, and more often than not get a reply that there’s no budget, or why should they pay when it only takes me 5 minutes to set up a post. It’s still my time that is being used to do that. I am slightly contradicting myself here, it might be a good opportunity or it could be useful as a source of content if you’re going holiday to keep your blog fresh. But, it’s for you decide if you want to pursue this type of content.
If you’re a blogger reading this you’ll either be nodding your head with every word, or completely disagreeing with me. However remember that it’s only you who can decide what you do with these emails, and whether the opportunity is right for you and your blog. And lastly there are so many positive emails and those should be your focus and priority.
How do you deal with the c**p emails in your inbox. Are you the same as me, or do you respond differently. I would love to know.