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Grammarly Blog Sponsorship! Or Not…

**Please check out Part Two where I further list my concerns about Grammarly, and the Grammarly contact addresses those concerns.**

Alas, the saying that ‘if it looks too good to be true, it probably is’ is proven yet again.

Given this is the first time I have posted in a few weeks and my last post detailed how I’m not posting much (if at all) due to depression, you can imagine why I was a little bit skeptical about anyone wanting to sponsor anything on this blog…

Hi Jaime,

You know better than most that putting your writing “out there” takes a tremendous amount of courage; readers will find and comment on even the simplest mistakes. At Grammarly we know the feeling – and we’ve made it our mission to improve writers’ confidence. Putting our money where our mouth is, we’d be honored to sponsor your next blog post with a $50 Amazon gift card.

In case you haven’t heard of us, Grammarly is an automated online proofreader that finds and explains those pesky grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes that are bound to find their way into your first draft. Think of us as a second pair of digital eyes that can spare you the cost of hiring a proofreader. If you’d like to join our 3 million users and try the premium version of our proofreader for free, let me know and I’ll make it happen!

Please send me the expected publishing date and topic of your next appropriate blog post (ideally something about writing) so I can give you all the details you need in time.

Cheers,
[Name]

P.S. Let me know if you ever find yourself in foggy San Francisco; I’d love to grab some coffee. :)

Nevertheless, I still felt some hope and decided to get Googling. Bam! Post after post about Grammarly blog sponsorship that turned out not to be what they seemed. My favourite is from The Blasphemous Homemaker, who received the same (mostly).

Kudos to Grammarly for changing the first paragraph to suit my blog, but it’s still a big fail button for you, sunshine. Down to the ‘Let me know if…” PS at the end, it’s the same thing. Oh, sad face of disappointment.

Apparently I’m not good enough for them to offer $100, which is what some people are getting. Pfft. No points for being a ‘starving’ author, I guess. Ah, well. It amused me enough to get me out of my cloud and blog post, so yay for them. Or me. Mostly me.

8 Comments

  1. 24.09.2013    

    They offered you $50? I only got $20 :( LOL!

    • JM (FictionScribe) JM (FictionScribe)
      24.09.2013    

      And here I was feeling jealous because some people were offered more…

  2. 10.10.2013    

    Is this legit? I got an email,too. It seems to be a tad on the scam side, but I don’t know. Let me know! Thanks! :)

    • JM (FictionScribe) JM (FictionScribe)
      11.10.2013    

      Looks like all signs are pointing to it being too good to be true.

  3. 23.10.2013    

    I told them that I would only participate if I followed FTC guidelines. I wrote that it was a sponsored post, even signed up for a free trial (and cancelled before my CC was charged).

    Now, after putting them as no-follow links, which is what you MUST do when you are compensated, Nick @ Grammarly is refusing to compensate me. He did NOT ever specify in any previous email that the link must be do-follow or I would not have agreed.

    Do NOT participate! Grammarly will not compensate you if you post ethically!!!! They are looking for bloggers who are willing to bend the rules. Don’t stoop to that level, be ethical.

    • 07.12.2013    

      I’m “updating” my original comment. I did receive my Amazon gift card eventually, after emailing back and forth for a while with the company.

      However, I advise you to be VERY CLEAR with your specifications if you do choose to work with Grammarly.

      • JM (FictionScribe) JM (FictionScribe)
        12.12.2013    

        I’m glad to hear that it ended up working out for you.

  4. 03.03.2014    

    Wow! I have the same email, that I haven’t answered mostly because they sound to good to be true. I think I will deleted the email now and save me a headache. Thanks for sharing your situation with them.

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