Guest Posts


Guest blogging has become an accepted and recommended way to increase exposure for the blogger submitting the post, and to gain quality backlinks to the blogger’s own site.  Bloggers report a real increase of visitors to their site after getting a guest post published on an authority site.


But it could just be that Google is frowning on this activity as it could be misused as a strategy just to get good backlinks. If this is the case, will sites with guest posts get penalized?


We take a look at the opinion of the site Quick Online Tips (




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, a lot of bloggers posted 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.


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


The 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.





Interesting! I wonder if it will really go that far. We are not talking about link spam here. Guest blogging is almost the same as posting articles on article directories and getting exposure and backlinks. Yes, the article directories were penalized by Google, but because of inferior content. Most of the guest posts to authority sites are of a high quality, irrespective of the writer’s intentions.


Still, one is always bound to be surprised by Google. Will sites with guest posts get penalized? Time will tell.


What is you opinion?



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