I had a frustrating morning. I was working at my “day job” and needed to contact a bunch of bloggers. The problem is a couple of them had no contact info on their blogs. No “about” page, no email adress, nothing making it easy for me to get in touch with them. This is a big mistake.
I asked a couple of bloggers why they didn’t have contact info on their blogs. Both told me they didn’t want spam. They also said they don’t want the hassle of email to deal with. As someone who gets tons of email daily, I can sort of relate, but I also enjoy reading mail from the members of my community. How do I know what’s on their minds or what I’m doing wrong or right?
Without contact information no one can ask you about advertising on your blog, invite you to guest blog or speak at a conference, interview you for a blog post or offer you a job.
As someone who needs to contact bloggers on a regular basis, I can’t tell you how frustrating it is not to find contact information on a blog. Your readers and others should know how to contact you if they need you. I’ve been blogging for several years now and I can tell you that most of my mail isn’t spam. If I didn’t provide contact info I would have missed out on so many opportunities. Don’t you miss out, let people know where to find you!
Andy Hayes says
This is just silly. There are so many ways around spam – the easiest is to implement a webform if you are really worried. I actually find it hard to believe someone wouldn’t provide their contact info on their site – would you book travel with an airline without contact information? Buy something on amazon if they had no contact information? Didn’t think so.
Excellent call. I’m a blogger, and putting up contact info is one of the first things I did in setting up my blog. I’ve had to contact other bloggers regularly, too, and have often had similar trouble . . . to a point where yup, I’ve entirely given up on contacting them! Sure, I get some junk press released I’d rather not get. So I hit delete. Pretty simple.
MJ Ray says
Putting contact details up is a good idea for all sorts of reasons. If you’re a British business blogger, it’s arguably required by laws that require you to give your business details.
Well-designed web forms can help cut spam, but be careful not to include an eyetest, hearing test or other disability discrimination. Having a few different contact methods is a really good idea.
I ran to my blog and edited it to make sure my contact info was up. Do you know an old client got in contact with me today with a new job offer? Great timing and great post! Thanks!