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?!)
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? 🙂
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!