As a newbie blogger you start off at the ass end of the world.
But over time you get links, hits and comments, and you become more of a presence on the interwebby.
About this time you start to get people contacting you for a varying amount of products.
They are from all sorts of different people, PR companies, new websites, Ad agencies, and they are trying to get you to put their product up, for free.
No one wants to pay you for it, they try and make out they are helping you, or your readers, but most of them are just blatant advertising.
I even had Cricket Australia try and get a free plug once.
Recently I wrote about the Local to Lords competition. I put it on the site, because i thought some of you buggers may want to enter, but I took the piss because they did not offer me any payment for the plug.
That was my way of keeping the balance.
Well Richard from Sportreveiw has shit all over my attempt at pissing off a free plugger.
L&P a soft drink manufactured by coke, that is “world famous in New Zealand” emailed him asking for a free plug, they’d never put it that way, about some cricket game they are doing.
Here are parts of his reposne:
“I got a press release from L&P’s PR agency today on their upcoming BYC cricket tournament. PR’s easy, it works like this:
- Get list of ’sport blogger’ email addresses. For god’s sake don’t bother reading their site to see if they a) do this kind of thing thing or b) hate you
- Send out a mass emailed press release
- Bloggers do your job for you and send that shit ‘viral’ on the ‘internet’”
And then later on he explains how the plug will work on his site.
“This is how it’s going to go on my site:
- Blogger receives mass emailed press release from L&P (disclosure: blogger already thinks L&P should eat bag of dicks)
- Blogger responds with snarky mcsnark snark blog post”
Get over there and read the whole post.
The funny thing is next year, he will probably get the same email.
Oh and that Cricket Australia email i got, they sent it to Beige Brigade as well, because what would a bunch of kiwi fans want more than to be a publicity mule for Cricket Australia.