It’s hard when you start “getting big” as a blogger because you then start getting pitches for “free expert content” and I get mixed advice on this free content. Most will tell me that they charge to place content like that within their blog while others, mostly those who I spoke to at Type-A Parent Conference would say take this free content on, if it’s relevant to your readers.
You see, I think as we get bigger as bloggers and start to see “wow I can earn an income from this blog” we start to get this arrogant attitude in a way, maybe arrogant isn’t the correct word but I hope you know what I mean. We start to think my time is worth money, which of course everyone’s time is worth money, but really … free content that is relevant to your blog means that is one day you don’t have to write and yet you get to share useful information to your readers.
Most times free content means you will be linking to another person and giving them some “link juice” with Google or whatever search engines there are out there, but does that really matter? I always thought that we shouldn’t accept free content because, well after all, this is my income but after hearing so many share their other side of free content I am ready to take on pitches for free content and share with my readers just as a way to give light to another voice out there in the world.
I love giving tips and advice but I don’t have tips and advice for every area on parenting, relationships and life so maybe this free content can assist my readers in hearing more than just my daily rambles.
What is your stance on free content? Do you publish it or do you prefer payment for this type of content?