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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Matt Cutts Announces the Death of Guest Blogging

A very common strategy for some looking for exposure to their site or blog is to offer to write a guest post with a link back to them.  I get several of these requests per week but as interesting as they sound, I have declined for several reasons.  First, a guest post does not always capture the flavour of the blog they are requesting to write a guest post for.  Second, quite often a guest post request content simply doesn't mesh well with the blog.  Third, for me this is very important, if a guest post request is for a product that either I haven't used or I've had a negative experience with, I cannot in good faith say yes to that guest post.  Finally, I really don't get a benefit out of a guest post other than not having to write a post myself.  On the other hand, with good traffic the link in the guest post will get exposure and continue to do so again at my expense.  So, I haven't accepted guest posts on my blogs which apparently has turned out to be a good call.  Matt Cutts has announced that guest posts with their nofollow links are spammy, so guest posts are dead.  What this means is bloggers accepting guest posts will now be penalized by Google.  This might be a good time to go through and remove any nofollow links just to be on the safe side.


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