Guest Posting may not be as good as you think it is.

by dsimms
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I have spent a few hundred dollars on what I thought was high-quality backlinks, then I noticed something very strange, nothing was happening, and I am asking myself, wtf?

The articles I post are fairly good, detailed info, and often 2000-5000 words, so one would think that SEO would be pushing my content up in the serps, not so fast.

I took the time to go back and actually analyze around 5 blogs that had some decent stats, they had good DA, PA, and TF, and the result I got back were not very positive....

Out of 5 blogs I analyzed...
(ones that I have gotten backlinks from)
  • most having no real organic traffic
  • most not using any sort of paid advertising
  • most having very few ranking keywords

Now I ask you, how can a blog that accepts guest posts, looks very clean on the outside, however, be so dirty on the inside, and most of these blogs receive posts either every day, or every few days, and most or all of them were active or had recent activity of posts, and all of these blogs had 100s of blog posts as one would suspect for an active blog.

One thing that comes to mind is that these blogs may be very active, but they are not very active when it comes to actually promote the content they post, and as a result, the site will get almost no ranking keywords.

ultimately, their main goal is selling guest posts, other than that, these blogs have no real value. If you have a high-authority domain with no ranking keywords, then there is no value.

So think about that next time you waste money buying a guest post, ROFL.
#good #guest #posting
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

    ultimately, their main goal is selling guest posts
    There's your answer. In almost all instances, if you have to pay for backlinks, they won't be worth having.

    Nothing wrong with guest posting if you're doing it for self-promotion or branding. Otherwise, it's the site that should be paying you for content, not the other way round.
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    • Profile picture of the author semreseller
      Very True, The importance of guest post is still worth it. And if you are not ready to put your money in the first place, then going for a free guest post could be an effective way. And if you consider going for paid guest blogging make sure they are from you same business niche as yours, they have the good PA, DA & lower in SS.

      There are many guest blogging platforms out there in the market, but choosing the suitable one that suits your business domain will drive you more profit in terms of traffic and ranking.

      Thank You!!
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I agree with Frank Donovan. If you were able to find a blog that you could pay to place links (a.k.a. guest posts), don't you think Google can also find those same blogs? Google will ignore any and all links (paid or not) from a website that they know is selling links. In fact, you may very well risk a manual penalty if they see a lot of links from places that sell links pointing at your site.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Your story says to me that guest-posting is just as good as I thought it was.

      Why did you bother with DA and such?

      A page with no backlinks of its own has no juice to pass.

      Your page on these sites was just that.

      You want those guest posts to help? Get them backlinks. Or get the owners of those sites to link to your page from their homepage.

      It is that simple: the page you get the backlink has to have power. The power of the homepage, if the domain is not relevant if it does not link to the page you are getting your link from.
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    • Profile picture of the author StarBoi :3
      True that.
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  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    Most of the people just yell 'do guest posting'. Its like a slogan rather than an actual tool.


    Most of those people haven't done guest posting themselves. Yet, they yell.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Well, well, well... after all my main point that backlinks are overrated
    and the least useful factor in in eye of G's.determination of face value
    when it comes to SERP proven again and again.

    If you try to analyze what is going on with SERP, you'll find that whatever
    SEOs have believed was the foundation like backlinks and even content
    lately get replaced with what looks like tea leaves reading approach by G.
    as if it plays SERP guessing game thus changing rules of the SEO game.

    G. is basically trying to speculate what we would like to found in SERP and
    not what we are trying to find based on specific keywords we are using but on
    our location, generic matching, well known sites and something what doesn't
    make any sense at least you are regular Joe Public who care less about
    SERP and SEO.

    Mark my word very soon SEO would become new form of optimization
    GWGW (Guess What Google Want)



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  • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
    Originally Posted by dsimms View Post

    I have spent a few hundred dollars on what I thought was high-quality backlinks, then I noticed something very strange, nothing was happening, and I am asking myself, ###?

    Cheap backlinks from link farms or blogs that publish gibberish with links in bulk don't really work. Google doesn't even index most of the content on these sites. You generally end up with spammy links.
    When the link is placed within a properly written article, the SEO juice depends on the website's authority. If you acquire links from websites in non-related niche, the benefit will be limited.
    "High-quality" links still have great value, provided they are truly high-quality links from good websites in the same broad niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aileen Joy
    Till the time backlinks are not correctly placed, guest post can only bring little bit traffic but not consistent performance. You need to work in different way that will make your page top notch or show some value. Only the content itself will not work. Yes self promotion is good and help you to know about others what they are doing and in return they visit. But if you are definitely looking for consistent approach you need to other key prospective areas also
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Owners of such blogs are spending money to keep at the top. This is the new trick you need to master.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amirsohel12
    I don't know really whenever i read question about SEO it seems to be very confusing and i am also doing backlinking but my boss also on working on that website with different ways and we are getting traffic on daily basis seriously i don't know it's working or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author amber connor
    you have to post on that niche that are related to your content. Paying for backlinks it won't be worth having.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    BIG difference between guest posting and buying links
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  • Profile picture of the author angelawest123
    Yes Right.
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  • Profile picture of the author kikolani
    The only way guest blogging is going to be successful is if you do a full audit of potential opportunities.

    How much traffic do they receive from search?
    Do their posts get shared on social media?
    How high is their DA?
    How many posts do they publish?
    Do they allow links to your website on the post or an author bio page?
    Is that link dofollow?
    Is the page followed/indexed?

    Like any other SEO campaign, guest posting needs to be thoroughly researched and planned out before beginning.
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  • Profile picture of the author toysoldier80
    I agree paid guest posts should not be done, especially if the links or articles do not show up in the search engines or as a backlink in search console.

    Beleive it or not natural backlinks and guest posts for free might work better depending on the quality of the sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author rahulyadav790
    Guest blogging is a great way to spread your product's message while also rising your personal brand
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  • Profile picture of the author praetserge
    The main rule of guest posting is posting on the websites which actually have real traffic from search engines.
    For example, I use Moz to analyse websites and in the overview I see straight away PA/DA (useless), Inbound links and MAINLY organic keywords. If it's 0 for keywords I move on straight away regardless of the amount of links.
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    • Profile picture of the author semreseller
      Doing guest blogging by reaching out to the same business niche website with good Website authority for the content publication can bring you the relevant traffic as well as boost your websites. But If you started approaching a website that has poor UI, bad spam score, and from a different business domain, that can hurt you badly.

      Make sure you are providing updated content with relevant information to your user and audiences.

      Thank You!!
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  • Profile picture of the author VirtualVeena
    Originally Posted by dsimms View Post


    So think about that next time you waste money buying a guest post, ROFL.
    Wow!
    This is a revelation.
    Thanks so much for sharing this, appreciate it.
    Regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angelina Gil
    Guest posting is an effective technique to gain high-quality backlinks. But, you need to make sure that the company on which you apply for guest post must have good DA score and low spam rate.

    Also, promote the guest blog relevant to your niche, so that you can gain more good quality traffic.
    Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      How is it effective? This is how it works:



      You write a blog post. The site owner puts it up... a brand new page with no links. You get a link (let's assume the best case scenario) without the nofollow tag.



      What is good about that, from an SEO point of view?


      The page you get the link from has no juice to pass to your site.


      Unless you can negotiate that the site owner links to your page from one of their pages that's got a few links of its own, you're wasting time. For most sites, it's best if you get a backlink to your guest-post from their home page.



      Originally Posted by Angelina Gil View Post

      Guest posting is an effective technique to gain high-quality backlinks. But, you need to make sure that the company on which you apply for guest post must have good DA score and low spam rate.

      Also, promote the guest blog relevant to your niche, so that you can gain more good quality traffic.
      Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    Most of these sites artificially inflate their DA, because the higher the DA, the more they can charge for their quest posts.

    They do this by sending tons of Google redirect links to their sites just in case you're wondering.

    Although these Google redirect links inflate the DA of their sites, they have zero value from an SEO point of view.

    As in, they don't pass any link juice to your site whatsoever - regardless how high the DA is.

    In future, if you're buying any guest posts, I would recommend analysing the backlink profile because a lot of these high DA websites are manipulating their DA so they can bolster the prices of their guest posts.

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    When you start doing this, I think you'll be surprised by the amount of sites doing this to bolster their DA score, I really do.
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  • Profile picture of the author toysoldier80
    Wow! you would think those articles would rank a little bit higher. I guess there is a bad side to everything. You never here to many negative remarks about guest posting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
    Kinda true, but also " subjective "
    Sometimes base on that site traffic don't really tally.
    It can show you they have lot of traffic Per day but end of the day will it gain for you? Hard to say
    whereas some site don't have some traffic per day yet is a gain for you partly people Will click redirect to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author webcastletech
    I have recently started doing guest posting and it seems its working for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author bukovel2020
    I always use (edit by mod) to leave backlinks for different blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasWw
    I have never paid for quest posts so I can't really say a lot. But I think backlinks are/should be earned by writing great content not paid for especially from the sources like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author niamul21
    Guest posting is always effective if you want to promote your brand. Make sure you make decent strategies and select the best possible site for guest posting.
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    • Profile picture of the author bracknelson
      Banned
      What do think, before approaching for guest posting, shouldn't take a review from the experts if you aren't sure about your content?
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  • Profile picture of the author tania85
    I tried everything when it comes to link building. I can vouch that guest posts still work in 2021!
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  • Profile picture of the author yourbestfriend
    Well it depends on where you get your blog posts, you need to check that they have proper stats before spending you money.

    A lot of real high quality blogs accept gust posts.
    Remember that MOZ DA and Ahrefs DA can be manipulated, so look at their link profile instead of one single metric.

    I have ranked a lot of sites through guest posts, it is by far the most efficient way to get good quality links.

    A lot of good blogs accept guest posts for free as well, if the quality you write is good enough
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  • Profile picture of the author robertvincent
    Sometime people just want to get more backlinks form guest post by buying links. But this is not a real way, just go to a site then contact the page owner through email or phone and must see the spam score of the site.
    Lots of time we can see DA score is really high with it Spam Score also very high then those site aren't good for seeding links. And check those sites are indexed or not indexed in the search engine.
    And the main thing is when you spend lots of bucks then why spammy links.
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