Accepting Guest Blog Articles

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I belong to a guest blog network and have been accepting articles that are relevant to my website. However I have noticed that many of the articles have links back to the writers sites that are not relevant to my site. Even tho the article is good, some of these links seem dodgy to me, like for example ... my site is about home remedies so I accepted an article about coughing and how to remedy it especially by finding air leaks in the house and blocking them so the house is warm so you dont get a cold etc.. but the link goes to a site about structural insulation panels. The site seems okay good pr and alexa rank etc.. but its hardly relevant to home remedies.. so my question is..

Will these types of non relevant outgoing links hurt my site? Coz I think they might.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    As host you get to accept what goes on your site, the number of guest posts that have totally unrelated links is high and just mainly crap spun to get a link, / if it is not floating your boat why accept the post.

    there are so many bylines that are just crap, for example, my name is Mary Lou I am an expert on training lions and I read the newspaper and because of that I brush my hair with tommy gun hair brushes, while eating thin crispies.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    I think that it is actually going to hurt your site if it has nothing to do with the subject.

    You have every right to edit every article link that comes in or just let the authors know this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Campaignmarket
    Hey there Red..

    I experience the same with my site, I do NOT accept them. And you're right it can hurt your site's ranking, and in most cases they will! The new standard set by Google, I'm of course talking about the Panda and Penguin standard! Google wants RELEVANT backlinks, the higher the relevance the better the quality backlink!

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by RedWaterDub View Post

      I belong to a guest blog network and have been accepting articles that are relevant to my website. However I have noticed that many of the articles have links back to the writers sites that are not relevant to my site. Even tho the article is good, some of these links seem dodgy to me, like for example ... my site is about home remedies so I accepted an article about coughing and how to remedy it especially by finding air leaks in the house and blocking them so the house is warm so you dont get a cold etc.. but the link goes to a site about structural insulation panels. The site seems okay good pr and alexa rank etc.. but its hardly relevant to home remedies.. so my question is..

      Will these types of non relevant outgoing links hurt my site? Coz I think they might.
      While the theme of the linked-to site may not match yours, within the context of the article, it IS relevant.

      Prevention is often the best remedy. > Colds can be caused by air leaks in house. > Stop leaks, stop colds. > Link to site with solution to stop links.

      Another consideration...

      Presumably, Penguin was about over-optimization of sites. Having zero outbound links to sites unless they are strictly related to home remedies might be seen as over-optimization.

      I'm thinking you're probably fine in this particular case.
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      • Profile picture of the author honestim
        Hi Red,

        In my humble opinion most probably it will not hurt if you can give it the angle that John is talking of. In all such cases my advice would be "keep it real".

        Put yourself in your reader's shoes and think if that outgoing link adds value to your experience. If it does well there is no reason why you should ignore it. If it doesn't then probably there is no reason why you should consider it. Anywhere in between, the call is yours based on your judgment of the situation.

        One piece of advice, think about your users' experience rather than what anybody else including the search engines think, you will be rewarded.

        Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author RedWaterDub
    Thanks for your answers, two completely opposing opinions..hmm..here's another example...an article about looking after feet (talks about corns, ingrown toenails etc) and then at bottom links to a shoe store where they sell special shoes that will lesson your chances of getting veroukas...
    It seems relevant to the actual article, but is it relevant to my site? I'm trying to put myself in the readers point of view like honestim said.. I think I would sya to myself, I came here to find a home remedy to get rid of my veroukas, not to buy new shoes.... what u think?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by RedWaterDub View Post

      Thanks for your answers, two completely opposing opinions..hmm..here's another example...an article about looking after feet (talks about corns, ingrown toenails etc) and then at bottom links to a shoe store where they sell special shoes that will lesson your chances of getting veroukas...
      It seems relevant to the actual article, but is it relevant to my site? I'm trying to put myself in the readers point of view like honestim said.. I think I would sya to myself, I came here to find a home remedy to get rid of my veroukas, not to buy new shoes.... what u think?
      I think it might be time to take a step back and decide what you really want your site to be about - remedies or prevention. You said your site was about 'home remedies', yet both articles you described dealt mainly with prevention.

      While neither article is likely to hurt you when it comes to link relevance, if you accept too many prevention articles you may be diluting your theme. This is one of the dangers of trying to grow a large site around a small theme (relatively speaking). You want a lot of good content, but where do you draw the line on content that's marginally related, and when are you confusing the SEs about what your site is about? And a SE which is confused doesn't know where to rank a site, so they often don't.
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      • Profile picture of the author RedWaterDub
        You have a good point.... My niche seems to expanding all the time. I think I need to be more vigilant about this... However it is not exactly what i would call a small niche... home remedies is pretty big as it could cover a lot of stuff.... however I think what I will do is get rid of the ones that are just too way off.. such as the one about stress and how to keep a balanced life..and at the end it has a link to a finance company... I can see why they think its relevant, keeping money in order--peace of mind---etc.. but na.. thats the cut off point...that's just too not relevant.

        Thanks for your input everyone else too...!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill_Z
    If you want to take guest posts, you are not going to get all articles with authors that have links back to the same exact niche you are in. This is just a fact... you will get some that are "related" but not exactly on point.

    So if you want to accept guest content, you have to decide if you want to have links to sites that are related (in my opinion) but not exactly in the same niche.

    For those guys that say accepting these articles will hurt your site, I 100% disagree.

    In my opinion, if the content is good then it's not a problem to take the content you got with those links. If you want content with links that are 100% laser targeted towards your audience, you will just have a more difficult time getting guest content.
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