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I just wanted to give you an update to this post. In a nutshell, I was very aggravated that the subject line of an email claimed to be offering a paid opportunity for bloggers, but after a couple of clicks I discovered it was actually only a paid opportunity for the ten bloggers who reached a certain benchmark first – the rest (who had already done the work and posted the post) would get nothing.
In addition to writing that post I also contacted the people behind the “contest.” Normally when I get a bad pitch I do not contact the sender, but this went beyond being a bad pitch – it was deceptive. And I wanted to tell the sender that. (I ignored the other issue – that the offer came in a newsletter that I hadn’t opted into – grrrr.)
I’m thrilled to report back that after an email exchange, the format of the campaign has been changed. Now it’s more in line with what I think is much more fair to bloggers. The assignment is laid out, and bloggers can apply to be a part of it, with all of the bloggers who are accepted getting paid for their work. No “contest” aspect to it.
I’m glad I said something, and I’d encourage you to do the same when you see this kind of thing in your inbox. It’s a fine line between bitching about something you don’t like and pointing out when something is unfair, so I’m not saying to go forth and yell every time you get a pitch that isn’t up to your individual standards. But when something is egregious, say so. That’s how things change.