How not to proposition bloggers

Helicopter to Silverstone

Getting user submitted tips for blog posts is great as it saves on a lot of research and you can get to know about products that you may not otherwise. However there are certain ways not to proposition us bloggers.

Vague Emails

Check out the new “pour thing”. Great new product designed to let people pour those heavy and awkward gallon cartons of milk with no more effort than picking up a book of matches. Just put in keyword pour thing and you will be delighted with what you see. John

I received the above email last week inviting me to go and search for their, WTF why didn’t they send me a URL.

Continual Emails

I have a number of companies and websites that send me at least an email a day about their latest product addition. Whenever I see these mails they go to the back of my reading queue as I know they’ll send me absolutely anything. If they limited these emails o what was suited to my niche (i.e. really cool stuff). they’d have a lot more success.

Multiple identical contacts

This is when a company tells me about their product via email (often to multiple addresses), contact forms and forums. It’s just annoying and combined with the above method leads to zilch responses.

Being CCed (a lot)

When I receive an email and it’s been CCed to every blogger that owns a computer it goes in the bin. Firstly I don’t like my email address being shared like that and the stories not going to be original as I know how many other people it’s been sent to.

That will do for now, if you’re a blogger what’s the best way to get ignored?

My next post will be the opposite to this as Dell recently gave me a great example to write about (clue top picture 🙂 )

About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.


  1. The way companies get ignored by me is by spamming their stuff in my comments at Gadget Venue. They find a related product and post a press release type message as a comment. I hit the mark as spam button right away.

    However, some get it right and email it to me. I recently wrote about a product that got a lot of attention from other bloggers. The creator of a similar type of product emailed me and asked if I wanted to try out their product to compare to the one I had written about. Of course I said yes and shortly after theirs arrived.

    Matthew’s last blog post..NZXT Sentry LX Fan Controller

  2. I have another to add: contacting you at every email address they can find/guess for your domain, and not tracking who you’ve been in touch with.

    I got an email from a company that I previously dumped for their shady service. But the email came to my invoicing address.

    Just plain stupid.

  3. As I find that the best way to get noticed is to be personal and friendly in your approach, then I guess that being the opposite will be the best way to get ignored.

    The obvious auto generated emails starting with “dear webmaster…” goes strait to the bin.

  4. That CC’d thing caught my eye.

    I have an events website – and some people are too lazy to submit the event online, so they just grab my email address and send the press release to me.

    Sometimes they CC all the people on their press list – so I ‘accidentally’ reply to all and let them know what the site is about and how they can add their event right online. It usually nets me about 1-2 new users that post events once in a while.

    Most times, the original press release person never does get back to submit the event.

  5. You think you got it bad? I’ve been a hack for almost 20 years and must have received tens of thousands of press releases by now, some daring, most crap, almost always something missing, very rarely perfect, and in the last few year 99.9% spam filtered.


    David Bradley’s last blog post..Taste Sensation

  6. The longer I blog the more spam and product crap I get sent to me, thank goodness for akismet spam.

  7. Ugh, the CC thing… I hate it when my friends and acquaintances do it, I would be very pissed off if a random someone from a company shared by e-mail address with the world.

    Jen’s last blog post..Versatile USB Battery Turbo Charger

  8. cc: the world, is one that I hate and am guaranteed to ignore. Continual emails also – tell me when you have something really newsworthy, not every thought that ever runs through your mind.

    Ian’s last blog post..How to tell if you’re really drunk

  9. The thing I hate is the flakes. They are in and out of contact, and when they are in the job is great…until the next time they disappear.

    One thing I hate more than anything is unprofessionalism.

  10. How do you possibly filter through all the junk? I imagine it’d take hours a day.

    We’re trying to help marketers better understand the digital world. Thanks for this post hopefully they’ll learn.

    Simon Small’s last blog post..Episode 002 – A look at mobile marketing (Love Digital weekly podcast)

  11. @mathew Yea, WordPress catches most of the span I get, but I still have to sort through it – and I am ruthless about it.

  12. I get a ton of press releases for products that are out of my field of interest. It would be a good idea to at least look at what bloggers do before you send us requests to review your product.

  13. Did you mean to say that your next post will be about Bell (Helicopters) rather than Dell (Computers) … 😉

    Love the picture – great hook for the follow-on post.

  14. I hate spam, big thank to spam blockers

  15. Sadly Mozilla thunderbird has no compatible program out there that will weed out spam. It has an in-built anti-spam though, but again it requires a lot of training. A real pain.

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