Accepting Guest Posts with no-follow links - Is this bad for SEO?

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I have a website with lots of unique and quality content, with DA60.

A few weeks ago I decided to start accepting quality guest posts (related to my niche) but the requirement is that all outbound links in the guest post must be no-follow (except internal links to other posts in my site).

I receive several guest articles each month (15-20) written by native English writers which are above 650 words and are decent quality. These articles however are not keyword optimized.

Do you think that accepting all these guest articles will hurt my website's SEO?

The articles do not receive traffic (only a little bit) and I'm using them mostly for linking to other internal posts (they also have 2-3 no-follow outbound links).

I'd appreciate your feedback whether its a good idea to keep publishing these guest articles or not.

Thanks a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Richard
    just check whether those guest posting sites have high domain authority and have potential high traffic generation per month. in that case, it doesn't affect your sites SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elena Gibert
    Hey,
    If you accept different guest post articles from somewhere, you must know and check that it is highly based qualified and unique. And in the article, the keywords are used not more than 2-3 times with long-tail keywords. Through guest posting, the website and targeted keyword would increasing rank within a week. So it is better to create guest posting articles. Also, check the domain and page authority of the site or article.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Why would I SUBMIT a guest post to a site with no follow links? I suppose there are differing ways to 'guest post' but I've only done it as an exchange with a site owner.


    I submit a UNIQUE, quality article relevant to the subject of the site - and in exchange the site owner provides me with at least one live link to my own site.


    Am I missing something? Why would posting guest articles with no follow links hurt your site if the content is unique and relevant to your niche?
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    • Profile picture of the author HarrisAndrea
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Why would I SUBMIT a guest post to a site with no follow links? I suppose there are differing ways to 'guest post' but I've only done it as an exchange with a site owner.


      I submit a UNIQUE, quality article relevant to the subject of the site - and in exchange the site owner provides me with at least one live link to my own site.


      Am I missing something? Why would posting guest articles with no follow links hurt your site if the content is unique and relevant to your niche?
      I worry that some guest articles posted to my site might be thin content (or maybe duplicate topics) and thus might have negative SEO effect.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    "decent quality"

    NO. LOL.

    You answered your question Harris. No. Never accept decent quality guesties. Only accept high quality. Then you Do Follow them, get more high quality bloggers and the friendships you form lead to quality backlinks which raise your DA.

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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    I would only accept epic posts, that are original content, and they would have to be related to my niche and at least 1,500 words. That is what I would do. Just my thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    Also, if you're going to do guest posts and give them no follow links, why not just charge them as a sponsored listing?
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  • Profile picture of the author sarotobi
    Well as long as the topic is related to your blog and maybe you can ask them to put relevant or good keywords so that it would help your blogsite. If it's not related that's the time that Google will not acknowledge it and might result to hurtful outcome. But then, it might also be a strategy for Black Hat SEO so better be careful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deevoo
    I never knew that allowing guest posts affects the rank. Now I realize why some websites stopped allowing guest posts and switched to posts with logins (google, facebook, twitter, ...).

    I can suggest to try it, only if you can control spam posts, and monitor how it affects your rank in a week or so.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonjay
    Hmm..


    Yeah, charge them for the quality articles and for at least one outbound DO FOLLOW link.. many would understand that this is the way to go..


    As many writers/ blog-owners discover that you allow do-follow links, you may get more requests, you get more submissions, you publish more quality articles, and the blog-owners will also try to promote their quality articles on your website.. now, that would be something, isn't it?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

    "decent quality"

    NO. LOL.

    You answered your question Harris. No. Never accept decent quality guesties. Only accept high quality. Then you Do Follow them, get more high quality bloggers and the friendships you form lead to quality backlinks which raise your DA.

    Ryan
    Who cares about raising your DA? That literally has no benefit at all whatsoever. DA does nothing for your site.

    Originally Posted by HarrisAndrea View Post

    I worry that some guest articles posted to my site might be thin content (or maybe duplicate topics) and thus might have negative SEO effect.
    Well if the content is thin, duplicate, or otherwise crappy, adding nofollow to outbound links isn't going to help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author jtndbs
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    I agree with Mark Richard.
    If the sites you're getting links from have a decent Domain Authority, that'll guarantee at least some good amount of traffic to your website. Which is always good.
    Just be vary of shady sites, even if they're providing you a Do-Follow.
    Make decisions justly.
    And as far as accepting Guest Posts are concerned, do not go for mediocre-quality articles. Always go for high-quality article with good keyword optimization.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rank Watch
    1. As far as the word length is concerned, a high quality article contains somewhere around 1300-1500 words. Not around "650" that you mentioned.
    2. Also, do make sure the article is Unique and is DIRECTLY related to your niche. 
3. Never accept low/medium quality of Guest Posts. 
That will minify the risk of getting thin content.

    4. Additionally, the content needs to have the optimum amount of Keyword Density along with a fair use of Long-Tail keywords.


    If all this is followed, from my POV, you're good to go buddy!
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    There is no such thing as the optimum number of words other than it needs to be the number of words it takes to cover the topic at hand (no more, no less). If the topic is how to boil water, it is going to take significantly less words than an article about how to turn water into a fuel source.

    If you are worried about the articles being thin or duplicates, they are not "decent" quality. Run the articles through a plagiarism checker or at least copy several 2-3 sentence hunks of the article and Google them to see if those same words appear elsewhere on the web.

    I can't imagine that you will get a large amount of high quality guest posts if there is no incentive for the writer (i.e. a followed backlink). Sure, if your website has a TON of traffic that would be interested in the page/product the author is linking to, maybe, but I have a funny feeling that is not the case here. You are only going to get high quality guest posts if there is an incentive for someone to write it. Give the writer a followed backlink. It's not going to hurt your rankings to do it if the page they are linking to is relevant. It might even help!
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  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    Yes, you can publish the guest post articles. But be picky in choosing the articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author richardZ
    Originally Posted by HarrisAndrea View Post

    I have a website with lots of unique and quality content, with DA60.

    A few weeks ago I decided to start accepting quality guest posts (related to my niche) but the requirement is that all outbound links in the guest post must be no-follow (except internal links to other posts in my site).

    I receive several guest articles each month (15-20) written by native English writers which are above 650 words and are decent quality. These articles however are not keyword optimized.

    Do you think that accepting all these guest articles will hurt my website's SEO?

    The articles do not receive traffic (only a little bit) and I'm using them mostly for linking to other internal posts (they also have 2-3 no-follow outbound links).

    I'd appreciate your feedback whether its a good idea to keep publishing these guest articles or not.

    Thanks a lot
    If you are accepting the guest post with high-quality content as well as giving nofollow links from the content then it will not affect your website's ranking. But there is a link of high authority which has higher DA than your site then you will have to give that link as dofollow links. It will help your website's ranking. Checkout this resource.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by richardZ View Post

      If you are accepting the guest post with high-quality content as well as giving nofollow links from the content then it will not affect your website's ranking. But there is a link of high authority which has higher DA than your site then you will have to give that link as dofollow links. It will help your website's ranking. Checkout this resource.
      Ignore this. It doesn't matter what the DA of the site is you are linking to. Google doesn't use DA.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrisAndrea
    Great replies from all of you. Thank you so much.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janvi Arora
    A Nofollow link does help your web page's placement in the SERPs. It indicates search engines that "Do not count this Link". On the other hand, Dofollow links pass the link juice and a backlink making both search engine and humans able to follow the link. So getting a Nofollow link from the Guest Post is of no use.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Janvi Arora View Post

      A Nofollow link does help your web page's placement in the SERPs. It indicates search engines that "Do not count this Link". On the other hand, Dofollow links pass the link juice and a backlink making both search engine and humans able to follow the link. So getting a Nofollow link from the Guest Post is of no use.
      If the site the nofollow link is on has a lot of traffic that is very targeted to your offerings, it does have a function and can lead to clicks and sales. For SEO, though, it is useless.

      So, from another site owner's perspective, unless you can testify that your site has amazing traffic that would be extremely interested in what I offer on my site, I have no idea why I would waste my time writing a guest post for your site if I didn't get a followed link in return.
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  • Profile picture of the author michelangeloc
    Just make sure you invite people to guest post through your own site and not a guest posting network. Google has slapped sites using these in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenchong
    Well a no follow link will not affect your authority. it act as a reference for the search engine bot to crawl those links to so that users can get a deeper and rich content. No follow link is good for outbound links and a good sign of SEO.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by stephenchong View Post

      No follow link is good for outbound links and a good sign of SEO.
      Where in the world did you learn that extremely faulty statement? Man, it's so depressing watching people post such utter nonsense. So often, it seems like the blind leading the blind into the mouths of sharks here!
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    Do you have a mobile traffic?
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  • Profile picture of the author Castor Troy1
    No follow links have no value for boost up ranking for a site, so better seeds link with do follow links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glennhiles
    In search engine optimization DA only is not enough for ranking, the backlink should contain equal power for the link.
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