If there was ever a topic to rile Travel Bloggers it is the suggestion that they should write content for "bigger" companies for free.
Just two weeks ago at the popular Travel Blog Camp, it was muted by one or two speakers that they were accepting free content from bloggers in return for them to being associated with their company
The journalists from The Times & Sunday Times newspapers drew the most derision from the audience. Partially for suggesting that bloggers would want to have their work associated with their brand, but also because the content would go behind their paywall - ie the public have to pay to access it, yet the papers would be getting it for free from bloggers!
I can see the benefit to a new entrant amongst us, yet someone who is a new Travel Blogger may well be offer a publisher a lot
So what do you think?
- Would you write articles for free?
- Would you write for The Times & Sunday Times if they offered no money but you received the experience & benefits of association with such a paper?
- Do you think there are circumstances when non-paid articles can bring benefit to bloggers?