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.

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 a few years back and were a  popular destination for the same. Then as guest blogging matured into a full-blown link building business – we had warned guest blogging will be penalized by Google and there will be challenges for guest blogging in 2013. We restricted guest blogging a year ago 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 one post.


  1. Ngan says:

    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.

    • P. Chandra says:

      I am sure that is the best way for them to confirm who are actually buying links… a sting operation.

      • Nayna patel says:

        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. Hemant says:


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

  3. Piyush Mathur says:

    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. Mike Howg says:

    I quit accepting guest posts because the majority of it was just spam. I’m happy that Google has penalized guest blogging.

  5. Misha says:

    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.

    • P. Chandra says:

      Naturally developed links is what Google likes.

      • PrIyAnGsHu says:

        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. Prazwal says:

    If this is true, building backlinks and rank will get tough in coming days.

  7. Ally M says:

    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

  8. Manoj says:

    There is a lot of publishers and writers using guest blogging to provide us with great content.

  9. Web Promotion says:

    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.

  10. Vinay kakumani says:

    Google is penalizing guest post if so it is a better idea of google to stop the spammers…
    Thanks for you share

  11. karan says:

    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.

  12. Shubham Patodi says:

    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.

  13. Nikki says:

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

  14. Ankur says:

    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…

  15. Sasikumar Krishnan says:

    Guest Blogging is not only just for SEO, it helps us to get good contacts online. There are many more advantages available in guest blogging.
    Thanks for the post.

  16. karebilisim says:

    It was very useful and helpful articles that you publish.

  17. Nabanow says:

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

  18. Sudipto Chakraborty says:

    If your intent behind guest blogging is just to write some of the brown stuff, that does not help anybody or nobody wants to read that; if you are writing your article with loads of anchor text that pointing to your site; then it is surely the termination stage for you regarding guest blogging. However, if you choose to go on other way that promises to deliver the quality to reader then indeed there is still some hope.

  19. Smestaj Beograd says:

    Thanks for sharing this information! It was very helpful articles that you publish.

  20. dvd swap says:

    oh!! this is bad news for all blogger and seo expart. but not bad news for real seo expart :) . thanks for share all real information with us

  21. Ranjit J Deore says:

    Google has not completely killed guest blogging but it says no spamming should be done on this topic.

  22. sadak ahmed dewan says:

    It was very useful article but I am confused.

  23. sadak ahmed dewan says:

    This article is useful but I am confused.

  24. johngates says:

    He also warns that if you continue accepting guest posts for free content building purposes 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 .

  25. Ritu Kumari says:

    Thanks for this information if google declared guest blogging to provide us it really great option for us

  26. Yenka says:

    High Quality Guest Blogging is Still Alive, So Don’t worry Every Guest Blogger, Keep up Your Blogging Quality. Google should not take any Step Against Guest Blogger,
    Guest Blogging is very important Thing for SEO.

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  29. mrjugnu says:

    I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working, great job!

  30. Sarmista Aun says:

    Hi P.Chandra,
    Guest blogging shouldn’t be continue in terms of SEO. We can still continue guest blogging on high authority sites not to get backlinks but to provide quality content on other blogs.

  31. ipankint says:

    Owh, that’s a bad news.
    I think Guest Blogging can help in building network.
    Not just only good for SEO.


    ohhh no that is a bad news for me. Guest blogging is really very helpful for Seo. But google have power they can do anything

  33. Asif says:

    Thanks for this great news, i will follow your guide sir.

  34. Ylia Callan says:

    I cant imagine how a website would gain links naturally without manually building them. Without placing links on other networks and platforms, the chances that a website will gain more links organically is practically nil. I think the search engines need to drop backlinks from there algorithms and find other signals to find reputation and relevancy. It seems to be an unfair advantage that big business can simply pay for the creation of links and small businesses are nowhere to be seen in the search results because they don’t have them.

  35. Shah says:

    Strange, many still ranking high on its shoulders.

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