I love education. I love education technology. I also love writing.
I know there are some genuine people out there who love freelance writing. There are some people with a voice and no platform.
I was flattered when my blog received enough attention in the blogosphere to have people emailing me guest posts. It still flatters me. I figured with some solid guest post guidelines I’d get some good content. Unfortunately, spammers thought differently.
Take for instance, content. The guidelines kept getting more and more specific because I’d receive submission with titles like these:
- “hair straightener”
- “The Invisible Threat to London’s Economy [Infographic]
- “Know Everything about Mobile Wallets in 10 Minutes”
- “How to purchase an affordable desktop pc to improve your gaming”
- A review of “boosters for mobile signal amplification”
Or the one who thought I’d pay him to blog on my site?
I’m looking for a paid post on your site, here I can provide you with a well researched content. Let me know how much you charge for a do-follow link within the content?
Make it reasonable so I’ll come up with regular post.
Yeah, not happening, buddy. Not to mention the do-follow link is also not happening.
There were other submitters who didn’t think I’d Google sections of the article. It was obviously plagiarized. This is an education blog! Please cite sources. And yes, that includes the “artwork” you sent along with the article.
Speaking of plagiarism…I’m not going to support essay writing services. Also, I don’t believe for one second that you’ll give me “100% original content” as long as I promise to backlink to BuyCheapOriginalPapers.com or DontWriteItBuyIt.com. Especially after reading the essay and my inner English teacher cries at its lack of organization, use of mechanics, and overall content.
On other occasions, the email that accompanied the submission was rather rude. For example,”[k]indly check and publish it on your website. Also do inform me once it is done”. Umm, what? Okay, to be fair, these were probably errors in translation.
But you’d expect if the email was some of the worst butchered English, the article would be so full of grammar and spelling mistakes that it would be difficult to read, right? WRONG! No obvious errors. Yeah, I don’t believe you wrote that. Maybe you’ve got a robot that spit that out, but I know you certainly didn’t write it.
It was also strange to have someone with a personal email address submit an article with someone else’s name in the author biography. When confronted, the emailer stated the bylined writer was “on my team”. Why can’t the bylined writer send it? sniff sniff Something smells fishy to me.
And, so, dear readers, it is with a frustrated heart that I requirements for guest posts will become stricter and sadly, more subjective. If it doesn’t exactly follow the guidelines, denied. If I suspect plagiarism, denied. If I don’t like it, denied.
So what can you do if you really want to submit a guest post?
I still love the idea of guest posts. I still will accept guest posts. It will just be rarer now. So what can you do? Follow the guidelines. Email me a review of a web 2.0 technology using a Prezi or a Glogster. Even better, review that technology using that technology…for example, a review of YouTube in a YouTube video. Explain in the email why you want to submit this to Teaching & Technology. Of course I’ll backlink to a social media account, if its appropriate for K-12 audience. I’m a one-person operation. If your post can contribute to keeping Teaching & Technology a quality blog, then I want to know about it. If not, then find another blogger to bother.