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Dealing with Advertiser Criticism

Dealing with criticism isn’t my strong suit anyway, but dealing with criticism and just generally offensive stuff from advertisers is by far the worst.  I recently had to deal with one of the really bad ones.

Bad Advertiser Experience

This guy decided that I must not have any experience at all with anything in the blogging world because he just started spouting off a ton of nonsense and then offered me $25 for something I usually get $100 or more for.  As most of you have seen in my monthly blog income updates, $25 is freaking laughable for any ad.  I didn’t accept that sort of rate when I first started Budgeting in the Fun Stuff at the beginning of last year.

Apparently he decided that a link on my site was only worth about that much since I “only” get 10,000 visitors a month and I “only” rank #1 in Google with two sets of key words.  Some of his exact words:

“I am not paying for page rank – I am paying for the true organic fashion in which it represents and which in your case is slim to none.”  (Me:  Ouch.)

“It only ranks for #1 for two keywords…so really what does that do for me or any other site that has an incredible SEO team behind them?”  (Me: Then why contact me at all?  Obviously I have something to offer…)

“So imagine you site growing into a PR7, 8, or higher.  I can promise you it will never happen with you “selling” links to people…”  (Me:  LOL, people like you, right?  What does he think he is doing if not paying for links?!)

My Interpretation

For any of you who may not know, 10,000 visitors a month is AMAZING for a 1 year old site and okay overall too.  So THANK YOU to all of you who check in at BFS daily – you have made my site AMAZING.

Ranking #1 for ANY key words is pretty awesome too.  He also seemed to ignore that BFS ranks in the Top 10 on MANY key words…being #3 on a list of Google search results is something to be proud of too in my opinion.  It still means that I have a high probability of being clicked on while the person searching is skimming their results.  For a site that put very little emphasis on search engine optimization for nearly a year, Budgeting in the Fun Stuff is doing surprisingly well anyway.

Lastly, when an advertiser offers something so low and is offensive, like $25 because your site stinks, you either have to laugh or cry (or get angry and write a post about it).  I choose angry followed by laugh-worthy.  So, just in case any advertisers are reading this right now, please do not waste my time with $25 offers and some cut-downs.  It’s frustrating to say the least and you force me to write vent posts so I don’t reach through my smart phone to throttle you…

Thank You’s and the Opposite

Long story short, you, my readers, make this blog AWESOME and I appreciate every single one of you.  The advertisers that help me afford to put so much time into this are also truly appreciated.  So thank you to all of you that are helping me turn this into a full time career.

But, to you, the advertisers that try to short change a great site and its 10,000 visitors a month, you can go eat rotten eggs.  I don’t have time to waste on you anymore.  Consider this post a general call out to the advertising world in general – Budgeting in the Fun Stuff is a FANTASTIC site and silly offers paired with insults are unwelcome to say the least.

So, anybody else need to vent about anything today?  How about those gas prices, right?  :-)

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27 comments to Dealing with Advertiser Criticism

  • Hey Crystal!

    sorry to hear about that. I hope that guy doesn’t make an offer with us. I don’t know how I would handle being offered a nickel, lol. It’s good to vent though, and that guy must’ve been crazy to only offer $25.00.

    I wouldn’t accept $25.00 either. lol. Anyways, the best to you and BITFS.

    Thanks,
    Timothy

  • Your blog is a great blog and it is worth much more. It is that advertiser’s loss.

  • Hey – be sure to post the name in the forum so we all know to simply delete the email from this particular advertiser if an email hits our inbox. Or maybe start a “black list” thread. You’re too nice though, so email me the name and i’ll do it ;).

  • To be honest, I guess I can’t blame the advertiser for trying, just like we can’t blame bloggers for trying to get extra high rates for advertising. (Business is business.) But you did the right thing to decline. Your site is certainly worth more than $25!!! But don’t get mad about it or let it stress you out… it’s not worth your energy!

  • @The Wealth Artisan, nah, it seems he makes better deals with men than women (still not good deals, but better…). Thanks for replying to my vent. :-)

    @A.N. Rajah, thank you for the pick-me-up! Have a great weekend!

    @SPF, lol, Yakezie is becoming a force to be dealt with!

    @Denise, I wrote this post on Wednesday and have since pretty much forgotten about it, lol. It wasn’t the offer that insulted me – it was the insults. Offering me $25 and telling me it’s because my site sucks is no way to make friends. :-)

  • Good points. I love the ones that offer nothing (oh we would love to write a guest post for you and all you have to do is allow a link or three) and then act all surprised (but we *never* pay for links, what a crazy idea) when you ask them to.

    You’re doing great, keep it up.

  • I don’t really get the anger. Sorry.

    He made an offer, you countered at the end of the exchange he justified his original offer (albeit in a shitty and incorrect way)…just say no thanks and walk?

    No reason to burn bridges.

  • I totally get the frustration. Just because I don’t have any ads (the type they want) on my site, they think I am clueless and offer me $20 an year (yes $20 for the whole year) site wide ad. He suggested it is an easy way to make some money without any effort. This person wrote a big email about how I am as a new blogger making a big mistake for not taking his awesome offer… I just stopped replying. I don’t know how else to handle it, may be you would have done better. As SPF said, you might want to add this person’s name to the blacklist thread (SPF there is a thread already :) Yakezie is killing it lol).

  • Everyone wants something for nothing! It is up to us to maintain our standards and refuse to give in!

  • @Money Cone, thanks!

    @Money Beagle, I always explain that there is a fee for non-personal sites. :-)

    @Evan, I wasn’t angry at the offer. I get $10 offers sometimes and just laugh to myself as I politely counter. I was angry because he literally called my Google ranking for two key words “useless” and referred to my site several times as a baby. Nope, not offended by the offer, just the insults. I didn’t write in the insults above I see, oops. I’ll edit the post.

    @Suba, yep, I politely counter offer and ask for them to keep me in mind if they ever get bigger budgets usually. But sometimes they simply get mean…

  • @Denise, I just realized that I had not quoted some of the insulting parts of the emails. You and Evan were completely right to think I may be overreacting since I left out the parts that actually made me mad. Oops. That’s what I get for not proof-reading. I’ve edited my post. :-)

  • Wow, Crystal, I don’t blame you for being irritated–online advertising is turning into a bunch of fly-by-night firms with inexperienced media buyers. Best of luck in bringing in some nicer (and spendier!) clients in the future.

  • Definitely gotta watch out for those shadier firms. No need to waste too much time in dealing with them when they only pay peanuts, anyways! :)

  • He probably gets away with it, beating up the uninitiated blog owners and gets his way.

    Just another bully on the playground.

    It will help others to know how to deal with them.

    Good job!

  • Sounds like you handled it well Crystal! Sorry you had a bad experience! Your blog is awesome though! Don’t let it get ya down.

  • 10,000 visitors a month is amazing, and really unheard of for a 1 year site – Congrats! and ignore the nayseyers

  • You GO!!!
    awesome…..I love rants, and this one is a legit rant, even better.

  • “…the true organic fashion in which it represents…” The moron can’t write any better than he can think. Not surprising, though: writing is thinking.

    I also get a lot of aggressive wannabe advertisers who think they can plug their clients on FaM for free or for next to nothing. They make Adsense look good. Some of these people don’t take “no” for an answer — they keep coming back and wheedling. Those FREE guest posts are peddled by some especially annoying pests.

    None of these pitches make me feel inclined to sell any more ad space than I’m already selling. In fact, they incline me to want to demonetize Funny altogether…it’s hardly worth the aggravation.

  • I can imagine this person was the biggest bully on the playground too. So he thinks that by insulting you, you will suddenly think getting $25 is acceptable? How funny.

    Everyone knows your site is great. I can’t wait until your page rank is a 7 or 8, although he will never realize it I am sure.

  • I think it’s worse when they say they can offer you FREE HIGH QUALITY CONTENT from professional writers. For FREE! “Because they are doing you a favour”

    Keep up the fantastic work!

  • Hard to imagine anyone would throw around insults as a strategy to close a deal. That’s the part that bothers me about this advertiser.

    The lowball offers aren’t worth getting mad about, because it’s worth a shot to get the best deal possible, nothing wrong with that part. Your site is worth more, so simply counteroffering or declining is fine. But still, no harm, no foul for trying on their part.

    Insulting you in the process? That seems like a near-certain path to failure on their part, either in this attempted transaction or burning bridges with a vengeful blog owner. Just a perplexing and illogical move by that unprofessional advertiser. I can’t imagine them being successful at what they do.

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