Why Google Might Penalize Guest Blogging Sites

By Posted 2012 Updated   BloggingGoogleSEO

Google might penalize guest blogging sites someday, because guest blogging does not have the same goodwill with which it started a few years ago. It has become one of the most popular ways to get back links with targeted keyword rich anchor texts on top blogs… for free!

It has been propagated as one of the best methods for free SEO. However note that Google lays a lot of trust on editorial links from articles, and these links are gaming that trust.

Guest blogging WAS great

Guest blogging started with a bang a few years back and QOT was one of the first few blogs to support guest blogging.  I remember that when we started accepting guest posts few years back,  hundreds of bloggers started posting great content to share their thoughts, interact with our community, post their best writing and get free traffic, a new audience, a new readership, and hundreds of more RSS readers as hundreds of visitors visited their site. It was the best way for small blogs to get exposure to a new audience undoubtedly. QOT emerged as one of the most popular guest blogging blogs on the web!

It was a win-win situation for popular sites which accepted guest posts, because it gives them free content which they could format as per their editorial guidelines. Most good blogs kept strict linking guidelines, such that they were from good sites, with related topics and of limited number. These guest blogging blogs continue to increase dramatically, as free content brought more free search engine traffic and more advertising revenue.

In fact many guest blogging sites started posting more guest posts than their own original content. What started as a new way to gain exposure via blogging and sharing your thoughts on popular blogs and top websites has now become a race to get back links from high PR sites.

Changing Profile of Guest Blogging

Google penalty cardThe whole scenario of guest blogging has changed. The guest bloggers are no longer small-time bloggers who wish to get exposure to their sites for additional traffic.

As the popularity of guest blogging increased across the Internet, more and more people are realising that guest blogging is a free and easy way to get back links to websites. It was better than paying for advertising on top blogs –  a 30 day banner might cost you $500, while an excellent guest post will get you a free back link for life!

A whole new industry has developed around guest blogging. Guest blogging has provided a new business model for freelance writers, copywriters, SEO agencies, Internet marketing firms, and in general people looking for free back links from top websites. Several popular guest blogging communities have evolved which bring together article writers and guest blogging blogs.

The new guest bloggers are professional writers, professional search engine optimising specialists, companies looking for free back links from high PR sites, and are not keen on exposure to writing but only to get high PR back links for free from clean, reputed, authority websites.

Anyone who wants free links from any website which accepts guest posts – simply needs to hire a freelance writer (from sites like Elance, Fiverr), get a few good keyword rich articles with popular titles written for a few dollars, and get them posted on guest blogging websites, which eagerly accept this free content.

Over the years, we found that guest bloggers profile changed completely. Guest bloggers blogged on behalf of their clients (who paid them to get links) and were more keen to get back links of their choice, and do follow links is what they always wanted. Popular blogs continued to implement strict linking policies, but declining / rejecting guest posts was not taken politely as before.

Fighting Google panda penalties, You might recall we had earlier allowed only nofollow links on guest posts (which not many were interested in), and have now not been accepting guest posts for the past few months. I have noticed that several other popular blogs have also stopped accepting guest posts.

Google is Watching

Google pays lot of respect and trust for links in articles. You would remember that Google cracked down on paid text links and paid link paragraphs several years back and penalised several websites who were buying and selling text links. That changed the entire direction of the text link buying and selling industry, and made publishers opt for Google friendly paid text links, by adding nofollow links and JavaScript-based advertising code like Buysellads.

Guest blogging is going the same way. Guest blogging is providing a free way for link buyers to get trusted editorial links on popular websites. Websites accepting guest posts need to be careful about the kind of links they are accepting in the garb of free content. Accepting only nofollow links would probably help deny these links the Google trust vote, but then that is not what most guest bloggers are looking for.

I am sure Google is watching and figuring out ways about how to tackle these guest blogging links and differentiate them from true editorial links. What are your thoughts?

Update: See Matt Cutts video about Google’s view on guestblogging links. In another video he confirms Google will penalize spammy guest blogging activities.

Must Read: Challenges of Guest Blogging in 2013


139 comments on “Why Google Might Penalize Guest Blogging Sites

  1. Mahesh Mohan says:

    I would love to see another update from Google punishing those sites which are accepting almost all guest posts.. They’re just fooling their visitors and are trying to inflate traffic by accepting guest posts from almost anyone as its free content… I hate that and I have already unsubscribed the RSS of all those blogs (all were Indian blogs) which accepts those garbage guest posts….

    • Patrick Curl says:

      For my blog I’d rather find ten guest posters with good social media influence and give them mostly free reign ad long as the deliver quality content, or something like seomoz or socialmeda today who have systems where anyone can write blog posts but only the best make it to the front page, the rest would have no internal links so no passing of link juice, and would not be in sitemap either.

      • QOT says:

        Those are some good options too. Thanks Patrick.

      • Rohan Shankar says:

        Best is to write your own articles, what you like. Blogging has turned into a business. Lets stop that!

      • Amir says:

        Well its good to know all these points because in my previous posts i have doing same mistakes and after reading this article i am much open then before. Thank :)

    • Gavin says:

      I only accept quality articles which are according to my website niche, though sometimes I accept and sell text links if they offer good amount of money.

      • Qualified Leads says:

        I agree with you Gavin, me too I am just accepting unique and quality articles on my blog and for the sell text links I am also ensuring that they are related to my niche.

  2. Mahesh Mohan says:

    We subscribe to a blog to read posts written by it’s owner and not those guest bloggers or their paid writers (unless its a mashable or techcruch) which is more like an online magazine.

    • QOT says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think blogs become popular because it reflects their blogger’s view, and that is what readers want to read.

      • Mahesh Mohan says:

        That’s right. A perfect example is labnol by Amit where 90% of the content is written by him and is unique expressing his own views. Nowadays everybody considers blogging as a business only… Even I tried to hire a writer many times but haven’t found the right person so I dropped the plan… as I want original content… which is something that can be delivered by a real-blogger and not one of those article writers.

  3. WikiLazy says:

    This means that I will say to my blog in the future, bye :(

    • Rohan Shankar says:

      No not that soon. You have to write the content yourself. Don’t rely on guest post.

  4. Brad Dalton says:

    Some of the biggest blogs have already been hit according to Alexa. I find the content from these guest bloggers is generally based on existing content and the idea’s are generally copied. The owners use their guest authors to do this.

    • Mahesh Mohan says:

      @wpsitesdotnet:disqus Exactly! Those blogs were just posting the same topic again and again by different guest bloggers and paid writers.

      • QOT says:

        Its really surprising when you find the same article republished across different blogs over months. Its really confusing what to do then.

    • QOT says:

      Guest articles are being generated for as low as $1 by freelancers. You would not believe we get 10 requests every day!

  5. Budding Geek says:

    While it’s true that Google is literally on a move to kill SEO forever, but i don’t believe that guest blogging will be their next target penalty. However, guest blogging on questionable and irrelevant websites just for the sake of PR juice might become a penalty of future. Guest blogging done on authoritative and relevant websites for getting exposure, brand awareness and traffic will remain an ethical practice. That’s my perception!

    • QOT says:

      Thanks for your view. Yet webmasters need to be cautious about quality of links they accept.

  6. Mahesh Verma says:

    really awesome post thanks for sharing this :)

  7. IELTS says:

    Blogs are always good for sharing some information with all which is useful for some one else. On other hand Google has change his policies for blogs for just maintaining quality.

  8. Harsh Agrawal says:

    I so much agree with this…People have been taking advantages of Guest blogging and many admins don’t keep a check of what kind of backlink they are giving.. It’s becoming more like an article directory which may lead to penalty..
    The best thing one can do is accept niche related article and author should be from the same niche…This will make it meaningful…and most important avoid obvious SEO optimized link (Ex: Link building service, search engine optimization)…

  9. Techalam says:

    Well, guest blogging is a probably the best way to gain exposure and back links. But it will be better if blog owner/admin list out some guidelines/instructions to maintain good guest blogging environment and to be safe from Google penalties. Thanks for this useful info :)

    • QOT says:

      Detailed guestblogging guidelines are essential with a clear link policy to avoid confusion. Thanks Nizam.

  10. Fedobe says:

    I think guest posting is the best way of creating back links. Google
    always give more priority to content base link. Guest post can be also able
    to attract more visitors!

  11. LiewCF says:

    I only accept guest posts with related content to my blog topics and check linked website for quality. No keyword link in article allowed. Only add link in author’s bio.

    • QOT says:

      All guest blogging blogs should be careful. Thanks for your comment.

    • Randy Pickard says:

      I suspect that links in the author’s bio section do not pass much link authority. Thus, in future guest post, I’ll probably work a link into the content when appropriate. Thus, a bit of conflict between our philosophies. I just published a blog post on guest blogging link authority.

      • QOT says:

        Google will not be able to distinguish between author bio and other links. Nofollow seems to be the only way.

  12. Mohammad Shadab says:

    You should keep in your mind that the guest posts must be lesser than the own articles. Always try to publish any guest articles to your blog when you published at least 2 articles.

    • QOT says:

      I see many blogs overwhelmed by guest posts only. The original author is lost. Thanks for your views.

  13. ticketgoose says:

    I think guest posting is good

  14. Harsha says:

    Other than this Google penalty thing, guest posts can also bring down the quality of a blog if they are not good and posted just for the sake of getting backlinks. So it’s better to think twice before allowing guest posts on one’s blog.

  15. liat weis says:

    But guest blogging produces more than just a link. It produces also some great content. Right ???
    I recently joined blogsynergy.com and I have already been approached by several blogs inviting me to guest post.
    What should I do now

  16. Elegant themes says:

    I mean Guest post is more effective than the free blog post. It is create a huge back link and welcome a huge amount of visitors.thanks for this helpful post.

  17. jayant shekhar says:

    We have to find a middle path. We can’t stick to just one extreme.Pay a visit to my blog by clicking here if you feel like. :)

  18. MySEOfootprint says:

    Guest blogging is a great way to reach out to your online community to share ideas, network, and educate each other. Hopefully Google doesn’t come crushing down on guest logging..

  19. PrIyAnGsHu says:

    We should accept guest posts on our blogs but that must be kept limited up to an extent and further, we should only give away backlinks to the sites which have the same niche as of your blog.

  20. Leonid says:

    Forget about backlinks, guest posting is one of the best way to discuss about a content. I don’t read zero comment blogs because i like sharing thoughts and ideas and gain exposure. More comments give more information. Why not guest posting? Let’s see what google say.

  21. RaviSingh says:

    Guest posting is one of the most popular ways of getting traffic to your blog. It is create a huge back-links and welcome to huge amount of visitors. Thanks for sharing informative and interesting article.

  22. MY WEB BLOG ONLINE says:

    Google Penalize Guest Blogging is really great weapon for free SEO. SEO is very effective for blog. SO google discussion is really good for blog holder.

  23. Jackson Tan says:

    Like the post mentioned, the demographics of guest posters had changed.. similar to article directory sites.. with the number of people trying to jump on the wagon to make it big on the internet.. eventually it all voices down to doing business..getting the traffic~

    my 2 cents~

  24. Mahavir says:

    I think so that one day guest posting will be a vague activity. What you can write for your blog no other person can write with same passion. There is always a greed for links for many guest post guys.

  25. Animaster says:

    Nice post. Shows Google is always one step ahead of you and two steps behind you. Basically has you covered either way.

  26. Ajay Jhunjhunwala says:

    Before learning this post I also believe the effectiveness of guest blogging in SEO. But from now my thought has changed a little bit. It is true that guest blogging scenario has changed from past. It is not easy to escape from Google surveillance for a long time. I think Google is thinking over it and may take initiatives in coming updates. But i also admit that if a business owner writes a good or great content about a theme then he/she deserved a link. This link may help users to know more about the business or that topic. It would be better if good does not take action against guest blogging.

  27. Fedobe says:

    I am totally agree with this blog because after panda and penguin update most of the seo companies are targeting guest blogging to get high quality and relevant links. So I am not astonished if Google will bring a new update to stop guest blogging.

  28. Apkcruze says:

    I’ve stopped guest posting when i started my own blogs,until then i never gave any one a choice to guest post on my blog,me and my bro writes at my blog,google’s recent updates is giving little head ache to every blogger.Even bloggers who are following googles quality guidelines are also receiving googles penalties now and then.

  29. get money says:

    Google might have penalize in any blog site. As because those site is not update or not helpful. So, it’s so helpful for new user to top class user. Thanks Google team.

  30. ID Safairis says:

    Does this means that multi-author sites will not be allowed? That’s the end of blogging! Imagine a website which allows only single author. WSJ, Mashable, TechCrunch, and all other multi-author sites will be deeply impact by this issue. I don’t think this will happen. Even Mozilla blog, which i think also owned by Google is using multi-author. Maybe we will say multi-author and guest blogging is two different stories, yes we know that very clear. But how would Google know if a site is implementing multi-author or guest blogging? For example my site, i do not keep any sentence, telling whether this or that author is a guest blogger or not. If Google would be penalizing it without any clear reason, that would be totally crazy! Anyway i am not surprise if this too will happen. It’s really hard to make live with blogging right now. Because of all these nonsense by Google :(

  31. Navin says:

    It’s a bad news. Guest posting has always been the way to get the free traffic from the established sites.

  32. Marathon says:

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  33. Deni Saputra says:

    Sounds nice comments about guest blogging. But in some cases, guest blogging is still running strong as it used to be. It happened because the blog owner apply strict rules for a single guest post or guest blogger.
    So, why should not accept a guest post? I think isn’t better than do a strict rules and filter.
    Guest blogging could strengthen the blog owner incomes.

  34. Jay King says:

    Really it’s very good post, thanks this sites owner for this post,

  35. Dave says:

    This is a very good point. I have never thought about it this way but (unfortunately) this makes sense. However, I think it will still be of help, but maybe soon it will not have so much impact as it used to have. I hope Google will not penalize it too much because that’s the last or one of the last honest and free ways of securing valuable back links. Google is about presenting us with the best results, so why should it penalize people who really try to make it on the net and who are not big companies with millions of dollars to be spent on advertising?

  36. Kishor says:

    Content, or something like seomoz or socialmeda today who have systems where anyone can write blog posts but only the best make it to the front page, the rest would have no internal links so no passing of link juice

  37. lilz says:

    Google seem to penalize everything on blogs nowadays

  38. larissavictorian says:

    Hey, I’ve been loving your reviews recently! I was particularly unhappy to read guest blogging google might penalize this separate post. I’m a freelancer writer learn from SEO class and I will definitely be reviewing some of these tools myself. Now ‘will stop guest bloggin, I love the laser-focus dedication to growth of my blog, not accept this free content. Awesome post!!! keep up the good work!

  39. GOC says:

    Such a true thing and i am 100% sure Google will do this very soon. If you have money and writers you can make any website popular and this method will be called as spammy activity in Google search engine ranking one day. Thanks QOT for this article but i think no one care it before they hit by Google. I See comments above all says this is wrong but there blogs are full of guest post, Its lol thing.

  40. Verdi says:

    I’ve been asked to be a guest blogger in some sites, but because I don’t have much time to think any idea, and my full time job was lots of overtime, I had to rejected the offers. After all, I’m blogging was trully for myself due to my boring job.

    This post was opened my eyes about guest posting. It’s worth backlink indeed, though by commenting you can also gain backlink. But if you want backlink and traffic, guest post still is the best.

  41. Gilbert says:

    Thanks QOT for the useful info. When people find something good they will overdo it and at times end up misusing it. Just hope that if Google will do this, they do it in a way to spare those using it well.

  42. hataybilet says:

    perfect thanks.

  43. Victoria says:

    I agree, people need to be very careful. I have accepted a few guest posts; however, the majority of our posts are written by my husband and myself. We are IT professionals with a blog focused on Technology, website creation tips, free graphics, etc. I enjoy several blogs that have a lot of guest posts. One very popular blog it seems has a new post every single day by a guest author, which I find a little odd. It would be nice to read what the owner of the site has to say more often. It is because of this individual that I subscribed, so I can see why Google may frown upon this soon. Great post!

  44. MicroSourcing says:

    Guest posting is still an ethical practice as far as some bloggers are concerned. Aside from links, it does help build relationships between bloggers on the web, and it benefits blog owners who don’t have time to write posts themselves.

  45. Vijay Pal says:

    this is really nice article to warn me

  46. onlinetech says:

    Hey, I’ve been loving your reviews recently! all your posts been helping me updating my own blog to a better blog hope to keep up the great work and i can say that people need to be more careful on line put as long as the guest posts are legit google can’t stop it or band guest posts

  47. Ted Wilson says:

    If you are posting on the website that sells cheap posts and doesn’t have quality, this could be the reason why Google penalizes guest posts… if you are publishing your content on good quality blogs, there is no need to worry.

  48. Mary Killelea says:

    I think there is nothing wrong with guest blogging as long as it follows the admin rules. Admin should still be on top of all these to avoid being penalized by Google. Admin should be in control.

  49. cudjoe says:

    I certainly do not see anything wrong with guest blogging. Actually, it was your guest post on problogger.net that led me here.

  50. Akos Fintor says:

    I have never gotten into guest blogging, and probably keep avoiding it, obviously .

    thanks for the insight

    Akos

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  52. Neil Walrath says:

    If google does put boundaries on guest blogging it will create more problems and i guess they might have to rethink on this

  53. Neil Walrath says:

    If google does put boundaries on guest blogging it will create more problems and i guess they might have to rethink on this and this would indeed be more trouble for them.

  54. Doug Spence says:

    It’s ethical practice..

  55. Bijoy says:

    this is really nice article to warn me

  56. WallShade says:

    Google penalize if you start a blog,if you write a blog,if you do anything online google will penalize you.So dont worry about google concentrate on bing and other search engines.

  57. Dawson says:

    Agree with your points. After these Algo changes many SEO companies are using guest articles to generate backlinks. Maybe in upcoming Algo Google might penalize guest blogging sites.

  58. David Urmann says:

    Guest blogging has taken a turn for the worse in that plenty of networks are appearing and people are just going after links without regards for quality.

    However – the thing that separates a blog with good posts from one that is just for link building is the amount of social sharing. So if Google penalizes I suspect it will be those blogs with a lot of outgoing links that lack any social sharing.

  59. Al-hera says:

    I can say that people need to be more careful on line put as long as the guest posts are legit google can’t stop it or band guest posts.

  60. Hotels Chiswick says:

    Google policies is so much watchable now a days .Nice to find the post related to my searching criteria .

  61. Guillermo Ortiz says:

    I agree that guest blogging will probably see some sort of devaluing in the near future, but it will be similar to the situation currently with web directories. Strong, non spammmy, human edited web directories that focus around a certain niche still have tremendous value. I see guest blogs that have gone through high editorial standards and have a strong tie in to the theme of the blog will be just fine.

  62. piyush says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think blogs become popular because it reflects their blogger’s view, and that is what readers want to read.

  63. leena says:

    Hello,I think guest post is one of the effective way to getting back links.Thanks for shearing.

  64. Web design service says:

    I think that do not see anything wrong with guest blogging guest blogging as long as it follows. we can say to need to be more careful on line put. Per day new post every single day by a guest author of guest blogging.

  65. elena says:

    Guest blogging is used as a safest technique to get back links.Sadly this technique will back fire if it is used for spamming.

  66. Paul Akpomukai says:

    It is always a pity that legitimate bloggers come to suffer under the bogus bloggers crook intentions.

  67. Amy Dyslex says:

    Like article marketing still has not seen death because somewhere there comes the requisite of moderation and there is no unattended spamming, I believe guest blogging is here to stay because whenever you put a guest post it goes through heavy moderation.

  68. Julo says:

    I am still accepting guest posts and I already received more than 500 such articles, many of them with a really great content. I don’t understand how google can even think about penalizing such websites. Those articles are still very informative and interesting, doesn’t matter on the link to guest author.

  69. Amy Dyslex says:

    Well I still believe guest blogging is here to stay as did article marketing because most of the content is moderated hence would not turn into a spammer’s heaven.

  70. sudoquai says:

    Thank you for the arcticle. Very interesting!

  71. Em | 48 Hour Print says:

    I think the only time google might penalize guest blogging sites is when they put up duplicate or keyword heavy content. Also, I think bloggers that offer guest posting on their sites should filter and check the content they’re receiving and as well as the person who’re guest posting for them.

  72. Anderson says:

    Thanks Dear for this informative Post
    i was confused a Lot about SEO and Guest Blogging..
    but by your posts on guest blogging and Videos of Webmaster Head , had clear my so many doubts,
    Thanks.:)

  73. Chiranjeev says:

    Oh, bad sign for the blogs that are quite depends on the guest blogger. Thanks for the information.

  74. Joseph says:

    I think its one of the affected activity that you cant do anymore since they released Google Penguin. They want to reduce web spam that are not needed and may ruin some internet activities.

  75. salman says:

    Good advice , I have never thought of this. If google really does this what will happen to those websites which are famous and have a lot of guest post.

  76. David Jones says:

    Last few days I was looking for exact this information from here to there & finally its on your blog site. I’m really happy with your blog & will share it with my friend.

  77. Brian Anderson says:

    Guest blogging is a great way to build links for any website, you only need to write a great piece of content and you’ll get lifetime links. I don’t think that Google should penalise guest blogging sites. Google always love fresh and informative content and guest blogs are one of the sources for the same. But on the other hand guest blogger should make links with anchor diversity.

  78. Veebidisain says:

    If you have good quality content and the commentators are not spamming ( very easy to avoid that with some plugins and moderating comments yourself )then you have nothing to worry about.

  79. Kyle Kam says:

    Many bloggers today are taking advantage of the opportunities that Guest Blogging brings. For me, Guest Blogging is a way we can share what we want to other bloggers (in same niche) as ours. It’s a way of building relationships towards other bloggers. Instead of penalizing Guest Blogging sites, why just not penalize bloggers? It might help them lessen the intake of “low quality contents”.

  80. Alex says:

    I Visit lot of sites but This site article is very nice beacuse this site content is very nice and this is google friendly site. thanks for good articles.

  81. Shiful Alam says:

    As guest blogging is one of the great ways of creating backlinks for bloggers, some of the people have been misusing it. Thanks for unearthing the truth. Well-researched article.

  82. Ankur says:

    ya this is correct guest blogging is now used for backlink and improving seo the meaning of guest blogging is completly changed.!! :D

  83. shendeng says:

    very nice I enjoy several blogs that have a lot of guest posts.

  84. Blogger Whale says:

    A lot of people have turned to guest blogging for quality links.This is an alert call to all fellow bloggers.I wonder what will be the next big link building strategy.

  85. Shihab says:

    google is going mad. What are they doing :x Don’t like this type of behavior.

    • Sarthak Ganguly says:

      This had to happen actually. Consider this – you search for quality content and you end up finding articles that are written only for SEO!!!

  86. John Smith says:

    Relevancy is must when you are doing guest posting, because Google loves content that is informative or relevant to your website.

  87. Sarthak Ganguly says:

    Thanks, but how does Google differentiate between spammy and non-spammy guest posts?

  88. mary says:

    Thanks for this very helpful post!

  89. goutham says:

    Shd think about it??

  90. shasha says:

    Love reading,I have not started with guest posting but I feel posting unique articles will help avoiding any penalty.

  91. informal sports says:

    If you are posting on the website that sells cheap posts and doesn’t have quality, this could be the reason why Google penalizes guest posts…

  92. Rob Colville says:

    Nice article. You are right guest posting has all along way to get the free traffic on the site.

  93. Krishna Parmar says:

    I have seen some blogs having solid SEO structure and they do accept a wide amount of Guest Posts, I don’t think its any harm for them because they also have balancing amount of incoming links also!

  94. WWW Moderation says:

    To tell you the truth i haven’t tried guest blogging yet. Still waiting for others experience on how things go with this kind of technique

  95. hrmehrotra says:

    this is really helpful i got to know for my site d same that my site is getting down bcz of guest posting….

  96. Carmen says:

    Guest blogging is a great way to exchange links. I hope Google does not penalize us for guest blogging because of others that don’t follow the rules. I normally create a lot of my backlinks by creating great quality content.

  97. Cast Iron Reviews says:

    Great read, cheers :)

  98. Jonathan says:

    I do not see why Google should look down upon guest blogging. It is a good way to get quality content written for your site as well as for people to get backlinks to their site and anyone who allows guest blogging is going to be monitoring the articles people write to make sure they are not simply spamming their blog and I think that anyone who takes the time to write a good piece of content deserves to get a link back to their site!

    Thanks for sharing this article!

  99. Plaban says:

    In my blogging career till now I’ve done guest blogging only 3-4 times. I am not interested in guest blogging. Now guest bloggers are only writing articles for paid backlinks and the articles are of very low quality. I think these poorly written articles and paid backlinks can have serious bad effect on blogs. For this reason I’ve stopped accepting guest posts with paid links.

  100. Winson from CCArticles says:

    Inspiring article. I just started guest blogging and am very happy with the response. After your guest post is live and it is a follow back link, how long does it take for you to see the backlink appear in OSE?

  101. Gaurav says:

    Thanks For The Tips

  102. Gaurav says:

    I really Enjoyed Your Article

  103. chris says:

    thanks for this insight!

  104. Mr. Parmar says:

    Yup, you are right, such blogs should be penalized. btw nice article.

  105. Claudia Falcao says:

    Guest Blogging is a great way to tell truly what you have and how it is best from other, So it is like how truly you describe it because if a person getting redirected by your suggestion he should get the same assurance has it is mentioned in the article.The article which doesn’t give the same value as mentioned in the article that type of website value should be decreased/removed from the major search engines.

  106. Myhox says:

    I Think Guest Blogging will not die but it might chage its pattern. As a small blogger, it is great opportunity to link up with high PR blog by writing some quality content. It is the great sources of referral traffic and natural backlinks. Thank you for exploring your excellent ideas.

  107. Hamlet says:

    You have some very good points. But i think Google will not penalize. Internet without linking unthinkable. They can change their ranking factor from backlink to something else.

  108. Alex Cardo says:

    Hey! I read this post now and I’m shocked! Is really I could be banned if I accept guest post at my blog? I always wrote all the content on my blog by myself. But some people (authors) sometimes write me emails about guest posts. Yesterday I’ve accepted one of them…So is it was a mistake? Was this article is your suggestion or you have verified information???

  109. JSammy says:

    With regards to utilizing the word “penalize” It is being taken out of context. Not only can you be penalized in your ranking for abusing nonsense guest posting, you can be “penalized” for not having unique articles; you can be “penalized” for not have a fast enough website, etc. Where the word has a real use is when you abuse certain things in order to increase ranking. For example, cheap back links for sale can get you penalized to the point where Google will ban you your site. There’s an overuse of the word “Penalize”. The fact is Google is becoming more and more conscious of organic articles. More and more unique, genuine and fresh content. If you are looking for a site to guest blog, see me at blogbuzz.biz. -J.Sammy

  110. khalid mahmud shijan says:

    Thank’s for the post :) ,, Guest blogging is really great..

  111. Anil says:

    Wow,Thanks for sharing New update ,All People Opinions are nice ,Thanks :)

  112. Kundan Raj Bhattarai says:

    I have seen advertise on the internet for buying links from another site. It is unfair for those who are continuously trying to produce quality articles. Instead of letting others buy links why not accept quality articles so that everyone else can benefit by reading those articles by viewing your website.
    Buying and selling links is not good as there will be no value of quality articles.

  113. rahul says:

    hi really it a very good points for link building in guest posting

  114. pranay says:

    This post was written in 2012, Now in 2015 still its bad ?

  115. manish says:

    this post is written on 2012 and now it is 2015 such a great post helpful

    thanks for sharing this post

  116. Harish says:

    Oh its very important information. Even I was thinking of starting guest blogging in my blog. I will keep watch of above information. Thanks

  117. owen says:

    Yes you are in fact very right, these days most site owners go about in search of quality back-links and forget the truce surrounding guest blogging, hereby depriving viewers quality content of the post.

    Google has found this out and are trying their possible best to fight this devious act.

    I want to take this medium to appeal to guest bloggers and website owners to please decease from this charade. Having a clear vision of what we choose to share helps viewers to get instant results, because most people do come online for solutions; that’s why they query.

    Thanks Y’all

  118. Sonia says:

    Good article. You are right guest posting has all along way to get the free traffic on the site.

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