I’ve had reasonably some offers recently from people who want to sponsor articles usually on this blog. Thus, the fundamental understanding being, they normally pay me for writing concerning a meticulous topic. This is not an unusual condition in web publishing; however, I know lots of people have strong views on the morals of this practice. I am not a very big fan of the blogs that generally post the “Message from our Sponsor” each week along with a blatantly promotional article that is full of links back to the website of a sponsor. I see it as a type of intrusive advertising, which merely takes time of readers and offers nothing in response.
Though, I do see advantages in writing the sponsored post that is of real interest to the target audience of a blog – in this condition, Android developers. For instance, say a cell phone advertising company like as AdMob was to call me, and proffer to pay me in return for writing an article concerning their company. Apparently, the mobile company itself is of great interest to the readers of this blog. In this condition, I think this would be suitable to write the articles, and also accept the payment for the time I usually spent researching as well as writing the post.
On the other hand – I do not conceive in “guaranteeing” a constructive post in return for payment. Hence, if I can support a product in a good faith, then I am happy to accept payment for writing about this product. In a sponsored post, I would basically write my own ideas, both the bad and the good. However, if I cannot support that product normally in good faith, I might not write something good regarding it, only because I was getting paid to do so. In addition to the ethical issues, this would simply be tough to write the best article if I am making up half the material on the spot. This just does not make any sense. Principally, I could ever accept payment only for writing a good-quality article. Not only, re-posting some marketing terminology from a marketing agency.
These are my point of views on this matter. However, having said that, I have decided to ask from you people (readers) – do you think I must write sponsored posts or not? Since you are the people who will be going to read these articles, so what are your opinions? Are you pleased by reading the best quality sponsored articles? Alternatively, would you favor that I keep totally independent and write simply regarding what interests me?
In this crisis time, every dollar is important and I think $3-$15 per article is nice way to make profit as writer.