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Never Pay to Be a Guest Blogger ... or to get a book reviewed.

Never pay to be a guest blogger on any other blog. Guest means guest. Guests don't pay to eat if invited as a guest. It's just wrong.

If a blogger wants you to pay to guest blog post on their blog, they better be ranked in the top 200 of Alexa. At least.

If any member of this network ask you to pay to guest post on their blog, refuse them. It's not right. This network is designed for people to trade blog posts or simply to offer guest openings to others.

The same is true for book reviews. Never pay for them.

Also, note - Don't pay $200 or more for a 10 to 15 virtual blog tour. They are worthless. Do a real blog tour - a SuperStar blog tour, a Mega Blog Tour, or a Blogpalooza that really create impact.

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Comment by Zhana on March 7, 2017 at 2:23am

I completely agree.  I am looking for authors and bloggers who write on the topic of Black health/ African American health. 

I am also looking for authors and bloggers on the topics of peace and nonviolence. 

Please contact me if you meet the criteria and are interested. 

Comment by Stephanie Liaci on April 30, 2012 at 8:29pm

Hi John. May I ask, as a newcomer, how one goes about getting their book reviewed for free? I have seen many websites where they charge a fee, and of course if a journalist chooses they review your book. But never have I known how to get a free review.

Comment by John Kremer on October 13, 2011 at 11:29pm

Steve . . . My apologies for not answering sooner. There are sites that pay writers to write - but generally they pay for original content. Blogs generally don't pay you unless they hire you as a freelance contributor. Most guest bloggers get paid via links to their websites.

As for getting mentioned as a thriller writer when they quote from your review, that won't happen until you are top of the book famous. They will always refer to your reviewing location.


Comment by Steven M Moore on June 5, 2011 at 9:28am

Hi John!

How 'bout the other way 'round?  Is it right for one to accept pay to be a guest blogger?

I haven't experienced that particular conundrum yet--I'm generally after readers, not riches (who gets rich writing fiction these days?  I can almost count them just using my fingers)--but it relates to my pro bono reviewing work (although I also have an active blog).  I review for Book Pleasures and am very serious about writing honest reviews that are more complete than your usual Amazon ones.  I would not expect to be paid for this, but no one seems to reciprocate.  There are many reviewers out there who will write a review if paid, but I can't imagine this to be honest advertising.  The same goes for services that guarantee a 4- or 5-star Amazon review.

On the other hand, I'm sort of surprised when someone quotes one of my reviews (a recent N. Y. Times ad for Fett and Langford's White Sleeper), and mentions only my affiliation with Book Pleasures and not that I'm also a thriller writer.  Am I expecting too much?

Am I just old-fashioned?  I'm very bad at marketing and I feel reviewing and blogging are just part of marketing my books.  Your kind words of wisdom here would be appreciated.

Take care.



Comment by Stephen L. Brayton on May 27, 2011 at 7:52am
Pay to be a guest blogger? Outrageous. They should be paying me. lol Thanks for the post.


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