Corporate Contacted Me on 1 of My Hubs

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  1. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    Just wanted to share something.  I know it's been mentioned before here, but you never know who reads your hubs.

    I have quite a few product-related hubs and one in particular that I was highly complimentary about involves a product manufactured by a large corporation.  Their corporate office contacted me this week asking for the name and address of the author of my article.  I quickly looked over my hub to make sure I hadn't said anything that they may want to take issue with, but still responded via email letting them know that I was the author and what could I help them with.

    They responded with a letter attachment from the corporate vice president who was telling me how thrilled he was to read my review of their product and that it was the best review they had ever come across and that they wanted me to sign a release to publish my hub in it's entirety with full credit to me on their corporate website.

    In addition, they wanted my address to send me a complimentary product as a gift.

    I wrote back thanking them for the nice letter and compliments, but I told them that I would be penalized for duplicate content by publishing my article in it's entirety, but I would agree to re-writing a piece specifically for their website, or would agree to a link to my original hub.

    I'm now waiting to hear their reply.

    It just goes to show that you really need to think about what you write and who may one day end up reading it.

    1. liljen23 profile image76
      liljen23posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Great hub on Maglite flashlights and good photos..

    2. tony0724 profile image61
      tony0724posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Nice job there ! I am still working on getting 3 pageviews a week ! I wish you success

    3. KeithTax profile image72
      KeithTaxposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I made more money from my HubPages writing from outside sources than Google and Amazon combined. Here are three examples:

      1.) A modest sized company tracked me down at my office and called several times. My front desk thought it was a sales call and they did not leave a message. Finally, they decided to leave a message and I took their call. They wanted me to write for their company. They complimented me by saying, "It is rare to find an accountant that can also write." At least I think it was a compliment. We are still working details on the arrangement.

      2.) I acquired several new tax clients, including a $2,500+ account for a weekend of work. I'll work 10 hours over the weekend for $2,500 anytime. Again, they tracked me down from hubs. I need to make myself easier to find. Might make more money that way.

      3.) Several local businesses have asked me to write blogs and/or hubs for them, including one of the largest rock bands in the midwest. The rock band is slated for a 5 part hub series and blog when I get the time this summer and a wedding hall is on slate for later this month.

      Amazon and Google are growing nice, but the additional outside income is really nice.

      Great job, KCC. It is an ego trip and profitable when these things happen.  Consider allowing the duplicate content for a while or a truncated hub. Regardless, ask them to keep the link to your hub permenantly.

      1. KCC Big Country profile image84
        KCC Big Countryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Wow, Keith!  See, that's a prime example of how HubPages can be so much more than people realize! Way to go!!!

        Thanks for sharing that so that everyone can realize the potential!

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      cosetteposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      congratulations, KCC, that is inSANE! (that means good wink

      can you unpublish your hub, write a new but different hub about mag lites and satisfy the corporation's desire to publish your content in its entirety? this could be big and lead to something else, IMHO, and that is what i would do if it were me.

      in any case, i am happy for you. smile

      1. KCC Big Country profile image84
        KCC Big Countryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Cosette!  I don't see the need to unpublish what I have.  I would prefer to write a new paragraph for their site and still provide a link to my existing hub. 

        I'm just wrote the VP yesterday.  I'm waiting on his reply.

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    EmpressFelicityposted 13 years ago

    Wow, that's brilliant.  Here's hoping they say "do a rewrite" and pay you for it!

  3. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    I will be ok either way....rewriting a piece for free or having them backlink to my hub.  I guess I'd really prefer the backlink.  I'm sure payment isn't involved anywhere in this.  LOL

  4. Rafini profile image70
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    Yay!  Excitement!!  I like to hear about exciting things happening!! 

    Congratulations!! smile cool yikes smile

  5. liljen23 profile image76
    liljen23posted 13 years ago

    Hey KCC which one is it?? I want to look at it..

  6. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    Thank you guys!

    It's "Buy Him a Maglite Flashlight".

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    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    What wonderful news!

    (But, don't forget, you now might have to disclose on that hub that you've accepted a free gift from the company. At least that's what my lawyer has told me. It's one of the reasons that I have a no gift policy for my business - and I really used to love the stuff ALOT!

    After the FTC wrote its new policy on bloggers and reviews, I asked my lawyer to read it and set up a code of conduct for me, to keep my life as simple as possible. So yo might want to look into this.)

    But anyways not to be a wet blanket. The fact that your hub placed so high and tat someone from corporate read it, is truly exciting and a great indication that you're on the right track.

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the advice Nelle. 

      Edit:  No gift has arrived

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    Website Examinerposted 13 years ago

    There are ways to avoid duplicate content penalty, actually.

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think re-writing it is the best option to avoid that, but we'll see what they come up with.

  9. trish1048 profile image68
    trish1048posted 13 years ago

    KCC!  so proud of you!  Congratulations!  You're on the road to fame and fortune (at least that's what my crystal ball is telling me)  smile

    1. KCC Big Country profile image84
      KCC Big Countryposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      lol.......I don't know about all that.......but thanks, Trish!

  10. lxxy profile image61
    lxxyposted 13 years ago

    That's awesome KCC! Great to hear smile

  11. Beth100 profile image70
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    Fantastic KCC!  smile

  12. Chaotic Chica profile image62
    Chaotic Chicaposted 13 years ago

    That is great news indeed! Congratulations for the pat on the back!

  13. Cagsil profile image72
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    Congratulations KCC!

    See, it shows what I have been saying for a while now and my faith in your ability to produce great hubs is properly placed. wink smile

  14. Jen's Solitude profile image87
    Jen's Solitudeposted 13 years ago

    What a great experience you've enjoyed. Thanks for sharing it with us and congratulations! smile

  15. Ohma profile image61
    Ohmaposted 13 years ago

    Great News KCC.

  16. IzzyM profile image87
    IzzyMposted 13 years ago

    That's fantastic KCC! WTG!

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    MyMoneyTalksposted 13 years ago

    Tell them your earning money from it and that they can pay for it with a fixed fee

  18. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    Thank you guys for all the support. It's nice to share the fun with folks that understand what it feels like.

  19. wrenfrost56 profile image55
    wrenfrost56posted 13 years ago

    Thats Ace news KCC, I'm thrilled for you. smile

  20. drej2522 profile image67
    drej2522posted 13 years ago

    Awesome KCC!! Wicked sweet! big_smile

  21. Mike Lickteig profile image78
    Mike Lickteigposted 13 years ago

    That is incredibly cool.  That's the kind of feedback everyone hopes to get!

  22. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    Thank you so much, Mike.  It's been fun.  smile

  23. pakpub profile image71
    pakpubposted 13 years ago

    That's really great to get recognition like that.

  24. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    Thank you pakpub.  It is very nice that they took the time to write me.  They could have just seen it and ignored it.

  25. raisingme profile image78
    raisingmeposted 13 years ago

    Congratulations KCC.  Very nice win!

  26. KCC Big Country profile image84
    KCC Big Countryposted 13 years ago

    Thank you, Raisingme!


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