Pay to guest blog? is this normal?

by thedog
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Hi guys, I've decided to get more into guest blogging, a recommendaiton from WF was, Guest blogging: Looking for guest bloggers or guest post? Join MyBlogGuest!

Nice idea, brings authors and bloggers together.

I've actually been using content for one of my blogs.

Anyway... I was on the forum, where people request content.

One guy was looking for original travel articles, over 600 words, so, uploaded one to his site.

I'm then told, that in order to have my article published I need to pay $9.95?

Nothing about this in his post... is this common?

I thought the idea behind guest blogging was, I give you original content, you give me some backlinks and traffic...
#blog #guest #normal #pay
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Originally Posted by thedog View Post

    Hi guys, I've decided to get more into guest blogging, a recommendaiton from WF was, Guest blogging: Looking for guest bloggers or guest post? Join MyBlogGuest!

    Nice idea, brings authors and bloggers together.

    I've actually been using content for one of my blogs.

    Anyway... I was on the forum, where people request content.

    One guy was looking for original travel articles, over 600 words, so, uploaded one to his site.

    I'm then told, that in order to have my article published I need to pay $9.95?

    Nothing about this in his post... is this common?

    I thought the idea behind guest blogging was, I give you original content, you give me some backlinks and traffic...

    Some people with super successful sites do in fact charge for your articles to be published on their site, but in most cases, you will find that it is indeed an exchange of only content and backlinks.

    If you do not want to pay any money for your article to be published, there are plenty of people who do not ask for money. The quality of the link you get might not be as good though. However, it is perfectly possible to get awesome backlinks free of cost if your content is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author jficarro
    I think it's ridiculous!

    I have clients that do guest posts on sites that get a million views a month and I've had guest authors on my sites - nobody ever charged.

    I've had articles (of my clients) published in
    Catholic Online
    Drudge Report
    Spirit Daily
    A bunch more (it's late/early here)

    writer gets some powerful link juice and massive exposure (in some cases)
    publisher gets great content that his readers appreciate

    Heck. I probably have a blog in your niche. PM me and let me know what the topic is and I'll consider publishing it if I have something in that niche area.

    Things we look for:

    Great writing
    Topic that is useful and relevant to our readers
    Not selling anything or promote anything

    It's customary to either have an author bio or resource box at the bottom or both. The author box usually mentions any books or whatever the writer has done (with a link of course)

    I prefer the author bio for my sites as it looks more professional.

    Good night all.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by jficarro View Post

      I think it's ridiculous!

      I have clients that do guest posts on sites that get a million views a month and I've had guest authors on my sites - nobody ever charged.

      I've had articles (of my clients) published in
      Catholic Online
      Drudge Report
      Spirit Daily
      A bunch more (it's late/early here)

      writer gets some powerful link juice and massive exposure (in some cases)
      publisher gets great content that his readers appreciate

      Heck. I probably have a blog in your niche. PM me and let me know what the topic is and I'll consider publishing it if I have something in that niche area.

      Things we look for:

      Great writing
      Topic that is useful and relevant to our readers
      Not selling anything or promote anything

      It's customary to either have an author bio or resource box at the bottom or both. The author box usually mentions any books or whatever the writer has done (with a link of course)

      I prefer the author bio for my sites as it looks more professional.

      Good night all.
      You say you don't want no selling anything or promote anything...

      Well, is it not the point to promote your site or service, with guest blogging?

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author jficarro
        Originally Posted by thedog View Post

        You say you don't want no selling anything or promote anything...

        Well, is it not the point to promote your site or service, with guest blogging?

        Cheers
        No. The point is to get exposure for your name and a link back to your site.

        And it would be very unlikely that Google would have any negative reaction about real blog guest posts. It's a great way to expand the value of the site with other expert viewpoints.

        Many of the huge blogs and sites that ask my clients to contribute (wish they'd ask me :rolleyes are not doing to fill their pages with useless filler space. They ask people to contribute because they sincerely believe it will add value to their readers.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    There are sites that pay you to guest post for them. Check it out:

    Why I Pay Writers for Blog Posts
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    • Profile picture of the author wizzard74
      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

      There are sites that pay you to guest post for them. Check it out:

      Why I Pay Writers for Blog Posts
      I think the OP is talking about paying to be a guest blogger.
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      • Profile picture of the author danr62
        Originally Posted by wizzard74 View Post

        I think the OP is talking about paying to be a guest blogger.
        Yes, I know that's what the OP meant.

        I just flipped it around by linking to a site that pays you to be a guest blogger instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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    No, this isn't normal at all, and it abuses the concept of guest posting. Ignore it and guest post for someone who understands what it is and what it's for.
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by JOSourcing View Post

      No, this isn't normal at all, and it abuses the concept of guest posting. Ignore it and guest post for someone who understands what it is and what it's for.
      I thought as much... and it's a waste of my time, only after I submitted the article, with pics, was I informed that I'd have to pay to have it published... I'll report them to admins, this has to be against TOS.

      Can anyone recommend the best way to find blogs to guest blog on...

      So far, I'm using google, "keyword blog"

      Is this the most efficient way about this?
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      • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
        Originally Posted by thedog View Post

        I thought as much... and it's a waste of my time, only after I submitted the article, with pics, was I informed that I'd have to pay to have it published... I'll report them to admins, this has to be against TOS.

        Can anyone recommend the best way to find blogs to guest blog on...

        So far, I'm using google, "keyword blog"

        Is this the most efficient way about this?
        Guest blogging: Looking for guest bloggers or guest post? Join MyBlogGuest! is a good place to find people who accept guest posts for free. I know people who have gotten dozens of backlinks from this method.

        I know you have had a bad experience there but there are a lot of people who will not bring up such offers for you again.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Frankly I wish there were more marketers in my niche that wanted to guest blog on my site - man that saves time and effort. I not only let them post their live link - I write them a nice little introduction. IF they are expert enough for me to want their material on my site, I treat them like an authority. My members trust me to have authority connections.

    Nope, you shouldn't be paying to write. ESPECIALLY if they aren't up front about their fee. I wonder how many people they sucker into paying their cost of business. Tell them to do their own writing and find someone who understands the importance of their business connections. Your quality writing can help raise the rank of the site you post it to.....don't forget that one. With a few quality writers posting, they can find their links worth more very quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    It is not common, but it is also not unheard of before.

    I pay a couple sites to be able to post to them. Yes, I get back links, exposure, etc., but I also get that with less competition for eyeballs.

    The site owner gets paid to consider my content, and I get a better platform from which to be found.
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  • Profile picture of the author WF99
    no it is not common ,,
    And in my opinion it is not a good idea too ...
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  • Profile picture of the author spicybizz
    Nope - I mean you give them free quality content in exchange for a backlink - sounds like a fair deal to me. Don't pay for guest posts, there are betters places for your money.

    Setup a twitterdock and monitor "guestpost" "#guestpost" you can gain 10 guestpost opportunity's a day easily
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    • Profile picture of the author irenef25
      I tried to contact many such bloggers, but was unsuccessful. In most cases, people asked me to show the self-owned blog. Can anyone share Guest blogging sites where technology related article are accepted without asking for a self-owned blog?
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  • Profile picture of the author CCK
    If people will pay a site for a posting then fair enough. Its their site and they can publish content for free or charge. If they have pages that offer guest posting publicly they should have the decency to advise a fee may be charged.
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    • Profile picture of the author cyberws
      I both accept guest post and write them - and no money ever changes hands. Yesterday 2 articles of mine were published. According to Quantcast, one of them has traffic of 447,000/month and the other 832,100/month. If you want to find people you can write for, join this site: http://www.bloggerlinkup.com. It's free and there are a vast number of opportunities - and growing.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by thedog View Post

    I'm then told, that in order to have my article published I need to pay $9.95?...
    Did you report that ? as far as I know there is no paid option on that site but I may be wrong, and it seems a bit like a bait n switch type game plan happening there.

    Other than that I really am warming to the site and what it offers and hope to start accepting guest blog posts in the next few days.
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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    Guest blogging is the next area that Google will 'clean up' IMHO. Due to abuses like this, it's obvious that guest blogging is yet another 'link scheme' who's primary purpose is to game Google. And we all know how much they hate that
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    • Profile picture of the author mosthost
      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      Where did you pull that gibberish from, some dark place ?
      No need for the insult. If you have a proper rebuttal, make it. If not, don't comment.

      There's no question guest posting is a link scheme. Even the OP in this thread said he gets 'paid in backlinks' for content he writes.

      That's pure unadulterated link scheming if ever I heard it.

      The guy who wants $9.95 for the post knows it too. That's why he wants to get paid on the permanents links instead of giving them away for content.

      People get very touchy about this I can tell
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      • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
        Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

        The guy who wants $9.95 for the post knows it too. That's why he wants to get paid on the permanents links instead of giving them away for content.
        Thats why he asked if it's normal and it is not normal per say under what the web site promotes hence just because there is one bad apple it does not mean the sky is falling and to make that conclusion is far from reality.
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        • Profile picture of the author mosthost
          Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

          Thats why he asked if it's normal and it is not normal per say under what the web site promotes hence just because there is one bad apple it does not mean the sky is falling and to make that conclusion is far from reality.
          I said "IMHO." I gave an opinion. I never said anything about 'bad apples' or the 'sky falling.' I said IMHO guest posting for the most part certainly resembles people taking place in a 'link scheme.' I also feel that eventually Google will discount it the same way they have article directories, link directories, Web 2.0 properties, etc etc etc.

          Right now guest posts are one of the last bastions of getting 'high quality backlinks.' That means everyone will flood to the practice. Once they do, the abuse will become rampant. Then, finally, Matt Cutts will sit down and program the penalties.

          Nowhere did I say anyone was wrong for gaming Google or using guest posts for whatever reason they want. I just think if people start relying on this for their main strategy, they will end up right back where they started.

          IMHO "MyBlogGuest" definitely resembles a link scheme more than anything else. Every post they 'find a home' for has multiple exact anchor text links in them. That's about as unnatural as BMR was.

          If you love to guest post or you think I'm wrong, carry on!
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          • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
            Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

            Nowhere did I say anyone was wrong for gaming Google or using guest posts for whatever reason they want.
            I think your a little confused but thats OK / but nobody is trying to game giggle, as for a difference, guest blogging is exactly that your a guest, no money changes hands, people are not obligated to write or host the content, posting crap for the sake of a link is eliminated, but yes sure I agree there is like anything a window open where people peddling crap will enter the market but that in no way entitles or justifies a lets paint them all with one brush thinking.

            A big difference from paying to post crapola on huge blog farms. / And yes thanks i will carry on. Appreciate your views but do not agree with them sorry.
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      • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
        No, it's certainly not "the norm" to pay to guest post. Off the top of my head, I don't know if charging people is against My Blog Guest's rules, but you might want to check and let Ann Smarty know if someone is, in fact, breaking the rules. (I know that Cathy Stucker doesn't let anyone charge for guest posts on Blogger LinkUp, but according to one of her last emails, there are people trying to break that rule - so the sneaks are everywhere!)

        Bottom line - there are plenty of great opportunities out there. You certainly don't have to pay to take advantage of them.

        Now, onto this...

        Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

        There's no question guest posting is a link scheme. Even the OP in this thread said he gets 'paid in backlinks' for content he writes.

        That's pure unadulterated link scheming if ever I heard it.
        According to Webster's Dictionary, the word "scheme" implies that you're doing something to trick or deceive -- and that's not what guest blogging is. Sure, you're getting links out of it, but you're getting them because you wrote a kick-butt piece of content that a blog owner published because he thought it was valuable for his readers. How is that scheming the search engines? That's what they want you to do!
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      Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

      Guest blogging is the next area that Google will 'clean up' IMHO. Due to abuses like this, it's obvious that guest blogging is yet another 'link scheme' who's primary purpose is to game Google. And we all know how much they hate that
      If that's what you think you obviously don't get the concept of guest blogging.

      Link building and SEO is a by-product of successful guest blogging (which ultimately is just another term for quality "article marketing" or "content syndication" - an extremely white hat marketing technique that has been around since the 1990's).

      SEO is not the primary focus. Providing high quality content is. There is a BIG difference.

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  • Profile picture of the author NXmarketeer
    give free authors nofollow links and paying subscription authors dofollow links and some other priviledges!

    it works if you have a good to very very good site / blog / name / reputation etc...
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by NXmarketeer View Post

      give free authors nofollow links and paying subscription authors dofollow links and some other priviledges!

      it works if you have a good to very very good site / blog / name / reputation etc...

      The truth is that if you want to "have a good to very very good site / blog / name / reputation etc.", then you will be very selective about what you publish on your site, period.

      You cannot cater to the masses of marketers and win the game. You must cater to the few, and restrict participation with an "entry fee".

      If your post is accepted on such a site, then the site's links, link value, traffic and reputation will rub off on you in a positive way.

      If your post is lost among the hordes of the uncivilized, then the site's potential links, link value, traffic and reputation will be lost in the muck.
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  • Profile picture of the author robredo
    Normally when a webmaster asks you to write a guest post on his topic, you get a backlink to your website in exchange. If you write on your topic - you pay for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by thedog View Post

    One guy was looking for original travel articles, over 600 words, so, uploaded one to his site.

    I'm then told, that in order to have my article published I need to pay $9.95?

    Nothing about this in his post... is this common?
    Yes - it's probably common to want to keep quiet about it, in public, if you're breaching the terms of service of the network which you're trying to abuse in order to make some money (or trying to).

    In general, it's rare, though not unheard of, to charge for publishing a guest post. Some people have the traffic to make it worthwhile, I think.

    (Its real potential value to the author, of course, has virtually nothing to do with page rank, of course, though there are still probably plenty of naive potential customers around who imagine that it might :rolleyes: ).
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Originally Posted by Alyona The Publicist View Post

    it depends on the pagerank of his blog! if it's a pr8 > then probably he is justified anything below pr8 asking for nearly 10 bucks it's not worth it in my opinion for a guest blog, unless we are talking about a permanent link on the main page which is something completely different

    LOL

    Disclaimer: I am NOT attacking you!!

    If you need front page or PR8 to consider $10 to be a good spend to get your article placed on a blog, then I suspect that you have never really experienced the full potential of article marketing, when it is done well.


    CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTION: Your goal to be seen as an expert on the subject of public relations will be more effectively served if you only make absolute comments about things you truly understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Perry
    Hey, thanks for mentioning myblogguest.com. I've been looking for guest bloggers for my IM blog, nichemoz.com.

    I agree with a comment that was made earlier stating that by asking for payment, it kind of takes the GUEST notion out of play.

    take care,

    Kevin
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    • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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      Originally Posted by The Godfather View Post

      Hey, thanks for mentioning myblogguest.com. I've been looking for guest bloggers for my IM blog, nichemoz.com.

      I agree with a comment that was made earlier stating that by asking for payment, it kind of takes the GUEST notion out of play.

      take care,

      Kevin
      Really? PM me please, I may be interested in delivering some sick nasy content for you and your blog.
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        Originally Posted by TheRealDudeman View Post

        Really? PM me please, I may be interested in delivering some sick nasy content for you and your blog.
        PM sent Dude. Looking forward to having you contribute!

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I'd tell him to write his own content. I did a guest blog post for Flippa, which I would call a high traffic site and there was, of course, no charge for me to contribute content.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewAU
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I'd tell him to write his own content. I did a guest blog post for Flippa, which I would call a high traffic site and there was, of course, no charge for me to contribute content.
      We seem to have forgotten to send you the bill?! ;-)

      Seriously, as @JohnMcCabe mentioned, blogs are happy to run guest posts when they're topical, authoritative and incredibly relevant to the blog's audience. You may need to pay if you don't know how to write but then why bother?
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      • Profile picture of the author thedog
        Quick question, can I use the same article for multiple sites?

        I believe this is article syndication.
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        • Profile picture of the author deejones
          Originally Posted by thedog View Post

          Quick question, can I use the same article for multiple sites?

          I believe this is article syndication.
          Most blogs will want exclusive use of your guest post, so you wouldn’t be able to use that content anywhere else. (Including your own site.)

          With article syndication, your articles are available to anyone who wants to use them.
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          • Profile picture of the author tpw
            Originally Posted by deejones View Post

            Most blogs will want exclusive use of your guest post, so you wouldn't be able to use that content anywhere else. (Including your own site.)

            With article syndication, your articles are available to anyone who wants to use them.

            I would only guarantee exclusivity to any website that could prove that it has a huge audience.

            Otherwise, I syndicate all of my articles.
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            • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
              Originally Posted by tijja View Post

              Heck yes it's normal. I charge way more than $9.95 to post on my blog, and folks take me up on it. Well, actually a real live blogger in a relevant niche can usually guest blog for free, if it not promotional and the only link is in their bio. A blogger trying to get backlinks for his content or for some niche site he runs has to pay.
              You would think in reality this is paid links being disguised as guest blogs / true guest blogs per say would have no fee attached to them ( guest ) as apposed to ( Paid )

              Originally Posted by tpw View Post

              I would only guarantee exclusivity to any website that could prove that it has a huge audience.

              Otherwise, I syndicate all of my articles.
              Thats true Bill and the difference is in the term per say and it took me a few seconds to wrap my head around it, yes a syndicated article is exactly that, it is posted as you say across multiple sites, but a guest blog ( apples and oranges ) in most if not all cases is posted on a single site and the publisher of course can choose which option suits them best.

              Guest Blogging Versus Article Marketing: What Really Works?

              annsmarty - from above / myblogguest explains it a little more here
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  • Profile picture of the author gentryliving
    I think it's the other way around. Usually it goes something like this, "Be my guest blogger and earn some amounts". This is just my personal opinion. It's like of a writer who writes articles for other and they get paid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin X
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    Originally Posted by thedog View Post

    Hi guys, I've decided to get more into guest blogging, a recommendaiton from WF was, Guest blogging: Looking for guest bloggers or guest post? Join MyBlogGuest!

    Nice idea, brings authors and bloggers together.

    I've actually been using content for one of my blogs.

    Anyway... I was on the forum, where people request content.

    One guy was looking for original travel articles, over 600 words, so, uploaded one to his site.

    I'm then told, that in order to have my article published I need to pay $9.95?

    Nothing about this in his post... is this common?

    I thought the idea behind guest blogging was, I give you original content, you give me some backlinks and traffic...

    No, this is not normal. Most likely it's a clever ******* trying to squeeze money out of every possible place. His blog prolly sucks and it filled with content that poor saps paid to submit.

    Even the most popular bloggers don't take money for blog posts, you merely need to "know" them and have great content that would fit in with them. DO NOT pay to submit content, you'll be taken for a ride.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by thedog View Post

      You say you don't want no selling anything or promote anything...

      Well, is it not the point to promote your site or service, with guest blogging?

      Cheers
      As a newspaper friend of mine once said, "if you want us to publish a story, send us a story; if you want us to run an ad, buy a [expletive deleted] ad!"

      The guest post is your opportunity to get my readers interested in you by providing a quality experience. The resource or author box is your opportunity to offer a way to continue that experience.

      To use the cliche example, I have a dog blog. You want to promote electronic training collars.

      Example A: You submit a guest post supposedly reviewing one of the collars, but it's a thinly veiled promo loaded with anchor text affiliate links. The resource box is a blatant call to buy a collar via another affiliate link.

      Example B: You submit an informative guest post on the right way to use such a collar as a training aid rather than an instrument of torture. In your author box, you mention that you wrote a book on training hunting dogs for field trials and link to the page offering the book for sale, along with a free subscription to your tips newsletter.

      As a publisher, B has an excellent chance of not only getting published, but of being featured. A is DOA.

      Originally Posted by thedog View Post

      I thought as much... and it's a waste of my time, only after I submitted the article, with pics, was I informed that I'd have to pay to have it published... I'll report them to admins, this has to be against TOS.

      Can anyone recommend the best way to find blogs to guest blog on...

      So far, I'm using google, "keyword blog"

      Is this the most efficient way about this?
      I have no problem with someone using a 'pay to post' model. I do have a problem with the way this guy went about it. Definitely underhanded, and if it violates the TOS of the site you found his offer on, deserves to be reported.

      As for finding blogs to post on, you're on the right track.

      Search for your keyword and things like "write for us", "guest posting", etc. When you find an opportunity, jot down the query you used to find it.
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  • Profile picture of the author annsmarty
    Like I said in my email to you, this is not normal and totally forbidden within MyBlogGuest

    I had got in touch with the publisher and he confirmed that he would not ask for payment from our members any more
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    • Profile picture of the author thedog
      Originally Posted by annsmarty View Post

      Like I said in my email to you, this is not normal and totally forbidden within MyBlogGuest

      I had got in touch with the publisher and he confirmed that he would not ask for payment from our members any more
      Good to know. I reported him to you after WF confirmed my suspicisions that this was not common practice.

      In the words of Father Ted, "Down with this sort of thing"
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    It really depends on what site you are guest blogging for. There are sites that cost over $10 to have your post published. In return though you can expect a nice spike in traffic. It really depends what you are looking for out of your guest-post
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    • I said "IMHO." I gave an opinion. I never said anything about 'bad apples' or the 'sky falling.' I said IMHO guest posting for the most part certainly resembles people taking place in a 'link scheme.' I also feel that eventually Google will discount it the same way they have article directories, link directories, Web 2.0 properties, etc etc etc.

      Right now guest posts are one of the last bastions of getting 'high quality backlinks.' That means everyone will flood to the practice. Once they do, the abuse will become rampant. Then, finally, Matt Cutts will sit down and program the penalties.


      I hadn't given the matter much thought, but I believe you are right.

      I have seen blogs that are nothing *but* guest posts, and as you say, they're probably going to proliferate.

      Good, thoughtful analysis. Thanks for posting it.

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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    Yes paying for blog post is very common; there are actually networks/websites specifically set to do so. It's especially common if it's a high PR authority blog with frequent users. It's basically just like an ad in a sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author michellea76
    Yes, I have heard of bloggers asking for payment for them to give backlink/s to your site. It's normal. I just think that if this is the case, then the payment should be discussed right away; that if a guest blogger won't agree to paying, then a content wouldn't be written for that specific blogger.
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    • Profile picture of the author nikks
      I have heard of ppl charging for guest post. Its quite normal. Make sure you research on how reputable the website is and how many traffic they are getting on average.

      Personally, I feel that bloggers who are reputable in the field won't charge you for guest post. Instead they are looking for good quality content. And they are very strict in their requirements.

      I would suggest going for the free method. but if you can't meet their requirements. Then pay for it. Hope it helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author akg12
    ya, sounds fishy. You should pay me for my content, if anything. But, what do I know?
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  • Profile picture of the author tijja
    Heck yes it's normal. I charge way more than $9.95 to post on my blog, and folks take me up on it. Well, actually a real live blogger in a relevant niche can usually guest blog for free, if it not promotional and the only link is in their bio. A blogger trying to get backlinks for his content or for some niche site he runs has to pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author ragdoll
    I think that's a bit shady. Do you know if their site even has many visitors or a high page rank?
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    Yea its normal mate... We have to pay those who write for us...
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  • Profile picture of the author rado0
    Although I am new to all this, I've already heard of people who want to get paid for letting you publish an article to their website. I can't judge if it is normal or a proper practice (like I said, I am new), but if you have experience in Syndication, you might be able to come up with some, more or less, realistic expectations. If the website has the potential to bring you a lot of traffic, why not pay?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mantasmo
    Guest posts provide both visitors and high quality backlinks. People happily pay $30-$50 for a post on a PR5 blog network site... what's so strange about someone wanting to charge you for a post on a legit site with real visitors?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Perry
      Originally Posted by bnetwork View Post

      Guest posts provide both visitors and high quality backlinks. People happily pay $30-$50 for a post on a PR5 blog network site... what's so strange about someone wanting to charge you for a post on a legit site with real visitors?
      In the original context of this thread, which was guest blogging requests on MyBlogGuest, their policy is that people are not to ask for payment. In a private setting I would say you are correct in that $30 to $50 is a fair price.

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      • Profile picture of the author thedog
        Originally Posted by The Godfather View Post

        In the original context of this thread, which was guest blogging requests on MyBlogGuest, their policy is that people are not to ask for payment. In a private setting I would say you are correct in that $30 to $50 is a fair price.

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        Exactly. I had a feeling it wasn't allowed on MBG, but was just curious as to whether it was common practice.

        I know it's all relative to the type of blog, pr etc... I'd have no problem paying to feature on a pr 5, relative blog.

        This was just a pr 2, and just a ton of posts, with lots of adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author lennyk1313
    If you write a very good article with a valuable content there is absolutely no reason why you should be paying anyone to post it on their blog. Yes you do get the link from them but you are also providing a valuable content for that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Viramara
    I do guest blogging for traffic, none of them charging me, only a matter of waiting game until the articles are approved. But I won't deny that the blog owner might thinks a guest blogging in a "you pay me $$ and I'll give you link and traffic from my blog" mindset. The only concern when it comes to guest blogging is this : is this blog (where you'll be guest blogging in) will worth your time? Is the traffic quantity and quality high? How many traffic can I get in return (approximately) if I write here?

    Remember that with guest posting, you're doing a little "sacrifice" - you'll plant a seed in someone else's soil, not yours. The other website will get the content, not yours. Guest blogging is powerful, but only do it if the blog's traffic worths it.

    If you're in a freelance, gadget, website design niche -- you'll BE PAID to be a guest blogger (somewhere from $50 - $200+ per post) instead of you pay.

    Edit : wait a minute, if you're joining MyBlogGuest....you shouldn't pay other bloggers for traffic! That's stated in their terms
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