Google Declares End of Guest Blogging for SEO!

Google has finally declared guest blogging is over and is another bad link building practice. We had warned guest blogging will be penalized and the challenges for guest blogging. Google has been warning and trying to get some order in the guest blogging practice with subtle hints and warnings.

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But guest blogging has come a long way from being  a respected practice by good writers to get exposure on top blogs – to being a whole business of link building with dedicated guest writing services and getting unwary top blogs at the bad end of Google penalties.

So what happened now…

Google Ends Guest Blogging

Google Engineer Matt Cutts has been warning for a long time, but this time he made it blunt and clear.

I wouldn’t recommend accepting a guest blog post unless you are willing to vouch for someone personally or know them well. Likewise, I wouldn’t recommend relying on guest posting, guest blogging sites, or guest blogging SEO as a linkbuilding strategy.

He also warns that if you continue accepting guest posts for free content building purposes with disregard to kind of links you give out – these are his instructions to the Google webspam team.

I’d expect Google’s webspam team to take a pretty dim view of guest blogging going forward.

Guest Blogging and QOT

You probably remember we used to accept guest posts few years back and were a  popular destination for same. Then as guest blogging matured into a full blown link buiding business – we had warned guest blogging will be penalized by Google and there will be challenges for guest blogging in 2013. We stopped guest blogging a year ago and and cleaned up lot of stuff after we realized that it had emerged into merely a bad practice to get links.

Well it is surprising that we still get over 10 emails everyday offering guest articles and eager guest bloggers willing to write auto generated articles for ‘just one’ dofollow link.

Google just ended guest blogging in 2014 … in one post.

37 thoughts on “Google Declares End of Guest Blogging for SEO!”

  1. I wonder how will google know if it is guest blogging or just another article linking to a site.

    Sometimes i think google has a team that send out emails buying links, those that fell for it will be penalized.

      1. hi Chandra, i think they just checked with some specific keywords which have in guest bloggers’s site, something like “Guest post accepted” and much more. and many of site owner made Guest category as well in which they only post guest posts, so they easily caught them.

  2. Hi CHANDRA,

    Your article is really helpful, thanks for writing. I am looking forward to read more articles in future. Keep writing!!! cheers.

  3. Google is playing a dirty game, and they are going to kill themselves in the long run. It does not matter how much money, power, and control they have on the industry because eventually “bigger they are the harder they fall”.

    They may have complete control on the world through the internet but it will not last forever. This is a basic law that no one in the world has been able to defy since the creation of the world.

  4. Thanks for sharing this information! Google has been going at this for a while now, hopefully good sites/blogger wont get hurt in the process.

  5. Hi Chandra,
    If we are making quality links in a relevant way then also it is going to be considered as spamming?? I don’t think if we have good links under a specific number, the site should be penalized.

      1. Actually, there’s no need to build backlinks from now. The sites which will offer the best content will surely get natural backlinks from other sites, and that way, Google will rank the sites in the SERPs.

  6. Guest blogging is still a respectable thing, and I agree with matt that spammers should be penalized but just claiming that guest blogging is not respectful anymore is a slap in the face of many bloggers,

    The main goal of Guest blogging is to spread the word about your site or product and to reach a new audience, Legitimate Guest blogging is going to be fine according to Matt.

    You can find out other views on this matter here, Be Careful with Guest Blogging posts, It can affect your SEO

  7. It is truth…Google has finally declared guest blogging is over and is another bad link building practice. There is a lot of publishers and writers using guest blogging to provide us with great content. Thanks for this blog comment.

  8. Google is just trying to stop spammers and this is a big step in that direction as now a days we have seen that spammers are using this technique countless.

  9. Guest blogging is not dead yet!!!!! Still its an amazing way of getting quality backlinks. All we need to do is, improve content quality, get content published only on niche based as a regular contributor. Also avoid have a strong author profile.
    With these things anyone can compete the race of getting high ranking easily.

  10. What about squidoo & ezine & hubpages & the like? backlinks on those websites are now useless too (seo-wise)?

  11. There is a lot of publishers and writers using guest blogging to provide us with great content. I am still doing it. I am really confused now…

  12. Thank you very much for Sharing this Important News. Google Should not do it Because Guest Blogging helping every Blogger for SEO

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