I know I shouldn't write in anger... and I'm ticked off right now. As many of you know, I write a fashion blog, called The Coveted, it's a monetized blog. I don't make much money, but still, There is adsense, and affiliates from eBay and Amazon, which are the only ones I seem to have the most control over, how and where I place them.
Today, I got an email from a PR person that stated:
Hi Jennine!There was a 360px by 360px advert image attached noting a sale for a boutique I had covered in the past. I had mentioned them often because I really like what they carry, and I really believe in helping small business people. But this was a blatant request for advertising.
We’d love to see this up on the site. Let me know what you think!
I said to the PR person, "That's a great little invite... would you like to put it on my site? I would love to have up, but of course we'd have to work out some form of payment for the advert. "
She then replied that they don't 'pay for advertising' that this was a notice for 'editorial content.'
I see sale alerts all the time on fashion blogs. In a lot of ways it's a great little service to the readers, informing them which boutiques are having sales, giving them a feeling that they are in the know, because of course, you are...
For some reason posting a sale alert in the body of my blog's content is a little dicey. On one hand, The Coveted's integrity is very important to me. Developing my ideas of what constitutes as viable editorial content is something that I have worked very hard at. On the other hand, it would be nice to have some kind of sale notification service for my readers... Daily Candy does it...
And finally, if I had three hands... the last bit, is, I'd like to get paid for what I do. Advertising is a fair way to get paid, and this kind of notification is definately falls in the 'advertising' category.
In the end, I told the PR Person, that I don't think I can post the image she sent me as 'editorial.' Told her I loved the boutique, and that I post about them as often as I can... and when they get their new inventory, let me know, to see if there is anything good there.
What would you do if you were in my shoes?