I pitched a blog post to the site owner, Paul Johnson. He wrote back:
"What's your advertising budget?"
At first, I thought he might have misunderstood--I'm not an advertiser, I'm a writer. I'm not selling anything except my article--which I'm actually providing to him for free. Yes, a link back to my site or social media profiles (in the bio, not in the text) is usually par for the course, and costs him nothing. On many other sites I write for (larger than his), I get paid.
But, nope, no misunderstanding--I was informed that guest blogging here is a "paid service."
If you can't use my post, fine--send a nicely-worded rejection. But please, please, don't tell me this is about to become a trend. Writers have enough to deal with it as it is, being asked to write for free for "exposure--" are they now going to be expected to PAY for exposure?
Has anyone else encountered this when submitting/pitching blog posts/articles?
I can't tell anyone what to do, or how to make a living. But for the good of writers everywhere, please do not contact this clown.