A Post In Response to Those Who Write To Ask if They Can Guest Post on This Blog

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OK, I have officially had it. This is a real estate blog, and nearly every single day I get five requests from someone offering me “free” stories to post.

You know what they say about anything free.

I usually respond nicely, kindly, as my mother raised me. I tell them this is a professional blog and while we appreciate their interest — they are reading it, after all — we create very special content here, carefully crafted by professional writers/bloggers. Every single post must be meaningful to the reader, to the subject matter, including our sponsored posts which, even though they may come from an advertiser, are edited and must fit our rigorous “crunch” test.

I love that half, no three-quarters, of these wonderful offers come from writers who cannot write the King’s English.

Just look, look at the gibberish this person offered to post:

A Reliable Way to Scrutinize Before Buying Property

In today’s time of uncertainty, where so many incidents take place in our life, there is vulnerability around in some form or the other. There is no taking away from the fact that science and with its advancements, our life has become considerably easier. However, with it, there are also various risks, which we have to face in our day-to-day life. The advanced use of resources has weakened the natural storage. This, in turn, is affecting the climate and the nature in an adverse manner. So, if we get our hands on to something like a natural hazard disclosure report, before we actually take the decision of buying a property, it would be very handy. It can go a long way in helping us to take an informed decision, which will be a secured one for our family as well.

WTF is the “natural storage”? Tupperware? Wait, it gets better!

The natural hazard disclosure report helps in estimating the chances of any of these events happening. It also indicates what could be the outcome, if anything happens or in case of a worst-case scenario. The report is also bought by many real estate developers to understand the risks. In some of the cases, these developers can actually work upon mitigating those risks. They can take steps in advance to safeguard the place against the most potential disaster and educate people as to their course of action in the event of any calamity. The report also contains the inputs of state agencies on the potentially dangerous causes or businesses, which can affect a property.

This is a business that sells natural hazard reports, or something. I removed the hyperlink, the reason why they sent it to me, hoping they’d get that little hyperlink in. Oh yes, all the SEO words, too. Let me tell you something: no freebie hyperlinks here. No one wants to read a bunch of doo doo on natural hazard reports and if they do, your company should have the brain horsepower to present the material in a well-written, captivating manner.

Here, I’ll save you a lot of money and eye strain. BAD STUFF HAPPENS: TSUNAMIS, EARTHQUAKES, HURRICANES AND TORNADOES.

So there you have it. Now I can send a copy of this post out to everyone who emails me a letter that starts like this: “I would like to submit an article for your site. Please see the attached file for the content. Please let me know what you think.”

Tell you what I think: NO WAY!




Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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