During my vacation in Toulouse, I was approached by someone who had a special offer for me. Here are the few emails we exchanged.
Do you offer guest blogging services in French?
I am looking for writer to write and publish articles about social media on related websites to improve my website rankings (SEO). I launched a French website selling Youtube views, Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers etc… I am interested in hiring you for a weekly blog post on my website.
Let me know,
Thank you for your email.
I appreciate your offer, but buying fans and views is against my policy.
As a result, I will have to refuse your offer.
Thank you for your reply.
I know what you mean, I also hire an english social media writer who is against buying views and fans, but she writes blog posts for me under a fake name and makes $4000 per month from all the work I give her. I can give you a lot of regular work.
If you change your mind let me know,
The conversation continued on my Facebook Page. The person asked me if people in my network would be interested in the offer. I stated that no one I knew would agree to the kind of content they were asking.
“We are not thieves,” they answered. “According to many social media experts, buying fans and followers on social networks is a good way to get started in social media. Apparently, you don’t need to make money like the rest of us.”
I responded accordingly — and so did a friend of mine. Unfortunately, the person deleted the thread before I had time to take a screenshot.
Let me say this: It is NOT what social media should be.
Would you bribe people to get good reviews, buy your products, or make your business look good offline? Of course, not! So, why is such a practice considered acceptable online?
Please, stop buying likes and fans to inflate your numbers on social media sites. No one cares about the size of your followership. What we care about is your message, ethics, the quality of what you sell, and how approachable you are.
“Focus on being awesome, not getting followers.” - Melissa Taylor