Me, I don’t know anything about the art of selling things. I have no idea whether “never take no for an answer” is standard part of a salesperson’s repertoire or not.
My website gets more and more visitors as time goes on. Last June the average number of visits was 8,000 and change. This month so far, it’s almost 12,000, with only day this month where fewer than 10,000 people visited.
With the increased traffic come increased solicitations from people who want to sell ads on my site. I’m getting several requests a week now. For the most part, I ignore them, and sometimes the person gets the hint and goes away. If that doesn’t work, I reply with a simple, “No, I’m not interested.”
Last November there was one woman who Would. Not. Stop. sending me emails about advertising on Charley. I ignored her at first. Then I told her no, I wasn’t interested. Then she was like, “Could you at least talk about it with me, and I can show you all the great things that could happen.” No, I said, I wasn’t interested. She asked why. I replied, “Personal reasons.” She still didn’t give up. Long story short, just to make her go away I wound up having to TELL HER what those personal reasons were. They’re personal enough that I am never going to blog about them, and I feel uncomfortable discussing them with people I don’t know well. But I told her, and was like, “There. Those are my personal reasons. Happy now?” And then she finally, finally stopped writing me.
Of course I do mention in my FAQ that I do not want to sell ad space, but no one ever seems to read that thing. I ought to do an experiment and take the FAQ page down and see long it takes before anyone realizes the link is broken.
I suppose this sort of complaint must be frustrating to people who have websites and DO want to sell ads on them. It’s kind of First World Problem-ish — “Gawd, I get so much traffic that I have to beat off ad companies with a stick!” I can’t help you there, but I’d love it if I could send those ad people your way and away from me.