Guest blogging for links and pay is big money business – illegitimate business. Matt Cutts heads Google’s spam team and gives those using guest blogging for SEO purposes a boot in the butt. He approved 423 comments in response and the majority are from whiny protesters and nit-pickers who didn’t like his reality check.
Matt includes videos and links to trace the decline of guest articles. He also advises bloggers not to recommend guest posting, guest blogging sites, or guest blogging SEO as a linkbuilding strategy.
“So stick a fork in it: guest blogging is done; it’s just gotten too spammy. In general 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. ” The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO
Please note that as I have been barraged by requests for publishing guest posts from those who believe they can use my blog as a platform for promoting their SEO businesses, I am not accepting any guest posts at this time from anyone I do not have a relationship with.
In mid-October in my personal blog I blogged about receiving Unsolicited Requests of All Kinds, including guest post propositions and Advertising and affiliate marketing propositions.
I suppose that some beginner bloggers may be flattered by the receipt of propositions like the ones referred to above but I’m not a beginner and I’m not an SEO game player. I am into natural linking patterns and that means I don’t participate in all unnatural linking schemes like awards memes, blog hops, linky parties, giveaways and/or anything else that smacks of SEO game playing to get backlinks and aimed at unnaturally inflating traffic and pagerank.
I have always made that clear in guest blogging policies on both blogs and I re-stated my position again my article. However, I still receive several of these propositions for both blogs every day.
Greed is a powerful motivator and my observation reveals competition for traffic, links and/or money is more likely to bring out the worst character traits in game playing bloggers than their best traits. How many of these scammy and spammy propositions are you receiving?