5 Replies to “If You Want Free Content, Provide Value”

  1. Geoff,

    I think part of the problem here is that bloggers are still seen as a second rate media outlet, or even the lowest rate outlet. You, the unshaven, unshowered, unemployed middle-aged man who does nothing but bang away on a laptop in their PJs.

    This obviously is not the case with folks like you, Liz Strauss and Danny Brown.

    Also, bloggers need to know their worth, which you clearly state here.

    Thanks for holding the torch proudly and angrily!


  2. Geoff:

    I couldn’t agree more. I’ve become more selective about where I post and if I don’t realize any value, I say no. I consider blogging the same as my regular business; if you want me to spend the time writing, then I need to be compensated appropriately. I may be a bit more extreme in this regard since I write for a living but I believe that it is important to maintain certain standards and set boundaries.

  3. @John – the rest of us will continue to mop around in our PJs (not really:)

    @Geoff – indeed, I stopped counting the number of sites that expect links exchanges, content syndication, and original content contributions with no consideration to the business professional they are “reaching out” to. The good news is that the market has a way of leveling off. And content, after all, is not free ;)

    @Liz – that’s a good policy to have. It takes work to provide value with content.

  4. @John LOL! I shaved today, I promise, I promise!

    Liz: You rock. Time is money, and to think differently is wrong. When people ask me to spend time with no value, and no clear benefit at least to the general communities I care for, well, I sense they don’t value me.

    @Valeria It’s getting worse, IMO, just flocks of them counting. Glad to see I am not the only one kvetching.

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