Matt Cutts: Guest Blogging for Links is Bad & Punishable

by Saimey
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I've been waiting for this announcement to come, since what seems the day guest blogging became available. I'm just pondering now and thinking when will someone put together an infographic about the whole guest blogging era. How many sites actually took advantage of it, and for how many people did it really work out for.

I guess that a lot of people got slightly too addicted to the whole guest poster thing, it's of course free content - and more content means more money, etc,. etc,. It's always about popularity, money and power.

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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    By the time Google starts to devalue contextual blog links then many other innocent sites will be negatively affected by it as well as it's close to impossible to determine whether a post is posted as a guest post or by the owner of the site itself and just linking out to some helpful post/site.

    If it comes to the point that we all have to nofollow those links or get penalized by it then the internet will become a true disaster as Google will then favor the oldest sites with the oldest links and create a huge unfair competition level.

    Something that you already see happening with stone old crappy EMD's that have a few dozen links outranking PR5+ sites with much better back link profiles.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
      Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

      By the time Google starts to devalue contextual blog links then many other innocent sites will be negatively affected by it as well as it's close to impossible to determine whether a post is posted as a guest post or by the owner of the site itself and just linking out to some helpful post/site.

      If it comes to the point that we all have to nofollow those links or get penalized by it then the internet will become a true disaster as Google will then favor the oldest sites with the oldest links and create a huge unfair competition level.

      Something that you already see happening with stone old crappy EMD's that have a few dozen links outranking PR5+ sites with much better back link profiles.
      No...that idea has never crossed their minds at all Dennis.

      That would be like saying Negative SEO would cause.

      the internet will become a true disaster as Google will then favor the oldest sites with the oldest links and create a huge unfair competition level.

      And the report your competitors link profile and have them whacked would cause..

      the internet will become a true disaster as Google will then favor the oldest sites with the oldest links and create a huge unfair competition level.


      Are you seeing the trend my friend?
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      • Profile picture of the author paulgl
        Guest blogging has been one of the dumbest things anyone ever
        came up with. The IM guest blogging, that is. I've ranted against
        guest blogging for years here. Your blog must be lame if you need
        a guest blogger, and, you must be a pretty lame blogger if you
        need to guest blog somewhere.

        Note that is in reference to IM-crap guest blogging. It's nothing
        more than a link exchange or link for reward crap that google
        never liked anyway.

        The IMers try and do stupid things, the more specific google gets.

        True guest blogging is not dead. It's just dead for trying to get links
        that shmooze PR. That's always the bottom line. It's not guest
        blogging. It's link scumming.

        Always happen. IMers take a good thing to the extreme, and ruin
        the whole genre. Then cry that google is ruining their business.
        Well, stop trying to ruin google's.

        Anyone else heard of myblogguest.com ?

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        • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
          Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

          Guest blogging has been one of the dumbest things anyone ever
          came up with. The IM guest blogging, that is. I've ranted against
          guest blogging for years here. Your blog must be lame if you need
          a guest blogger, and, you must be a pretty lame blogger if you
          need to guest blog somewhere.

          Note that is in reference to IM-crap guest blogging. It's nothing
          more than a link exchange or link for reward crap that google
          never liked anyway.

          The IMers try and do stupid things, the more specific google gets.

          True guest blogging is not dead. It's just dead for trying to get links
          that shmooze PR. That's always the bottom line. It's not guest
          blogging. It's link scumming.

          Always happen. IMers take a good thing to the extreme, and ruin
          the whole genre. Then cry that google is ruining their business.
          Well, stop trying to ruin google's.

          Anyone else heard of myblogguest.com ?

          Paul
          How very well said Paul. Indeed!
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      • Profile picture of the author nik0
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        Originally Posted by Kevin Maguire View Post

        No...that idea has never crossed their minds at all Dennis.
        Yeah well, guest blogging is in fact achieving contextual links at domains with PR or pages close to that and it's hard for Google to determine the difference between a guest post link or an editorial.

        And one of the last type of links that does wonders, once they manage to cut that down then what's left, that's my point really.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by nik0 View Post

          Yeah well, guest blogging is in fact achieving contextual links at domains with PR or pages close to that and it's hard for Google to determine the difference between a guest post link or an editorial.

          And one of the last type of links that does wonders, once they manage to cut that down then what's left, that's my point really.

          But they can't. For all the claims of this being something new that kills guest blogging its nonsense. Even Pauls claim that its dead for schmoozing PR is false. Why shouldn't a good author get a followed link if a webmaster chooses to.

          Notice there is nothing about author credit (Ton loads of news sites give them from time to time), syndicated or curated content with accreditation or expert articles that refer to the writers site in the body of third party published sites.

          Cutt spelled it out. its the spammy marketer crap that Google has been targeting and will be targeting even better. The ide that a five dollar article with a link wold fly just because it was called a "Guest blog" was always silly.

          Sorry but too often marketers act like they are brain dead.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    The internet has already become one big disaster and will turn into a bigger one – thanks to Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by Ricardo Furtado View Post

      The internet has already become one big disaster and will turn into a bigger one - thanks to Google.
      You have some proof of that or is it just because your sites are not ranking where you think they should be even though you have higher quality content than all your competitors, better onpage SEO, blah, blah, blah...


      If Google was such a disaster, why does everyone continue to use them? Why does Google's stock continue to reach record heights?
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      • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        You have some proof of that or is it just because your sites are not ranking where you think they should be even though you have higher quality content than all your competitors, better onpage SEO, blah, blah, blah...


        If Google was such a disaster, why does everyone continue to use them? Why does Google's stock continue to reach record heights?
        Lol...how would you know where my sites are ranking?
        But then, perhaps your from Google. Lolllzz.
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by Ricardo Furtado View Post

          Lol...how would you know where my sites are ranking?
          But then, perhaps your from Google. Lolllzz.
          Because I have never seen anyone ranking really well complaining about Google.
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          • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
            Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

            Because I have never seen anyone ranking really well complaining about Google.
            Well no issues, there always is a first time.
            All the best. Bye bye.
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      • Profile picture of the author attorneydavid
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        If Google was such a disaster, why does everyone continue to use them? Why does Google's stock continue to reach record heights?
        Because their competition sucks.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
          Originally Posted by attorneydavid View Post

          Because their competition sucks.
          Very true indeed, very true!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author andrewkar
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        If Google was such a disaster, why does everyone continue to use them? Why does Google's stock continue to reach record heights?
        Because they were FIRST ... with a good product.
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        They have occupied users brains, and now is not "search this" but "Google this"...

        In a direct full blown conflict Bing have no chance on that battlefield (I don't mention FB for a reason). And they know that. Sure, they could use their position much better.. but it's easy to talk.
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    • Profile picture of the author Saimey
      Originally Posted by Ricardo Furtado View Post

      The internet has already become one big disaster and will turn into a bigger one - thanks to Google.
      I'd say this change could really make things happen, and perhaps free up some space for talented people to come trough. Well known brands need to start coming together and think about moving out of the enormous SEO niche's and instead let newer generation make their way to the top.

      Haha, as if!
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      • Profile picture of the author nik0
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        Originally Posted by Saimey View Post

        I'd say this change could really make things happen, and perhaps free up some space for talented people to come trough. Well known brands need to start coming together and think about moving out of the enormous SEO niche's and instead let newer generation make their way to the top.

        Haha, as if!
        It just invites more people to do negative SEO's.

        Can't get them down with a xrumer/scrapebox spam blast, then with a paid blog posts blast in combo with reporting them :S
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Originally Posted by Saimey View Post

        I'd say this change could really make things happen,
        I'll bold and cap it because this thread is a mess (by the way we now create posts just to highlight a blog entry now?)

        THERE IS NO CHANGE

        The article is referring to this

        The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO

        and what Cutts says here is what he has always said. NOT A SINGLE THING NEW and to illustrate that he even refers to past youtube videos.

        His whole post is just to bemoan the fact that spammers and marketers have now muddied it up to the point where most peoples should avoid it - As IMers do WITH EVERYTHING. From the article

        I just want to highlight that a bunch of low-quality or spam sites have latched on to “guest blogging” as their link-building strategy, and we see a lot more spammy attempts to do guest blogging. Because of that, I’d recommend skepticism (or at least caution) when someone reaches out and offers you a guest blog article.
        and

        I’m not trying to throw the baby out with the bath water. There are still many good reasons to do some guest blogging (exposure, branding, increased reach, community, etc.). Those reasons existed way before Google and they’ll continue into the future. And there are absolutely some fantastic, high-quality guest bloggers out there
        LOL Did you guys really believe the kind of crap guest blogging you see spout around here was Google approved? What?? Did you really believe because you called it 'guest blogging" it would be seen as different from BMR?

        Youse gotz to be kiddin me

        New or a change that Google doesn't approve? No. but welcome back to planet Earth - a lot of other things have changed since you been gone but not that.
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        • Profile picture of the author dennis09
          Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

          I'll bold and cap it because this thread is a mess (by the way we now create posts just to highlight a blog entry now?)

          THERE IS NO CHANGE

          The article is referring to this

          The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO

          and what Cutts says here is what he has always said. NOT A SINGLE THING NEW and to illustrate that he even refers to past youtube videos.

          His whole post is just to bemoan the fact that spammers and marketers have now muddied it up to the point where most peoples should avoid it - As IMers do WITH EVERYTHING. From the article

          and

          LOL Did you guys really believe the kind of crap guest blogging you see spout around here was Google approved? What?? Did you really believe because you called it 'guest blogging" it would be seen as different from BMR?

          Youse gotz to be kiddin me

          New or a change that Google doesn't approve? No. but welcome back to planet Earth - a lot of other things have changed since you been gone but not that.
          You just had to go and ruin the entertainment huh? And leave it to Paul to make up stuff and rant about nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Hopefully, if Google follows through with targeting this crap, it will greatly reduce the spam in my inbox. So sick of getting these stupid emails from people who obviously have not even visited my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Guest blogging is punishable by flogging.

    Unless a site advertises or makes it obvious about guest blogging, If the site is 100% focused on a single niche Google would never know.

    Gee Wally, why does this site only have one page per category (734 irrelevant categories)?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    someone sent me a spam email offering money to get links that pass PageRank. That’s a clear violation of Google’s quality guidelines.
    Lol, If PR wasn't still alive & well Matt wouldn't be so stirred up.



    I’m not trying to throw the baby out with the bath water. There are still many good reasons to do some guest blogging (exposure, branding, increased reach, community, etc.). Those reasons existed way before Google and they’ll continue into the future.
    Yes sir, it's all in who your getting links from (relevant links from relevant domains/pages).




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  • Profile picture of the author fahadkhan14
    Well if we don't follow Google guidelines then everything will be bad and punishable either it is guest blogging or any other way of link building.
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  • Profile picture of the author St.Damjan
    If we all just stop for a moment and ask ourselves what we are doing, what are we talking about!?

    I just finished with writing a web 2.0 article for a client of mine. His site is bullshit! Articles I write for him with my lame English are way better than those on his site. But he is trying to push it to the front page. He has never asked himself does he deserve it, nope, he is just pushing, more and more…

    I am imaging Google as a huge legit guest blog with a lot of content, trying to provide its users the best information. And then, there are a dozens of people who are pushing their content to be shown, but providing low or no value at all. Of course it will fight for its choice to serve the best; of course it will change the rules. I would do that too!

    Try to imagine a micro example on your own skin: a crooked employee delivering your business a hard hitting counterattack, pulling you down, killing your reputation, jeopardizes your income…(but you can’t get rid of him) What would you do?

    And yes, we are all working for Google, if your traffic depends on him, you are his employee; if your income depends on him, you are his employee; if… You are posting on his guest blog, trying to attract his visitors... You are his employee!

    But what do you offer him?

    We are all trying to prove our employer that we worth his attention and his trust. We all think we deserve it. Even worst are those who know they don’t deserve, but push. And so many of us had opportunity, and so many of us disappointed him. So many tried to scam him, and scammed, and want to scam again, and still scamming, but for how long. No one is thinking about the future Google, and he is changing and changing, until he close the doors of his guest blog to his own b*st*rds.

    The present tears lament: “If I only played by the rules!”
    I can almost here the future screams.

    And he is showing us a simple rule to follow!

    Quality And Authority Has Never Needed Any Change!!!

    A simple rule to follow!

    But no, we are lazy b*st*rds. We want shortcuts! I’m only afraid of his shortcuts.

    Inevitability of tragic outcome cannot be avoided!
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    • Profile picture of the author larryboy03
      It's funny because Matt Cutts highlights about 3 times in his recent video about how they are going to be targeting guest blogging which uses spun content, low quality content.

      Submit great content to quality sites. Simple, it will still work, just stop spinning shi* and start putting something good on the net for once.
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  • Profile picture of the author yoangov
    Ok, how do they know if it was a guest post or if the owner of the website sent a link to another helpfull blog/site?
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by yoangov View Post

      Ok, how do they know if it was a guest post or if the owner of the website sent a link to another helpfull blog/site?
      He wasn't talking about legitimate guest posting or linking, but the link spam tactic that unfortunately carries the same name. If you're doing real guest post for a quality site it's fine as it should be. If the site is a collection of poorly written crap in categories that don't have anything in common, Google is probably going to be able to see through it.

      I've taken a peek at couple of the "guest posting opportunities" here on WHT and they were the latter. No question about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Saimey
      Originally Posted by yoangov View Post

      Ok, how do they know if it was a guest post or if the owner of the website sent a link to another helpfull blog/site?
      They probably use the algorithm to check against every single website signal from and to that particular guest post, I'm pretty sure that happens instantly - as Google itself owns the whole concept.
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    • Profile picture of the author BizQ
      Originally Posted by yoangov View Post

      Ok, how do they know if it was a guest post or if the owner of the website sent a link to another helpfull blog/site?
      You do realize that there are people who manually check sites and rate them based on the standards they are provided?
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLB
    I have a hard time believing that contextual links surrounded by relevant content on an active site will run into any issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Read some of the comments on Matt's blog & the searchengineland article.

    I've posted this on Facebook as well ... Dislike x1000. I can understand the spam stuff ... but I completely disagree with cutting off guest posts all together.
    Comprehension fail.
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  • Profile picture of the author andrewkar
    They will surely improve algorithm to cut this rubbish "guest posting" but nothing spectacular will happen here. People who don't know or lack experience will get hit first because they don't know how to "slot in" into the niche characteristics (plus they don't know how to SEO). They will set off a bunch of red flags, and will get ****e**** up. That's all.
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  • Profile picture of the author clickforblog
    Hi,
    I am looking for some guest blogging sites having high authority(PR>=3) to post some fresh content related to make money online niche webiste how-earn-money.org. Interested people who are having such sites please reply here or PM. I will send fresh articles to be posted there.
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      Originally Posted by clickforblog View Post

      Hi,
      I am looking for some guest blogging sites having high authority(PR>=3) to post some fresh content related to make money online niche webiste how-earn-money.org. Interested people who are having such sites please reply here or PM. I will send fresh articles to be posted there.
      Matt won't invite you to his birthday party.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by clickforblog View Post

      Hi,
      I am looking for some guest blogging sites having high authority(PR>=3) to post some fresh content related to make money online niche webiste how-earn-money.org. Interested people who are having such sites please reply here or PM. I will send fresh articles to be posted there.
      ROTFLMAO! Nobody in their right mind would touch your spam.

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    • Profile picture of the author reimon
      Originally Posted by clickforblog View Post

      Hi,
      I am looking for some guest blogging sites having high authority(PR>=3) to post some fresh content related to make money online niche webiste how-earn-money.org. Interested people who are having such sites please reply here or PM. I will send fresh articles to be posted there.
      I would take a break from guest posting at this point.

      The next Google update is not going to be pretty if that is your strategy.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    I still think there's great opportunity with Guest Blogging and it's an important resource. Unless you work for Matt Cutts and his web-spam team no one on here can tell us absolute SEO truths. In most cases it's just opinion and that's why I like to read Guest Posts. It's different opinions across different SEO scenarios.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      Originally Posted by smodha View Post

      I still think there's great opportunity with Guest Blogging and it's an important resource. Unless you work for Matt Cutts and his web-spam team no one on here can tell us absolute SEO truths. In most cases it's just opinion and that's why I like to read Guest Posts. It's different opinions across different SEO scenarios.
      You're commenting on Matt Cutts' blog post. What are you exactly trying to question here? "Absolute SEO truth" is an absurd concept, but this is straight from Google's head honcho and it's as verbose as they're going to get.

      If you're talking about the kind of guest posting where real authors write pieces to each other's real blogs, you're completely missing the point.
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      • Profile picture of the author smodha
        Originally Posted by nettiapina View Post

        You're commenting on Matt Cutts' blog post. What are you exactly trying to question here? "Absolute SEO truth" is an absurd concept, but this is straight from Google's head honcho and it's as verbose as they're going to get.

        If you're talking about the kind of guest posting where real authors write pieces to each other's real blogs, you're completely missing the point.
        By Guest Blogging I mean writing valuable, featured posts on blogs relevant to your industry not the Spam shit you see in the comments.

        To be honest with you, do you think that Matt Cutts is going to give you the keys to the "Google Castle" (secrets to organic rankings) when Google makes billions from Adwords? They don't give a shit about you or your site unless you're into PPC.

        If Cutts is saying stop Guest Posting/Blogging because it is now considered Spam then on the flip side you can use it for Negative SEO right? Wrong, because Google have never acknowledged Negative SEO.
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        • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
          Originally Posted by smodha

          To be honest with you, do you think that Matt Cutts is going to give you the keys to the "Google Castle" (secrets to organic rankings) when Google makes billions from Adwords?
          Why would I think that Matt Cutts would share Google's secrets? That's asinine. Google search is a black box, and will continue to be one. It's in their best interests to not disclose too much, but it's also in Cutts' department's interests to blog about the spam tactics that they're going to filter. The spammers are not likely to cease, but their potential clients/victims may get a bit wiser.

          On the other hand I'm not a believer when it comes to "AdWords conspiracy". If Google doesn't keep their search relevant and in good shape, they don't have a PPC product to sell. Content relevancy is Google's biggest selling point, and SEO is just a parasitic phenomenon.

          Originally Posted by smodha

          because Google have never acknowledged Negative SEO.
          Well, they've got disavow tool, right?

          "Negative Search Engine Optimization" doesn't make much sense as a phrase, so I don't expect to hear it from Google. Even if it's used somewhat frequently by the SEO community.

          Originally Posted by smodha

          If you have several Guest Posts with great content that is viral I'm not sure how or why Google would punish you.
          I'm not sure if repetition is going to get to you, but you're talking about different topic! You even acknowledged it in the previous post. Cutts never talked about that kind of guest posting, even if the first version of his blog post might've been a bit confusing.
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          • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
            Originally Posted by nettiapina View Post

            "Negative Search Engine Optimization" doesn't make much sense as a phrase, so I don't expect to hear it from Google. Even if it's used somewhat frequently by the SEO community.
            Well, I was wrong on that one. Matt Cutts himself has uttered the phrase in late 2013 and therefore acknowledges the phenomenon exists. Of course he was discussing the disavow tool.
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              Originally Posted by nettiapina View Post

              Well, I was wrong on that one. Matt Cutts himself has uttered the phrase in late 2013 and therefore acknowledges the phenomenon exists. Of course he was discussing the disavow tool.
              I always thought SES, or search engine sabotage would be a better name.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by smodha View Post

      I still think there's great opportunity with Guest Blogging and it's an important resource. Unless you work for Matt Cutts and his web-spam team no one on here can tell us absolute SEO truths. In most cases it's just opinion and that's why I like to read Guest Posts. It's different opinions across different SEO scenarios.
      It's not an opinion If a person consistently gets the same results when doing certain things to rank pages, or any other SERP tweaks. What happens in the SERPs can be reversed engineered, just takes time, research, testing.

      Your not going to find much of anything in guest post for SEO, that only gets the technique drove into the ground from all the people that can't be bothered to figure things out on their own.
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      • Profile picture of the author reimon
        Guest Posting is and has been way too popular lately.

        Too many people have been spamming bloggers with their link requests. This has gotten way out of hand.

        3 years ago, it was a great strategy, used by a few dozen people in the industry to acquire great links and contributed authentic content. Now it is a spammy mess, as Matt Cutts has conveyed.

        I recommend you stay away from Guest Posting, because many LARGE websites have already been penalized in the past 2-3 days and many more websites will continue to get penalized over the next few months.
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        • Profile picture of the author jxam69
          Originally Posted by reimon View Post

          I recommend you stay away from Guest Posting, because many LARGE websites have already been penalized in the past 2-3 days and many more websites will continue to get penalized over the next few months.
          Which large websites have been penalized for guest posting?
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      • Profile picture of the author smodha
        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        It's not an opinion If a person consistently gets the same results when doing certain things to rank pages, or any other SERP tweaks. What happens in the SERPs can be reversed engineered, just takes time, research, testing.

        Your not going to find much of anything in guest post for SEO, that only gets the technique drove into the ground from all the people that can't be bothered to figure things out on their own.
        Guest Posting is still a nice source of brand awareness and residual traffic. I agree, the SEO value is debatable.

        Brian from Backlinko.com has built his blog from nothing to PR5 in less than 2 years with blog outreach. It does have value and his Guest posts are excellent. Nothing spammy or optimized about it at all.

        If you have several Guest Posts with great content that is viral I'm not sure how or why Google would punish you.
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          Originally Posted by smodha View Post

          Guest Posting is still a nice source of brand awareness and residual traffic. I agree, the SEO value is debatable.

          Brian from Backlinko.com has built his blog from nothing to PR5 in less than 2 years with blog outreach. It does have value and his Guest posts are excellent. Nothing spammy or optimized about it at all.

          If you have several Guest Posts with great content that is viral I'm not sure how or why Google would punish you.
          A PR5 can be accomplished from a single backlink. Not sure how that fits in.

          The problem with sites that become popular in a niche like SEO is, anything posted has either been done a billion times (moz) or If it does happen to be a unique idea that's being blogged, it will get driven into the ground by the masses until Google says enough & ends it. Guest post spam is a perfect example how something can be hammered by the masses until Google takes notice.

          Seriously doubtful Google cares about legit guest post, they're looking for crap like the stuff being sold on fiverr gigs & similar junk sellers.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Hocking
    Matt Cutts has posted an article called

    The decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO

    Looks like another update to fight spam.

    Jim Stewart has a good video going into the meaning of this change for SEO.


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  • Profile picture of the author Neelkandan
    Hereafter Guest post sites looking like spam by google, However, if your website has no follow links to your partner websites which does not affect your page rank. but we should probably stop guest post, it will be secure from Google penalized...

    Matt cutt words: hxxp://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-blogging

    What do you think of these changes?
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
      Originally Posted by Neelkandan View Post

      Hereafter Guest post sites looking like spam by google, However, if your website has no follow links to your partner websites which does not affect your page rank. but we should probably stop guest post, it will be secure from Google penalized...

      Matt cutt words: hxxp://www.mattcutts.com/blog/guest-blogging

      What do you think of these changes?
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    • Profile picture of the author Neelkandan
      Thanks for your video Kevin Maguire, I think that your senior person in seo, so I need an honest answer about guest posting
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
        Originally Posted by Neelkandan View Post

        Thanks for your video Kevin Maguire, I think that your senior person in seo, so I need an honest answer about guest posting
        It's all lies, that's not what he said. Your post is misinformed.

        See Post:

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    • Profile picture of the author Content Commando
      It's solid for traffic, but you should probably add a "no follow" link so as not to get hit later on.
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      • Profile picture of the author Saimey
        Originally Posted by petjelly View Post

        It is not dead you just have to be careful
        or, you just need to do it for building your trust - not the piles of links.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterParkar035
    According to the latest update of the Google, now the backlinks which are created by the guest posts and the article submissions are considered as the spam links. So now by which means the SEO will get the backlinks for different websites. And how they increase the ranking of any website.
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    • Profile picture of the author abhish
      I guess two factors that are going to help are limited forums from related niche
      & blog commenting
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  • Profile picture of the author Myheavens
    I still Remember Matt cutts Saying :: I will be Surprised if there is any New PR update in 2013 and then We all know What happened.

    Do Not believe in What Matt said.. Keep working smartly.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by Myheavens View Post

      I still Remember Matt cutts Saying :: I will be Surprised if there is any New PR update in 2013 and then We all know What happened.

      Do Not believe in What Matt said.. Keep working smartly.
      He wasn't lying about that. He doesn't make the decision on whether a PR update is rolled out or not, and the only reason they did roll it out was because of some tinkering that had to be done with another system that forced them to roll it out when they did.

      As far as the guest blogging thing, yeah I would believe him. Google has targeted damn near every link building tactic that has been abused by IM'ers.

      Real, honest, good guest posts will be fine. If you are posting on any sites that advertise that they accept guest posts or sites that are little more than an article directory, then I would be worried.
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      I'm not sure what rkusik has against links. Here's the video:

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      Who told me this? An ex Google web spam engineer.

      What's your excuse?
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    • Profile picture of the author bhushan@rancor
      Matt Cutts clearly mentioned not to use Article Directories anymore, so its best to not submit any article there for link purpose.
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      Matt Cutts: Use AdWords
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      It's hardly surprising. Article directory by definition is a site that you have no control over. If the site has no editorial policies, common topic or quality standards, you're just participating on a big spam link farm.

      There are sites that are basically aggregators/directories but are very strict about their niche/topic and don't publish crap content. I bet they're still a-ok.
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      What's your excuse?
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      • Profile picture of the author SEOArbiterJoanne
        You need to be more selective than you used to be in most of your link building, but I wouldn't just rule out anything that remotely looks like an "article directory" just because Matt says so.

        Originally Posted by nettiapina View Post

        There are sites that are basically aggregators/directories but are very strict about their niche/topic and don't publish crap content. I bet they're still a-ok.
        I also agree with this.
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    I'm so tired of Matt Cutts. Life it's better without listening to him.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hudson White
    Originally Posted by Saimey View Post

    What do you think of these changes? How is this change going to affect the search as a whole?
    First of all, publishing Guest posts on your blog is not a bad practice but offering links in return of Guest posting is bad. However, Matt Cutts himself said that Guest Blogging is not an issue but asking high authority sites to publish posts on your blog and offering link back is a problem.

    Moreover, if you want to publish Guest posts on your blog then you should take care of many things like content quality, topic etc.

    You can check this link, here I have mention how one can go for this.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post9148412
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  • Profile picture of the author Daones
    A lot of sites rely on guest blogging, say for example blogs that revolve around publishing peoples travel stories... But if there are 100s to choose from as a traveller with a story why choose one that doesnt allow you to get a link to your blog or personal area on the net.

    As long as the content is decent and not one of those purchased domains used to get money from accepting guest blogging i think it should be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author bodimv1
    what is your experinece these days with guest blogging.Please stop only quoting what matt says.Tell what has happen with your site.That will be more valuable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Saimey
      Originally Posted by bodimv1 View Post

      what is your experinece these days with guest blogging.Please stop only quoting what matt says.Tell what has happen with your site.That will be more valuable.
      everything is good, just keep in mind that shitty content is going to have shitty return value.
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