Would you Pay to Submit a Guest Post?

This is an issue that came up a little bit before the holiday season.

In my December Project ABC update, I mentioned that I’d discovered blogs that charge other bloggers for the opportunity to guest post – sometimes – even to submit a post for review.

Obviously, this isn’t the way we do things at Firepole Marketing; we don’t pay for guest posts, and we certainly don’t charge for them! We consider it a fair exchange of value – guest posters provide us with content, and we provide feedback and an audience.

Other bloggers do pay for Guest Posts – Carol Tice wrote a wonderful justification for doing so, and several commenters on that Project ABC update stated their intention to do the same. This is basically treating a guest poster like a freelance writer who does a job that they have a right to payment for.

And then there are those sites that charge for the privilege. They have fee structures and word/link limits and consider a free guest post “free advertising” for the writer. A big, engaged audience is a valuable resource, and maybe it’s a part of their business model to charge people for access to it.

What are your thoughts? Would you ever pay to submit a guest post? Have you been asked?

What would you do on your own blog? Please leave a comment and let us know what you think!


Megan Dougherty has been with Firepole Marketing since 2010, first as Danny's Assistant and more recently as Education Lead. When she's not working with wonderful students and readers here, she's building her own audience based business helping the young and underemployed handle their money at Paying For Life. You can drop her a line on Twitter or Google+.

Comments

  1. says

    Pay to guest post? Nope. Not unless my life or limbs hinges on it. As a teen blogger, I can’t pay for anything without a parent’s credit card.

    Also, I don’t get fantastic results with guest posting anyways. No more than a new follower, even with top writing blogs. The benefits are geared more toward those who I’m guest posting for, and the bloggers I want to associate with don’t charge.

  2. says

    Hi Megan — thanks for the shout-out!

    I come out of the world of songwriting, and all I can say is : Don’t pay to play! You shouldn’t have to.

    I’d like to put in front of everyone the idea of paying for guest posts on your blog. It has been a game-changer for my blog, set it apart from other blogs in my niche, and brought it a ton of attention, and great guest posts!

    I’ve had so much response to the fact that I pay for guest posts that I’ve set up a permanent page now with a lot of tips on how to pitch me and links to past guest posts — it’s here: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/why-i-pay-writers.

    That page includes my compendium of other markets that pay for guest posts, so if you’re looking for blogging pay, check it out!

  3. says

    No. And I would stop reading any blog that did this.

    Such a tactic screams of money-grubbing-self-important-too-big-for-their-britches bloggers.

    Blogging and writing needs more honesty and humility, so that people who make it to the top of the pile actually help those who are trying to climb up, rather than come up with schemes to get rich off of all the “little people.”

  4. Marc says

    I have not paid to have guest posts published or charged to publish guest posts at my own blogs. But I think it is fairly common because I get a lot of requests from people who want to publish a guest post at one of my blogs, and many of them ask how much I charge. I get at least a few people per week that seem willing to pay to have their post published. I have no idea how much they would be willing to pay because I’ve never pursued it. My guess is that these posts wouldn’t be the best quality and they would probably want unnatural links, which is essentially selling links and could lead to penalties from Google. I think the buyer would look at it like paying for a sponsored review, except they get to control the content of the review.

    • says

      That is a bit of a red flag – if someone’s first instinct is to ask about prices for a blog post – of course it could just be a different set of community standards – interesting. Thanks!

  5. says

    I haven’t pitched a post to anyone (been asked to guest post on a few occasions, though) or had anyone pitch theirs for my blog, but the way I see it is akin to approaching a magazine editor.

    If I have great content that in my opinion would contribute to someone’s blog, I’d send either the idea or the story to the blogger and ask if they might want to publish it. If someone approached me, I’d wish to review the post or get at least an idea of the content. In both cases, the final decision is the host blogger’s, with no money changing hands.

    That said, I can understand both sides of the argument. A highly authoritative blogger in a valuable niche might want to charge for a guest post. Someone wanting to expand his circle of influence or target a narrow audience might be willing to pay for a guest post. Neither is my cup of tea, but I wouldn’t hold it against anyone. As all agreements, it’s a two-way street—the question is about the value for both parties.

  6. says

    Megan,

    I’m against the idea of paying someone to feature my work. When I was a child, I “won” a poetry competition and had a chance to have my poem featured in a real book. All we had to do was buy one copy of the book for $29. My loving grandmother bought a copy and sure enough, my poem was the first one displayed. I was so proud of my accomplishment.

    I was 8 years old and I had no concept of that marketing business.

    Now, sites that charge you to post on their site seem to run on the same principle: people will pay for recognition and a sense of importance.

    I got in this business to help people and share my ideas, not to reach page one on a paid advertising campaign.

    Long story short, no, I wouldn’t pay someone to run my amazing articles. If anyone is getting paid for my work, it’s going to be me :).

    Trent

    P.S. Love you guys and your great content. Thank you for your amazing work.

    • says

      I love that “if someone is going to be paid for my work, it’s going to be me!” Hear, hear!

      And how sweet of your grandmother! I’m glad you got to enjoy the pride in your accomplishment before realizing the marketing play!

      Thanks for the kind words, too!

  7. says

    I personally wouldn’t pay for guest posts but I’m not against getting paid to guest post! ;) I’m not making enough to pay people, nor is my traffic something to be desired. But I have been asked to be a paid contributor to blogs and gladly accept the opportunity to not only get paid, but reach a wider audience to hopefully get more awareness about what I do (graphic/web design).

  8. Patricia Anne Elford says

    I have been asked to submit guest posts and was happy to do so. It is more of a mutual backscratching in my opinion. Money did not change hands in either direction. As a free-lancer, I would be happy to accept money if it were offered. No person would pay to be on my own boggy blog, which was originally established to have a presence for an anthology, Grandmothers’ Necklace, I’d edited as a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. I’m too erratic in my own entries to have a good following. Find I’m too busy writing, submitting, editing, living, to keep it up properly. Can’t imagine anyone is following it right now. It’s rather difficult to follow something that is standing still.

  9. says

    “Such a tactic screams of money-grubbing-self-important-too-big-for-their-britches bloggers.”

    No, such a “tactic” screams of someone who owns their own blog and has the freedom to do with it as they please.

    If they have worked their butts off for years, built up an audience and choose to charge for guest post, it’s only the “little people” (little in free market and business intelligence) that jump to arguments of class warfare and call them egotistical and greedy for choosing to do what THEY want with THEIR blog.

    When a blog reaches a certain size and status, it becomes a product and commodity in and of itself, a result of hard work, commitment and sacrifice. If you want to create a successful blog solely for altruism and not business, go for it. That’s your freedom. Best wishes to you.

    But if a successful blogger decides they want to charge for guest posts (which is simply now a product they offer) it serves two purposes: 1) they profit from THEIR hard work and perseverance, and 2) they will typically get people who are willing to invest in their blogging success. It is typical class warfare nonsense to say they climbed to the top on the backs of the little people. Who built the blog? Who did the hard work? Who made the sacrifice? You want to benefit from their blood, sweat and tears by getting FREE guest post, but HOW DARE THEY want to benefit from their years of hard work! That kind of thinking truly is little.

    No matter what thing you charge for on your blog, including guests posts, it is up to that blog owner to make sure they are willing to accept payment only for that which is high quality, relevant and valuable to their audience. If they turn their blog into a “pay to play” to the detriment of quality and integrity, they will quickly lose audience. If it is a “pay to play” blog that results in even more and better content/products, do you think the audience will cry “greed”? Hardly. They’ll be clamoring to learn the secrets of the success.

    It is the freedom and choice of the successful blogger to decide if they want to charge for guest posts. It is the freedom and choice of the guest post submitter to determine if they want to pay. It is the freedom and choice of the blog audience to read it or not. Who gets to choose which of those three don’t get that freedom?

    It’s called the free market, a concept that is getting buried today in class warfare. Today the simple process of doing honest business and choosing what to do with YOUR OWN BLOG is a “scheme” against “little people”. Ridiculous.

    I can prove the hypocrisy of most nay-sayers on this topic: if you could pay $100 to guest post tomorrow on CopyBlogger or Seth Godin, would you do it? That’s what I thought.

    • Brenda W Vasquez says

      I agree with you, Brent. As long as the blog owner continues to pursue quality content and refuse trash, what’s the problem? It is the joy of the free market. I think the complaints boil down to jealosy. If they’re not in the position to charge or to pay, some people choose to attack. I believe in supporting the success of other writers. We all benefit in the end.

      • says

        I propose that someone who would not pay $10 to guest post on Seth Godin’s blog or Copyblogger is not serious about their own blog for ANY reason, altruistic or monetary. If you are trying to change the world, leave a legacy, or influence humanity with your writing and ideas, why would you pass up paying $10 to reach hundreds of thousands of people? I call B.S. on that… or, you don’t really care about making a difference. Either way, there is no high road reason that passes muster in this situation. It’s just an emotional feel good argument. If you did truly care about making a difference, $10 or $100 or even a thousand would be worth reaching hundreds of thousands of people with your inspiration. We’re aren’t talking about Larry Flynt’s blog… we’re talking about honorable and decent bloggers.

        • says

          Brent,

          It is very strange. You say that bloggers should be able to do whatever they want with their own blogs, but when I suggest that I have a different strategy and approach than yours and so would not pay money for a guest post, I get blasted for being hypocritical and full of BS?

          Really?

          • says

            I said I called B.S. on THE POINT YOU MADE. And I do for the reasons stated and I stand by it. We aren’t children. Don’t exaggerate what I said to make it sound personal when I addressed the POINT you made, not you personally. I’m sure you are fine person and good guy. When did we lose the ability to have a healthy discussion without it getting personal or defensive? This post is debating two positions. I’m addressing your POSITION, not your character.

            • says

              I am not taking it personally. I am defending my point. It’s not BS or hypocritical. It is my blogging strategy. I would never pay any blogger, no matter how much traffic it might get me, to publish anything of mine.

              If others want to do that, fine. But it is not MY strategy, and therefore, is not BS or hypocritical.

              And as it turns out, my blog is doing just fine, by the way. Is it perfect? No. Do I hope to get more readers? Of course. Am I doing what I can to expand my audience? You bet.

              But one thing I have never done and will never do, is pay for a Guest Post. Even if it was only $10 for a post with Seth Godin. These are my principles and values, and I stand by them.

              What I might do is PAY someone to write a Guest Post as Cindy Brown suggested in the comments below. That sounds like my kind of blogger! That sort of approach reveals a spirit of generosity and humility that I like to see in the bloggers I read and follow.

        • Brian McCoy says

          To be honest, I wouldn’t put anything 3D gaming related on his blog since his target audience profile is nothing like mine. That doesn’t say that I’m not serious, no? I understand both sides of the argument, but saying someone isn’t serious for not putting their content out there is something else. We must always be aware of our personal brand and be careful where we flaunt it imho.

  10. says

    Interesting idea. I like to go against the grain. This idea is going to float in my mind for a while. I believe writers give away their talent too freely. If I paid someone to post at my blog I think I’d have a much better following and even better content. I also think my email box would be full more often of writer’s pitching me to write for my blog. That might be a great problem to have.

    I wouldn’t pay to write for someone else, but I like the idea of getting paid to write. Isn’t that what we all want? To be paid for doing what we’re good at? But I’d have to hire someone to sort out the pitches and pay my contributors.

    Michelle

  11. Jennifer Rodriguez says

    No. I think it’s a bad idea on both sides. It should be about an equal exchange of value the way Flagpole Marketing does it. Once we start getting into these issues about paying or charging, the whole idea of blogging and providing authentic value to the readers becomes lost and distorted. I don’t side with either side of this argument and like someone else commented before me, I would stop reading any blog that either paid or charged writers to guest post. That’s a total turnoff and I wouldn’t trust the information anyway. I hope Flagpole Marketing never does either.

  12. says

    This is an issue that bugs me, and like Carol already said, there’s an echo of the “pay-to-play” system some live music venues operate to make money from aspiring bands. It wasn’t cool when I first heard of pay-to-play in the early 1990s [yep, I'm old], and it still isn’t cool now.

    The thing is, on some of these blogs the principle isn’t even pay-to-play. It’s more like paying for an audition! If you get charged $50 to submit a guest post for consideration, and then the blog editor decides not to publish it, your $50 is toast. Gone. That seems totally unfair.

    I pay guest bloggers at Be A Freelance Blogger, either $50 on publication or a guest post of my own for their blog in return. So I’m a little saddened to hear from some commenters here that they would choose *not* to read a blog that rewards its contributors with cash as well as exposure!

  13. says

    Hi Sophie -

    Good for you for paying bloggers money or a return post. I need to check out your blog!

    Jennifer–I’m curious to know why it would be a “bad” thing if I paid writers to post their articles at my blog. If I had to sort through the pitches to find the best writers wouldn’t it benefit my readers? What’s bad about wanting to share the best of the best for the good of others? Wouldn’t it force those writers who didn’t “land” a job to work harder and learn the craft?

    Michelle
    Random Writing Rants

  14. Linda Ursin says

    I would never pay or charge for a guest post. I see them as personal favors, which will be returned eventually. Both benefit from them, there’s no need to add money to it.

  15. says

    My opinion is that charging to allow people to guest post could lower the blog to level of an article submission database. It depends on the process that is used. If the purpose is to create a revenue stream and earn as much as possible while allowing low quality posting on your blog, then I don’t think it will be a revenue stream for long. However, if you are a highly valued blog in your space you are probably inundated with guest posts. Charging a fee would lesson the number of submissions and raise the quality of the writing. You could accomplish that same thing by paying for guest posts. You can raise your quality guidelines which would get people to take their submissions more seriously. It would raise the quality of the writing while being a more sustainable and valuable source of material. Personally, I would rather see guest posting remain unpaid and be an exchange between two professionals. However, I’m not going to stop reading a blog because they pay for posts.

  16. says

    I write for a living, primarily ghost blogging. You bet I expect to get paid for my time blogging for and “as” others. If I am deriving benefit by guest blogging in my own name then each situation is different. If I want to be paid, I ask for money. If I simply want exposure to another audience I don’t ask for money. It’s that simple. This is not a moral issue, it’s just business.

  17. D Hayes says

    A justifiable question Megan!

    A good policy to follow is just what Firepole Marketing teaches; work daily on creating better content on your own blog or site, and definitely respond to your visitor’s comments in a timely manner. Engagement is key in today’s world.

    When your content is improving and showing value, it is a possibility that you will be approached by one of the large newsletters to become a contributor. That is where the compensation comes in to play.

    As an example, take Eric Wagner of mightywisemedia.com. That is his own site with some really great content, however, Mr. Wagner is a regular columnist on Forbes.

    Employment or freelancing in that type of scenario is what we all should be striving for. Danny Iny has already proved that by being published on Forbes.

    Also, just like Danny and Firepole Marketing, Mr. Wagner engages with his readers. Send him an email, you might be surprised at how fast he responds.

    In conclusion, learn from those who have “made it”.

  18. says

    I’m not going to criticize anyone that would pay or charge for a guest post. It might be the opportunity to reach a larger audience and the “door” that is opened for me to do so.

    What I would do on my own site is allow for others to post free of charge obviously if it lines up with my audiences interest. I believe that when you put your content out there and help others get to where they want to be you in turn are elevated in the process.

    One personal example of this is the generosity that Cliff Ravenscraft (www.gspn.tv) has shown me in helping me establish my site and podcast. Although we have never met and spoke once on the phone for a consultation he has gone above and beyond in having an impact and vested interest in my success. I consider him a friend and he has earned my loyalty.

  19. says

    We’ve had an issue on one of our multi author sites. The thoughts around the site are simple; if every woman has a voice, we’ll accept the best they can do as a guest post. That means accepting posts we don’t agree with beliefs / otherwise, but allowing women to be heard at the same time.
    This got lost in translation somewhere along the way when the would be guest posters became so self promotional there was nothing left to edit out once the SP had been removed… so the way the editors dealt with it was simple, they would flag the content up as a commercial offering and send them a message saying so and that they can pay a small fee to have the article posted.

    Give it a few months and every post with a bio and a call to action has now been flagged as self promotional…

    We’ve gone back to the drawing board :(, and I’m sure given time we’ll work it out so that all women have a voice and calls to action are not the trigger for a self-promotional post.

  20. says

    I haven’t paid for blog posts, exactly, but I have paid someone else to organize a blog tour for my book, and I have participated in blog tours that someone paid for.

    The payment went to the organizer, a modest fee for finding bloggers interested in reviewing a book, posting an interview, or an excerpt. I think of this as advertising, or as outsourcing content that adds to what I write for myself.

    It takes time and contacts to organize one of these tours, and outsourcing that seems logical to me. I have been offered an opportunity to post for free on a blog that has many more readers than mine. I accepted happily for the larger exposure.

    If I were making lots of sales of my books, I might pay other authors to promote theirs, but until that time comes, I’ll continue doing what I am doing–share and share alike.

  21. says

    Hi Megan,

    I have not been asked to pay to submit a guest post, nor have I been paid for a guest post. However, I do know someone who was asked to submit his resume for review before the blog owner would consider a guest post. Some bloggers are starting to take into consideration the number of times your blog posts have been tweeted, liked, emailed, etc. If you don’t have the numbers, you may not receive an opportunity to write a guest post.

    Pay a guest blogger

    I understand Carol’s position on paying guest bloggers because in her post, “Why I’m Starting to Pay for Guest Posts on My Blog,” she states, “I had created a brand on this blog (Make a Living Writing). My brand stands for something — it stands for fair pay for writers. That means I have to be true to that, always.” I agree. Paying guest bloggers coincides with Make a Living Writing’s brand and message of fair pay for writers.

    My position

    I understand both sides of the argument and agree that if you pay for a guest post, you may receive better content. But I also agree that guest blogging is a great way to build relationships with other bloggers. Sharing your content is a goodwill gesture and a good opportunity to reach more people. However, you must be willing to put in the work to write an amazing guest post. Your guest post can’t suck.

    Right now, I’m not paying for guest posts on my blogs because I may let some of my blogs go in order to focus on growing my author/writing career. Writing’s my first love, but then again, teaching, mentoring, consulting, and marketing/PR have been showing an interest too. I need to figure out what to do with these, if anything.

    Great discussion. :)

  22. says

    As long as both parties agree that the value exchanged is fair, what difference does it make that money is exchanged or not?

    If a blog accepts guest posts freely and they are submitted freely then any money that changes hands is okay by me. If no money changes hands, that’s okay too.

    If someone like me wanted to submit a post to a larger blog with a targeted audience then I’d see value in paying for the opportunity. I’d much rather not pay, but there is value. And don’t forget that the blogger in question has value associated with their time. Often the pay to guest post model is a response to a flood of submissions.

    As for paying for a guest post, that can be a value proposition as well. A post from an A List blogger can bring in some traffic, especially if they promote it.

    Ultimately, it comes down to an agreement between guest poster and blog owner. What do they agree is a fair value exchange.

  23. says

    I did pay for a sponsored post once and advertising on a blog. It turned out to be a VERY good move for me. (Think 300% increase in sales of one of my eBooks) It was a calculated move, and not terribly expensive. It could be strategic in some cases to pay for a guest post it depends on your budget.

  24. says

    I’ve also noticed more blogs charging for submissions. To me this seems like a function of supply and demand, pure and simple. Everybody has jumped on the content marketing bandwagon and the world is awash in content. (Joe Pulizzi wrote a great article about this on Feb. 3 on Content Marketing Institute blog.) It’s natural that publishers, especially successful ones, want to take advantage of this by charging for submissions. In addition, charging a fee discourages lame pitches, saving the publisher the time and trouble of reviewing them. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, charging for content goes against the community spirit of blogging that really has tremendous value in and of itself. On the other hand, if charging for content results in less and better content being published, this may advance the cause of blogging.

  25. John Bakator says

    The notion of guest posting has, at its roots, delivering content for a blog that adds value to the subscriber base. Requiring a payment for guest posting brings into question whether or not the content adds value to its subscribers or just cash to its owners. It is quite possible to do both, hence the “double edge sword” type of thinking.

    For me, it comes down to base motivations. The original intent, and I dare say, the focus of the training here, is based on helping people solve a problem or raise their joy. That sounds altruistic to me. Am I naive? Maybe. I do see guest posting as a way to add value in my quest to help people. When no consideration is passed, more relevant criteria in accepting a post can be employed. But that’s just me.

  26. says

    Fascinating question, with valid observations on both sides. My gut reaction is firmly rooted in the “how business has been done in the past.” Business models change and people adapt. What I like is that there is room now for people to choose: guest post for pay or not; pay guest posters or not. With both models being valid, it only remains for us to choose which one suits us.

    I would love, in the future, to pay guest posters on my site, though I know myself well enough to know that when I have a guest post to offer, my focus will be the content, and not whether my target blog pays.

  27. Anne Michelsen says

    As a freelance writer my words are my life’s blood. Normally I’m the one getting paid to blog.

    I occasionally do pitch guest posts to relevant blogs just for the exposure. However I’m very particular about which blogs I would do this for – it has to fit into my overall marketing strategy.

    I have nothing against people charging guest posters if they want. It’s their blog, and it is a free market. If they’re successful doing that without compromising their quality or integrity, then more power to them. But they can find someone else to do it.

  28. says

    Paying to post goes against my reasons for blogging or reading blogs. For me blogging is about personal expression, and yes, it slides into business for many. Paying or being paid it seems to me, starts to auto-censor who can post. Not a good thing.

  29. Roberta Budvietas says

    Paying to put your guest blog on a site where your target market is sounds similar to paying for placing advertorial articles in any newspaper or media. It is about ensuring your message gets put in front of your target market.
    Paying for a quality piece to offer your audience, is also about serving your readers.
    Blogging is a form of promotion and that comes in many forms. Free is nice but it may not actually help your business and as the blogging world gets more crowded and people read (actually read) less and less and only the highly recommended stuff, I will and am considering paying. My challenge is to find an engaged blog with a large audience that my prospects READ.
    And yes I paid for advertorials for years and they worked every time

  30. Kathy Lehan says

    Maybe my business background drives my mindset but a guest blogger is also a follower (customer) of the blog they write a guest post for, so why would you alienate a customer by charging them when their content adds value to your site? Isnt’ this like biting the hand that feeds you?

  31. says

    Think magazines, which have had magazine paid submitter content (articles) plus submitter paid magazine content (advertisements) for years. I think the bigger blogs might well consider a similar scheme. If there is content the blogr wants — by subject or author — for the blog’s purposes, then maybe paying for it is fair and sensible. If there is a message the guest wants to get out — for the guest’s purposes — then maybe paying the blog to post is fair and sensible. Perhaps, like magazines, and like search results that are labeled “paid” or “organic” it should be considered appropriate for the blog to indicate which — ie, paid for by blog, paid for by guest, or neither, but that all three are fair and reasonable if labeled.
    Rollie Cole, PhD, JD
    Founder, Fertile Ground for Startups, Small Firms, and Nonprofits
    “Think Small to Grow Big”

  32. says

    I have to say that my initial reaction was that NO I would not pay to submit a guest post or have one published on a blog, but I do see where the inclination to do so comes from (from the blog site owner’s point of view).

    I am not big hot potatoes yet, by any means, but I have thought about setting up guidelines for guest posting on my site because I get asked so much to consider people for a guest post on my blog. It takes time to research a blogger and their blog to see if you would even want to promote them, effort to read their work, post their submission, edits if necessary, communication back and forth, etc. I barely have time to get my own writing done, much less worry about others I haven’t chosen to highlight by my own design.

    I’m sure that charging a fee would filter out some of the riff-raff, but at this point in time, I would not do it.

    I would love to be able to pay people someday to guest post on my blog. That would be wonderful.

    • says

      Cindy,

      This is right on! It seems that true community and true generosity thinks about how they can be a benefit TO others, not benefit FROM others. While I am not going to condemn bloggers who use a pay to post method, I really like your idea of paying people to guest post! That is an awesome idea!

  33. Brian McCoy says

    This pay2post thing doesn’t sit well with me.

    I think this is a double edged sword for 2 reasons:
    1) One would have to double or add on to their marketing budget for X conversion rate.
    2) The same person may be less inclined to go there (and his/her followers looking for similar content) and post which means less traffic to the pay2post site which in return, I think, will be shooting oneself in the foot.

    If I wanted to try a pay2post site, I’d consider selling ad space or banner space to the guest blog or something instead of a general gate fee… after all this is a community and we all know what happens when we as a collective ignore someone :3

  34. says

    I can see pros for a blog owner to encourage guest bloggers to pay for a guest post opportunity. Think about it:

    You get exposed to a large community
    You get exposure through their twitter feed, email list, etc
    The blog owner has to review the post
    It shows that the guest poster is serious
    The blog owner makes money

    Now, would I do it? Probably not but I won’t say never…

  35. says

    Megan,
    I tend to believe that guest posting benefits both parties and payment shouldn’t be expected. However, if your business has grown and you can pay $50 per week for that service, while you sell articles that brings in over $500 a week, then yes pay for guest blogging.
    I plan on doing that when my writing business grows.
    Diane

  36. says

    Wouldn’t pay to post. I can see how those with a huge platform would consider selling their influence but I think it takes away from the essence of guest posting. Seems like there might be a tradeoff between money and quality.

  37. says

    Megan – definitely would never pay for the privilege of getting an article posted and definitely wold never charge anyone to submit a guest post over at the internet entrepreneur connection blog, either. Like you guys, I also think that’s not the way to go about doing things.

    I think that as a blog owner who charges for posts, it would be very easy to, over time, sacrifice content quality for the act of getting paid to get an article posted and that is the best way to lose traffic and credibility as a blog owner.

    But, what kind of message would this also send your readers?

    “I’m willing to publish anything on this site of you to read as long as I get paid” – that’s how I would feel as a reader of any blog that charged its guest bloggers to post.

    My two cents!

  38. says

    There are a lot of people that pay for guest post but really this can eat through a lot of money quickly. While I am not opposed to paying for a post as long as it’s a authority blog I actively check backlink profiles and contact webmasters to arrange a guest post. But, paying for a spam blog post is useless and I still see people doing this!

  39. says

    Personally I feel the very premise of charging others to contribute to my blog a bit outlandish!

    It seems to me that the blog receiving guest posts is also receiving great value as well! Someone else helping to carry the workload, a new voice, a different perspective and perhaps even an idea that the blog administrator may not have thought of!

    If asked to pay so I could post elsewhere I’d probably laugh and then quickly dismiss that site … permanently! You see, I too am a blog reader and I would NOT follow a blog with administrators whose apparent egos seem larger than the expanse of the internet itself!

    Just saying simply because you asked! :-)

    TJ

  40. says

    Some business willing to do so (pay for a guest post. I think it’s all depends on the site owner whether they’ll accept such a post or not. Yet, quality is above all. Even though we pay or accept paid guest post make sure it has the quality for readers.

  41. says

    It seems from the comments that a lot of people don’t really understand the pay to submit model. It isn’t about making money. It is about controlling the time spent moderating the guest post submissions.

    These are bloggers that receive hundreds or even thousands of submissions a week. They are already making much more than the $10 or $100 or what ever they charge. And some of them donate the fee to a charity. Some of them pay the submission fee back when publishing, so only those who don’t bring it lose out.

    The idea is to make sure that those who submit are serious. They don’t just whip something up and submit it in hopes of pulling in lots of traffic to their own blog. It also encourages submitters to make sure they’ve done their homework and put together an amazing article.

    And it saves time for the blogger but cutting down on the number of submissions they have to wade through to find the quality stuff.

    Pay to post is not a monetization method. It is a sanity preserver.

  42. says

    My first instinct is to say no . . . I wouldn’t. Like many others have pointed out, there are SO many wonderful places that you can go to guest post, paying would seem unnecessary.

    I would see two main problems. One, I would be worried the blog owner was just being greedy – and greedy people probably wouldn’t have a true loyal following anyway. And two, I would be worried my post was accepted simply because I paid, not because it was relevant or good.

    And the only way I could see paying someone to write for my blog was if I made it into a contest. (Kind of like FPM did.) You write, you get the exposure, I get great content, and someone walks away with some sort of cool prize.

    As a freelancer I ran into a lot of offers that were “pay us and we’ll give you work.” I knew every one was a scam, and so I think I would see “scam” written all over a guest posting position I had to pay for.

  43. says

    I get at least a few people per week that seem willing to pay to have their post published. I have no idea how much they would be willing to pay because I’ve never pursued it.

  44. says

    Google has announced many times that paid guest posting is against their rules. However, i have seen some sites that are already asking for money to submit a guest post. The future of guest posting is uncertain yet.

  45. says

    A very wise person once told me “never say never.” So I’d say it depends. With these things, common sense tells me its all about supply and demand. There’s always a trade-off. If a blog or web-site that can give me a half a million possible readers only accepts high-quality guest posts, and I am good enough to make the grade as a freelancer, then why not?

    On the other hand, if it’s not that hard to get them to accept a guest post you have to pay them to publish, that tells me their readership is either poor, or will soon be! This means you have to be careful and study their outfit for a while to see what kind of reputation they have. You don’t have to know rocket-science any more to “get the goods” on unscrupulous online publishers.

    Having said all that, I’d say that outfit would have to give me a huge (as in six figures) audience, and as stellar reputation, to get me to pay for creating content for them!

  46. says

    In my opinion absolutly not!. I consider that guest post is a good way to have quality post. Its true that in my travel blog I only accept guest post about people who love travelling or other’s bloggers, NEVER business.

    I consider that is a good way to help each others. They give you quality post and you give them a link and also traffic so… why I should get pay? it’s a deal.

    Finally also I think that is a good way to loyalty people.

    Regards,
    Jesús Martínez Reneo
    Vero4travel.

  47. says

    I’m with you guys: I don’t charge for guest posts. I’m happy to support the work of others and it’s free content for my site. That said, I only accept posts that my readers would find useful, that relate to my audience, and that are from people whose work I admire and respect. I definitely check people out before I accept a guest post.

    I might pay to submit a guest post on a very popular blog in my niche, as that could pay for itself multi-fold. However, as a general rule of thumb, I make my marketing as free or inexpensive as possible to keep overhead low. I’m not opposed to paying for services (like TimeTrade) that could be free if the version I’m using is better.

  48. says

    I charge – but not for the reasons you think. I charge because my main blog is a review/giveaway blog with a PR3. “Guest bloggers” approach me wanting to place a free article on my blog with the intention of including a link to their client’s website. So they want to use my blog to advertise. I respond back with a rate, and 90% of the guest bloggers go away. They’re not looking for a link back to their own blog. As a matter of fact, they rarely want an author bio at the end of the article. They only want that link inside the article which directs the user to their client’s site. They’re getting paid to place articles on blogs, and they disguise their intent under the “guest post” umbrella.

    • says

      Michael, your example is the driving force behind some people charging a fee to submit guest posts. It is intended to raise the barrier to submissions so that people are serious when they submit a guest post. That way there is less to review and those posts that are submitted are generally of higher quality.

      Some of the blogs that I’ve heard using this pay to submit model will put all the proceeds to a charity. Some even refund the submission cost if the post is accepted, so you only pay if you submit something inappropriate.

  49. says

    Nice topic…. I have a blog and I never change bloggers to post their content on my blog, because they provide real content just for a link back, which is a win-win situation for both the blogger and publisher…

  50. says

    I know many people here oppose it, but with my site howitoo.com, I get over 30 submissions a day and got over 2,500 posts published. How can you possibly sift through all these posts without hiring Junior Editors. What about the costs of a VPS (virtual private server) that can go as high $200 a month? Think about it. It cost money to run a site. Adsense earnings are usually not enough to cover it. I charge $3 per post at my site or $10 for a month’s subscription. Since online marketers make an average of $75-100 per post, they can give a little share to the site that’s giving them a platform and helping them look good in front of their clients. Sharing is caring :)

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