Dear ZLS Publishing: I received an email from a blogger the other day telling me they like my blog and want me to be a guest blogger. Here’s the catch: They want me to pay them $19.95. I’m stumped. Is this the norm? Should I pay to be a guest blogger?
Our response: No, you should never, ever, ever, ever, ever, pay to be a guest blogger. Wow, people’s schemes never cease to amaze us. Unless the definition of guest has changed, guest means guest. Guests don’t pay to go anywhere or do anything for any other industry or reason (think if invited as a guest to eat) and it is the same thing with blogging. If you are being asked to pay, then you aren’t a guest. Never spend money to write for someone else. No legitimate blogger is going to charge YOU to write from THEM. Run, hide, block their email. Sounds like an identity theft scheme in the making.