Saturday, March 3, 2007

Help Me to Help You

I spotted a new marketing blog today: Adult Blog Marketing. "Adult link lists, porn directories, top sites, and link trade reviews. Who lies, who tells the truth, and who is just a bit shady. Find out all the adult marketing details here."

True to its description, the blog has (so far) stayed on task reviewing and commenting on opportunities for adult bloggers. However...

You know The Whore link surfs and I followed a link from this marketing blog to his personal blog, Alternative Albany. There I found this post, Should I be honored or offended?, on his less than happy experience with one of the sites/programs he'd reviewed. (An interesting post by the way.)

I wanted to offer this man the opportunity to use the Sex-Kitten.Net feed. (Normally reserved for personal friends and sites I read at often, I do allow other sex bloggers to join with a link back. His blog is worthy of such an agreement.) But the only way I found to do this would be to post a comment at that entry. That seemed rather spammy to me as I don't know this man, and my only reason for posting would be to post my link... Would that be considered spammy, or taken with what I believe I have, "the best of intentions." Unsure, I looked for a means of contact.

I looked high, I looked low. I used the search function. I checked the sidebar several times, but I saw no contact information.

I went back to the first blog, the marketing one, and the same problem exists. His pretty blog graphics highlight a search function, but it doesn't work. (The blogger nav bar search is notorious for not working well, so as expected it didn't show anything for 'contact.') This blog was so new I was willing to look through the few posts and I found an email contact listed ~ right there with a strong (bolded all caps) warning about posting comments. Problem solved? No. Not really.

At this point I was too annoyed at having to go through so many hoops simply to offer him an opportunity and decided against contacting him. (Perhaps he will see my links to his sites, visit here, and get the information? If so, the offer still stands.) Instead I decided to make a point for all of you. Post your contact information. Make it easy to find. Don't make it so damn hard for folks to bring you gifts.

By the same token, if you have rules or policies for posting, contact, etc., put it someplace where folks can find it. Help them to help you.

If they can't reach you, they can't help you.

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Blogger Sara Winters said...

My guess is he is compartmentalizing. He has contact info on his marketing site and nothing but a comment section on his blog. Maybe he has had problems with email in the past and doesn't want to open himself up to it again? That, I could understand. (BTW, if anyone wants to get Viagra or Cialis, I have plenty of emails from this week that I can forward to you.)

My advice: leave a comment and a link back to your site. The worst that could happen is that he ignores it. The best is that he takes your well-meaning advice and put some sort of contact info in plain view.

March 3, 2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Edward Wolf said...

Very good advice, and I'm glad someone adressed the problem. I've found this on many blogs, but have never gone to the trouble you did to find a way to contact the blog author.

March 4, 2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

Hello, Edward, that's my point: Who is going to go through that much trouble? Not very many people... Esp when there are other places to go, other places to read ~ where there will be contact information.

Sara, I hope he monitors his traffic or othewise notices my link to him and that he does put contact info in plain view. That would be the best thing for him. As for the spam or other problems, I'm going to have to write about that because far too many people use that pat answer and I don't think they know what price they pay for that.

PS: I got your emails (both of you) regarding the subscribers only offer ;)

March 4, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger MasterABD said...

I will contact you soon about this offer. I have also made ajustments to the website to include my email. Unfortunately with many of the other websites I have owned, I stopped posting my email address as it mainly seemed to get only spams, flames, and hate mail on topics the average person considers "sick, twisted, and wrong".

I am sorry for any difficulties you had with my website and will improve the issues as I can. Until next time

Be Well

March 7, 2007 1:31 PM  
Blogger MasterABD said...

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March 7, 2007 1:35 PM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

Hello MasterABD, I hope I didn't sound too snarky, but frustration is frustration... Spam is a fact, yes; but it shouldn't stop contact.

Submit your link when you can :)

March 7, 2007 7:45 PM  

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