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Charge Guest Posters To Review Their Submissions?

Posted by on 19th Apr 2011 | 15 comments

Charge Guest Posters To Review Their Submissions?Darya Pino from Summer Tomato wrote a guest post on ProBlogger yesterday entitled ‘Why You Should Charge Money to Review Guest Post Submissions‘. Her suggestion is very simple: charge guest posters $10 in order for you to review their article submissions.

I am sure many of you are surprised at this suggestion. After all, guest posters provide free content and do not get paid for their contribution therefore it seems a bit unfair to charge them for simply reviewing their submission. If all guest submissions were of a high quality then I believe it would be unfair however anyone who has run a successful blog will tell you that the majority of guest post submissions are very poor and fall below the standard most blog owners set.

This unfortunately makes reviewing guest posts very time consuming, which can unfortunately make the whole process counter productive i.e. the time you spend reviewing and editing guest posts is more than the time it would take you to write articles yourself. I certainly found this to be the case. When I advised a guest poster that I could not accept their submission as the quality of the article was below what I accepted (usually due to grammar), they would inevitably apologise for not taking the time to proof read their submission and advise that they will resubmit the post. Unfortunately, 99% of rewrites were still not good enough.

What’s interesting is that when Darya asked guest posters to donate $10 to her favourite charity, two things happened. Firstly, the number of submissions was greatly reduced, saving her a lot of her time. Secondly, the quality of submissions was much much higher. In one swoop she had reduced the time she spent organising guest posts and ensured the quality of content on her blog remained high.

Darya summed the issue up perfectly in a reply to one commenter:

..In reality guest posting is only win-win if both blogs/writers are good. If you’re a very popular blog and the other writer is not, you are doing the guest writer a favor by giving them access to your large and highly engaged audience. The best pitches I get recognize this upfront. For instance, Darren is doing me a favor here by letting me speak to a whole new group of readers as well as giving me a high-quality link back to my site.

Other publications don’t do this because they have huge staffs and make tons of money off advertising, etc. Single bloggers take a serious hit in time and work to review guest posts. Also, the model is used by large institutions such as universities. Universities charge for applications so that they’re sure the people applying have to think seriously about their chances for getting in, otherwise everyone is wasting their time.

Once the number of guest post submissions to my blogs becomes time consuming, I will probably introduce a donation system in order for posts to reviewed. I appreciate that this may discourage some bloggers from guest posting on my site however I believe that the pros outweigh the cons.

I’d love to hear your opinion on this issue. Would you ever consider charging bloggers to submit a post to your blog?

Kevin


Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

15 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Melissa Donovan on 19th Apr 2011

    Personally, I would never charge writers to submit. Guest posts are supposed to be mutually beneficial. The guest is providing content and the blogger is providing a platform. I think it's better practice to impose stricter submission guidelines (as magazines and journals have done for years) and spend less time reading, editing, and publishing. If the post is well written and properly formatted (in HTML), it should only take a few minutes to post it (or send a quick "thanks but no thanks"). My goal would be to pay guest writers, not charge them. Why are writers so undervalued? The fee (even if it's a donation) simply filters out people who don't have (or don't want to spend) $10, not people with poor writing skills.
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  • Posted by Matty on 19th Apr 2011

    Darya, I can see the logic in this if your blog is so big and popular that your time is that valuable to you. Otherwise, for someone with a small blog like mine with a close relationship with my readers, I can't justify charging them. For me, taking the time to proofread their article isn't that big a deal.

    Matty

  • Posted by Mahendra on 19th Apr 2011

    Yeah I agree with Matty that time is valuable and the other positive point is the money which is paid goes to charity.

  • Posted by BryanF on 20th Apr 2011

    I think it is really unfair for those people who just want to contribute for a site. And besides, a blog post will be more helpful and valuable when theres tons of people who are interested and contributing to this post.

  • Posted by video driver on 20th Apr 2011

    I agree to you Matty :) actually you have a point

  • Posted by harry on 20th Apr 2011

    I agree you.Time is money.If you are taking time to read the article than you should also be given the reward for doing so.Moreover sending money to charity is noble cause so you can add this feature.But I am afraid,people will start looking on other ways(where they can publish their articles for free).
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  • Posted by Petra on 20th Apr 2011

    Have to agree with Matty as well. Getting paid to review guest post submissions may make sense if you're a larger, more popular blog, but for smaller blogs, having people pay you to proofread their submissions doesn't make a whole lot of sense. In fact, this would probably discourage people from wanting to write guest posts for your blog.
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  • Posted by Dean Saliba on 20th Apr 2011

    If I charged my guest posters to review their work then I would find them taking their articles elsewhere. I'm guessing high traffic blogs could get away with this but I couldn't.
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  • Posted by Dean Saliba on 20th Apr 2011

    If I charged my guest posters to review their work then I would find them taking their articles elsewhere. I'm guessing high traffic blogs could get away with this but I couldn't.
    My recent post Four Tips to a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

  • Posted by Dean Saliba on 20th Apr 2011

    If I charged my guest posters to review their work then I would find them taking their articles elsewhere. I'm guessing high traffic blogs could get away with this but I couldn't.
    My recent post Four Tips to a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

  • Posted by Dean Saliba on 20th Apr 2011

    If I charged my guest posters to review their work then I would find them taking their articles elsewhere. I'm guessing high traffic blogs could get away with this but I couldn't.
    My recent post Four Tips to a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

  • Posted by Dean Saliba on 20th Apr 2011

    If I charged my guest posters to review their work then I would find them taking their articles elsewhere. I'm guessing high traffic blogs could get away with this but I couldn't.
    My recent post Four Tips to a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

  • Posted by Dean Saliba on 20th Apr 2011

    If I charged my guest posters to review their work then I would find them taking their articles elsewhere. I'm guessing high traffic blogs could get away with this but I couldn't.
    My recent post Four Tips to a Successful Email Marketing Campaign

  • Posted by Darya on 22nd Apr 2011

    Thanks for the shout out Kevin :) You totally nailed it. Why would I want guest posts if they aren't high quality and also take time away from posts I could be writing myself? Something had to give. I thought this solution was clever and also gives me the opportunity to help a charity I really care about but can't normally afford to support.
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  • Posted by Lose Love Handles on 5th Jun 2011

    I agree with Matty also. It depends if you have the audience to provide enough value to the writer to make it worth their while to post there. Obviously time is valuable to all of us, but most people would we hard pressed to get their readers and guest writers to submit content in addition to pay a fee for it.