by Deb Ng
The other day I was watching a video post by Gary Vaynerchuk about how to gain advertisers for your blog. FWJ is starting to get more aggressive with ad sales and I’m interested to see how Gary Vee goes about it. His suggestion is one that’s obvious but never occurred to me. Do a search on the top keywords for this blog and see who is advertising on Google. Contact those advertisers directly to see if they’re interested. So I did a search on “freelance writing jobs”.
The first ad I came across was one for a place called freelancehomewriters.com. I didn’t see a number, but I did send them an email to see if they would be interested in advertising. Shame on me, I should have explored the site a little further.
Today, I received an email from John Hewitt of PoeWar. He wanted to let me know of a scam site advertising itself on Google and it’s url was freelancewritinggig.com. That’s right, just an “s” away from the #1 online freelance writing community. John even wrote a post about it, go ahead and read it, I’ll wait…
I won’t rehash John’s post, but you can see we’re dealing with less than savory types here. This is a place that tries to profit by making writers think they’re coming to one of our blogs, when of course they’re not. Oh and guess what came up when I checked out freelancewritinggig.com? You guessed it, the Freelancehomewriters.com site I contacted earlier about advertising. Um…I don’t think so.Google allows you to request certain ads don’t appear, and I’ll be updating my Adsense to remove any of the sites leading towards freelancehomewriters.com. I did it with Go Freelance too. We need to pay the bills but not at the expense of others.
Thanks for having our back John!